Unlike Maxwell Smart, little Max is no accidental hero. This seven-month-old Border Collie and Kelpie mix is one intelligent and entertaining fellow who has brightened the lives of his new family.
The Ryan family were on the look out for a new four-legged family member in addition to their existing pet Roscoe, a five-year-old tabby cat. They were searching online through The Lost Dogs’ Home adoptions page when they came across Max,
“My husband was keen on a Kelpie, and I wanted a Border Collie. We came across Max who was a mix and still a puppy at four-months and three-weeks, so he seemed perfect. His face was so intelligent looking and adorable. We fell in love! The next day we were on our way to Echuca to meet and pick him up.”
“We first met with staff who gave us some background on Max, in particular his personality and what was known about his history. Then we were taken to meet him and took some time to introduce ourselves to each other. There was no doubt that Max was friendly and obviously intelligent dog, and we loved him and knew he would be a perfect fit for our family. Then it was a matter of filling in paperwork, including the Pet Licence. We were also given information about his vaccinations and general health care,” Sue said.
“The staff kindly gave us a couple of blankets for the ride home, we then paid the adoption fee and were on our way,” she added.
The road trip from Echuca back to Melbourne passed without any bumps, infact Sue recalled that Max appeared to enjoy the drive,
“He was amazing in the car. Throughout the four-hour drive, he didn’t fret once and just laid with his head on our daughters lap and slept for most of it.”
Aside from setting up his space in his new home, the Ryan family have also provided Max with plenty to chew on,
“He is in the puppy chewing phase – the only thing to withstand it all is a chew rope and that is his favourite.”
Working dogs like Border Collies and Kelpies are very active and bright dogs, who love to work and therefore require lots of mental stimulation as well as exercise, and Max is demonstrating traits true to his breed.
“Max has a habit of trying to round you up when he is bored and Roscoe is on occasion his one cat herd, “When he first laid eyes on the cat, who was sitting by a window, Max came hurtling up to say hello…Roscoe is genuinely keen to befriend Max, but has had to give Max a couple of friendly swipes to the nose to keep him in line- but they are gradually getting used to each other.”
The Ryan Family wisely organised a dog trainer to come to their house for the first week, “It was crucial for us to learn how to show Max his place in the family and to learn how to train him.”
“He now sits on command, comes when called, stays and is obedient on the lead, although he is still learning to walk at our pace instead of that of a greyhound! He is improving in his social interactions with other dogs and is more relaxed when he sees them out on our walks.”
Sue said that Max is an easy going, well-rounded, happy-go-lucky kind of canine and while he has bonded well with the whole family, Sue said Max loves Stephen’s company the most,
“He is known as the site manager at home, following Steve around our five-acres and can often be seen trotting along behind the ute, or chewing on a branch in the shade whilst Steve is working or just putting his head in to check out what he is doing.”
Now totally settled in, the Ryan family could not be happier with their decision to adopt Max, “Watching Max grow and become a part of the family, and seeing that he is happy and trusts is a rewarding experience. We would never purchase from a pet store, and preferred not to buy from a breeder, instead we wanted to give a surrendered dog another chance at a loving home and family. It has been the best decision ever.”
Thank you to the Ryan family for sharing their heart warming story with us.