the grinch and max the dog sculpture in springfield massachusettsIn "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," the green, grouchy Grinch hates everyone and everything. But his sweet dog Max is just the opposite – cheerful, fun-loving and ready to please. He’s the perfect dog – cute, cuddly and amazingly tolerant of the abuses heaped on him by the mean ol’ Grinch. That’s why this lovable mutt has earned a permanent memorial in his honor.

Max and The Grinch are two of the Dr. Seuss characters immortalized in scultpure at the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden at the Springfield Museums in Massachusetts. Springfield, Massachusetts is the birthplace of Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka “Dr. Seuss.”

Max the Dog first appeared in Dr. Seuss’ 1957 book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but it wasn’t until 1998 that a kids’ book called Grinch Meets His Max (Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss) came out to explain how the mean-spirited Grinch with a heart two sizes too small came to be the lucky owner of this cute and loving pet. According to the storybook, the Grinch is his usual green grump self when he meets Max. But when the dog scratches an itch that has been driving the Grinch crazy, Max finds himself a new home with the Christmas-hating Grinch.

Max’s joy for life completely contradicts the Grinch’s negative spirit, which may be one reason is such a popular figure. Out of all the Seuss characters, he was one of the few who was chosen to be immortalized in scultpure at the Massachusetts museum.

Dr. Seuss’ stepdaughter, Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, created all the bronze Seuss sculptures at the museum. Max and the Grinch appear in the sculpture called “The Storyteller,” which depicts a “Seussian storytelling chair, backed by a 10-foot-tall book with the text of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! with Gertrude McFuzz perched on top and the Grinch and his dog, Max, peeking around the side,” according to the museum website.

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