3/26/13 - MEMORIAL
We have some heartbreaking news to share with you. Macho woke up this
morning completely paralyzed. His foster mom rushed him to the vet, but he
was already in respiratory distress and could not breathe. She made the very
difficult decision to help him cross over the rainbow bridge. We are all
completely devastated by this news - he had a great day at hydro-therapy
yesterday and we were about to share a link to a new video.
We know you all loved our smiling boy as much as we did. We know he's
looking down on us all now with a big smile on his face and a lively bounce
in his step.
It's hard to write this update because it is not what we had hoped for.
Unfortunately, although Macho does have a treatable condition, Autoimmune
Myelitis, he is one of the 25% of dogs that did NOT respond
to treatment. We tried everything with him but he didn't respond to any of
the medications and even continued to deteriorate on them. Thanks to some of
our awesome volunteers, we got him a cart to help with quality of life and
he loves cruising around in it. He has no hind leg function, but he has
retained bowel/bladder control. We aren't sure how much time he has left as
his prognosis is poor given the rapid deterioration, but we are dedicated to
giving him the best care for whatever time he has left.
Right now Camacho is enjoying life up in CT with his foster mom, where he
has a large grassy backyard and easy in/out access. He is living with a
bossy female that loves him, which is really a testament to his temperament.
He is just as happy as a clam and we will take care of him for as much time
as he wants to live!
A special thanks to Karen, who opened her heart and home to Macho when he
needed it most and has made it look effortless ever since.
very excited to announce that Camacho had his MRI and it showed an
inflammatory reaction in his spinal cord, which we are treating with
steroids and already seeing improvement. We will continue to update everyone
on his progress, but in the meantime get your applications in for this
amazing guy. He is 100% housebroken, can be left alone during the day and
not touch a thing, and is great with dogs, kids of all ages and even didn't
care about being around a rabbit. What more could you ask for?
has continued to steal everyone's hearts that has met him. He is just the
sweetest dog and exceptionally friendly to everyone. As my husband says, he
acts like it is "Christmas morning" every time we come home from work! He is
so easy to care for because I don't have to crate him and he never has
accidents in the apartment. He has been to see a neurologist who doesn't
think his weakness is Degenerative Myelopathy. We are hoping whatever it is
going on is either stable or reversible. In the meantime, if you want to
open your home to an AMAZING dog - consider Camacho. His personality (and
looks!) are one in a million!
Camacho was found tied to a fence on the upper west side of Manhattan
with all of his belongings in a bag. Luckily, he was found by a previous
AABR adopter who contacted our volunteers. Immediately two things were
apparent: one, he is the sweetest dog EVER but also that he has some
significant hind leg weakness. His nub starts wagging as soon as he meets
you and he is all smiles. He was great with all the dogs he met and very
friendly even when the other dog was *not*.
Camacho was evaluated by one of our vets who saw no obvious cause for the
weakness, but obviously xrays are needed to see if there has been trauma.
For now, this happy boy is hanging out in my apartment instead of out in the
freezing cold. He loves getting petted and is very content to occupy himself
by playing with his toys. Consider giving this wonderful boy a forever home
-a temperament like this doesn't come along often!!