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19-NOV-2011 f. lang

Rescue Dog "Max" . . . his story

Yuma, AZ

My wife Joyce and I are 'snowbirds' and spend winters in Yuma, AZ. This year, prior to being in Yuma 24 hours, my wife answered a knock at the door while I had my head under the sink in an attempt to re-activate the reverse-osmosis unit. I could hear her talking excitedly to whoever was there and thought she'd re-acquainted with a sewing friend who perhaps had acquired a new purchase ... sewing machine that is. However, a couple moments later Joyce walks into the kitchen with the cutest looking bundle of fur in her arms and announces: "Fred ... look ... this is our new dog". I make a noise somewhere between a choke and a heave ... otherwise known as a "gulp".

So ... how'd this all come about?

Well it seems a couple from our RV park were enroute to Yuma via New Mexica and had stopped at a MacDonalds for a bite to eat. Just as they were about to leave a scene unfolded with the driver of a bus headed for Georgia confronting a young woman who 'perhaps'(??)had smuggled her Chihuahua puppy (7-8 weeks oldl) on the "no pets allowed" bus. He stated SHE could get back on but NOT WITH THE DOG. It was suggested she leave the dog behind MacDonalds. As this occurred the couple headed for our park decided they couldn't just sit by and watch this dog be abandoned so they retrieved the it then purchased a cage and brought him to Yuma. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons no one in the park was able to adopt the dog ie only two pets allowed per site and already had two pets; unable to provide the care and attention required by a puppy; etc.

After exhausting all adoption avenues and immediately prior to taking it to the Humane Society someone remembered our previous Chihuahua rescue dog (Inky) had passed away the previous year and wondered if we'd be interested in providing this little fella a home so noticing we had arrived she knocked on our door ... and ... that's all it took.

Within minutes the puppy walked in and made itself at home ... to Ms Abbi's (our other dog, a Pomeranian) water ... Ms Abbi's food ... Ms Abbi's toys ... Ms Abbi's beds ... and Ms Abbi's parents ... ie ... us.

He (we checked) immediately stole our hearts and became a family member and it wasn't too long before the question arose ... "what are we going to name him". I speak some Spanish so came up with names such as: Chico (small boy), Nino (baby), Peso, Chorro (squirt), Loco (crazy .. he's into every nook & cranny ... all the time), etc ... none of which we were able to agree upon. Then, early one morning Joyce rushes into the kitchen and informs me she'd had an 'epiphany' during the middle of the night: "He was abandoned behind MacDonalds and rescued from MacDonalds so .... IT HAS TO BE ... M A X ... : )" I agree adding: "and after he grows somewhat we can call him: BIG MAX ..." ... now this has really evolved ...

... during his crazy playtime period we could call him: MAD MAX

... my son suggested when he becomes full grown his name could be: MAXIMUM

... if he requires correcting (and he will/has) .. I could/do refer to him sternly as: MAXWELL

... should we decide to teach him some Spanish commands he could become: MAXIMILIAN ...

So there you have it ... Senor Max has a new home and we have a new dog ... and are reading books as quickly as possible in an attempt to supplement our 'puppy' knowledge ... : )


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Donna Mills 07-Jul-2017 08:57
Hi Fred

It was a pleasure to stop and have a chat with Max and you at Royal Roads today. It's always insightful to share our passion of photography with others who view our fascinating world through a camera lens and really 'see' the beauty that surrounds us. Your photos are amazing!

All life's best to you
Fay Humphrey 10-Nov-2015 00:18
Fred, that is such a darling picture, and he is so sweet, we will be late getting to Yuma this year, and we will really miss you and Max at the park. That is one of the highlights of being in Yuma, lol the pet people and the doggies, and that Max
Is really special.
Fay Humphrey 10-Nov-2015 00:09
Hi Fred an Joyce and Max and Abbi,
This is an adorable picture, and what a boy he is. Are you still not going to Yuma? We will be late for sure and we will really miss you and Max in the park, that park and all its inhabitants is the bright spot in the day, we love to go down and see everyone, and that Max is so special. You two really belong together...
Laura 09-Nov-2015 20:18
So cute, he is!
Thank you very much for the sharing, Fred.

debbie 03-Oct-2012 18:25
Hi Fred,

It was a real pleasure meeting you and your sweet little Max. I fell in love with him immediately. I'm so happy that he has you as one of his parents. You are a blessing to Max as he is a blessing to you. Hope to run into you again someday. Gerry and I went through your pictures. They are beautiful. What a great way to share them. I also take alot of pictures, so I really enjoyed seeing what kind of pictures you take.
Oh just to remind you we met at Royal Roads. We were sitting on the bench just above the parking lot and you asked us if we wanted some romantic music and we said yes.

Take Care Fred,

Debbie & Gerry
Dennis Swayze26-Nov-2011 00:07
Max has to be the Luckiest Pup in the world to have been united with such caring folks. Enjoy Amigo.

Cheers !
Christin Tröger25-Nov-2011 08:15
He is adorable!
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