On an island surrounded by water, one dog called Max spent 13 years on a roof and never had the chance to see the sea. Until now.
“Mind you, these are the milder stories at the Island Sanctuary. There are worse fates for some dogs,” Louise Chircop, Max’s new owner, told Lovin Malta.
“When I saw Max at the sanctuary, and heard how he had spent all of his 13 years on the roof with barely any human interaction, my heart broke.”
Louise volunteers at the sanctuary where she developed a close relationship with the senior dog. Their special bond led to Louise’s decision to adopt him.
“When I used to be on duty, he would stay near me most of the time. It did not take long for me to decide to take him home.”
“One minute I was discussing adopting Max with Claire Gafa, the sanctuary’s chairperson, and the next I took him home.”
Max spent the majority of his life without love, compassion or any knowledge of the outside world…
…and for the first time ever got to experience a trip to the beach.
The senior dog might not have the energy or curiosity of his youth but he’s curious enough to dip his paws in the water and explore what’s out there, with his new loving owner.
“I always choose senior dogs when adopting,” Louise continued.
“They would have spent most of their life on the streets or lived in circumstances that would certainly not make a dog happy. I think senior dogs deserve the opportunity to experience human love and interaction.”
When it comes to adopting a dog, not many consider the prospect of taking a senior into their home out of fear that they’ll experience heartbreak.
“Having experience adopting a handicapped or senior dog, you do feel their loss,” said Claire.
“But I know that, what time they spent with me, they would’ve lived like a king in my house. You give them the comfort of a home but most of all you give them love.”
“You feel more at peace because you gave them what no one did.”
If you’re interested in adopting a dog, you can reach out to the sanctuary here.