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Max transferred in to our Sammi Fund for Seniors program after his owner died. Apparently Max lived his entire life chained up outside, so he is enjoying his newfound freedom here at the shelter!
Unfortunately, Max has laryngeal paralysis (likely caused or worsened by being chained by his collar for so many years). You can read more about laryngeal paralysis on these sites:
Seattle Dog Spot - Laryngeal Paralysis
If Max were a slightly younger dog, we would likely try surgery for him, but we believe he is at least 13 years old. He had not been neutered, so we did have that done, and he did have some post-op complications at the incision site... but two different good antibiotics later, he is healed up and feeling pretty perky! His rear legs are a bit weak and shaky (that is common for dogs who have been chained excessively), and with the laryngeal paralysis he is limited to short, slow walks... but even a few short, slow, unchained walks a day will gradually improve his leg strength.
We recommend anti-inflammatory medication (like Metacam or Rimadyl) and Cosequin supplements for Max; he may also occasionally need some tramadol to help with arthritis pain. There isn't much in the way of medication that will help his laryngeal paralysis - keeping him calm, eliminating collars from his life and switching him to harnesses for times when he is on leash, and cooling his body temperature will all help minimize severe episodes.
Max is very loving, and is doing his best to learn house manners; he seems to want to be housetrained (though did go through an initial marking phase at the shelter, which is very common for male dogs in new locales)... he instinctively tries to avoid soiling his kennel and waits to go outside on his potty breaks. He has some anxiety and spends much of his time pacing along a straight line, which is likely how he spent his days on the chain. He is quite deaf, but does make good eye contact and should be able to learn some sign language commands, which is a fun bonding exercise for a person and dog when the dog can't do much active walking or playing.
Max would love to have a calm home with someone that would enjoy having him nearby most of the time - whether sleeping touching your foot during TV time, or hanging out together for some snuggles and massage time, it will be so comforting to Max to learn the secure feeling of being wanted and loved, and being an integral and indoor part of his family. He deserves his last months or years to be filled with the joy and love he missed out on when he watched the world go by from his chain.
Since Max needs a calm life, it would be best for him to be the only dog, or perhaps to share his home with one equally sedentary female dog. Having been unneutered until 13 years old, he is probably never going to be a big fan of other male dogs. With proper introductions, he will likely do OK with a resident cat, though if the cat encourages him to chase, that would not be a good choice for Max's health.
The lucky person who invites Max home will not have him for very many years... his time may, in fact, be counted in months rather than years... but you will know that you are giving Max his only experiences of love, comfort, and care. He will be forever grateful. (If you have a connection to a great veterinary surgeon and want to try surgery to extend his comfort and perhaps his lifespan, it might be worth having a discussion with your surgeon about the risks and benefits - otherwise, Max just wants to be as comfortable as possible, for as long as possible).
We are hoping someone will want to bring Max home so he doesn't spend the rest of his life at the shelter (even though it is a step up from a life chained, it is nowhere near as great as life as a loved family member). Since Max doesn't have a condition, like cancer, that would be considered "imminently terminal," we are hoping to find him an adoptive (rather than a hospice foster) home; however, his adoption fee is "donation optional" due to his extreme age and medical condition. If you can provide love and some supplements to keep him comfortable, for however long he needs, he will always view you as an angel given to him just when he thought all hope had been lost. No more chains for you, Max!
Max comes with a 30-day money-back trial adoption period.
Spay/neuter, worming, microchip and all age-appropriate shots are always completed before placement, and are included in the adoption fee (suggested minimum $0, or SENIOR for SENIOR - adopters of any age may name their own adoption fee); more gratefully accepted!)
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