Wags n Words Healthy Dogs & Happy Tales


One Week/January 15, 2012

The road to healing is never direct.

So it is with Max. He’s been with us for one week now and in that time it’s been very clear that his case is far more complicated than anyone could have imagined.

He has good days.



And he has bad days…days when he can’t move much and is unmotivated to get outside or even get up in the morning.

He has good parts of the day followed by painful parts of the day.

And through it all, he’s a trooper.

His path to healing has not been clear though. Exactly what’s going on with Max has been a puzzle we’ve all been trying to piece together — his vet (Dr. Barbara Gomez), his long-term foster mom (Suzanne), Sheila (Wellsprings K9) as well as those of us taking care of him for this short while.

Today we took Max to Dr. Gomez because we wanted to explore some different paths of possible diagnoses. But before we could get ready to go, it started to snow!

This wasn’t a bad thing — nope in fact it seemed to motivate Max who is, after all, a mountain dog. He asked to go out today and though his tender, unaccustomed paws were chilled, he was very happy to see the snow.

Then it was off to the vet who greeted Max with the utmost kindness, gentleness, and deep concern for his well-being.

She had two thoughts: First, it could be a muscle-wasting disease, which of all paths would actually be the best because it can be treated by very effective drugs.

The other path was some issue with his cervical spine — a compression, impingement, or damage/injury — causing neurological issues, which is what makes it for difficult for him to walk.

Cervical vertebral instability (or Wobbler Syndrome) is caused by compression of the cervical spinal cord as a result of cervical vertebral malformation-malarticulation or instability. Spinal cord compression injures the portion of the spinal cord necessary for an animal to stand or move normally.

3 Thoughts on “Paths

  1. Sue DuRussel on January 16, 2012 at 9:36 am said:

    Max, with so many good people looking out for you, I am sure that miracle will come!! Praying that your “forever family”, will be your dream come true!! xoxo

  2. Thanks Sue. He’s having a great day today. The rimadyl is helping with the pain and his spirits are up. Ours are too. Thanks for your prayers! Rubin and Max

  3. Wendy Rosen on January 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm said:

    I have followed Max’s story since the first day Suzanne brought him home. I am praying for sweet Max He is so lucky to have all of you in his life. Thank you for taking care of this sweet boy.

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