My name is Maxwell, but my friends call me Max. I’m a cute little pug, between eight and nine years old, and I weigh about 15 pounds. I need to put on a little more weight to meet the typical chubby pug standard, but have already gained four pounds since I came into rescue.
My story is a little sad and, unfortunately, far too common. I was found abandoned on the street, starved, and in need of medical attention and dental care. Mutts Matter thinks I was the victim of a backyard breeder or puppy mill, kept in a cage and used for breeding, then discarded when I got older and they had no use for me. Even though my life has not been easy up until now, I have not let that change my gentle nature or attitude toward people. I love to be petted and to cuddle up with you on the couch. I just want to have a family to love and a real home to live out my senior years.
I lucked out and got the mother of all foster families. I’m staying with the founder of Mutts Matter Rescue, her cool husband, and my three foster pup siblings—one is a pug like me! My foster mom has taken excellent care of me and nursed me back to health, and I’m getting stronger every day. I fit right in with their pack, whether I’m laying on my foster dad watching ESPN at night, sunbathing with my foster mom in the back yard, or sharing a cozy bed with the other pups. I now know what it’s like to be part of a family and life is good.
I’m really a pretty easy pup to live with. I’m good with other dogs, fully potty-trained, and will even go to the back door to let you know when I need to go outside. I’ve learned to walk on a leash and get really excited when it’s time to go on daily walks with my family. The consistent exercise helps me build up my leg muscles and will keep me healthy and fit. Candidly, I’m not a huge fan of the crate. I spent so many years caged up that, now that I’ve experienced freedom, I never want to see another crate again. Can you blame me?
I’m not a young pup, but I’m resilient and a survivor. I have limited vision in one eye, and my hearing isn’t great, but it’s good enough to know when my foster mom is about to serve me dinner. I run to the kitchen with every bit of youthful enthusiasm and she says I cry “like a baby pterodactyl” when I see my food. It makes her laugh every time, and she thinks I’m quite the character. I’m super food-motivated and have now been introduced to the wonderful world of dog treats... Who knew!?!
Mutts Matter thinks I would fit best in a more laid-back home environment or with a family who has the time to give me the love and attention I deserve. I just want to be with my people and know what it feels like to belong. I’d be great a fit for a retired couple or someone who is home during the day and wants a loving companion. I’d also be fine having other small pups to hang with.
Adopting a senior dog…
Senior dogs make great pets. They’ve already grown into themselves, and have established personalities, so you know what you’re getting. They’ve typically been "socialized" and understand what it takes to be part of your family. They have calmer temperaments, are better able to focus during training, and are eager to learn and please you. Senior dogs are also more worldly—many have already experienced car rides and know how to walk on a leash, so they’re instant companions ready to take on new activities with you. They are also very grateful for the second chance they’ve been given and will really appreciate a loving and caring home.
Adopting a senior dog is your opportunity to be a hero. At the shelters, older dogs are often the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized. Saving an animal’s life offers an unlimited emotional return on your investment, and you’ll reap the rewards every day you spend together.