Pet-Peeves: When you pick him up, his temper shows. He makes a little noise through his nose. He dislikes being brushed, he hates meeting people if I'm not there. He'll hiss & people think he's one scary cat! But he's not - he's a little love.
Favorite Nap Spot: Everywhere.
Favorite Food: All foods.
Skills: Too numerous to list here!
Arrival Story: Well, the same lady who gave me Callie, called me up and asked if I'd be a foster mommy to 4 male kittens as she had no more room in her apt. She's very persuasive, so I said yes. There were 2 matching bookends - two that looked like Joey and two that looked like Max. I put them in my larger bathroom to keep them safe from Mignon and Callie, my two resident cats. A lady came and took two of the kittens, one of each. At first, I had no intention of keeping the two that were left, but as the weeks went on, I began to toy with the idea. Joey Bear was very sweet and would let me clean his ears with no problem, but Max? Max was one serious nut. He never wanted to be held and always wanted to play in the bathtub. One night, when Max fell asleep on my lap, I realized that this little goofball had bonded with me, so I had to keep them!
Bio: I named him Max because of his penchant for getting into trouble. AMC was playing one of my family's favorite movies, The Great Race, several times that month. There's a great line in it where Maggie (Natalie Wood) says to Max (Peter Falk), "Max, you little rat! I'll get you for this!" Hey, seemed to fit! When he was little, he literally swaggered when he walked. He was a big, rough, macho cat. One time, when I took him to the vet, the tech even commented on Max's swagger! But she also noted that the minute you took him out of his cage, he became a scaredy cat! I laughed coz she hit it right on the nose. The funny thing was, as he matured, he became very mellow. On the other hand, his brother Joey Bear, who started out so sweet and pliable, became more macho as he got older, despite his petite size!
Trivia: Max & Joey Bear had very large ears as kittens. I even called Joey "Dumbo" when I first saw them. After I decided to keep them, I took their picture to show to my dad. He stared & said, "They look like rabbits." Luckily, they grew into their ears!
My beloved Max is gone. He passed away on June 3 at about 2:15 p.m.
He had been hospitalized for a week, and I took him home on Wednesday. I knew that there was a chance he wouldn't make it, but I thought I had a lot more time with him.
He purred while I held him and then chose to lay down in the bathroom. I put a towel under him for comfort. Max would purr every time I walked into the bathroom.
But he didn't purr the next morning. I gave him his meds and rushed to work. I returned home and took care of the dogs first. When I checked him, I saw immediately that he was dead.
I will always miss this dear sweet boy who loved me more than anything.
He was 15 years old and I had him since he was a kitten ... so this is very hard. And now his older sister, Callie, is sick and is hiding. Since Max's vet bill is very high (and I still have to pay that off), I don't know how I can afford to take her to the vet.
To lose both of them so closely together will be so hard.
For those of you asking for an update…. here it is! Truly, wow is all I can say! Thanks to all of you, so far 25 of the original 30 dogs from the “last chance” email sent on Jan. 4th have found permanent or foster homes. Thank you to everyone who has read, forwarded and responded by coming out to BARC to adopt or foster a homeless animal. You truly have saved lives! Kind of restores your faith in mankind, now doesn’t it?
Could we make it 100%? The 5 dogs remaining are Mojo, Dusty, Toto, Tawny and Ginger. In addition, there are 9 other dogs at the cut-off date, which did not make my original email due to my limited time and photography skills. This certainly was no fault of these dogs..... This email is their last and only chance. I’ve added their photos to this file. That makes 14 TOTAL dogs that need out by Monday, JAN 8th at 5pm. If you are interested in one of these dogs, but absolutely can’t make it on Monday to the shelter, BARC has allowed us to place holds on them until this FRIDAY, JAN. 12th. That is the absolute deadline for holds and it cannot be extended.
Can you help save one of these dogs???? Please double click on the photos and read the comments for a little more information. Don't hesitate to email or call us for more information.
As I said before, these dogs will require some extra love and attention. Being in a shelter for several months causes many dogs to become distrustful of humans and overprotective of food or toys. For those of you who have or will give these dogs a chance, remember this: "The basic period of adjustment can be anywhere from
six to twelve weeks. If you're committed you'll get there. Go into
this with your eyes open...and then stand back and marvel at the transformation. It will knock your socks off!" (from "Second Hand Dog", Carol Lee Benjamin)
For only $55 you can adopt one of these dogs. You also can provide foster care to prevent them from euthanasia. However, please do not take on a foster if you cannot commit to keeping the animal until a permanent home is found.
BARC is the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care
It is located at 3200 Carr St., Houston, TX 77026
The shelter is open Mon-Fri from 10-5:30 and Sat/Sun 12-4.
Thanks again for reading and forwarding. Together, we've made a difference to these lost souls.