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Meet Surrendered German Shepherd Puppy's New Bergen County Dads

Max with Mike Hettinger, left, and Arthur Burg of New Milford. The three are moving to West New York.
Max with Mike Hettinger, left, and Arthur Burg of New Milford. The three are moving to West New York. Photo Credit: Contributed

When Mike Hettinger of New Milford saw the Daily Voice story about a surrendered German Shepherd puppy in need of a home, his first priority became adopting him.

Hettinger, left his job in Glen Rock during his lunch break to meet 11-month-old Max last week. On Sunday, three days after his 32nd birthday, Hettinger and his roommate Arthur Berg brought Max home.

"I had gone to the shelter a few times with the intent of trying to find shepherd puppy," Hettinger said.

"When I saw the Daily Voice article... I went to check him out."

After a few walks outside, Hettinger knew Max was coming come.

"He hasn't barked once since we brought him home," Hettinger said. "He hasn't made a peep -- he's just been going around sniffing and exploring.

"He is so incredibly well-behaved it's surreal."

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