Max meets Sheepish Addie for a Christmas photo shoot

As Max continues on his journey to become a service dog to assist a veteran in need (#OPERATIONMAX), exposing him to new places and situations is essential.

Max loves other dogs and getting in the Christmas spirit, so when Sheepish Addie submitted a photo to us for use on our Instagram by posting with #FOX5ATL, we had to get the two dogs together for a holiday photo shoot at Ponce City Market.

This was Max's first photo shoot in a while, and he was joined by a pro.

With more than 25,000 Instagram followers, Addison a.k.a. "Sheepish Addie" is a bonafide internet celebrity. The 20-month-old female Sheep-a-doodle (half Old English Sheepdog, half Poodle) was bred in the North Georgia mountains and currently resides in Atlanta. She is a certified therapy dog that visits an assisted living and rehabilitation facility, an independent living senior facility, and college students to help calm nerves/tensions before examinations.

"In the beginning, we had no expectation that our puppy would become a pseudo-canine celebrity," said Kim, Addie's "mom". "It did not take long for us to note the 'pawsitive' impact/response she had upon everyone with whom she came in contact."

Addie then gained national notoriety after winning a "puppy of the year" contest for a national retailer.

"This company suggested that we create a social media platform and Instagram @sheepish_addie and Sheepish Addie on Facebook were created," explained Kim. According to Kim, Addie has gained approximately 50,000 followers across both platforms and been featured on television, in magazines, by a national grocery store chain and multiple national clothing retailers over the last 11 months.  "Atlanta has been very supportive in incorporating Addie into many local and social events."

When Max and Addie first met before beginning their photo shoot at Ponce City Market, they were bursting with excitement. The two jumped and played and seemed overjoyed to meet. Max appeared grateful for the new adventure, and Addie had a cool but friendly demeanor. After a few minutes, the two were fast friends, and both settled quickly for their photos. Max was joined by Kristen of Canine Assistants, with whom FOX 5 is partnering for Operation Max, while Addie brought along "Dad" Ben.

As it turns out, Addie's family also has connections to Canine Assistants. Addie's "grandma", Kim's mother, has been a volunteer with Canine Assistants for approximately 15 years. "Over the years, she has helped in many facets: from education, working in the puppy nursery,
fostering two "mama" breeder dogs, and preparing dogs for service work," shared Kim.

 

It’s finally the Pawliday season furriends! Make sure you don’t miss out on the pawsome activities happening around Atlanta! Find out more details on the pet friendly fun happening at @poncecitymarket, @avaloninsider @lenoxsqmall and @piedmontpark in my blog! The link is in my bio🎄🎅🏼 #ShaggyChic #Sheepishaddie 📷: @doodleandthehound @cliveandbacon

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When asked more about Addie's personality and interests, "Mom" Kim described Addie as "always playful and a canine 'superdoodle'. She loves to meet new people and pups, explore Atlanta, and herd her Goldendoodle fur-brother Oliver.  Her hobbies include having her photos taken, doing therapy work, practicing obedience training (emphasis on 'practicing'), and enjoying a bully stick."

Every dog has their strengths and weaknesses, and Addie is no exception.

"Her strengths include making people smile, strutting her 'shaggy chic' self in fashion shows, and
remaining calm during chaos. Her weaknesses include thinking she's a lap dog (even around small children), being hilariously goofy, and being overly confident to a fault," listed Kim.

So, what's next?

With a supportive community of friends and family, the sky is the limit for Sheepish Addie. Her parents would like to increase Addie's therapy work and contributions, raise money for local canine police units and increase awareness as it relates to cancer in animals.

And perhaps also, a children's book.

"Addie already has a blog in place (www.sheepishaddie.com) and it is fun to write from her goofy
perspective," shared Kim.

We'd love to see that! Perhaps her buddy Max could make an appearance too.

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