It is a bit pathetic to say, and Jason still makes fun of me for this, but that day as soon as we had Max in the car and were pulling away from Dogs Trust I began to cry. It was a cathartic moment, he was our perfect dog and he was coming home with us. After a couple weeks of suppressing my emotions and trying not to get attached to Max I finally embraced the feeling that we were about to embark on a journey that would change both our lives and Max's for the better.
The first thing on the agenda (after a bath of course) was to fatten him up. When we brought Max home he was barely 40 lbs and so skinny that his ribs were clearly visible.
This was the first night we brought him home. Soooooo skinny! I can't believe how lean he was, especially his legs and chest!
Today Max weighs a bit over 50 lbs and our vet says he is at his ideal weight. As he gained weight we saw him transform into a completely different dog.
Comparing these recent photos with the photos above you can see how he has filled out in the chest and legs and no longer has ribs poking out!
Oops, someone forgot to tell Max he's no longer the dainty dog we brought home a year ago!
Early on we also learned a very important lesson, Max was going to require more than your run of the mill toys. He was on a mission to destroy every toy we gave him. Luckily he focused his energy on the toys and never on our furniture or belongings.
He was able to gut this stuffed penguin in a matter of seconds.
We had to opt for only tough rubber toys, and his favorite is his yellow ball which you see in nearly every photo of him on the beach! That is no tennis ball (he can easily shred those in just one trip to the beach) this is a solid rubber ball and the best £6 we ever spent since it seems virtually indestructible.
If you have been reading my blog for the past year, you probably feel like you know Max. He has a very unique personality and he endears himself to all he meets.
He also has some peculiar sleeping positions. Like this one...
... and this one...
Yes, it seems wherever Max goes a bit of comedy seems to follow
Furry, fast and funny but above all Max's favorite thing is to be close to us.
Happy Adoptiversary Max!
Over this past year you have made our best moments even better and our worst moments bearable. You know when it is time to play and when I need a snuggle and kisses. You have brought so much energy, laughter and love to our home.