Max the Miracle Dog, who made international headlines earlier this year when he was given the PDSA Order of Merit, now has a permanent statue in his hometown of Keswick, Cumbria.
The legendary four-legged hero has been honored with a bronze statue in his likeness. Situated on a seat in Hope Park so that all of his followers can sit and cuddle with the faithful canine for years to come.
Max, an English Springer Spaniel, was already a social media celebrity because of Kerry Irving’s regular updates.
Max’s daily live broadcasts became the world’s virtual therapy dog, with dedicated fans tuning in from Australia to America.
As the particular spaniel had already become a household name through photos and recordings of their escapades in the Lakes, charity walks, and public appearances. Still, when the pandemic hit in 2020, Max’s daily live broadcasts resulted in him becoming the world’s virtual therapy dog. He has dedicated fans tuning in from Australia to America.
When the world fell into lockdown, their daily Facebook Live videos were a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of people.
Guiding them through terribly dark periods of isolation, sadness, loneliness, worry, and dread.
Max received the PDSA Order of Merit. Popularly known as the animals’ OBE, in February 2021 for his remarkable contribution to society.
His statue, created by local sculptor Kirsty Armstrong, now stands as a lasting homage to Keswick’s most renowned dog.
“Hope Park is the right location since Max has offered hope to so many people!” Max’s owner Kerry Irving remarked in response to the opening. “It’s beautiful to think that our young kid, proudly wearing his PDSA Order of Merit, will now be remembered for centuries.”
A crowdfunding campaign earned £26,000 in a single day to pay for the statue!
Moreover, Kerry donated additional campaign donations to the PDSA. A veterinary charity that provides free and low-cost veterinary treatment to people in need’s pets.
“I am thankful to everyone who donated their hard-earned money. Thanks to the Town Council and Hope Park Trust for providing this magnificent spot. Also, thanks to our local sculptor Kirsty, and Honister Slate Mine, who helped us find the ideal slate for the bench” Kerry went on to say. “I’m humbled by it all, and I hope Max’s statue brings great consolation to everyone who comes to see it.”
You can follow Kerry and Max, as well as Max’s brothers Paddy and Harry on his Facebook page, Max out in the Lake District.
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