by Lee Juslin
Maxwell is a mixed breed but clearly has some Terrier, which is why the New York City shelter called Greater NY/NJ Scottish Terrier Rescue. To the rescue volunteers. he was obviously not even part Scottie but perhaps a Schnauzer/Yorkie mix.
Maxwell was an owner turn-in due to a biting issue. Normally, rescues do not take dogs that have a biting history. However, Erica of Scottie Rescue thinks it could have occurred when someone tried to take his toy away or during a play session when it may have been simply a play bite.
For Maxwell, like many small dogs, the busy, noisy city shelter was a very scary place. It didn’t help him that the understaffed shelter simply didn’t have the time or personnel to work with him. Without rescue, he would definitely have been put on the euthanasia list.
It is difficult for any breed rescue to place a mix like little Maxwell. Potential adopters go to a breed rescue looking for that particular breed, and Scottie Rescue is no exception. Sometimes they are successful in placing a mix that is part Scottie, but Maxwell had no Scottie genes. However, Scottie Rescue took him because, if they refused, the shelter might not call them for any Scotties they might get in the future. And, just as important, the rescue volunteers knew they were Maxwell’s last chance.
Once Maxwell was safe in a foster home, he began to relax. Although very nervous at first, Maxwell’s foster mom says he is settling in and adjusting nicely. She says he has shown no sign of biting and is fine with being picked up and handled.
Maxwell is about four years old and weighs eighteen pounds. He has become a rather laid back guy, is up to date on his vaccinations, and has no health issues. Max needs a person experienced with terriers and a home without young children who may be too rough and not understand the signs that Maxwell has had enough play or doesn’t want to have his toy snatched away.
Although rescue feels Maxwell is part Schnauzer and Yorkie, he may also have some Norfolk Terrier in his make-up. No matter his background, Maxwell is ready for his forever home, and this young guy has a lot of love and joy to give.
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