4/24/20 – Memorial
Max developed a cough and just a few days later he became lethargic and very short of breath. After visiting the vet, his family disocvered he was in the late stages of his cardiomyopathy. Given his age, heart condition, and DM – and after a long discussion with the vet – the difficult decision was made to let Max go in peace.
4/8/20 – Adopted
Max is doing quite well in foster and is still using both rear legs with the use of special shoes. His hearing and vision aren’t great, but he is the sweetest boy and just wants to be loved and snuggled. He loves his foster siblings and his foster parents have also become quite attached. At this stage in his life, Max’s foster family has decided to officially adopt him so he won’t have to transition again. Max loves nothing more than snuggling on the couch with his Dad and sleeping next to his mom during the day on his special bed. His foster family is committed to giving Max all the love and care he needs.
3/29/19 – Forever Foster
Max has visited our vet and we received the sad news that he is dealing with several health issues at this time. The weakness in his rear legs is likely from Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), which is a progressive disease of the spinal cord. Max may lose complete use of his right rear leg within 3-6 months. He also has a significant heart murmur.
This boy has not had stability in his past and will be dealing with a lot in the upcoming months. We felt it was in his best interest to remain with his foster family for as long as his condition allows. His foster family will be exploring the use of a wheelchair and ramps for their home. If you are able to donate towards his care, please consider making a donation in Max’s name.
Max has been doing great in foster! He uses the dog door and has free run of the house. Max loves his foster sister, Luci, and foster brother, Apache. He is a real snuggler and loves couch time with his foster parents. Max has a very gentle temperament and is wonderful with children of all ages. He still struggles with going up and down the stairs. Max’s back legs are weak and he has been wearing special shoes that help. He needs the shoes when he is not on a carpeted surface. Max is scheduled to see our vet next Friday. We will update his page after this appointment.
Max has adjusted nicely in his foster home. He is gaining some much needed weight and as he gets stronger, his leg stability has also improved. Max enjoys snuggling with his foster siblings. He has been very sweet with all visitors over the holiday. Max doesn’t jump when new people come in the house and he does well with both adults and children.
Max was originally living in North Carolina and when his owner ended the relationship with his girlfriend, neither could take Max. The teenage son in the home ended up taking Max to his father’s house in Virginia. The father let him wander without a fence and did not want a second dog. He reached out to the shelter in the area and they were the ones to contact AABR to see if we could help because Max was not in a good situation. He was taken to the vet prior to transport, where they estimated Max to be around 8-9 yrs old. Max is significantly underweight, so will be neutered once he is in better shape. He also has a heart murmur, which will be evaluated further.
Max has been transported to his new foster home in Virginia. Everyone that has met Max has commented about what a sweet boy he is. He is doing well with the two other boxers. Max goes to the door when he needs out and has used the dog door a few times. His hind legs are very weak at this time and he will need to gain muscle tone. We will continue to update Max’s progress as he settles in.