Max is the crime-solving sidekick of Nala Bonne, who is a preschool teacher turned investigator. She agreed to take the shelter dog her friend, Karly, urged on her, only because no one else would. Her friend failed to mention the dog could talk and could be a bit of a diva, too.
Max, like his cartoon counterpart, Scooby-doo, loves to eat. Instead of a Scooby snack, he prefers a cheeseburger. When he isn’t helping on a case or trying to match Nala with an appropriate guy, he’s contemplating his next treat.
Some people might wonder why I chose a talking dog. Most dog lovers talk to their pets. It was only logical that the pets have something to say in return. Max helps explains some of the mysteries of dog behavior while giving unsolicited advice.
The fact that Max can talk adds a twist to crime solving. People seldom watch what they say in front of the dog along, which causes additional tension since Nala is constantly covering for Max when he makes impulsive comments. She’s convinced someone will kidnap him if they know he can talk and sell him to the highest bidder.
Max is a fun character to write for because he has all the bravado of a teen-age boy and just about the same amount of knowledge of the world. In other words, he’s a bit of a know it all. His rash actions often propel the two of them into tricky situations.