ADOPTED! Meet Max, a 5 year old Australian Shepherd blue merle male who weighs around 45 pounds. Max is up to date on all his shots, and neutered.
Max is what we call a survivor. Why you ask? He was dumped as a young pup in a residential area that was surrounded by woods. Max lived off of what ever scraps he could find. One day a older couple who lived next to the woods saw Max, but could not get him to come near them. They started by setting out food, and slowly gaining his trust, the neighborhood became involved and everyone pitched in to feed this scared Aussie. He was still scared of human contact. Then they built him a little dog house to give him shelter from the elements. But things were not in Max’s life to live free and the way he had all those years, you see, he was hanging out in an area were the home owners associated stated “No Dogs” and one day the secret was out about Max, he had barked at a meter reader, why not he was bonding and starting to protect the homes of the people that loved him.
This was not a good way to stay hidden, you see even though Max is one of the smartest breeds around, his nature required he bark and alert when a stranger was around, that is why we love our Aussies, they care and protect us.
Max was eventually snared by the county animal control, much against their wants, it was a very sad and tearful day for everyone in the neighborhood, you see Max was starting to respond to humans, and trust, only to have that shattered away. Max was taken to the shelter, where he laid on the floor for 3 days, not eating, drinking or even going the bathroom. The decision was made to put him to sleep, but again Max, who braved 30 inches of snow, sub-zero weather, 100+ degree days in the humid Southern Illinois region, was a survivor, the medication to put him to sleep was either not enough, or his Aussie Godmother was saying he still had time on this earth, time to show he was what many will call a pet, a companion, an Australian Shepherd.