Age: 3 Years Sex: Male Weight: 11-25 lbs
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December 2nd 2010
August 18th 2010
walking in the park
HOW I MET MY DOG MAX MILLIAN
Alias Mr. Perfect
First let me give you a little background information about myself. My name is Barbara, I recently retired June 4, 2010 from my job after 31 years service. When ask what I was going to do after I retired. I would reply volunteer for animal shelters. I also wanted a dog after I retired. For first few months I just slept and enjoyed walking with friends. I volunteer to crocket hats for men in service.
Then in August 2010 I started volunteering at an animal shelter on Tuesday and Thursday taking care of cats not really thinking about adopting any cats. I did not want adopt a cat because I have two cats; CC Bloom and Charley, plus a 50 gallon fish tank. So it was fine I didn’t take home any of cute kittens, beautiful adults cats, or any small dogs. Plus I was no longer interested in getting any more pets at that time.
Then on December 2, 2010 which was Tuesday I saw this cute little dog. Just a side note he reminded me of another dog I use to have his name was Snoopy so I called this dog Snoopy but got no response from him. He was small, very friendly and I liked his face. I thought to myself I want this dog, but I did not tell anybody at shelter. I just went on about my duties and taking care of cats. I gave him some food, and shut door on the cage, but it didn’t lock. So when I looked around here was Mr. Perfect that name they had given him at shelter. There he was out of cage visiting the other small dogs in room. So as I was putting him back into cage I was thinking how cute he was and I like him. This was love at first sight.
Later that day another woman came in a saw him and say she was interested in Mr. Perfect, and she as going home to get her children so they could see him. Well about half hour later she came back with her children they look at him, but children were not interested in him. I was glad. They liked one of other small dogs. So as the mother was leaving she said she may be back. I knew I wanted Mr. Perfect so I told staff at shelter that if she did not come back for Mr. Perfect that I wanted him and I would be back on Thursday.
Will on Thursday December 4, 2010 I went straight to cage where Mr. Perfect was the last time I saw him and guess what there he was my dog Max Millian alias Mr. Perfect.
So I immediately went in office to fill out adoption paperwork before anyone else could came in to adopt Max. I needed $120.00 for the adoption and they didn’t take checks. The staff there knew me from my volunteering, so they let me take Mr. Perfect home that day. With my promise I would bring in money next day which I did. They ask me what was his name going to be I told them Max Millian because he was one in million to me.
First thing I did was take him to Pet Smart and had him groom. While he was being groomed I brought him cage big enough for his bed and food. When I picked up Max from Pet Smart he had on a Bandai and look very handsome and smell good too. Next we went for visit to my son’s house so my grandchildren could meet him. They all understood why I like this dog , because they fell for him as well.
I was happy and he was happy, I say this because when I took his picture it looked like he had a smile on face. Max is Dandie Dinmount Terrier with no purebred papers. Only paper he has that really counts is one that says he my dog Max Millian.
Love Max’s mom
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December 22nd 2011 8:17 am
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Well it has been some time now since you have heard about what Max and I have been up to since I adopted him on December 4, 2010. I have already told you the story about “How I Met Max Millian (alias Mr. Perfect)”in the “Dandie Din ‘nWit” issue May/June. Now here it is a year later since I have adopted Max, time does fly when you have that special Dandie Dinmont Terrier in your life.
My dog Max started training in January 2011; he was about 5 months old and weighed in at eight pounds (8lbs). I took Max to Pet Smart for beginner education training and for Intermediate education training. Each training class was for six weeks. In the beginning Max was there to play and I was there to learn how to get my dog Max to listen to me. The instructor suggested before class to take Max for a walk and not feed him. One of first things I learned that Max did not like store brought treats, or the treat the instructor had, but it was one thing he did like and that was my baked chicken. So what did I do? You guessed it I would bake chicken and cut into small pieces. This was the motivator my bake chicken now he was listening to me. I knew he was listening, because he would look up at me with those big dark hazel eyes in sit position just waiting and waiting for next command so he could have a piece of that bake chicken. So now arm with a squeaky toy in one hand and my bake chicken in other Max was ready to learn. Max and I learned how to walk together without him pulling his leash, and a few other commands like sit, down, stand, park it, leave it, give me a handshake and wait. From Pet Smart we received two certificates one for Beginner Education training and other for Intermediate Education training. I was very proud of my Max.
July and August we went on long walks together enjoying summer sun.
In September I took Max to Princeton AKC club (American Kennel Club) to take his CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test. Max passed the test and received The American Kennel Club certificate on September 28, 20ll.
Walking over the summer months was good training for us because we did a Breast cancer (5k) walk in October. Some people asked me did I think he could do the walk or was I going to carry him. I just laughed because I knew this was going to be a walk in park for me and Max because we had walked all summer. Of course we did the walk with no problems.
On October 6, 2011 I took Max to Enchanted Paw for therapy dog training, this was a six week course. Class training includes walk around wheelchairs, walkers, and people walking with crutches. Dogs are expected not to bark or become aggressive when they see people in wheelchairs or have walkers. This type of training is to help de-sensitize dogs. The next requirement was to take Max veterinary to have his health checked. Max was taken to Trenton Veterinary Hospital, to visit Dr Peter Bates his veterinary. There he was given all his requirement shots. Max now weighted fifteen pounds (15lb) has a 17 inch long body, tail not included.
On November 15, 2011 Max became a Registered Therapy Dog with The Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. Max and I will be going out on our first team visit on December 21, 2011Max is also member of AKC Canine Partners which allows us to participate in all AKC events such as agility, obedience and more.
My little Dandie Dinmont Terrier name Max Millian, is one in million to me. He is little dog with a big heart.
Who knows what next for us? Hey maybe little agility training for my little guy
Love Max’s Mom
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