Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Some Sad News

We had some sad news today – Max, Mike’s little three-legged dog, died today.  We were so glad that Max had come for a visit last week and we were able to soak up a little of his energy and joy of life.  How quickly pets become part of our lives.  Max and Mike certainly had a unique connection and especially of late, had many things in common! He was a wonderful companion and we will miss him dearly.


Majeda said...

Hey Mike,
just saying hi...
Sorry to hear about max. I hope everything is going o.k., good to see your progress, thanks for the updates.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike,
I'm a neighbour of Cindy Peters. I just wanted to say how sorry I am about Max. We loved him too. He was such a character, nothing got him down. He was just like you - an inspiration, I swear I could feel him running around the yard celebrating his freed spirit and maybe this way he can be right by your side all the time. My girls Kia and Jazi will miss going for a walk every day with him and Cindy. Keep the updates coming, many people are with you.

Klapsteins said...

Dearest little Micheal - sorry about that, I always think of you as the "baby" of your family still. We're very sorry about your pet and hope you are not feeling down. This is the first time I went onto the blog, and we're very glad that you are feeling better and able to get around. And I like your haircut. Of course, I'm a mom too. I'm not sure what Grace will think, she quite liked the caveman 'do. We are coming to visit very soon. Take care and God Bless you little Micheal (sorry!) I can't tell you how thankful we are for you.
Love, Susie, Darnell, Trinity and Nolan.

l said...

Before visiting you one day I got the chance to talk with Chelsea and she told me the story of how your little 3-legged Max came to be.

It is never easy when someone that ignites a spark in your day is no longer around in the same capacity. But through memories and simply, believing, Max's energy will always be around you to provide comfort and stimulate a smile.

Hope you and Chelsea and your families find comfort in the pureness of those memories that Max master moulded.

Comforting vibes,

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about Max. He was a cute little ball of energy. Made piano lessons interesting by hanging onto my leg when I was trying to play!


Julie-Anne said...

Awww Mike I am sorry that Max died. He is such a cute bundle of ... well, cuteness. I am glad that he brought so much joy to your life. I am also glad you were able to spend some time with him. Treasure those memories.
Keep Truckin Mike, Never give up!!!
God Bless,


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Scott - a designer? said...

Sorry to hear about Max, He was a great dog. The squirmy bugger was hard to hold onto. I dropped him once remember, needless to say he didn't like me very much after that. After a while he forgave me (maybe because what I did to him was nothing compared to his leg, and getting run over) but he was a fantastic little pooch and I'm sure he's in little doggy heaven with some of the other dogs, like Sammy and such.

Anonymous said...

Mike and family

Again i am sorry that i have not been writing as much and i am very sorry about max he was a wonderfull puppie and he will be greatly missed. i am glad to hear that you mike are getting much better and that you are moving about more. you look great and i am sure you will be better in no time at all. i will try and come and see you as soon as i can. take care buddy


lisa said...

Hey Mike and Family,

So sorry to hear about Max. I know when I've lost animals it totally devastates me for a couple days. A few weeks back our Great Pyrenees was hit by a truck on the highway and we had to have both his tail and one back leg amputated. It was pretty hard to deal with but by far the best option we had. Anyways, I know Neil is supposed to be in Calgary for a meeting today and I told Andrea if she sees him to let you guys know that you can borrow our three legged dog for a couple days if you want. We’ve been trying to do some therapy for him helping him get to know his ‘new body’ and every time we do I think of Mike and how he’s learning all these sorts of things too. I was completely amazed by how resilient our dog was (he was walking the same day as his surgery) and it gave me true hope for your situation as I’m sure you are even more resilient.

Have a wonderful day Barker family and know we still pray for you daily.

Lisa in Crossfield

Rieki said...

hey Mike
sorry to hear about max... he was so adorable. you were lucky to know him...im happy that you are getting out and mingling...hope your having fun...forever in my prayers
your number one fan
Rieki Scott

Kerstin said...

Hey Mike!

We're so sorry to hear about Max...With everything he survived, we thought that dog would live forever!

On a happier note, your haircut looks fantastic! We're glad you didn't shave it off.

Kerstin and Helena

Noreen said...

Sorry to hear about Max. I only met him once but I remember many amusing and resilient stories about that little pup.

Your haircut looks great Mike ... as always so do you!


Tracey Krusz said...

Hi Mike,
So sorry to hear about Max. I don't know much about his story, but it sounds like he was a great little doggie. I know that when our dog, Jake, dies there is going to be some serious angst around this house, so I synpathize with all you guys.Keep up the good fight!

AndreaJ said...

Hi Mike.

I had a chance to visit with your Dad yesterday and hear 'the story of Max'. It was a good story.

I was praying for you and your family - that He would comfort you through this grief. And I started thinking back to the first dog that we had. I was nearly in tears and he passed over 10 years ago. It's hard when a 'pet' has become a family memeber; but when you look back on all the memories you have, you can be sure that caring for that animal as a family member instead of 'just a pet' was worthwhile.

"Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love."
- Lamentations 3:32

I continue to pray for you and your family each day.

God Bless,
Andrea Evans

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike
I have been wanting to send you something for a long time to let you know that I am and have been praying for you and so are many missionaries here in Burkina Faso.
It is hard to be away from home and stay connected with people lives but I appreciate you letting us be a part of your life through this blog site. It helps me be able to pray for you with a better understanding of how I can pray for you. I am sorry to hear about Max he was so adorable!

Anonymous said...

Mike that has to be the saddest thing ever. I think I will just sit here and cry.

And now, the spot on this site that was supposed to be devoted to you so that we could all say "Oh look how wonderful Mike is" has been usurped by your dog. Doesn't that hurt your vanity just a little bit?

I only met Max once when you smuggled him into school in your backpack like Paris Hilton and he bit me. but he still seemed like a sweet little dog. He was definitely one of a kind. In 4-H when we went to visit the vet clinic, they showed us some x-rays that were supposed to be anonymous, but how many three-legged pomeranians are there in Lac La Biche? so I'm sad for you.


(and what is with all these people calling him a PUPPY? he was a full-grown dog for crying out loud! they are just prejudiced against small dogs.)

(okay maybe it was just sherraz's comment. SHAME, SHERRAZ!)

Anonymous said...

To Max's family (both immediate & extended),

My heartfelt sympathies to all of you. Although I am sure Max is irreplacable the SPCA just happens to be overcrowded with adoptable pets.

Just a thought.

God Bless
Jackie T

Anonymous said...

hey mike,

I'm totally sad that the cutest dog on the planet died. Dog's a man's best friend. It's great though to hear you had some retail therapy. You're a born shopper! oh yeah, I'm still praying for the 'house-hunting' that your parents are doing. You're Awesome!!!!!!!!!

In Christ,
Britney h.