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Max 30

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Entered: 03/15/2019
Status: Adopted
Age: 1
Color: Black/White
Weight: 50 lbs.
Gender: Altered Male
Location: Girard, PA
Health: UTD, HW-, detached retinas, receiving eye drops twice a day to reduce inflammation in the eyes from the retinas detaching, continued monitoring of eyes in the future as glaucoma and cataracts may develop
Temperament: Good with adults and teens, may not be good with younger or elderly because of vision issues, good with other dogs, good with cats

Max 30's Story . . .

Update 04/23/2019: "...he is a lucky boy to be in MAESSR's 'paws' and in a loving and supportive foster home." 

Max had his “eye doctor” appointment and was found to have detached retinas. At best, he sees “shadows” and is considered to be blind.  Because this happened at such a young age, it’s most likely genetic and because of that possibility, any type of surgery to re-attach the retinas would not have long term benefits.  For now Max needs eye drops twice a day to reduce inflammation in the eyes from the retinas detaching, and his eyes will need to be monitored in the future as glaucoma and cataracts are also potential problems.

Not the most positive news for Max, but he is a lucky boy to be in MAESSR’s “paws” and in a loving and supportive foster home.  He can expect the best care and much love.

"This love bug doesn't have much, if any, tail, so when he 'wags' his tail, his whole backside wiggles."    

Max 30 came to be a MAESSR boy when his elderly Pennsylvania owner could not care for him. Several times he was picked up on a nearby busy road by neighbors who were concerned for his safety. The neighbors discovered Max could be partially blind and asked MAESSR for help.

This friendly guy does have difficulty with depth perception, tracking moving objects and stairs; his gait is altered due to his vision problems.  Max has an appointment with a veterinary ophthalmologist to assess his problems.

Even though Max is only about one year old, he is very good in the house. He has had no accidents and will usually whine and sit by the door if he wants to go out. His foster home is already “puppy proofed," and Max has been allowed free run of the house, both at night and when his foster mom is at work. That’s not to say Max wouldn’t get into something left out; he is a young and curious boy and there have been a couple “uh-oh’s” when he has grabbed something he shouldn’t have!  

An enthusiastic fellow, Max is learning not to jump on people he meets and is working on some other basic manners; but, for the most part, he is surprisingly mellow for his age.  Typical Springer, Max will climb on furniture and the bed, but more because of a need to be next to a person there than just simply to be comfortable.  This delightful boy loves people and wants to be near his folks all the time. Max thinks everyone he meets is a new BFF; he is not shy and certainly doesn’t have a mean bone in his body.  This love bug doesn’t have much, if any, tail, so when he “wags” his tail, his whole backside wiggles.

He enjoys the company of other dogs, so another dog in his forever home to play with and keep him company would be ideal. Outside, a fenced yard to keep him safe because of his vision should be considered. This would allow him the freedom to run and play (which he LOVES) without the chance of his wandering off.

Riding in the car in a crate was something new for Max and he fussed a bit, but did settle down. Because of his vision, he has not mastered jumping into the car himself and needs help getting up in the crate. Having his feet and nails trimmed was also all new to Max and he did fuss, but with time and patience he will become used to being groomed

After his “eye doctor” appointment his foster family will know what is in store for Max as far as his vision is concerned, but for now he is not letting any problems stop him from enjoying life!  Eventually Mr. Max will be looking for an adult home with a doggie pal and fenced in yard for his enjoyment.  Keep your “eye” on him.