Max's Story

In 2007, Max joined the CK9 pack from Everett Animal Shelter. At two years old, he was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and ready for adventure. A new handler, Jennifer, quickly fell in love with him and became his best friend in the whole wide world. Through 10 years at CK9, Max has seen it all. Most well-known for his work on the spotted owl study finding owl pellets, Max has also been to Cambodia and Alberta! A little known fact, he is also one of the few dogs trained to do whale work. Max tracked lynx in northeast Washington and moose in upstate New York. He's traveled by bush plane, by four wheeler, by boat. He backpacked for 10 days in the Alaskan wilderness. Well, his handler had the backpack, Max had to find the scats! Max is slowly adopting his new role as retiree. While he does love to spend time on the couch, he's never one to pass up a hike or swim! This past year, he joined Jennifer and #CK9Scooby on tons of field studies, tagging along for the hike.

Scenes From The Field



Species Trained On:

  • Wolverine
  • Northern spotted owl
  • Barred owl
  • Grizzly bear
  • Black bear
  • American pine marten
  • Tiger
  • Leopard
  • White-tailed deer
  • Orca
  • Moose
  • Woodland caribou
  • Gray wolf
  • Mink

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