Maximilian ‘Danger’ Byrne Has Passed

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Maximilian ‘Danger’ Byrne Has Passed

t was W.R. Purche who first delivered the oft-quoted line, ‘Everyone thinks they have the best dog, and none of them are wrong’.

Well, as wise as these words might be, that Purche eejit plainly never met Maximilian ‘Danger’ Byrne.

Because he was the best dog. Ever. Fact.

It was on Monday, June 7th that Max actually passed, and for the intervening days, keeping busy with Guide work so as not to have time to think about the fact that Max passed on Monday almost worked.

For the last 10 years – bar a stupid week-long holiday in stupid Finland – I have been with Max every single day. And every single one of those days was brighter and happier because of him.

Akin to Ghandi on ganja, Max was more god than dog, always calm, always centred – and always ready for happy. Which meant he was always happy, because his permanent Christmas Eve state of mind ignited joy all around him, with each new walk the best walk ever, and each second of each and every day potentially the moment that we might just head out that door once again.

And from Sharon Shannon to Joe Sweeney, from the gang down at the Greystones Nursing Home to all his fellow passengers that day he headed off on the Dart by himself, Max got on with everyone. Even Grace’s two psycho mutts from across the road.

Being able to head out around Greystones and have Max wait patiently outside, without a lead, as another top-of-the-range Guide interview got underway, was pretty remarkable too. Even if he did head off on the Dart alone that one time.

Like any loved dog, Max repaid that love a thousand-fold. And it was unconditional love

Well, on the one condition you weren’t one of those assholes who didn’t know how to look after a dog. Like a driver’s license, people should really have to pass a test before being allowed to own one of our four-legged friends. Ditto your wedding license.

Bottom line, life is going to have a big Max-shaped hole in it from this moment on.
And as much as getting another dog, and loving them just as much, will undoubtedly be wonderful, Max is Elvis, The Beatles, Bowie and Chewbacca all rolled into one. There will never be another dog like him.

And in his memory, from now on, just like Max, we’re going to ignore the barking. And simply not bark back. Which is about the only sensible way to approach life. Especially the social media part.

In the meantime, as the old saying goes, let’s all try and be the person our dogs think we are.


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  1. Clive Dalby says:

    Sincerest condolences Paul, he was a great dog. Greystones and Delgany will miss having him about the place.
    Clive Dalby, Chairman Delgany Community Council.

  2. Adrienne says:

    Very sad news Paul, but what a lovely eulogy. We will miss his presence in the GG. RIP Max.

  3. Eithne Hand says:

    Such a lovely tribute to the Max

  4. Emma Tagliarino says:

    Hi Paul

    Paul as I said to you earlier. I’m really so sorry to hear about Max passing. I know you must be heartbroken inside. You gave Max a beautiful life and everyone could see how much he adored you and you him. The Guide was so lucky to have Max. He was so good with dogs as well always so gentle. Paul we’re all here for you. Max RIP in Doggie Heaven. From Emma & Bonnie xx

  5. Rosemary Raughter says:

    So sorry to hear that Paul – we’ll all miss Max around the place. That’s a lovely tribute & you speak for all of us who’ve ever lost a much-loved mutt.

  6. Andrea says:

    Lovely piece Paul and what a wonderful dog Max was. So sorry to hear. RIP

  7. Joanna Mulvey says:

    Losing a dog is heartbreaking, Max will be missed by everyone who knew him, but especially by you, his “person”. Thank you for letting GG followers know, and thank you for a beautiful piece in Max’s honour. Ní bhéidh a leithéid arís ann.

    • Paul says:

      Hi Joanna,

      Thanks for your kind words. Tá codladh álainn ag Max tar éis lá fada iontach …


  8. Marie Vernon says:

    Best eulogy ever! Well deserved. A dog outstanding in his field..

  9. Yvonne Harris says:

    Aw I’m so sorry to hear max has passed .I lost my girl a year next month such a huge presence they are around the house and leave an even bigger void when they are gone .my thoughts ar with you and your family. Enjoy doggie heaven Max .

    • Paul says:

      He’s always going to be there, deep in my DNA, and deep in the Guide’s DNA.

      Seeing him pop up again and again, it’ll be nothing but happy memories.