Noel says that a recent spate of cold, icy weather may have caused Max's naturally thick coat to grow "out of control," but that it quickly became far more cumbersome than cozy. Fortunately, all it took was some shears and a bit of patience to uncover the pooch. Max seems to agree that his new shorter 'do is a much better look.
"He seems definitely a lot happier after the grooming," said Max's foster human. "He's a whole lot lighter, and his whole demeanor has changed. He's livelier, wanting to play more. He's just happier."
Rescuers hope that the dog's neater look will help him secure not just comfort, but what he needs the most - a permanent home with a family who loves him. Keeping the naturally shaggy dog from being buried in unruly locks again will take dedication, but Noel says it would be worth it for such a "friendly and bubbly" dog as Max.
"He needs somebody that has a bit more time on their hands, that can give him a wee bit more attention. His last owners were very busy, a young family, so maybe they just didn't have enough time to give him the attention that he needs," he said.
"He'll need daily groomings by his owners, then to be professionally groomed every six to eight weeks."
To learn about how to support more happy transformations, visit Donegal Pet Rescue's website here.