"Max" is for Dustin, who commissioned the painting for his family. Max is a 12-year-old Great Pyrenees and still alive. Yeah! He is a huge dog and all fur, probably 6' 2" when on his hind legs! He thinks he is a small lap dog though and will routinely try and sit on your lap. He loves to run around with his sister and pretend that he is still a puppy. He is always smiling, just like he is in the painting. According to Dustin, Max is the most gentle and smiley dog in history. I believe Dustin.