Rathlyn, HB, Mar 18 - Prominent Siroccan Maxie Anderson is tonight battling a major health scare in Alston following worsening health.
The fifteen-year-old Labrador is said to be in poor physical condition with bald spots, weak hearing and very little sight ability left.
Siroccans are tonight rallying around her to give her support.
Premier Daniel Anderson, of whom Maxie has lived with since 2001, spoke briefly to the Times on her deteriorating health.
“This news comes as a complete shock to the system. We are doing everything we can to make her comfortable at this time and we are all praying for a recovery.”
Minister of Culture Elizabeth Pountney remarked that she had been well-cared for to make fifteen years this year.
Labradors usually live to between ten and twelve years, and many have said that making fifteen is an admirable achievement.
In a statement to the government, Zealandian Grand Duke Håkon Lindstrom said that “I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the Anderson family, the Siroccan Defence Force and the Siroccan people in this very tough time”.
Maxie had previously had a health scare in early June last year which she pulled through from with remarkable speed.
In honour of her services to Sirocco and of her longevity, she was tonight awarded the Order of the Federation, Sirocco’s highest honour; the Order of the Black Cross, Sirocco’s military order, of which she is the first and so far only recipient; and was made a General of the Siroccan Defence Forces.
She is also to be named a Knight Companion of the Order of Zealandia.
Alston tonight is a city of anxiety with residents hopeful of another miraculous recovery.