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Send Pawsitive thoughts to Max

We pulled a supposed 17 year old Max from Prince Georges County Animal Shelter on Friday after the Rescue Coordinator reached out to us.  He stole my heart pretty quickly.  Max is a Golden Retriever Mix and was surrendered by his elderly owner who could no longer care for him.   PG County helped us track down his original medical records which told us Max was in fact 15 years and 9 months.

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Max has such a joy for life and was so happy to roll on his back in the sun.  He’s so spunky and besides a little arthritis he moves really well.  A BIG thanks to Karin who let him hang out before going to his short term foster Michelle & Greg who gave him a much needed bath and let him decompress for the weekend.  We learned while he’s nearly 16 Max can counter surf (he LOVES food!)!  He will also nudge you for pets.

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On Monday his foster Sarah picked him up.  Below is Max with some of his foster siblings.

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Max had a check-up yesterday.  Unfortunately, our sweet Max is in kidney failure.  He probably won’t have much time with us…likely only a few months but in the time he has it will be full of love.  I cannot thank his foster family enough for loving on him the and ensuring what little time he has – Max will truly be a spoiled pup.

This is Max tonight hanging outside on a wonderful May evening.  As his foster Sarah said –

He could teach others the magic of treasuring every day as if it were your last!!

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May 3, 2017   2 Comments

Canine Biggest Loser – Weight Loss Tip # 8 – Exercise

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Exercise. Exercise. Exercise.

Forty percent of American adults do not participate in any leisure time physical activity. So, no doubt our dogs are just as sedentary.

In humans, physical activity has been proven to

  • Aid in weight loss
  • Lessen heart disease
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Decrease the risk of diabetes
  • Control anxiety and depression
  • Reduce the risk of certain cancers
  • Slow bone loss associated with advancing age

We can probably expect many of these same benefits for our pets.

So, get your dog moving. Take a walk. Run. Play fetch. Swim. Climb the stairs. Provide at least 30 minutes of brisk exercise every day to facilitate weight loss.

May 3, 2017   No Comments