Eddie and I
Eddie and Buzz
Eddie ready for Christmas
Jonny and Eddie
Buzz and Eddie
Max when he first arrived at The Blue Cross in Tiverton, Devon (thank you for the photo!)
Max in his Royal Navy jumper that Jonny's mum knitted for when he returned from deployment
Lots of rehoming centres get you to come and visit, let you walk around the centre etc and if you like the look of a dog, then the process starts. With The Blue Cross, you fill in an application before you go and visit the dog, with all of your details including work, pet history, family life etc, which is actually a really good way of doing it - compatibility is extremely important. I'd only sent the application off within 30 minutes and I'd had a call saying they thought Max and I were a perfect match and they'd like me to visit. I went two days later (unfortunately Jonny couldn't be there that day) and Max and I had our first meeting.
Buzz and Max
Family hug a few minutes after Jonny had arrived back in the UK after 6 months apart
We met in a private room, and then they let me take him on a walk in their designated areas so you can see how you get on without watchful eyes, and then you could go in their enclosed field and play with them for as long as you liked. I was in love straight away and knew he had to be mine. I went back and signed all the documents and said I'd be back a week later as I wanted Jonny to be there so Max was aware he was family and not a stranger. A week later, he was home with us and asleep in Jonny's arms.
Jonny and Max chilling with a glass of wine..both looking a little tipsy
Max sitting on my desk in the office
Not much is known about Max's history. He was abandoned at the side of a road in Ireland by what they assume are gypsy travellers. At first, he was terrified of roads because of this, and also bin bags (we believe he may have been tied up in one) and we had to work with helping him through this. But, plus sides were that he'd learnt his name quickly at the centre and was pretty much toilet trained. It makes me angry to think that someone could just leave an animal at the side of a road - how can these people exist? I get so frustrated with animal cruelty..there should be harsher punishments for it in the UK. So many people get away with such horrible deeds.
Max at the pub waiting for a few pork scratchings to be thrown his way
Max trying to beat Jonny in a race...he did overtake him and won by a mile
Max viewing the scenery at Montacute House
Max making sure he has optimum choice of his toys
If you were looking to rehome, I would recommend The Blue Cross. We used the Tiverton centre in North Devon but they have centres all over the UK. Their process was easy, logical, and caring, not to mention relatively cheap - Max was £90 and that included microchipping him, all his up to date vaccinations and neutering which would all be expensive separately. But at the heart of it, I would have paid anything to give my little chap a loving home. I'm hoping to have many more years of fun and laughter with him :)