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ABOUT MAX, MY "HEART DOG"
Max's Story-How We Became a Family
The Story of Max: Took LOTS
of Loving People to give me The Gift of Max
was brought into the Carson Shelter in California and was
as stray, 3 Year Old, Male, Chihuahua Short Hair Mix, Tan.
Animal lover and voice for many of the Carson Shelter pups,
Akie, posts a Facebook plea to help #A4260925 out of the shelter before his
time runs out! She also photographs many of the dogs there and helps them find
homes. There’s a lot of back and forth talk on Facebook about pledging
money and trying to find a home for him. A person has interest in him,
names him Max, but lives out of state and Max’s time is running out, the clock
is ticking. There are certificates of health and travel
arrangements that need to still be paid for, (i.e., pledges of money still
needed). A call is put into Carson Shelter by a lady named Lisa who
learns Max’s “time is up” to live on May 29, 2011! However, contact was
made and arrangements thankfully that extended Max’s life.
friend, Kim pays the fees to get Max out and he narrowly escapes death
are details here that I just couldn’t quite pin down, but Max is then fostered
by another animal lover, Jodie whom even has to try to somewhat hide the fact
that she has Max, but risks it and does it anyway while also fostering another
friend of Max’s named Champ! Then Max is ultimately fostered again by
Akie who by then has also become a foster Mom to Max’s buddy, Marley. At
some point poor Max ends up with scabies and mange but Akie steps up to the
plate once more and gets Max the needed treatment and attention.
rescue of Max, never quite worked out, thus Jodie and Akie’s wonderful help in
keeping Max (and many other pups) safe. Keep in mind that now that Akie
is now the Foster Mom of three…Max, Marley and Champ when she learns of
circumstances that mean she will be moving back to Japan! She reaches out
for help for someone to please help her find forever, loving homes for these
I wish I knew more of the exact details here, but wonderful ladies named Stacy
and Joy get involved, perhaps networking through past pup rescues with each
other and Stacy arranges to put Max on a plane along with Marley and I know at
least Max even spent the night at Stacy’s house before making the trip by plane
to his new home with Joy at Rover Oaks in Katy, Texas.
arrives safely with his good friend Marley and are both welcomed with open arms
to Rover Oaks Pet Resort in Katy, Texas. There ironically another lady
named Aki (no e at the end though), who is a fabulous trainer there also falls
in love with Max. Allow me to explain that the super folks at Rover Oaks
Pet Resort in Katy, Texas have a wonderful and very generous relationship with
Citizens For Animal Protection in Houston, Texas and help the shelter in
unbelievably ways of kindness, compassion, hard work and love!
decide to go to Citizen’s For Animal Protection in Houston, Texas to just look
only! I am still thinking that I’m maybe not ready as I had lost my pup of 16
years and just wasn’t sure about getting my heart broken again. Well,
that’s where I met Joy! She was volunteering and had a few of her/Rover Oaks
foster pups with her and introduced me to Max and told me about his cute
handshake trick. I quickly explained that I really didn’t want another
male as I had problems with that with my last pup that lasted a long time. Joy
listened and then promptly explained how belly bands, (which I knew nothing
about), can sometimes aid in the training of the famous leg lifts, etc.
and gave me her card and I said maybe I’d consider a girl pup.
calling my daughter again telling her about this really sweet pup and how he’s
just really been on my mind, but how I just do not want another male dog and
besides, he’s surely already been adopted by now right?! So, I of course call
Joy, who has the patience of a saint with me and shows me several female pups,
then I ask to see Max again. I knew when I asked to see Max. that really was
why I drove there all along. I think Joy might have known too. I
completed the application/interview process, made my adoption payment to
Citizens for Animal Protection and was approved to take Max home. Before
leaving though both Joy and Aki asked me to please keep in touch from time to
time to let them know about Max. Both may regret saying that now – ha! I
do and send them my ridiculous photos of Max periodically and have just
embraced the fact that I’m “the crazy dog lady” now. In case you’re wondering
about my fear of having another male dog…ends up no reason for me to have
daughter, Max and I made the trip from Houston to San Antonio to visit my son
for the day. I figured might as well see how Max does traveling right away! He
was awesome! He also melted the heart of my daughter whose lap he just laid in
so calmly the whole trip, only getting off her to stop to use the tree. (Note:
I now have a Pupsaver car seat so Max is safe while driving..thankfully)! Then
promptly stole my son’s heart just as easily. Since then, Max has driven across
several states with me as my co-pilot and if I wasn’t honest, which I was/am,
the hotels would have never even known I had Max with me! He’s an excellent
Road Tripper and likes it a lot…just jingle keys and he knows! You can sort of
fill in the blanks from here as I mention the love my entire family has for
this pup in this blog…he’s not just MY Max he is everyone’s Max in my extended
family as with all those people who saved his life, sacrificed their money,
love, and time and hearts to help him and who continue to love him and who
blessed me with this wonderful little pup I refer to as THE BEST PUP IN THEWORLD, (my old blog about Max)!!!
Thank each of you so very much from the bottom of my heart and soul for giving
me the gift of Max!! I am sure there are many out there that I didn’t have
names for that helped too and thank you to those people too! I promise to
always be a good Mom and love him forever!!! Thank you ALL soooo much!!!