This American Staffordshire Terrier Was Adopted By Runner After Jumping Into a Race

When Max, an American Staffordshire Terrier, wandered into the Nutcracker Endurance Run in North Carolina, he became a local sensation.

7/23/2021 12:24:00 AM

When Max, an American Staffordshire Terrier, wandered into the Nutcracker Endurance Run in North Carolina, he became a local sensation.

When Max, an American Staffordshire Terrier, wandered into the Nutcracker Endurance Run in North Carolina, he became a local sensation.

that Monday where the staff discovered he was microchipped. Using that info, they saw he had been adopted from this shelter last June. Despite numerous attempts to contact the owner, no one returned the call. Max went up for adoption.“We were just hoping that he would find an appropriate home that appreciates his athleticism,” Jennifer Federico, director of the Wake County Animal Center, told

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Runner’s World. “For Staffordshire Terriers, they can be super couch potatoes or super athletes. This dog can run like nobody’s business.”Courtesy of Jennifer FredericoHis first stay in June had him there a month, but this time, he gained notoriety. Tales of his running prowess spread across social media, and that’s when Wake Forest native Chad Duffy found him. He had lost his American Bulldog after 14 years in August, and when he heard about a dog that could run, he was intrigued.

Duffy, a triathlete, wanted a running partner, and reached out to see if Max was available. At the time, Max was technically unavailable because of mandatory five-day grace period for the owner to respond.Related StoriesHow Your Dog Is Making You Way Healthier

When five days were up, Max came home with Duffy on December 19 to his wife, two daughters, and two Yorkies.Duffy says Max is settling in well. He still has a ways to go when it comes to running with someone, but Duffy is happy with the four-legged company so far.

“He has a lot of energy,” Duffy toldRunner’s World. “I haven’t quite gotten 15 miles out of him yet because he’s not versed in running with a partner. He’s comfortable stopping at every mailbox and flower to sniff. We go our for a few miles everyday, and we’re working on it.”

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