He instantly fell in-love with the kitten and found himself unable to leave her behind. Plus, he knew that his mother, Erin, would be lonely after his leaving. Max brought her home and named his new pet, Yuuki, after Yuuki Matthews of his favorite band, "The Shins." There was a strong bond that formed between the two.
In the days leading up to Max's leaving, he spent every day with Yuuki. They were often found cuddling, playing, and napping together. It was a match made in heaven. When the day came, he gave Yuuki a hug good-bye. They both parted ways with heavy hearts.
Friends and family say that she eventually learned to move on and understood that he wasn't coming home any time soon.
The wonderful cat seemed to be staring forlornly at a portrait of Max. In fact, Erin and Yuuki moved into a new home; therefore, the picture was placed in a much different location. Erin was astonished when the cat relocated it and began staring lovingly at it again. Yuuki is often found sitting in front of the framed photo of her favorite human, Max. It even seems to bring her solace.
"She just sits there, stares and meows and then lays down next to the picture to nap," Erin said. "I know for sure she misses him."