Friday, December 29, 2023

Foley's Tales From Rainbow Bridge: Mac and the Year Without Christmas


Living on the mortal side is much more difficult for humans than for dogs. We can afford to stay home all day, but people need to go out and interact with others. What a terrible fate.

That is why Christmas comes at the end of the year. After months of battling to keep food on the table and a roof over their family’s heads, there is one day that you spend with the people you love and don’t have to put up with the people you don’t.

Then there are kids. Christmas is the last magical day in their lives when elves make toys that Santa delivers.

Only one thing could get parents and children to give up Christmas.

A pet.

Mac is the center of the Shearer family. The one-year-old Tibetan Mastiff always wants to be with his family. He loves going on car rides. This concerned his predecessors at the Bridge because Mac stuck most of his torso out of the window while driving. His angels told him to be careful, but young dogs rarely are.

One day last month, his mom was driving Mac, and she took a sharp turn, then screamed as Max tumbled out of the window.

Max’s leg had broken into two shards that had to be brought together. The estimates were between $5,000 and $8,000. The family knew there was no way they could raise that kind of money.

Max wasn’t just his parents’ dog. He was their nine-year-old daughter’s best friend. The girl had autism, and while Max was not a therapy dog by trade, he was one at heart.

So, the family decided to do everything they could to help Max.

With their daughter consulted on the decision, it was decided to cancel Christmas and put all the money they had been saving for the holiday into Max’s care.

 They sold their car, got a loan, and maxed out their credit cards. If Max was human, it is what they would do, and Max was like a son to them, so they had no choice.

So, Christmas came without ribbons!... it came without tags!... it came without packages, boxes, or bags!

But it did come with a dog named Max.

Quite ironic, isn’t it?



  1. Good for them. Hopes we could help out somehow???

  2. sorry about Max accident I do hope he improved and did not arrive at the bridge the love of a dog very important for family. Beautiful Story. Dallas and Belle Lawson

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  4. That is a celebration from the heart, it was ChristMac time.

  5. We're glad to hear Max is on the mend and hope he learned his lesson and doesn't hang out the car windows any more.

  6. My goodness, what a story for the season!

  7. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Happy MAX! (We hope Max recovers well!)


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