In May 2016, KHOU.com producer Doug Delony went jogging through Discovery Green park in Houston. Something there grabbed his attention, so he snapped a photo. He had no clue the image would go viral and touch the hearts of millions of strangers across the world.
Doug’s picture showed a man kneeling over an elderly dog. There was a baby stroller by his side… but no baby. The man had no idea he was being photographed.
Doug shared the image on Facebook, writing:
“Most afternoons, I take a run through Discovery Green, and most afternoons I see this guy with a stroller but no baby. He brings this beautiful… what appears to be… disabled pup to the park. He lets it sit in the grass and take in the smell and the sound. Here he is giving it water out of a small cup he brings with him.”
Readers wanted to know more about the dog, so Doug did some investigating. The dog’s name is Maximilian, aka Max, and he was 16 years old at the time. He’d been with his mom Edie ever since he was a puppy.