Poodle (Standard) : : Male : : Baby : : Medium
Max is an amazing standard poodle puppy. Unfortunately Max was born without the use of his hind legs which makes him incontinent. However, his disability does not slow him down.
Here is an update from his Foster-Mom: Max is an absolute treasure. Lots of puppy spunk - he is a professional paper shredder. But he doesn’t chew anything he’s not supposed to. He loves toys and other dogs - it takes dogs awhile to warm up to him, because he doesn’t have typical canine movement/tail behaviour.
Max is incontinent - requires 2-3 belly band changes per day, depending on how cooperative he is when you express his bladder. He poops after he eats or when he is excited/scared - we are currently experimenting with which diet works best for him to minimize the, er, volume of poop and minimize the messiness, as I think this will affect his adoptibility.
He currently has a hygroma on his bum from bouncing that we are working to minimize. Max has severe muscle contracture of his hind limbs, so you cannot pull them straight. We are slowly working on his leg range of motion (this will take months!) to see if we can change his leg angle so he doesn’t bounce as much, thereby protecting his bum spot. In terms of medical management, compared to a “normal dog”, max will be at increased risk for bum hygroma and UTIs, so the new owner needs to be aware.
Max has learned how to get off the couch - which is a big confidence step for him - but only does it if he really really wants to (he prefers to be lifted off... his majesty, LOL). He is a big snuggler, and wants to be with you all the time. That being said, as long as you are in sight, he is happy to curl up and nap or play with a toy. Max would do well in a home with another dog. He really enjoys playing tug and snuggling with other dogs, and he’s bonded very well to my standard poodle.
I think Max would make an incredible therapy dog for visits to hospitals and seniors - he honestly puts a smile on everyone’s face, and is a huge reminder that just because life didn’t give you 100% what you want, you do the best with what you’ve got and are thankful everyday for being alive. He is a charmer and wraps everyone he meets around his little paw. He was fabulous for his groom (first time was hard, but he was much improved when Virginia did him - he’s a quick learner!).
He is so much fun! Max got to try out little cart for the first time and, well, he took off! You'd think the little guy would need to learn how to use it. But nope! He flew down the hallway! Awesome!
Max is going to need care for the rest of his life. He'll need someone who doesn't mind cleaning up after him. In return you'll get the most loving, most loyal, most fun, standard poodle EVER!
Max is being fostered in Toronto, Ontario
More about Max
Good with Dogs, Good with Cats, Good with Kids, Good with Adults, Does Good in the Car, Hypoallergenic, Requires a yard, Cratetrained, Likes to play with toys, Needs special care, Playful, Affectionate, Eager To Please, Intelligent, Goofy
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