Likes: Max's favorite thing is his daily outings. He's become quite a fast runner and loves a critter chase. He loves his stuffed animal toys and prying them out of his fur brother, Joey's, mouth!
Favorite Toy: He enjoys all of his toys and running with them in the house; and at the end of the day, he brings them to bed with us.
Favorite Food: He loves plain yogurt on his food and beef marrow bones from the butcher.
Favorite Walk: Woods, park, beach - and any path less traveled.
Best Tricks: He smiles constantly and spins in a circle when he's really excited!
Arrival Story: The Early Days ~ I learned of Max and his history through my volunteer work with GSP Rescue, New England. Max was found as a stray in Kansas in June of 2008. When found, he was malnourished, positive and eventually treated for heartworm, bortedella, Giardia - so many health issues. He was taken in with animal control and transferred to a shelter. The angels at the shelter took him under their gentle wings, restored his health and contacted their local GSP Rescue group. After a month, he was heartworm negative and would begin a journey across the country that would bring him home.
Max Today ~ Max came to New England in July of 2008. He's the total opposite of the sickly, inhibited boy I initially met. His markings have transformed from a pale orange to rich liver; and his personality is that of a clown. He has a great sense of humor and LOVES when people laugh at him :) Everday is begun with a cheek-splitting smile in concert with a jiggle butt dance.
Over the past several months, he's developed finely-toned muscles and a sense of belonging. No longer does he exhibit fear around people or pups not previously known. If I had only one word to describe him, it would be joyful. He's become a much-loved member of our family, and I can't imagine a day without him.
Note from Max ~ Thank you to all who personally support and care for us rescued animals and to all who took care of me!! But most especially we're grateful to Schultz's Guest House, a GSP Rescue New England foster kennel. Because of the kennel, we're blessed to enjoy Max's spirit, pranks and joy!
Dogster is an amazing place full of happy, silly photos of a new stance, reaction to a toy, happy chases ~ so many cherished moments. And, when necessary, we grieve together when having to guide one of our beloved to the Bridge. We are truly lucky and loved. With that said, this diary post is not about us, but for those beautiful dogs whose lives were not humanely celebrated.
We are very disappointed and saddened that MV has been conditionally reinstated by the NFL. While it’s been stated that legally he’s paid a debt to society, a far greater debt remains and one incapable of recompense. We demand much more than a publicist-driven campaign in concert with HSUS to indemnify the torture, starvation, slaughter and sadism of MV. We want more than insincere atonement and photo ops. We want those lives that were lost to his heinous brutality and greed to matter.
As a personal form of protest to the profit-driven decision of the NFL, from this day forward we will no longer purchase items containing an NFL insignia. This may mean a change in some of Mom’s food items, but it’s our way, albeit small, of honoring the lives of far too many.
Rest sweetly, pups. We will never forget.
Due to the overwhelming response of pmails - I've created a Forum Thread. Let's each do something for those who no longer have a voice!!
We didn't want this day to pass without giving a very special gift to a very special lady, our Mom! We think this will prove how unselfish we can be. * wink, wink*
Our Promise to Mom
~ We'll sleep in your bed at night and occupy as much space as possible. We imagine it's pretty uncomfortable without us.
~ When we drink water, we'll splatter and drool puddles about the kitchen floor and walk in them, so our paws will stay nice and clean.
~ We'll help with housework by prewashing the dishes in the sink or while you're loading the dishwasher. We'll clean the floor of anything you've dropped and continue our monitoring efforts of the countertops and remove any loose food particle, pronto.
~ We promise to shower you with gifts of unknown life forms that we've caught during our expeditions. Mom, the expression on your face when friends refer to us as "The Manson Family" - is unexplainable. We see it, and we love it - the pride streams through!
~ We'll continue to shed our coats, knowing how much you enjoy seeing our white hairs accessorize your wardrobe.
~ We'll toss and rip apart our toys in the house to show you how grateful we are to have them.
We understand the enormity of this promise, but we're going to work at fulfilling every single item!!! We promise!