Izzy & Max - Townsville, QLD
Meet Max and Izzy, two gorgeous and very loving Labrador crosses who came to us as a result of sad circumstances. They came to us as Labrador x Kelpies, but we suspect Izzy may have some cattle dog in her too. Max and Izzy grew up together from puppies and are the best of friends. Although they are 14 years old, they do pretty well keeping up with the two 2-year-old dogs at their foster home. But like any older folk, they love their naps and are happy to snooze the day away! They both know and respond (most of the time!) to basic commands like sit, drop, and shake.
Max absolutely loves human attention and would happily sit on his people’s feet all day long getting rubs. He has become his foster family’s shadow and tries to stick his nose in their hands and laps at every opportunity to prompt more rubs. However, he hasn’t shown any signs of separation anxiety and is happy to be left to his own devices outside. He has a hilarious habit of bumping his rump into whatever is around him when he’s excited – whether it’s a person, a wall, or another dog, he doesn’t mind! He has the most gorgeous smile on his face all the time; very little fazes the incorrigible Max.
The only thing he loves more than people is food; breakfast and dinner are the most exciting parts of the day. Like a typical Labrador he inhales whatever is in his bowl, any open food bag is up for grabs, and he even seems to enjoy his worming and flea tablets just because he can eat them!
Max has pretty good manners; he knows jumping is not appropriate (although occasionally the temptation is too much!) and hasn’t caused any destruction in his foster family’s yard. Barking seems to be far too much effort for what it’s worth and he is a very quiet dog. He is quickly learning to sit and wait for his meals, and that people go through doors before dogs.
His eyesight has deteriorated but it doesn’t worry him during the day. He has some stiffness in his knees, but it doesn’t seem to cause him any pain, it just slows him down a bit.
Izzy is more independent than Max, and took a little longer to settle into her foster-home, but now that she has settled into a routine she loves to get as many pats, cuddles and belly rubs as possible! She really is a gentle, sweet, loving soul. Like Max, her manners are pretty good. Sitting and waiting for her meals is automatic, and she eats like a dainty lady. She occasionally barks at the neighbours’ dogs and bumps in the night but gets bored of it pretty quickly.
Her eyesight isn’t 100%, and she does occasionally have some slight soreness at the top of her hips. Neither of these cause her problems in her day-to-day activities except slowing her down a little when she is a bit sore. She does love to play with Max when she isn’t sore, and they are like noisy puppies again when they play-fight!
Max and Izzy have been outside dogs all their life, and so both are learning the finer points of inside manners and need supervision when they are indoors (although they seem to already be toilet trained). Neither are crate trained but are slowly learning that crates aren’t scary. They can both walk on the lead, but need some more work in this area around some pulling and heeling. They are both intelligent dogs and eager to please. Food is certainly their motivator!
Max and Izzy would suit a family who have the patience to continue their indoor-manners training, and who won’t mind Max’s determination to be right next to his people as much as possible when he is with them. Max wouldn’t be best suited for a young family as his incorrigibility means he may not recognise when he is becoming too much for a child. They get along with their two foster-sisters but Izzy in particular may be happier with just her and Max being the only dogs in their home.
These two gorgeous dogs will reward you with undisguised love and loyalty. Although they are in their twilight years, they still have their cheeky sides and they have many laughs left to give you!
Both Max and Izzy are untested with cats and children.
Max and Izzy are a bonded pair, located in Townsville, Qld. They have been desexed, vaccinated and microchipped and have been treated for heartworm and intestinal worms. This gorgeous pair are available to the right family for a total cost of $200.
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