It was with much sorrow that I laid my beautiful girl Maddie to rest last week. She was an amazing girl who was forever by my side, from the time I got her at 8 weeks of age right through to her very last day, at the age of 14. Just missing out on her 15th birthday by 2 ½ months. This alone was quite a feat as the average age for Boxers is usually only 8 — 10 years.
As I’ve been so often asked, she was the inspiration for my business name. Her full name being, Maddison Inyapen Starblaze. She came with me wherever I went and would even follow me around the house, from room to room. It just doesn’t feel the same without her. I miss her terribly 🙁
Looking back at photos of when she was younger, it’s hard to imagine her with a black face as she was quite grey during her later years. Still, she was as cute as ever though. Although she had a great life, she also endured some hard times, with numerous operations. Among these were 2 knee reconstructions (both back legs), eye surgery (to heal an ulcer) and removal of numerous lumps and bumps. With lots of love and attention, she was able to recover from all of these. She was also there for me, through all my hard times over the years. Whenever I did have to leave her at home, without fail she’d be sitting at the front window by the door, upon my return. Always there with a smile on her face and a wag in her tail.
As well as being a great companion, she also starred in numerous television commercials both Nationally and Internationally and also feature films. Some of her credits include Maxwell House coffee, Honda Odyssey and the Feature Film – Noise, which received rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival.
In memory of Maddie, I’ve put together a collection of photos of her at various stages throughout her life. I hope you get as much enjoyment looking at them as I do.