Max Rivera
9/11/2007 - 9/11/2020It is with a heavy heart we had to say goodbye to our fur baby/son, Max this afternoon. To say we are completely and utterly heart broken doesn’t suffice. This was the hardest decision we have ever had to make. To know that he is no longer in pain and earned his wings at home surrounded by his family with more love than ever, helps bring us some comfort.

Maximilian Rivera “Max” was born 9/11/2007 and was one of the best gifts we’ve ever received! He was rescued from a shelter and instantly gained a mom, papa and sister! He was so much more than a “pet” he was the son and brother to Jolie we never had!

He was diagnosed with Oral Squamous cell carcinoma back in early February, which the outcome would be fatal. We were warned we wouldn’t have long with him typically 2-3 months at most.... however our strong handsome boy not only did he beat their clock but he made it through to celebrate all of our birthdays, anniversaries, enjoyed a couple family adventures, enjoyed the outdoors each morning and even made it to Jolie’s first year in highs school. Finally making it to his very own Birthday. He gave us the most incredible 13 years!!

Most people can agree 2020 has not been the stellar year we thought it would be, but I am going to try and see a silver lining. Due to COVID my job was transitioned to working from home, which in hind sight, realize it afforded me countless more hours and minutes of quality time with our Max. Jolie opted for virtual school which allowed her to spend everyday snuggled up next to her study buddy. Sam now had to share his snuggle buddy! To say he will be missed is an understatement. The void in our hearts and home will be felt for a while, but will try to fill them with all the memories and love we had for only him!

It has been a difficult week for us watching him steadily and rapidly decline as well as make the arrangements. I am trying my best to keep it together but it’s been emotionally taxing for all of us.

We Love you Max and know you are in a place of peace and in no more pain!
Until we meet again,

- Mommy loves you, my handsome boy!
Bethany RiveraOrlando, FloridaSeptember 15, 2020
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It was my privilege to have met Max and your family. Thank you for taking such great care of him and I know he took great care of you all as well. I know you will miss him deeply.Amanda Buerk - September 21, 2020

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