2.04.2014

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Yesterday afternoon, we adopted a nine-year-old mix named Max. He's my first dog. I had told Matt that I would get him a dog for Christmas, but we had never gone to look for one. One day, I was browsing a site I follow in New York and they mentioned a new facebook site called susie's senior dogs. The point of the page is to find homes for older dogs. Matt and I had already decided that we didn't want a puppy,  but I wasn't thinking much of it when I clicked over. The dogs weren't sorted or anything, they were just posted on the page one at a time, and they were from all over America. The very top dog? Max. Virginia Beach. It's funny how things fall into place. So, we made sure he was good with cats, and went to see him.

He's the sweetest thing. He's mild mannered, but playful, and when he hasn't seen you for awhile (a shower counts) he grins at you (which is sorta like showing you his teeth, but with his tail wagging like crazy). All of the pictures I have are really subdued because the ones where he was jumping around were all blurry. He likes our yard, isn't afraid of or mean to Tater (who still gets all fluffy when they're close to each other, but is handling it all very well), and is eating and drinking well. Last night we had plans to have him sleep in the laundry room, but he was being so good that we let him sleep on the couch. Our kitty on one couch and our new dog on the other. So stinking cute. This morning (seven minutes before Matt's alarm was set to go off) he came into our room, smiling, and rubbing himself with my hand. He's the sweetest. Obviously, it hasn't been long enough for him to be completely settled in, but he had free rein and didn't have an accident or chew anything up. The only "problem" has been that he wants to eat Tater's food along with his own, but he's easily corrected. Looking forward to getting off work so we can take him on his first walk around the neighborhood!

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  1. Thank you both for saving Max! These pics are great! Leigh Penner, Pres of Friends of Virginia Beach Animal Care & Adoption Center www.beachpetpals.org.

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  2. you are so lucky!!! You have saved a life, given Max a wonderful home with a family and a furry sibling, and have enriched your own lives tremendously! WTG!

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  3. I'm in tears reading this -- I love Max, and spent time sitting in the front lobby trying to show off his charm. Obviously, he knew you were out there and was patiently waiting for you to discover him. I'm so thankful that you adopted. him. Have fun and please give him a bug hug and a kiss from me!

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    1. Aw! I'm so glad he had people to love him while he was there! I'll be sure to give him some extra love from you.

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  4. Thank you for saving Max!! I saw him, but where I am in Maryland is way too far away from where he was in Virginia Beach. It was making my heart hurt to think he wouldn't find a home. Reading this made my week!

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    1. Make sure you get one where you are and we'll call it square! :)

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  5. You are true angels. Good things will happen to you.

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    1. God has been good to us! We're happy to give him a home!

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  6. What a great story!! Max is a cutie. You did such a great thing rescuing an older dog and Max will be forever grateful! Enjoy your new addition to your family!

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    1. Thanks! We have been enjoying him!

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  7. Why are you covered in dead animals in your photo?

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    1. The coat is something my husband bought in thrift to make moccasins out of for Christmas presents. Sorry if it offends you.

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  8. you guys did a wonderful things!!!! much love from me & my 14 year old dog also names Max : )

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    1. Haha, Max is a cool dog name! It was one of the example names when we went to make his name tag yesterday.

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  9. What a perfect union! His photos are beautiful, and you are lovely folks for giving him such a wonderful home.

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    1. He's been such a fun addition to our family! :)

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  10. Ignore the trolls and take heart in the gratitude. Max is blessed to have you and we can see he is returning the LOVE already!

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    1. It's only been a couple of days, but he just fits! It is so nice to have so many people who are happy for Max.

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  11. What a wonderful home you have made for Tater and Max! I hope you, sincerely, know that you have shown a true kindness for the adoption and the sharing of your story because you may spur some other people who are unsure into action, which means you will have saved more than just Max. Sending all of you the best thoughts and prayers.

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    1. :) We love them. Thank you for your kind words!

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  12. This makes me so happy. Humans are good at things sometimes.

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    1. We were glad to adopt him! We've been blessed with so much, and it's nice to have some furry friends to share it with!

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  13. Amazing. Max is so lucky to have you as his new owners. And I bet you're lucky, too. <3

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  14. This is so sweet and how wonderful that you found each other. May you all have many fun filled and loving years together.

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    1. We're just doing what we can to help who we can! :)

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  16. MAX. Oh my gosh. I'm so grateful you adopted him to give him a forever home. He is so sweet.

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  17. while adpotting one dog doesn't change the world it sure changes Max's world (and your's), forever!! Bless you!!

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  18. Heartwarming!

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  19. Max looks like a sweetheart..and so are the 2 of you for giving him a new life !

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    1. He is so sweet. It's crazy how much love he gives us even though it has only been a couple days.

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  20. Great photos.. Thank you for opening up your home to an older animal, you've done a wonderful thing by giving him so much love, care and warmth. Best wishes for you.

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    1. Thank you! We're so excited to have him.

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  21. What a happy ending! Looks like his Dad has already fallen in love!

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  22. These pictures warm my heart. Thanks for adopting a senior. Very inspiring. :)

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  23. It was meant to be! I have three rescues. In the days ahead you will see in Max the gratitude he has for bring rescued and he will return that to you both ten fold. Congrats and thanks for making the leap of faith.

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    1. It's already been crazy! He loves us :)

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  24. Aww, such a sweet story (I saw it on Facebook). Thank you for sharing and being so open to adopting a senior dog! <3 <3

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    1. Max is way more popular on Facebook than I am ;) He deserves the attention.

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  25. YAY! Thank you so much for finding Max. I've been following Susie's Senior Dogs since she debuted and the stories make my heart sing. HONY is awesome! Congrats on your first dog. Connie-Norfolk VA

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    1. HONY is amazing! We live in norfolk too. Whoop whoop! :)

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  26. I have been following the site to adopt older dogs because it is such a wonderful cause. We moved to 'the country' eight years ago and rescued two stray dogs and two stray cats and they all get along so well--they have enriched our lives as I know Max will enrich yours. Bless You!

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    1. He's already been so sweet. We just love him. :)

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  27. OMG! I love this. God bless you and your family and Susie's Senior Dogs. What a wonderful and loving thing to do.

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    1. :) God has blessed us. Max is the best.

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  28. Max looks like such a happy boy! And by the sounds of it, he couldn't have been adopted by anyone better. I, like many of the people leaving comments, have been following Susie's Senior Dogs, and nothing makes me happier than seeing these older shelter dogs finding their forever homes.. and even if Max lives for only a portion of your life, you will have been his whole world. I hope that your experience with him is nothing short of amazing. I couldn't imagine my life without my 9 year old pooch. Thank you for doing this! Lots of love from British Columbia, Canada

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  29. This put such a big smile on my face. He seems so lovely, you're so lucky to have him! And it seems he's lucky to have you too. Your post makes me feel less hesitant about adopting a senior dog in the future, so thank you so much for posting about him!

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  30. I'm a volunteer at VBAC and wanted to than you so much for adopting Max. He had been overlooked so many times and was having such a hard time at the shelter. He is a wonderful dog, and we have so many others like him. You have definitely assured him a wonder life in his senior years :-)

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