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Even though Maxx can't run with his dog friends anymore, he is able to maintain his social life via Facebook

Last week Daisy had a tumor/cyst growth removed from her elbow.

She’s fine, don’t worry. She has a full blue (I wanted purple) cast on her leg, and although she had trouble walking and jumping on the couch at first, she has adapted fairly well. She still has to be carried down the stairs, but she can get from the living room to the kitchen in 2 seconds if there is chicken involved.


In a few days her cast will be off and she will be back to normal. But what about the animals that won’t heal?

One of my co-workers has a handsome dog named Maxx Obando-Conforti. Maxx is a 4-year-old pitbull/lab mix who last November lost all feeling from the middle of his back down.

Mike, his owner and the designer of my lovely blog logo, saw him yelp and start to favor his leg one night, but figured he would just watch it until the next morning. However, by 4 a.m. he was uncomfortably shifting around the bed and could not stand up.

When they went to the vet it was determined that Maxx had some kind of herniated disk in his spine and he had lost all feeling on the lower half of his body. He couldn’t urinate on his own, and even though surgery was an option there was only a 5 to 10 chance that he would recover.

Mike decided not to do the surgery, and the entire family did not want to give up and put Maxx down. Instead they looked up how to care for a disabled animals. Mike and his wife Yvonne went to www.handicappedpets.com, where they learned how to properly care for Maxx and got tips from other owners in the forum.

When they first brought Maxx home they covered the floor with fleece and blankets. Because of the medicine and the fact that Maxx couldn’t control himself, the first week was “pee madness,” as Mike eloquently put it. However, after a while that reversed, and to this day they have to relieve him.

He has now adapted to his injury, and though Mike admits that it’s awkward to watch him get around, Maxx is not letting his disability keep him down. He has his own set of wheels (see below) and is still surrounded by the most important thing in his life-his family.

So many people think that when an animal becomes paralyzed or develops a health condition it is inhumane to keep them alive. Every situation is different and unfortunately many times this is the case, but there are always animals like Maxx who are able to adapt and continue to enjoy life.


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  1. Kristy says:

    What a wonderful family to not give up on Maxx. My husband and I adopted a Black Lab named Sokie. She was right at 1 year old when we got her. At 8 months of age, her owner accidentally ran over her. This caused a spinal cord injury. When the owner got her to the vet, she was in shock and she had no control of her bowels and bladder. They wanted to have her put down, but the vet asked if she could keep her and see what could be done. After 4 months of water therapy in the hot tub at the vets home, she could walk and had total potty control. Her hind legs are stuck in a straight position but she can walk and if the cats come in the room, she can run!!! We realize that as time passes and she ages, it will be more and more difficult for her to get up on her own or maybe even for her to walk. Our vet didn’t give up on her so my husband and I will be there for her in any way she might need us! It’s amazing how an injury that would devistate most of us, has made her heart grow! She has us totally wrapped around her paw and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

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