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Dax and Max, the heart of the matter

By Leonard Rizzo

Special cases

The photos I’ve sent are of two of my kids I spoke of two weeks ago. Dax is the champion German Shepherd who was placed with Tyler, a boy with mild autism. Dax’s skin problems are completely healed, and Tyler has grown into a fine young man who is now driving and has a girlfriend. Dax and Tyler are inseparable and both are thriving and looking well. Their secret is simple; they take care of each other.

I’ve recently spent some time with Vemo, Dax’s sire at Dr. Piccone’s office. “Your boy is doing great work,” I told him. Vemo licked my hand and laughing I said, “You’re welcome, old timer.”

Max is the beautiful pit mix that was discarded because the owner would not pay for his injury. “Just put him to sleep, I can always get another one,” we were told. I had Max turned over to me and took care of his needs as we tried to find a proper home for this friendly and beautiful two-year-old.

Max has stolen the heart of doctors and handlers he came in contact with. Max was being tended to and cared for at Landrum vet along with some R&R at Kayla Parrish’s home with her family. Dr. Parker’s son Dru, who lives in Pittsburg and is currently attending the University of Kentucky had met and fell in love with Max during a visit. When Dru learned Max was still available for adoption, I okayed the transfer. Dru drove down from Pittsburg and arrived on Friday evening I was there for the transfer on Saturday morning and witnessed a match made in heaven. Max and Dru behaved like they’ve been together forever. Max received the customary kiss between the eyes as I said goodbye with a glad heart. It has been a while since the city of Pittsburg has had a super star, brace yourselves, I’m sending you Max.

Finally, I paid a visit to Lori Jewell of Pet Tender Angels to bring her a contribution from my fund for her rescue. Lori was the first recipient of the coveted Lennie award after myself for the love of animals. Whenever I can find the time and her schedule allows, I enjoy spending time with this special lady. I always ask if there is a special dog I can help with when I visit. I learned that one of her greeting dogs, a six year old Great Pyrenees has cancer and all that can be done is keep her pain free and comfortable until her quality of life fails. Thus far she’s doing fine but Lori is devastated and of course Lori and I spoke of going through these times. I met Mallie, a year and a half old female Malinoise that suffers from agoraphobia. Lori may keep her but only a very responsible person can have her after many visits. It broke my heart, but God will give us the answer.

Till next time, thanks for listening.