On Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. friends and relatives gathered at the MSPCA Hillside Acre Cemetery at Nevins Farm in Methuen for a memorial service and burial of Cpl. Max Pelton, USAF (ret) military German shepherd war dog, reported the Boston.com.
The solemn ceremony included bugler taps, with law enforcement and town officials standing guard. Max served four years of active duty as a sniffing dog and was retired in 2007. Pam Pelton, of Northfield, N.H. adopted the loyal and very protective dog from the Military War Dog Agency Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas and lived five years with Max.
“Max literally saved my life years ago when we were walking in the woods and encountered two feral dogs. The dogs jumped toward me and Max immediately sprang into action, fighting them off and very likely saving both our lives, " stated Pam.
When Max died at the age of ten on Memorial Day in 2012, Pam wanted her dog buried in a military cemetery. None of the military cemeteries she contacted would allow it, and suggested she bury Max in a pet cemetery. That wasn't satisfactory since Pam regarded her dear German shepherd a soldier, and thus should be given the honor of being buried in a military plot.
Fortunately that all came to past, and two years later, Max was formally laid to rest at a dedicated section of Hillside Acre Cemetery for war dogs. Max is the first dog buried in this special area, however nine other military service dogs are buried in the cemetery.
Max's tombstone reads:
"Memory is a golden chain that binds us till we meet again at the Rainbow Bridge"
Pam is now adopting another retired military dog; ironically his name is Max.
Rest in peace Max.
Thank you Pam Pelton for honoring Max as a soldier who deserves to be remembered.
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