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When I met Max last week at the Jefferson County Animal Control, he stood up on his hind legs, pressed his front paws against the bars of his cage, and coaxed me just close enough to kiss me on the nose.
I learned that he'd been picked up as a stray. He'd been playing with some neighborhood children, and one of the parents had called animal control. Last week he wasn't available because an owner might still show up to claim him. Animal Control did locate the owner, who signed Max over to the shelter, saying he could no longer afford him.
So today I met him again. I checked him out with other dogs; he played nicely. He liked all the people he met too. And so I drove off with him and headed to the vet clinic. On the way I felt his ribs and noticed how thin he was. I ran my fingers down the ridge of his spine. He didn't mind; he was busy enjoying the view as he sat in the passenger seat.
Later today I learned the bad news. Max had heartworm disase, whipworms and roundworms. He starts treatment tomorrow. In a way, this bad news is his good news. Had he not ended up in the shelter, he most likely would have died of heartworm disease. Now he has a chance.
And he's a good dog. One of our newest foster homes has volunteered to take care of him while he recovers from his treatment.
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