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Max, a Border Collie, was turned in as a "stray" by his owner. He's got a great personality (supposedly he might be a bit of a barker but I haven't heard him make a peep) and his ex-vet, whom TAS managed to track down, said he was looked after well enough so who knows why he was given up. The owner isn't returning any phone calls.

Max is very much a Border Collie. He's constantly checking in with his walker when he's out for a walk. He does that crouchy thing Border Collies do like they're trying to sneak up on something. He's the type of dog who makes me want to buy a flock of sheep or a clutch of chickens or a class of kindergarten children just so I can see his herding instincts at work. I realize kindergarten children might be a challenge to herd but Max needs the workout because right now he looks like an overstuffed, hairy pillow.

Oh and the best thing Max does is he sticks his tongue out at you when he lifts a paw to shake your hand or punch your groin, whichever is closest.

6 Comments to “Max - Border Collie”

  1. Ann says:

    There are signs posted at the Valu Mart at Bayview and Davisville...saying that Max a 6 year old Border Collie is LOST!!!! The pictures you have posted look like the same BC that is a "LOST Pet" !! This is feeling and sounding in consistent. COuld someone from THS follow-up on this -PLEASE

  2. Kit Lang says:

    I never understand what is the matter with these people! How can they give up a poor animal who doesn't know why they have to live in a cage, where all the love went or where their family is. How can they just abandon a member of their family?

  3. There's a dog who would do well in the movies: what a range of expressions he has! And, if his co-stars go all diva, he can punch them in the delicate places and then act like he was only offering shake-a-paw.

  4. Fred says:

    Ann, the Max at TAS-S (not THS) is microchipped which is how his owners were tracked down as well as his vet. Max here is also 2 years 11 months old. Still, as a precaution, if you have the contact info from the lost poster, someone at TAS might be able to check it out. Thanks.

  5. Called the Lost and Found poster's phone number to let them know about Max, The 6 year old MAX from the poster
    was being looked after by a family member, while the owners are on a holiday.
    It looks like the same dog perhaps they was a mistake on the age :L
    Hope it all works out for both Max and MAX!

  6. Fred says:

    Thanks for calling Sharin. Hope there's some resolution for the owners of the lost dog.

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A request

The reason for this blog is to help get specific dogs adopted from TAS but equally important is to try to normalize the idea of shelter dogs being just as good and just as desirable as any other dogs including those which are regularly merchandised by backyard breeders, puppy millers and those few remaining pet store owners who still feel a need to sell live animals. The single greatest stigma shelter animals still face is the belief that shelter animals are substandard animals. Anyone who has had enough experience with shelter animals knows this is untrue but the general public hasn't had the same experiences you've had. They see a nice dog photo in a glossy magazine and too many of them would never think of associating that dog with a dog from a shelter. After all, no one abandons perfectly good dogs, right? Unfortunately, as we all know, perfectly good dogs are abandoned all the time.

The public still too often associates shelter dogs with images of beat up, sick, dirty, severely traumatized animals and while we definitely sometimes see victims such as these, they are certainly not the majority and, regardless, even the most abused animals can very often be saved and made whole again.

Pound Dogs sometimes discusses the sad histories some of the dogs have suffered. For the most part, though, it tries to present the dogs not as victims but as great potential family members. The goal is to raise the profiles of animals in adoption centers so that a potential pet owner sees them as the best choice, not just as the charity choice.

So, here's the favour I'm asking. Whenever you see a dog picture on these pages you think is decent enough, I'd like you to consider sharing it on Facebook or any other social media sites you're using (I know many of you do this already and thank you for that). And when you share it, please mention that the dog in the photo is a shelter dog like so many other shelter dogs waiting for a home. If we can get even five percent of the pet buying public to see shelter dogs differently, to see how beautiful they are and how wonderful they are, and to consider shelter dogs as their first choice for a new family member, we can end the suffering of homeless pets in this country.