ATLANTA - Time flies when you're having fun! It's already been more than three months since Max joined the FOX 5 family and on Sunday he turns 6-months-old.
FOX 5 is partnering with Canine Assistants in Milton to help teach Max to become a service dog for a veteran in need. In his short time, he's already accomplished so much and continues to learn new things each week.
A small team of FOX 5 employees are serving as Max's foster family, and bring the pup home with them. As part of his education, they work closely with Canine Assistants to ensure he learns everything he needs to know about being a service dog. Max comes to work (FOX 5) every day, socializes with everyone at the station, greets guests and makes appearances on Good Day Atlanta.
Working on all different surfaces should be fun when you're a service dog 🐶& luckily I have the FOX 5 Weather Deck to help me practice! pic.twitter.com/RfB86ip38t— Max The Dog (@Fox5Max) April 19, 2017
When he's not at WAGA, Max goes with his fosters on outings around town, such as shopping and running errands—all the tasks of daily life. The goal is to expose him to as many people and situations as possible so that when his teachings are complete, he will be ready and able to improve the life of a veteran with a disability.
Max's fosters include Donna Bell, an account executive in the sales department, Katie Muse, a digital producer for FOX 5 News, Susan Kicak, a producer for Good Day Atlanta, and Randy Travis, an investigative reporter for FOX 5 News.
Most recently, Max has been staying with Donna. Together, they went on many public outings, including restaurants and grocery store runs, and they spent a lot of time enjoying the great outdoors.
Max also enjoyed running around with his good pal Bebee, Donna's dog.
Prior to his stay with Donna, Max was living with Katie, who took him to a number of places, including Grace Midtown church, Ulta Beauty in Buckhead and the PGA Tour SuperStore in Kennesaw.
All of Max's fosters help him continue to build on things he already has learned, such as identifying objects, colors and answering "yes" or "no" with his nose. He's also learning to be patient and in synch with his person, among many other things!
Max headed back to the Canine Assistants farm on Friday. He'll be neutered on Tuesday and will spend the rest of the week recovering from his surgery. He'll return to work on Tuesday, May 2.
Stay up to date with Max:
- Watch Good Day Atlanta
- Follow Max on Twitter
- Track #OperationMax on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter