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Hi all, I know this is a Lab forum and Max is a GSD but this is getting desperate so please forgive me for posting :flower: Maybe someone on here/who reads this will know of a GSD fan who has no other pets and is home all the time? If you do, please, please tell them about poor Max ...



Max is a beautiful 11 year old long-haired German Shepherd who is desperate for a long-term foster home where he can be given the love and care he needs for his final years.

Max lived all his life with an elderly owner who was agoraphobic and never left the house. After the death of his owner Max came into Oldies Club care, but it quickly became apparent that he has severe
separation anxiety and needs a home where there is someone around all the time.

So long as he has company, Max is a wonderful dog – calm, gentle, well-behaved and loves everybody.

Unfortunately as soon as he is left alone he becomes frantic, running round the house, knocking things over and scratching at doors searching for company. Max has a spinal condition which means his back legs are weak and he can’t walk far – in fact with a secure garden to potter in he would be quite happy not to go out.

Oldies Club Foster Co-ordinator Fiona Chalk says “Max is in a temporary foster home in Bracknell at the moment but can only stay there for a few days. After that we have nowhere for him to go, so things are looking very desperate. He wouldn’t cope with kennels, he would be so stressed it would be cruel to do that to him.

He’s wonderful with people but not good with other animals, so needs a home as an only pet where there is either someone in the house 24/7, or with someone who has friends or neighbours he can go to when they are out. It’s a tall order and at the moment we don’t have any options for him.

In the right home Max would make a wonderful companion, he is such a loving dog, and Oldies Club will cover any vets bills for the rest of his life”

Can you help Max? If you could offer Max the company he needs please contact Oldies Club on 08445 868656, e-mail [email protected] or see our website http://www.oldies.org.uk

If you want to send a link to anyone, his appeal is also on the website:
http://www.oldies.org.uk/?p=13187

Thank you for reading :flower: Even if you can't help/don't know anyone else who can, could you spare some good thoughts that the perfect home will come forward very soon.

Max can go anywhere in the UK for the right home.
 

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Thanks Donna, so do we!

Please crosspost the special appeal link if you can. I know this isn't a GSD forum but this is desperate :(
 

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I sent the link too peeps i know that love GSD and i posted it on other websites that i chat on...dunno if it will do any good. x
 

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There's now a special appeal poster available for Max - link in first sentence on his page:
http://www.oldies.org.uk/max

If you could print a poster or two out and put them up near you (vets, petshops etc.) that would really be appreciated - doesn't matter where you live, this is a national appeal.

Oldies Club has decided that WHEN we find the right home for Max, we will cover his vet bills for the rest of his life. We just need to find him that home now. Please help :flower:
 

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Very, very sad news I'm afraid :cry: :cry: I hope Max has been reunited with his owner now and they can rest in peace together. Run free Max, so many people tried so hard for you :cry: :cry:

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Max has very sadly had to be put to sleep. Oldies Club and his fosterer tried very hard for him, but poor Max never really recovered from the loss of his beloved owner. He suffered terrible Separation Anxiety and was constantly stressed. Rest in Peace now Max.
 

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Angela I am so sorry, what a sad end to a life for a lovely boy who clearly lived for his owner.

For me, this has highlighted exactly how important it is to teach our dogs their 'life skills'. We tend to teach our dogs just what we need in order for them to fit in with OUR lives, and Max's agoraphobic owner only needed Max to be at home with him, so it suited both well.

It is so hard to prepare for the unthinkable happening, it's not something any of us ever like to think of, but if we teach our dogs all the skills they would need in order to adapt to a new home, although it is heartbreaking to even imagine them not being with us, at least if something dreadful happened, they would have a better chance of living out the rest of their lives in good home, not be PTS or spend years in kennels.

I am referring to simple things like socialisation, bite inhibition, food manners, toilet training, relaxed isolation, car travel ... that sort of thing, all of which help a dog to be confident and relaxed in his surroundings because he knows how to deal with things.

Such a shame ... run free Max.
 

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Helen, you put into words what I was thinking about my two.

Not so much the socialisation but the fact they are with me practically 24/7

Max's predicament definitely brought tears to my eyes but also a realisation of a dilemma of how do you prepare your dogs for such an occurrence? Hopefully I have a good many years left but I genuinely have no idea how they would cope.

Patrick
 
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