Me & Max – a new home
In tragic circumstances, four- year- old labrador- golden retriever cross Max became a part of Allison Horswill’s family. Allison explains what happened and how her eldest son Ollie, 7, is now Max’s new owner
How did Max end up becoming part of your family? Max belonged to my husband’s brother Huw, who had rescued him from the pound in Melbourne.
Max had been mistreated and Huw worked really hard with him to get him to the wonderful pet he is today.
They would run together morning and night.
In August last year they were out on their daily morning run and, out of the blue, Huw, a fi t 32- year- old, had a massive heart attack and died. Max doesn’t usually bark but he alerted passers- by by running madly around and around and barking. He stayed with Huw until the ambulance arrived.
When my husband went over to Melbourne he brought Max back with him and he’s been with us ever since. How has Max adjusted? We took him to the funeral and he really quietly moaned the whole way through. If we unpack any of Huw’s stuff he goes completely nuts.
He’s still a bit confused but he loves our three boys, Ollie, 7, Miles, 3 and Sam, 1. Obviously, we’ve all been very upset. If someone’s having a particularly bad day, he’ll come into their room and sleep on their bed.
In the fi rst week he slept on Ollie’s bed every night.
If you’re sitting down, he’ll come and lie next to you and put his head in your lap and he used to do that with Huw. How would you describe his personality? He’s very cheeky. One of our sons Miles is three and Max is almost the same as a three- yearold.
Ollie is Max’s owner now. He loves taking him for a run on the beach. Max loves swimming – any water, anywhere, he’s in it. What is the best thing about having Max? The best thing about Max is that he’s a constant reminder of Huw. If you’re having a bad day, you can give him a pat or scratch and feel a bit closer to Huw. Max really was his best mate.