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I am already neutered, housetrained, up to date with shots, good with dogs, and good with cats.
The day Max arrived, we brushed enough hair out of him to build at least an extra mini-Aussie... and it's still coming out, brushing every day. He seemed completely unfamiliar with the concept of grooming, so perhaps was never brushed in his previous life. Once his current undercoat is finished shedding, it should be fairly simple to keep his fur in top condition with just a few minutes of grooming per day.
Max is good with cats and other dogs (his cat test is at the very end of the video), and loves all sorts of people. He would prefer to not have toddlers poking at him (hey, I was a toddler once, and yes, doggies are fun to poke and prod and pat... but seniors like Max generally prefer the more relaxed lifestyle of a "no toddlers community"). We are supplementing him with Cosequin right now, and he is very slow to get up and to go in and out of his kennel, but a large part of that is likely the extra weight he is carrying (add 30% to your current weight and imagine having to hold a rock that weighs that much every time you have to stand up... ugh). With gentle daily fetch and gradually lengthening daily walks, plus a diet to provide slow and steady weight loss, he should limber up pretty well.
His teeth are very worn, probably from a lifetime of carrying around rocks hoping someone will play fetch. He appears to be well housetrained, and unlike most males who arrive unneutered, he has not been running all over the shelter marking every spot that another dog has ever claimed! (Marking, of course, is totally separate from housetraining - so for him to be doing this well in both areas is a great plus!)
His senior blood panel did show some areas of concern. He is somewhat anemic and has some moderately high liver enzymes, both of which can be side effects of Max's primary medical issue: he has hypothyroidism. The good news is, hypothyroidism is easy to treat; Max is taking levothyroxine twice daily before mealtime, and if we put the pills in a "meatball" he happily eats them immediately. He also will need his T4 blood levels monitored frequently during these first few months, to try to pinpoint his best dosage, and then occasionally afterwards.
All Max really wants is a home where someone will be able to throw toys and balls for him, a soft bed for him to snooze on between fetch sessions, and some gentle, loving grooming and walks with his favorite person each day. He should be a pretty easy dog to integrate into just about any sort of home and family, and deserves his final years to be filled with fun and love. Someone will be really lucky to invite this fun and endearing character into their life! He's actually one of the few dogs that genuinely is much more adorable in person than comes through in his photos... he has already captured the hearts of all the volunteers.
Max comes with a 30-day money-back trial adoption period.
Spay/neuter, worming, microchip and all age-appropriate shots are always completed before placement, and are included in the adoption fee (suggested minimum $50, or SENIOR for SENIOR - adopters over 65 may name their own adoption fee); more gratefully accepted!)
Can't come to Republic? Don't let that stop you! We have monthly transports to both the Seattle area and Spokane, delivering adopted pets to their new owners. If you can add a little to your payment to help us cover our volunteer driver's expenses, that would be great!