Max - Adopted
I was playing on a busy
highway in Akron, Ohio, when a car driving by hit me and broke my leg.
The driver cared enough to take me to the Metropolitan Veterinary Clinic
to try to get me help. The clinic contacted my owners but they, who I
thought loved me as much as I loved them, refused to help!
The nice people at the
clinic said I could stay a couple of days under
their "Good Sam" program, but someone else would have to take
responsibility for me. The next day the clinic contacted HHGDR, and
together arranged for me to be under the Rescue's care and to go
directly to the Care Center in Cincinnati to see Dr. Steve Schrader to
see what can be done.
Now can you explain to me
why my owners would not get me medical treatment but all these strangers
are willing to help me?? I just do not understand. I am a sweet boy and
just want a quiet life with a family that loves me. I have a lot of love
to give! If I had been in a fenced yard and been a house pet, I would
not be facing surgery and the decision of whether or not to amputate my
leg!! Now I'm here at the Care
Center worrying I may lose my leg! I hurt so bad and am so
scared!! Please help me!!!
Update 11:00 10/06/04: Max had his surgery this afternoon, and he
like Ben, now has a plate in his leg. He had 3 breaks but luckily
none punctured through the skin, so his recoup from the surgery should be
much easier. Unfortunately, we were not told that he had a pneumothorax
(a hole in the lung letting air leak into the chest cavity). As
best as the surgeons could tell this was also a result of Max being hit
by the car. At this time they are removing the air from the chest
cavity but if this does not heal he will need a chest tube
tomorrow. Please keep Max in your prayers.
10/07/04: I visited Max this AM he was doing
wonderfully!! They x-rayed his chest again this evening and will
reexamine him tomorrow morning. If he continues to improve he will
be released to come home tomorrow. Please keep praying for Max.
Update 10/08/04: I finally arrived at the Rescue early this
afternoon! I even have a roommate his name is Ben and he has a plate in his
leg just like me!! I can not believe how much my life has changed
in less then a week! I am just happy that the Rescue agreed to
take me and save my leg when my owners did not even care if I lived or
died. I know the Rescue does not have the money but they thought
of me and my future!! The Rescue has so many homeless dogs and I
know caring for them is not cheap let alone the expenses that Ben &
me have incurred.
I hate to keep asking people for help, I asked
the driver of the car to get me help, then I asked the Metropolitan Vet
Clinic to help to save my life, then I asked the Rescue to please let me
keep my leg, and now I am asking you to please help the Rescue pay my vet
bill. A very nice woman let my bill be put on her credit card but the
Rescue has to pay her as soon as she gets the bill. My surgery and
hospital stay at the Care Center cost $2044.50. So far the Rescue has
only raised $129.00 and that is a long ways from being enough. Can you
please donate even $5 anything to help me with my vet bill? I feel
guilty enough the trouble I have put the Rescue through without the
guilt of them worrying about how to pay my bills! Please help me!!
Update 10/10/04: Things are going
quite well, I am allowed to lightly use my leg and even though it hurts
it does not hurt as bad as it did last week. It does get quite
boring not being able to go play on the road but grandma keeps telling
Ben and me that is why we both have plates in our legs--that cars are
nothing to play with!! Ben got a really neat care package from
Aunt Dawn and he was so nice he shared some of his new treats and toys
with me. I do have some more good news! Many of you have donated to me
and I now have $495.00 towards my surgery bill. I still need a bunch
more but every penny helps!! I want to thank all that have donated
to me it means so much to know that you care. I have started a
page so that you all can watch my progress.
Update 10/13/04: I just wanted to give you a quick update on my
great progress!! I am doing so good that I can not believe that it
has just been a week since my surgery!! I am using my leg more and
more everyday with less pain each day! I also want to thank all
the generous donations. I now have $820.00 towards my surgery bill, I
know I still need a lot of money but it means so very much to me that
strangers care about me!! The Rescue is doing a
bake sale this
weekend to help with my medical expenses and Aunt Dawn has made the
arrangements, just like she did for
Ben's cook out!! Again, I want
to thank all of you who have been so kind and generous to send your hard
earned money to help me pay my medical expenses. I promise to make
all of you proud of me and I will continue to do as grandma and Dr.
Schrader tells me so that I will get healed really quick!!
Check out today's pictures.
10/17/04: I continue to get better everyday and now I want
to play but Grandma is mean she says I cannot play yet!! She says
I have to let my leg heal more before I get to play!! I hope when
I go back to see Dr. Schrader on Thursday he will say I can play.
My bake sale did really good Grandma said, but I guess my feelings are a
bit hurt because when they had the cookout for Ben it raised over twice
as much as my bake sale. The good part is that we still have tons
of baked goods to sell so PETsMART will continue my bake sale for another
day or so. Grandma says I have to be grateful for
every penny raised and I really am, but it sure seems like people like
Ben better then me!! The good news is I now have $1500.00 so I am
getting close I only need another $544.50.
Update 10/19/04: Bad news today!! Max was rushed to the Care
Center yesterday afternoon when his temperature went up to 105 and his
leg had began to swell. At 5 AM today his temperature was headed
down and was 103. He will stay at the Care Center until his
temperature is back to normal and they figure out what went wrong since
he had been doing so well. I will keep you posted as to any
changes. Please keep Max in your prayers!
Update 10/19/04 1:30 PM: Max's temperature is continually
dropping it is now down to 102.4. He has an infection in his incision
so they have opened it up and are
soaking the leg!! Hopefully this will resolve this issue and he
can continue to recover.
Update 10/20/04: Max's temperature is
now normal and he will come home tomorrow. Please visit our eBay
auctions to help cover Max's medical cost!!
Update 10/21/04: Grandma and Ben came to the Care Center today to
pick me up, it was great seeing them both again!! Dr. Schrader
told grandma to soak and massage my leg several times a day. Soon
I will be good as new!! I go back in 2 weeks for a recheck. Now I
have to help grandma with all my fundraisers, since my bill is even
larger now!! Thanks for all your
Update 10/21/04: I am feeling much better now that my infection is
under control again. I really enjoy getting my leg soaked and
massaged it feels so good!! Besides that is quality time for me
and Grandma!! Don't forget to check out my stuff on eBay!!!
Update 11/04/04: Today I went back for a recheck and it went
GREAT!!! Dr. Schrader said there is no more infection in my leg
and that it appears to be healing perfect!! I go back again for
another recheck and x-rays on November 24!! Next time Ben will go
with me for another recheck!! I want to thank all the wonderful
people that have donated to help me pay my vet bill and all the
wonderful people that are bidding on my eBay auctions!! I promise
to have more items up tomorrow evening!!
Update 11/25/04: My visit to the Care Center and Dr. Schrader went
great!! My leg is healing perfect and as long as my body doesn't
suddenly reject the plate (there are no signs of that happening) I
will be available for adoption in 2 weeks!! I have marked my
calendar. Dr. Schrader said I would normally be released today but
because the Rescue is not my forever home he preferred to have me
watched for another 2 weeks. December 11th I will be available for
adoption!!! Get ready world!!!
Update 12/03/04: Unfortunately my news today is not good!!
Grandma has been watching my leg like a hawk and well she noticed a few
days ago a red spot about 3/8 of an inch across, and late last night
when she checked, it had split open. This AM she called Dr.
Schrader and the thought is that I may be rejecting my plate!! I
am now taking antibiotics and have an appointment for December 8th at
11:45 AM. I really thought I would have a home for Christmas but luck is
not on my side!! I do not want to have another surgery and I know
the Rescue can not afford for me to have another one!! Please say
prayers for me!!
Update 12/10/04: Well,
just as grandma had thought my body is rejecting the plate in my leg. My
leg is not healed enough yet to remove the plate so I will stay on
antibiotics for another 2 weeks then I will have my leg x-rayed
again. Hopefully at that time it will be healed enough to remove
the plate. I really have been a good boy and I have tried very hard to
follow the doctors orders.
Update 12/19/04: Well,
there have been some change in plans. My appointment has changed to
December 30th. I am doing real well and Ben isn't, so I told
Grandma that I wanted Ben to take my place and go see Dr. Schrader
again!! My leg can wait another week and I am praying that maybe I
will not need another surgery!! Please keep us both in your prayers!!
I went with Grandma and Ben to see Dr. Schrader
yesterday. I was not planning on going since Ben needed to go but
Grandma said Dr. Schrader did not want to put off seeing me any longer.
I was really shocked when he looked at my leg and said that it was doing
much better and that I may not have to have the plate removed after
all!! I go back with Ben in 2 weeks for another recheck and if I do not
have anymore problems I will keep the plate!! I want to thank all of you
who have been praying for me your prayers appear to be helping me!
Please keep them coming!!
Update 1/20/05: Well my rechecks
have all went well so today is the day I get neutered! This is scary but
Ben told me it is no big deal! If all goes well I will be available for
adoption real soon!
Update 2/03/05 from Grandma at the rescue: Max
had another setback. Yesterday we went in for hopefully a final check
and it was determined that his body was indeed rejecting the
plate. Max underwent surgery yesterday afternoon to remove the
plate. He will come home this afternoon to recuperate. He will go back
in 2 then 4 weeks for rechecks. Hopefully all will go well.
Please keep Max in your prayers.
Update 2/03/05 from Max:
I am home from the Care Center and doing
fine. The bad part is I now have to wear a boot and stuff when I
go out while Ben is running around like a big brat!! Dr. Schrader
promised that I would only have to wear a boot for a week till my
bandage comes off! It was great to be home and play in the snow with Ben
& Sophie we had Grandma take some
today to share with you. Of course I was playing and would not stand
still!! It is nap time now at least that is what Grandma says so I will
write again soon!!
Today my bandage came
off and so far so good. I will be on antibiotics for 17 more days then
get rechecked, hopefully then I can go up for adoption!!
Update 3/08/05: Well as you can tell the 17 days have
turned into 30 days and well it will still be a while before I am ready.
I had a few set backs as far as infection so I will be on antibiotics
longer then originally expected. I go back to see Dr. Schrader tomorrow
then it will be discussed how much longer before I go off antibiotics
then it will be another 30 days to make sure that the infection does not
reoccur. Also, Ben & I had a talk with Grandma
a while back and we have decided that we do not want to be separated. I
love Ben like a brother and we have been through so much together that I
want to find a forever home that we both can be in together. When I am
ready please consider giving us both a forever home together!!!
Update 3/10/05: I went to see Dr.
Schrader yesterday and he was really happy with the progress on my leg.
He said 3 weeks longer on antibiotics (just to be safe) and then 30 days
off if no infection reoccurs then I am ready to go!! I can't
wait!! Please say prayers that my leg doesn't get any infection in
I am off all
antibiotics and so far so good. I feel better every day and I am
counting the days till Ben & I can start looking for our forever
Update 4/10/05: I cannot believe it, I
have been released and am NOW ready for adoption!! Are you looking for 2
handsome & playful boys? If so Ben & I are looking for a very
special home with lots of love and toys! We are slightly spoiled so we
will be very picky when choosing our forever home! Please don't ask if I
will be available without Ben, I will not even consider living without
him!! Also because Ben only has 3 legs I do not want a forever home with
lots of steps so a one story house is what I am looking for.
Date of Birth: 10/02
Description: male, brindle, cropped ears do not stand
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