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Found on the streets unable to move front legs

  • Name: Maxx
  • Color: Tan
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Young

$2,525.00 raised of $2,000.00

Maxx was found as a stray and sent to a rescue in Mexico. After a lot of consideration, this rescue decided to reach out to an American rescue to take over his case. Maxx joined Saving Huey Foundation who will now take over his care.

Maxx has zero use of his right front leg. And even though we think he could potentially use his left front leg, he does not. Instead, .to get around, Maxx crawls on his shoulders, which is absolutely heartbreaking to watch.

Maxx recently saw the vet and X-rays show no breaks or missing bones in his front leg, which is peculiar at best. He has feeling in both legs, which is a good sign. On Tuesday, Saving Huey will meet with a specialist to see what can be done for Maxx. We will do whatever we can to give Maxx the life he deserves. Maxx's care will be expensive and corrective surgery could be in the thousands. Please help us help Maxx have a better life by donating to his care or purchasing an item off his wishlist.

Updates

  • Maxx just recently got his wheels and he doesn't like them one bit. His therapy time has taken a turn for the worst as he hates being in his chair. He wiggles, squirms and cries until he has completely thrown his back end from his chair. We are using treats as an enticement for exercise time and I think it's helped calm him a bit.

    Because of the leg deformity that Maxx was born with, he has never walked, which means he has never utilized his back legs. His right rear leg is strong, and his left is completely void of muscle, making any use of it nearly impossible. The rehabilitation specialist we worked with prior to the amputation told us that Maxx's only hope would be to keep his one front arm, so that he could use it as a crutch and help dispense his body weigh more evenly. As most of you know, once the surgeon began Maxx's arm rebuild procedure we were notified that there were no tendons in his arm and that it would need to be amputated as well. Of course we were crushed and disappointed, but we didn't give up. Maxx exercised daily on our carpet as was making fantastic progress....and then we moved.

    The Ranch house has laminated flooring and Maxx just plain and simple doesn't like it. It is more of a slippery surface and it's harder for him to get traction on. We immediately noticed this was an issue and brought in carpet just for him. While Maxx did a bit better on the carpet, he seems to have lost the desire to walk. We are currently using non slip booties on him in an effort to get him moving, but again, he is very resistant. We are hoping to find a therapist willing to work with Maxx and not give up on him. In the meantime I continue to work with Maxx and encourage him to walk.

    August 16, 2018


  • Maxx doesn't like the feeling of the new flooring, so he literally stopped trying to walk when we moved. He has just recently started to move around again, mostly because I stopped catering to his every need (hand feeding him, holding his water for him, holding him while he peed, and carrying him around).

    Maxx has a wonderful spirit and loves to play with the other pups. He is more than ready for his wheels, which although have been ordered, are taking forever. Front wheel carts are a little more tricky and the measurements had to be precise. Hopefully he will have his cart any day and will be zooming around with Scoots.



    July 23, 2018


  • Maxx is healing and getting used to using his two back legs for balance. I am not pushing him to try to walk, but rather allowing him the time he needs to fully heal. I do encourage him while he's eating and drinking to balance on his back feet, rather than lying on the ground.

    In spite of losing his two front legs, Maxx remains in good spirits. He and Ryder get along great, with Ryder sitting beside him and Maxx licking Ryder's feet.

    There have been a couple of questions that have come up repeatedly. These questions and answers are...

    1. Will Maxx get a cart? 

    Yes, Maxx will get a cart. Maxx cannot be measured for a proper fitting cart until all of his swelling goes down. We have reached out to a company that makes prosthetics, although we haven't heard back yet.

    2. What kind of life is this for Maxx? 

    Well, it certainly isn't ideal for any animal (or person for that matter), to lose two of their limbs, however that's life I guess. We wanted Maxx's right leg to be amputated and his left leg to be rebuilt. Once the surgeon started surgery, he quickly noticed that Maxx had no tendons in his left leg, meaning that there could not be any rebuilding of the defective leg.

    3. Why didn't I have Maxx euthanized? 

    I suppose my answer to this question is simple...because you wouldn't euthanize a human double amputee. I was very upset when I found out that Maxx lost both of his legs, however I got over it. I can't and won't give up on Maxx simply because of the situation. Right now as he heals and learns to adjust, life is tough for him, but I firmly believe that once he figures out how to balance on his back feet, and gets a set of wheels, it will create a world that Maxx has never had the opportunity to know.

    4. Why did I spend so much money on Maxx's surgery when that money could have helped so many other dogs? 

    Because Maxx is worth it.

    June 18, 2018


  • Maxx continues to heal and adjust to his new life. We are working really hard on teaching him to use his back legs. This morning we actually tried to stand up...he fell, but he got a special treat for trying.

    June 12, 2018


  • Last night Maxx slept better than I expected he would. I had to move him around to change the pads under him a few times (I have to keep the pads fresh and clean so that he doesn't get a urine burn), but after each change he was able to fall back to sleep fairly quickly. His biggest issue is he wants someone sitting right beside him or holding him, and with so many other cases going on right now, it's hard to give him the attention he desires. Even before the surgery Maxx was a bit of an attention hog, so this behavior was pretty much expected.

    Maxx is on 4 different meds and also has a Fentanyl patch on. He acts sore, but not painful. I am icing his torso every few hours and following that up with warm compresses. I I dare say that Maxx may be adding some unnecessary dramatic noises in an effort to insure he gets every ounce of sympathy he feels he is entitled to. When I leave his side, his pain seems to rapidly increase, and he gets very local in demanding my return. I am letting him work me a bit as I feel he has earned that right.

    June 08, 2018


  • Guess who is home?

    Maxx is home and doing well. I am icing his torso every few hours and then applying warm compresses. He seems very happy to be home and doesn't want to leave my lap. Maxx will go back for his follow up and stitch removal in two weeks.

    Thank you to everyone who helped make this surgery a success. Once Maxx heals, we will get him measured for a set of wheels!

    June 07, 2018


  • I just got good news and some very sad news from Maxx's surgeon.

    The good news is that Maxx made it through a very long surgery. He is awake and although groggy, I'm told he seems comfortable.

    The devastating news is that Maxx's left arm could not be saved. Apparently the surgeon went in and saw that there were no tendons connecting the shoulder to the elbow, which would explain why physical therapy was not helping. The surgeon stated that he had nothing to connect anything to, and felt amputation was his only hope. I am crushed for Maxx and selfishly speaking, for myself. I wanted to give Maxx the ability to walk, play and live life just like any other dog, but now those plans have been altered.

    While I'm saddened by the news of Maxx's double amputation, I promise that I will not give up on him. I will spend whatever time it takes, researching how to give Maxx the best life possible. We will order him a cart and make sure that he does live the life he deserves, it will just be a bit differently than I had planned.

    June 05, 2018