Max

Interview with Max

Max:

Yo! Yeah, you there, tough guy. You up for a challenge? ‘Cause I’m telling you, I’m no pushover. I mean, you got treats or toys, I may listen and we can, like, negotiate that I do some things for you, but there gotta be something in it for me, you know? Don’t get me wrong. I’m a good guy to hang out with; I’m a really good friend to my buddies and I’ll have your back. Also, I can be pretty funny and bring on the laughs. And I’m not all muscle and good looks; I have skills, too, and a brain in my head. So if you are down with this and think you’re tough enough you can be my new partner.

Visitor:

So what do you do for fun, Max?

Max:

I like my toys, if you know what I mean [wink, wink]. Especially if you bring out the big guns! That is, it has to be tough rubber and stuff. Those sissy toys with the stuffing and thin plastic and all that? Forget it! I’ll shred them in a minute.

But what I like even more is to get to let loose and fly and maybe do some zoomies. It doesn’t have to be for long, just for a good workout; a guy’s gotta work on his strength, stamina, and looks in this business. Yeah, a safely fenced area in a quiet part of town will do, and we can use it to bury the bodies of those silly stuffed toys, too, after I finish them off.
And then there are nice long walks and hikes. They are definitely on the list! Sniffing, checking pee-mail, having adventures, eating duck poop – yeah it is all great! And sometimes I just want to hit the pavement – you better double time it if you want to match my speed, but if you can’t then we’ll figure it out.

I definitely need to use my brain, too, or I’ll lose my cool. I have a friend that does crosswords but that ain’t my style. Luckily I have other interests: Things like puzzle feeders, scent games, and – ding, ding – training positive-reinforcement style. I rock that stuff and I like a challenge! I’m working on all kinds of stuff right now and I’m not just talking basic stuff. I’ll give you a demonstration if you want.

Visitor:

What are your weak points?

Max:

What are you saying? I’ve got no weak points!

Well, maybe one. Or two. Or maybe three. It really ain’t my fault! I used to like other dogs and play with them but something happened. I can’t remember exactly what but my psy…, eh, I mean my friend, says I probably got hurt, maybe shocked, while dogs were near, but I know that they make me mad, now, and I want them to go away, and I ain’t shy about letting them know. My friend is helping me work on it but it takes time and I will need help doing so for a while with my new partner.

And I ain’t saying I can’t control myself but I get a little bit too happy when meeting new people… or see my friends again. But what is a little man hugging among friends? Well, maybe the kids don’t appreciate it so much. But I don’t get to hang out with people a lot right now so when I do, well, you know what I’m saying!

I guess I need to come clean about pulling on the leash as well. I just so wanna keep going; there is so much to do and so many things to explore. You understand, right?

Visitor:

Sure do, Max. What kind of family and home do you want?

Max:

I want a real bro or sis! One who appreciates my enthusiasm and how I pour my heart 100% into everything I do. Who can see the dog behind the tough façade. Who will support me and help me keep learning and growing. And who wants to have fun and let me be part of that!

A back yard to run in is a must but the house needs to be my home where I live with my owner/family.

Visitor:

What about cats?

Max:

I don’t know. Do they run like squirrels when you chase them?

Visitor:

Well, Max, I wish you luck; you shine and the right person or family will see it.