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Maxwell Smith-Dodd

January 15, 2011 ~ July 24, 2023 (age 12) 12 Years Old


A beautiful tribute written by: Deena Dodd (Max's Mom)

Maxwell Smith-Dodd, 12 yo, crossed over the rainbow bridge Monday, July 24, 2023 surrounded by his loving family Trent Smith and Deena Dodd, his girl, Longlane Maybeline, and one of his sons, Marx.  Max left a loving legacy of twelve beautiful children across Indiana, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. 

Max, an English Mastiff, came to Trent and Deena at the sweet age of 4.  He saved them in more ways than he could imagine.  He taught them so much in the few years that he traveled by their sides.  Max was a gentle giant, he was 36” tall at his withers and weighed in at a top weight of 178 pounds.  However, in recent years, he leaned out so he could dance and run the yard with Mable. Although Max was a giant he quickly made people at ease with his sweet demeanor.

His humans often took Max for car rides, as he loved to go. He would stick his head out the window and let his jowls wave in the breeze.  On many of these rides, Max would make new friends as people tried to grasp the size of him. 

Max was smart and a good communicator.  He would verbally let you know of his need or lead you to his want.  On one particular day, Max was determined to go for a car ride.  He got into the car after his mom unloaded groceries.  Deena tried but failed to get him out of the car.  After an hour long stand off, Deena got in and took Max out for a drive.  Upon arriving back at home he was happy to get out of the vehicle. Yes, he was a little spoiled but he was worth it!

Max will be remembered for his loving temperament, his ability to meet and engage new people – he loved making new friends and his love of a good butt scratch and as many treats as he could get.  Max could often be found laying on the floor next to his mom as she worked in the home office, or laying on the bed with his dad for a good nap. 

Max made sure to greet his humans at the door when they came in, and they will both miss his welcome whine.  His need to show affection will not be soon forgotten. 

“The dog is the most faithful of animals and would be much esteemed were it not so common. Our Lord God has made His greatest gifts the commonest.” Martin Luther 

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