ADOPTED BY: MONKEY
Max’s future did not look bright. He was a pit bull, feared more than loved by most. He had a history of heartworms. He was full of life and energy, but that just seemed to mean a lot of work for the people in his life. He was eventually rejected by his people and sent to live in the noisy confusion of the animal shelter. Shelter life did not suit him. He became so anxious about the cards he had been dealt that he would dig at the cement floor of his kennel until he was bloody and raw.
Max needed to be able to run and play hard. He needed someone who was as rough and tumble as he was; who would roll around with him in the floor and throw a ball for him. He needed someone who wouldn’t be afraid of his power and energy, who would understand him and make sure that his needs for attention and exercise were met. The Humane Society staff loved him, but they had begun to wonder if he would ever find his forever home. Max was a special dog who needed a special person.
“Monkey” attended the Aaron Rich Wing and Craft Beer Championship benefit for the HSBC with several of her fellow athletes. Her intention that day was to eat some wings, support a good cause, and to promote interest in the Panama City Roller Derby sports league. At four foot eleven, Monkey was the smallest member of the team and one of the feistiest. She was full of life and energy, and unafraid to face even the most menacing threat in the rink. She had no idea that her life was about to change.
Max attended the Aaron Rich Wing and Craft Beer Championship event, wearing a grin that stretched from ear to ear and an adopt-me vest that advertised his need to find his perfect person. He met lots of people that day – young, old, big, and small. It seemed that everyone thought he was a handsome boy, but no one was willing to take on the challenge of fifty five pounds of pure muscle and a no-holds-barred approach to life… until he met Monkey.
It was obvious immediately that it was a match made in heaven. Monkey could not take her eyes off Max and Max’s whole body wagged. Monkey filled out the adoption application on the spot and waited nervously until she got the approval. When she received word that Max was to be hers, she immediately came to pick Max up from the shelter. It blew Max’s mind that his new mom took him outside to play ball in the rain while the paperwork was being processed. Max was in love.
Max’s life is now filled with trips to the dog park, play dates, jogs on the beach, visits to watch Monkey practice with the other Roller Derby girls, and wrestling matches with mom on the living room floor. Best of all, Max and Monkey get to go skating together! No one else could have possibly met Max’s need for fun and exercise and adventure. No other dog could have ever kept up with Monkey. While it is not uncommon for a derby girl to fall head over heels in the roller rink, how lucky for Max that his derby girl fell head over heels in love with him.