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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-23-2010, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Update on Max and Patton

I have not been on this site much lately as I have been much busier, but I wanted to give an update on my pack. Many of you remember Max, who I pulled out of a shelter in Whiting Indiana, and Patton, who was abandoned at a vet in Atlanta. I found both of them on this forum. The original threads are;




This fella has been both a challenge and a treat to have. We have spent more money on him than I would ever have imagined that I would on any animal, but he has such a fun personality that he pays us back most every day. He has had one hip operated on and while his skin has cleared up tremendously, his hair is still very thin and we have to bath him weekly or he just gets greasy. The dermatologist helped to some degree, but .......

Our biggest dissapointment with Max is he still is aggressive with dogs outside our group. He would have so much fun running with other dogs, and would give us more opportunities to mix with other folks that I wish we could get him past that. He does great with Clover and he and Patton are now totally fine together. Problem used to be, Max would start something, Patton would finish it and one or both would have blood on them. He loves ball chasing still and his favorite toy is this big hard plastic ball given to us by a co-worker that Max loves to bite at and push around the back yard. He also likes to just lay down in the grass and just looks at peace when he is out in the back yard. He is the first one to go to bed at night and goes right to his blanket and will stay there all night. As I have mentioned before, he is a talker and lets us know all about it if we have been gone a couple days. Best thing is after one year, he finally stopped chasing the cats and they now have run of the house again. He likes to stick his nose in their business and gets a face full of cat paw. Its fun to watch now that we know he is going to harm them.


Patton is an amazing and challenging dog. By himself, he is generally very obedient and fairly easy to walk. He is very athletic, loves to ball chase and runs, not trot back with it like the other two. He is also very strong, which is where he sometimes gets challenging. He is dog friendly, unless the other dog shows ANY agression and then he is ready to go. That's one of the reasons we first had to be so careful with he and Max. Now Max can pull at his collar while Patton is laying down and there is no issue.

He is also very protective which has been a problem because if he feels there is a threat, he bites. Fortunately, he uses the Shepherd inhibited bite and does not break skin, but a problem nonetheless. People who are used to Clover and Max being very approachable have tried to approach Patton. We stop them, make him sit, converse with or shake hands with the person and then Patton no longer sees them as threats and he is then fine. We also have to be careful when folks come over to the house. My brother in law popped in the front door at Christmas without letting us get Patton and Patton grabbed him. After he got over the shock, he then took Patton for a walk and told us NEVER get rid of this dog. He was impressed enough with Patton he would like to take him, but he and my sister just don't lead a life that is conducive to having a dog. If we are going to have a lot of folks in and out, we cage him. We had him out at Thankgiving and Christmas though with lots of family over. Once he meets whomever is in the house, he is good and loves the attention. My youngest son, who is 18, can do anything to him and he just eats it up. We have also spent a lot of time on the issue, we just make sure we don't let our guard down.

When we originally brought him here, we weren't sure if we would be able to keep him and after some of our original challenges, we're planning on placing him through our rescue group. However, he has now been here long enough, and is working so well with our other two, that he is staying. Watching him bound around the backyard when we go out to play, chasing the ball in the school yard and just hanging out, he is a fun dog to have around. I think he used to potentially be an outside dog as he loves to just hang out outside, even when no one else is out. He loves to be combed (unlike Clover) but HATES to get his nails trimmed (shepherds can be such babies). We just have to always remember who he is and what he is capable of.

And while these two are the ones who came to us from the forum, we don't want to forget our original rescue dog who took us down this path in the first place. She is still our princess and while she lets the boys go through the door before her and will sometimes defer in tug of war, she is still the boss of the pack and let's them know when they forget.


I'll try to keep the updates coming and do more pictures. I also need to get a video of Max with his big purple ball, it's a riot.

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I remember your dogs very well. Thanks for the update and glad to hear things are working out between the three of them.

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That is a great update and I have to say all three of them are beautiful

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Very beautiful dogs! Great story, thanks for the update
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What a lovely family you have. All dogs are pretty great, but there is certainly something a little more special to me about those we rescue.
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Yes, I do remember those guys especially Max - and was stunned to see that his original post was almost 2 years ago - time is flying by. Sounds like you have a good handle on making it all work! Thanks for rescuing, those are 2 lucky boys!

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I have not been on this site in some time. I have been busy in many directions and just did not have time to keep up with the blogs. However as we found two of our Shepherds on this site, I felt a desire to come back to complete their stories. As you can guess from the statement, they have both gone to the bridge. Sadly both have gone in the last 90 days.

It begins with Max. We never knew his real age as you can see from his story that is linked in the beginning of the thread. He had begun a fairly steady and rapid decline of late. We also compounded his issues with a broken foot when he and I had an unfortunate incident. About the time we got through all off that, he was having more issues with his rear legs. He was often getting them interlaced when he was on his walks. We had also gotten to the point where we had to help him down the stairs in the morning but yet he still wanted to sleep each night in his favorite spot in our room. Part of the problem was likely tied to the FHO operation and as he aged the muscle joint that was created was getting weak. He was losing feeling and we knew the end was there when he stood over his breakfast, not sure if he wanted to eat, and pooed on the floor, without even really realizing he did it. He was at the point of complete confusion. We finally reached the point where we had to make the final decision the beginning of August.

Clover and Patton definitely missed him (as we definitely did as well) but they just became even closer to each other. Patton got more clingy and craved attention, much like Clover had always done. Ultimately, we all moved on.

So then we get to Patton's story. He had been having increasing issues with his hips with Arthritis etc. Still very game for a ball chase and showed amazing energy at feeding or walking time, but yet was struggling to get up the three stairs between the Family Room and the Kitchen. We had been giving him regular aspirin doses per the vet but then decided to get him checked further to see if there was something more we could do. He was diagnosed firmly with Arthritis in both hips, both knees and one elbow. Worst of all though was the diagnosis of nerve damage in his right rear leg. I thought his tripping on his walk was excess pronation from his left leg but it was due to his not being able to always feel his right foot. So they prescribed a new pain regimen that was showing immediate effect. We knew he was going aging faster than Clover but we figured we had a bit of time yet.

All this changed last Sunday when we were out of town visiting our son. We got a panic call from another son who said when he let Patton out in the morning that he was struggling to move. When we got home we found that in fact he could not walk at all. We got him outside and he lay in the grass and really could not get up. We took him to the E-Vet and the determination was that there was an impingement or failure in the nerves in his rear leg. With the weakness already in his left leg, there was really nothing we could effectively do. He would have needed help in any movement, which at 80 lbs plus, was really out of the question. He also would not have been able to be who he was, my wife's ultimate protector, a job he took totally seriously. I often commented that if someone attacked my wife in his presence, they might not die, but they would bleed a lot, and there would have been no hesitation on his part.

So we were faced with having to make the decision again after just 90 days, and unlike any time we have faced this ever too familiar decision for pet owners, no real time to prepare ourselves before facing this loss. We got home and Clover ran around the car twice looking for him. Max to her was that annoying little brother that you tolerated but protected, but Patton however had become her buddy and she still is showing the effect of the loss. My wife is also missing him more than any previous pet save perhaps Spats (her favorite cat).

I don't like to dwell on such issues, and I am not one to share sorrow, but I know this group is a community, and both Max and Patton came to us from having been on this blog, so I wanted to take a moment to complete their story. I may be back from time to time and always appreciated the advice and comradery I found here. Thanks for reading.

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I am so sorry for your losses. Both Max and Patton were very handsome, and they brought a ton of joy to your house. Cherish the many memories.

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