This page and the following poem are dedicated to a dog named “Max” by his younger owner Ben.
Several years ago Julie (Ben’s mom) contacted here on my blog to discuss what could be done to help her dog Max who suffered greatly with thunderstorm phobia.
Having had my own yellow lab with the same issue, I sympathized with what Julie and her family were going through.
This was truly one of the worst cases of a dog’s fear of thunder that I had ever seen or heard of, and my own dog’s case was severe it itself.
While most dogs who are petrified of thunder are thrown into shelters, the Mikus family cared so much for their beloved Max, they hung strong and pushed forward through all the difficult times.
Unfortunately, Max’s story would unfold tragically and Max would cross the rainbow bridge suddenly while me and Julie were discussing what could be done to further help both Max and his family. You can read Max’s full story here. Max, the yellow lab had suffered with severe thunder phobia for eight years and it would ultimately end his life.
Six year old Ben took the loss of his friend very hard. This isn’t just any dog poem. It’s a special tribute from a six year old to his beloved dog. I’m amazed and I think you will be too:
– BY BEN MIKUS
MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011
STORMS ARE STORMS
STORMS ARE STORMS.
DOGS ARE DOGS.
I LOVE MY DOG, HE LOVES ME.
WE ARE BOTH MEANT TO BE TOGETHER.
AND MEANT TO BE FRIENDS FOREVER.
WE LOVE EACH OTHER.
WE ARE SUPPOSED TO…AND WE WILL.
IT MEANS A LOT THAT I AM WITH YOU.
YOU WERE A GOOD, GOOD DOG MAX.
WHEN IT RUMBLED IN A STORM YOU SHOOK TO THE PALM OF MY HAND,
YOU WERE SHAKING SO MUCH.
A STORM IS A STORM.
YOU WERE YOU.
I AM I.
AND WE WILL BE TOGETHER FOREVER.
THERE IS NOTHING TO WORRY, THERE IS NOTHING YOU NEED.
YOU WILL BE WITH ME.
FOREVER IT IS.
FOREVER IT IS NOT.
YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY FAMILY.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful poem Ben. Max was lucky to have such a wonderful and caring family. This is just one page of a series of articles on dogs who battle a fear of thunder. You will find touching stories and many helpful tips here on my blog.
Please be sure to check out all the comments at the bottom of the articles, because they are full of tips from other dog owners as well.