Blayne E. Douglas And Maximus
Blayne E. Douglas and Maximus
As a former opera singer, Blayne E. Douglas struggled with the loss of his hearing. Although only partially deaf, Blayne had difficulty functioning and lost all ambition, remaining indoors for nearly 10 years. It was only when he met his soon-to-be service dog, Maximus Decimus Meridius, that Blayne reemerged into society and began living again.
Maximus and Blayne did not meet under traditional service dog circumstances. Blayne had noticed Maximus in the back of a locked car of a breeder who was peddling puppies door-to-door. In an effort to save Maximus from dying in the scorching back seat (unfortunately another dog had died in the seat next to him), Blayne broke the car window, removed the dog, and administered immediate CPR. The police that arrived on the scene evaluated the troubling situation, and allowed Blayne to take the puppy as his own.
Nearly two months into their partnership, Blayne and Maximus encountered a rattlesnake on a walk. Maximus immediately went into guardian mode and warned Blayne of the danger ahead, of which Blayne did not hear nor see. It was at this moment that Blayne decided to get the appropriate training to allow Maximus to act as his service dog.
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