I have a friend named Carie, not to be confused with my friend Carrie who I have introduced you to previously. This Carie is a sweet, smart lawyer at her own law firm in Allen, Mack Law Office, who has a big heart and spells her name with one R.
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At Operation Kindness Carie found Max. Max was a big, beautiful nine month old German shepherd and that day he became Carie's. While Carie had longed for a dog, she had not really pre-prepared for a dog, so come Monday morning Carie had to decide what to do with Max while she was at work. She thought that, as it was her first time leaving Max unattended and she did not have a crate, leaving him confined in the bathroom seemed like the next best option to keep him safe. Carie cleared the counter of anything he could get into, made sure that the drawers and cabinets were secure, and that he had plenty of water. She thought she had done a pretty good job, but Max managed to pull down the shower curtain, turn on the sink, break a clock, pull the toilet paper holder out of the wall, along with a decent bit of drywall, shredded the bathmat, and basically destroyed anything that he could get a hold of. She knew she had to do something different, so Tuesday morning she put him in the crate that her bosses,at the time, had lent her.
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Carie did not know what to do. Taking him back to the shelter was not an option because Max would be deemed unadoptable and she could see a good dog in there, she just had to figure out how to get it out. Luckily Max had been surrendered by his owner to Operation Kindness, so Carie knew a bit about his life and where this behavior stemmed from.
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The problem was that Max had never been inside or taught how he was supposed to behave. He wasn't house trained, he didn't know how to walk on a leash, had never climbed stairs, he just didn't know what the rules were. “I knew that he was a good dog, he had a good temperament, a good spirit, but he just didn't know anything, any rules, any structure, but he had a good heart. Because I knew the breed and I knew he was a smart dog, I knew he was worth investing in.” And invest she did.
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The Max Fund: After saying goodbye to Max, it came to Carie, like a rush, that she needed to help make sure that other dogs with issues adjusting to their new homes were given the best chance to succeed. She reached out to the CEO of Operation Kindness, Jim Hannoffy, and told him her story and what she wanted to do. Less than 24 hours later The Max Fund was created. While the program is still in the development and fund raising stage, it will be a "scholarship fund to help good dogs who have trouble transitioning into their new homes through no fault of their own," and should be up and running on May 1st. Through Operation Kindness troubled dogs and their new owners will receive funds for qualified trainers and support. The program will be both proactive and reactive.
Proactively: Operation Kindness will strive to recognize adoptable dogs with behavior issues that can be addressed through training. The Adoption Counselors at Operation Kindness will carefully screen potential adopters and provide information about the dog's issues, the training needed, and the training and support provided through The Max Fund. The adopters must be willing to participate in the recommended training programs and Operation Kindness will monitor as the training progresses.
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This is not a free training program to teach your dog to sit or walk nicely on a leash, but a program focused on helping dogs who have either never been taught the appropriate way to behave in a house, or are repeatedly returned to the shelter causing them to develop anxiety or attachment issues: Behavioral issues that can be addressed and corrected through positive training and a loving home.
To donate to The Max Fund, please mail a check made payable to Operation Kindness, 3201 Earhart Drive, Carrollton, Texas 75006 with The Max Fund written in the memo line.
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