Meet Mr. Max
Species Dog 
Breed Retriever, Labrador/Mix 
Age 11 years 10 months 7 days 
Gender Male 
Size Large 
Color White/Black 
Declawed No 
Site Humane Society for Hamilton County 
Adoption Price $35.00 
What's up Pussycat? This is your old pal, Mr. Max, comin' atcha from the HSHC. You may remember me from 2007 when I arrived as a stray dog on a cold February day. I was just a 10-month-old pup then. I was returned to my owner and then I was adopted and ended up at Animal Control in Indianapolis. Anyhoo, I am now 11-years-old, and feeling my age. I have the rheumatism in my hips; they call it arthur-itis here and I take some medicine to ease the pain. So, sometimes I look a little unsteady on my pins when I'm walking.

Here is the 4-1-1 from my foster mom who says I am ACES in her book:

Mr. Max is fantastic with children, cats, and other dogs. He lets my 2-year-old niece and 3-year-old neighbor crawl all over him. My daughter's pug is a grump at times and growls at Mr. Max just because Max exists. Max just ignores him.

I was told Max is disabled in his hips and can't do stairs. Someone forgot to tell Max what he can't do. He gets himself where he wants to be when he wants to be there, primarily the couch and the bed to join his humans.

He is very playful with toys. He loves it when someone throws a ball for him. He jumps and barks. Playing is the only time I've heard him bark. He's very well house trained.

His main problem is anxiety. Due to his history of unstable environments, Mr. Max has developed severe separation anxiety He takes medicine to help with this. I can leave him alone in his crate for a few hours at a time.

He won't eat much. I think he's afraid to have his head in his bowl because he can't see what's going on. Is he afraid someone will abandon him while he's eating and not looking?

You can see that I will need a patient owner who spends a lot of time at home. My needs are few-just a soft place to nap, a loving home and someone who appreciates older dogs. Remember: Blessed be the person who takes in and loves an old dog. For their time with us is more important than our time with them.

I qualify for the PAWS program if you are 55 or older. 11/23/17