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NOW A SANCTUARY RESIDENT

UPDATE MAY 2024: We are pleased to give MAX safe refuge in the Glen Highland Sanctuary. After 7 months in rescue, undergoing delicate healing physically and emotionally as well as behaviorally, it’s clear that he will do best without another move.

He is a vulnerable soul with insecurities from many years of turmoil. Now, life is simpler. Max has other Border Collies for stimulation and a loving Caretaker who puts him front and center, meeting his needs. His eyes have softened, he joyfully shows excitement without worry and is really blossoming into a better Border Collie. And, we will continue tackling complex medical issues with hopes that Max can fully regain his health.

Max is the reason the Glen Highland Sanctuary exists…the real world dealt him some blows but now, he can find himself again. It’s an honor to see him find joy.

MAX'S HISTORY

A 10 year old Border Collie, Max is learning about life in a new way - good food that comes regularly, a loving hand that does not harm him, being around other dogs who want to fairly play.

Max is feeling better, gaining stamina and energy. He's changing step by step…it is a slow and DELICATE process to help him. He is making great strides, becoming the Border Collie he should have been all along. He is loving his toys and his new BC friends and all the attention. Max loves to 'talk' to you to express how he is feeling. He barks and runs and plays, looking just like a normal happy dog. He is shedding his history as the months pass.

Max is a sweet guy with a good nature but needs more time to heal. He has been physically and emotionally abused, AS WELL AS NEGLECTED. Max came to us very weak, severely malnourished and with a serious skin infection from being loaded with fleas. The tick borne disease was the least of his physical problems.

In loving memory of Ace, GHF alum. Heal and come to trust in your loving and caring present.
- Sandy and Mike Fazio

In Memory of Rave who left us way too young. His brilliance and sweet loving nature put a smile on the faces of everyone who met him. May his eternal energy be with us always. Miss you my Blue Boy!! - Gregg, Jodi and GHF Alums Mia & Charlie

Michael & Kathy Hoar

David & Caitlin Musto, In honor of 13 year old Stella

Thank you Glen Highland for being there when needed" - Sonia & Ryan Chapin

Special angel help for extraordinary medical care:
James Clubb

 

But, as we made progress on the medical front, we can clearly see the trauma he endured. Max completely gives up, becoming despondent if he hears a loud voice, even if not directed at him. The conflict of managing his own world and yet cowering and hiding from being hit is very obvious. He will tremble in fear if the verbal tone is too strong for him yet growl, lip curl or nip over a ball he wants to keep.

Max is defensive about his toys to anyone near to them…not just to dogs but to people. We've been working with Max and he has been doing well, learning that letting go of the ball or toy yields good things!

The sweet nature is still inside of Max but covered by years of trauma. We’ll never know exactly how things unraveled from Max being a beloved companion early in his relationship with his person. But, we’ve been told that alcohol and drugs were a part of life, living in a condemned house with no running water or electricity. A human’s downturn in life left Max in a vulnerable position.

We are providing Max with a chance to renew himself. The health is the easiest part…the rest is up to Max to decide.