Being at home is essential to being. We humans aren’t human without it; and dogs aren’t real dogs without a home either.
We do well to bear this truth about humanity when we think of the homeless in encampments in our cities and when we think of the wanderers desperate to immigrate all around the world.
Max gives us a lesson. Good friend Anne loves him, but realized she had many dogs, and Max wasn’t enjoying the intense pressure of herding dog trials. So Anne sacrificed when she let Max go.
Gordon and Kerry had put a great deal of effort into training Max and helping him find his place. But they saw a good fit for Max at Heatherhope Farm since we worried that our dogs were getting old and may not be able to do the work of moving stock. So Gordon and Kerry arranged for Max to make a move.
Now it is up to us at Heatherhope. We need to understand how confused a dog can be trying to fit in and trying to understand the ways and the words of a new family.
But Max is full of life and full of gifts to give as we work to welcome him. Here he is on his first full day at Heatherhope. And after this picture was taken we introduced him to our four other Border Collies and to Bilbo, the guardian dog. We even had him around the farm with the ATV. When we have built our trust in one another Max will be introduced to the flock so that he can move them between field and barnyard.