Max’s 15th Birthday – The Glorious 12thFri 12 Aug | 7.30pm
Join Kerry, Paddy and Harry* for an evening at Theatre by the Lake to celebrate Max’s 15th Birthday, the Glorious 12th August, 2022.
It’s ‘just a dog’ you’ll hear them say. Max is much more than ‘just a dog’. In fact if truth be told, you wouldn’t be reading this right now if not for Max.
You see he saved me from an illness that unwittingly brought me anxiety, panic attacks, an incredible guilt complex, sleep deprivation, the feeling of being worthless, to being an unwanted burden, the loss of friends and of all my confidence. It was an illness that put me in a downward spiral, very near to the edge of ending it all.
Max gave me back my self esteem, brought me a brighter future, introduced me to a new thought process. He gave me the will to see in the next day, the next week, the next month. He gave me hope, showing me the freedom of being outside once again, walked patiently beside me and helped conquer my fears, diverting my darkest thoughts to a much better and happier healthier place.
Telling our story may go a little way to repaying Max, but the debt is much larger than that. Max showed me the very essence of a true companionship. Max helped me win my personal battle with depression. He’s my miracle dog.
Ours is a story that deserves to be heard so others may find a common ground, a new friendship, their own reason to smile again, their voice and just possibly the courage to look for help in their greatest time of need.
“Are you ready, Max? If anyone’s going to help me do this, it’s you.” – Kerry Irving
In 2006, Kerry was involved in a car accident that changed his life forever. Once a cyclist, Kerry now faced significant injuries and a long, grueling road to recovery. Grappling with this reality and his newfound chronic pain, Kerry slipped into depression. Then, his neighbor’s dog, Max – an energetic Springer Spaniel – entered his life. Kerry began taking short walks to regain his strength, and Max tagged along. Max helped Kerry find hope during the darkest time of his life – one step, and paw, at a time. Kerry eventually adopted Max and grew his pack with the addition of two more spaniels, Harry and Paddy.
Join Liz Stevenson at Theatre by the Lake as she chats with Kerry about the memories of Max, joined by the rest of the pack, Paddy and Harry.*
*Theatre by the Lake only allows assistance dogs into the theatre, but have made special arrangements for Paddy and Harry to join us on the night – we’re VERY excited!