MAX...was surrendered with his brother Ozzie to Dunboyne pound two weeks ago.  We thought originally we might look for a home for them together but now feel they would be better separated.  Together they wind each other up whereas on their own they are very sweet and affectionate.

Max is 6-9 months old - a medium-sized working-type labrador with all the bouncy friendliness you would expect from a labrador at this age. Max is still puppyish but he carried, rather than chewed, the shoes he picked up so there’s a fighting chance your £200 Manolas  (or in our case, rather-cheaper but no-less-loved Crocs) would survive the experience... Although Max has quite a bit of white on this chest, we are pretty sure he is purebred.

Max has been kept outside and clearly hasn’t been blessed with much in his young life, but this is a lovely, bright  boy who with a bit of guidance will be perfect family dog. He absolutely loves humans, has a very soft mouth and will be fine with children - although as a boisterous adolescent may be too much for little ones. He is terrific with other dogs.

Max, like his brother, needs housetraining, but will learn very quickly. He is very biddable, and sticks very close on walks - always trying to make eye-contact with you. He is the needier/clingier of the pair  - absolutely melts when you stroke and cuddle him. He will suit a home where there is someone around most of the day and where he can be a real part of the family. This boy will always want to be by your side. He already knows “sit” and waits patiently for a treat. 

Max will be fully-vaccinated, wormed, flea-treated and microchipped.  He is a little too young to be neutered so this will be the responsibility of his new family.

Unfortunately we are so very short of foster homes at the moment that Max and his brother are currently in kennels, so if you are interested  in this gorgeous boy, either as a foster or a forever home, please email asap!

There is a minimum adoption fee of  £150 for Max, which includes the £65 each it cost to transport him from Ireland. 

UPDATE 22/4/2010

Max will be going to his new family on Saturday - a big thank you to Sue and Mike in Hertfordshire for offering him a lovely home. Max barely seemed to notice the separation from his brother and has come on a treat. He’s been with us for the past week, picked up the house-training lark very quickly and is a lovely, shiny, wiggly, biddable and loving little boy who makes friends with everyone - two-legged or four.  An absolute menace with loo rolls, though...Sue and Mike - you have been warned!

(updated 10/4/10)

Below: Max (right) and his brother Ozzie -  in Dunboyne pound

Below: on his way to his new home... sweet Max with his very smart new collar + lead...