Since I never wanted you or Penny to be alone, we adopted Max. He is such a big strong pup. He reminds me of a big strong farm boy from Iowa. Quiet, strong, and keeps to himself for the most part. He really liked you a lot. I am sorry that he attacked you a couple of times. He has this strange innate behavior of going after the “weak member” of the pack. I disappointing instinctive behavior carried down from your ancient ancestors. I am sorry he hurt you. He is also sorry. He does not realize what he did or was doing at the time.
As you got older we found some black bumps on your mouth. I wish I saw these earlier. They turned out to be melanoma skin cancer. Dr. Dan did an amazing job removing part of your jaw where cancer had spread. You still looked super handsome, Berton. That was over a year ago.
I worried that the cancer would spread. It did. You were such a strong boy and you faced your battle with cancer with courage. When the melanoma showed up again, this time on your neck, I knew your time was limited. I hoped that it was not too painful for you and we made that promise together that we would have as much fun as we could before we had to say goodbye to each other.