Sunday, September 16, 2012
Sad News. Again.
My apologies for the multiple posts this morning but I just wanted to get something out we just found out about yesterday that's been quite upsetting for me.
Maxx, my 4 year old Jack Russell mix has been with us ever since he was 5 weeks old. He wanted dumped in a bush and forgotten about until I stumbled upon him whilst getting into my car after a job interview. He was dirty, hungry, and so, so young! So, I took him home and being that we already had two dogs at the time (Bella,6 and Angel, now deceased.), my father was very adamant about not keeping him. My parents absolutely did not want three dogs and they were definitely going to take him to the pound the next morning, but then, out of the blue, my dad asked, "Lemme see him." Dad has always been a sucker for baby anything and as soon as he picked him up, Maxx(or Maxxy as we call him. He also goes by Doodle and Dude. I often also call him Poodle, no idea why! His 'full' name as we call it is 'Maxwell Doodle'...because when he was a puppy, he 'doodled' all over the place!)climbed up to his chest, snuggled up, and fell asleep.
He didn't confirm anything, however, he did tell us to take him to the vet since he looked so young. He only weighed about a pound or two and he could sit in one hand, so we were concerned for his health. Dad figured we could take him to our vet and then find a home for him. The vet confirmed that he was, indeed, about five weeks old, much too young, and because of that, he never learned the things that his mother should have taught him (ie. pooping in his crate/bed, being social with other dogs but our own etc etc.). We told him the story of how I found him and the vet asked if we were planning on keeping him, saying she could find him a great home, and I looked at my mom, and she replied, "Can you micro-ship him for us?"
As soon as we got him home and told me dad, he knew he was going to be with us for forever. Since then Maxx has COMPLETELY bonded with my my mom and dad, howls a greeting at anyone who comes into our home, and is just a wonderful dog (outside of being afraid of everything that moved outside of the house! haha.). Ironically, my father, who didn't want to keep him at first, now can't really sleep without him!
Anyways, a few days ago, we noticed that he was having trouble with his right eye and that is was red, had discharge, and he was blinking profusely, so we took him to our normal vet, who referred us to a vet who works on eyes and...well...
She told us he has a serious eye disease called 'glaucoma.' You guys have probably heard of it as it is very common in humans. But at a mere four years old, he has glaucoma. Apparently, that is extremely rare, and we believe it is because of possible inbreeding (he does have various other issues, like his hips, for example, but that could/most likely is from him being a bit overweight! But we're working on it!) due to the fact that it is hereditary. I'm just worried. The doctor says he is in no pain, but he can no longer see fully out of his right eye and only see's lights and some shapes, and he could lose his other eye to the disease in two years or so at the earliest.
Has anyone had anything similar happen with young dogs? I'm so worried about my Maxxy. :(
Posted by Lady Kay at 8:37 AM