Our handsome Max is one of those dogs that makes us scratch our heads, and wonder how the heck such a swell dog wound up in City Animal Control. We had expected that he had been a city stray, lost, and taken to the shelter, but, NO, it was his family who abandoned this 10 month old pup. Once they did, the clock began ticking. Owner surrendered dogs only have 48 hours before they are eligible for euthanasia.

Max's behavior evaluations reflected the disoriention and fear that he displayed in the chaotic shelter environment, and he was sent to us so that we could start the training process that his former owners had neglected. Max was acquired as a puppy, and grew up with kids, but very often a puppy's training and socializing takes a backseat to the child-rearing. It's easy for a smart, alpha wannabee pup to get a leg up on a frazzled stay-at-home mom or dad.

Max is a pure bred Beagle and is a hardwired scent hound. He loves the outdoors, and can amuse himself for hours, investigating the wondrous scents that abound in nature. He bears the classic Beagle tricolors, with saddlebag markings. Max is a robust, hearty dog, with a sturdy 33 pound physique that is easy to manage. He is not an overly high energy dog, but does need a fair amout of exercise to be happy and healthy.

Max is best suited to an adult home, with an active single, couple or retiree, who have the time to devote to Max's training. He now knows all the basic commands, and works well for food or praise. He loves the outdoors and would be an excellent walking or hiking companion. Max would be up for anything and could adapt to any kind of pace. We haven't noticed that Max is overly reactive to other dogs or sounds, and we haven't heard much barking, but we know that there is a big old Beagle ballyhoo in there somewhere. We did hear him express an opinion at the McDonalds Drive Thru, when he learned that Micky D's now serves Lobster Rolls in New England. Max will bark when he has something to say.

Max can be a great friend to other dogs his age, but he has a little of the alpha wannabe personality, and is a bit pushy within the dog pack. He could certainly join a multi-dog home, but dog chemistry will have to be tested before a final decision is made. Max wouldn't be a good fit with kids or cats.

Max is in his glorious adolescence, and has decent house manners for a youngster. He is somewhat housetrained and cratetrained, but adopters should be prepared to finetune his potty habits. As with most rescue dogs, Max has been bounced around a bit, and has lost some of his house training Mojo. He will need patience and persistence to help him to acclimate to a new routine.

Max is in excellent health, and has been neutered. He has been vaccinated for Rabies, Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvo, Parainfluenza, and Coronavirus. He has had the 4dx test, and is negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis. He has been microchipped and dewormed. If you are interested in Max, please write to Denise@eskiesonline.com or call Denise at 860-908-9738 for more info.

Eskies Online is a 501(c)(3) Multibreed rescue group that serves unwanted American Eskimos and other dogs in need. Our group of volunteer foster homes spans the North East, and our adoption territory extends from Maine to eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and parts of northern Maryland. Once an adopter is approved, we arrange transportation. We do not adopt dogs beyond our territory. Please visit our website: www.eskiesonline.com for more information about our group and our adoption procedures.