On April 14, 2011, Baxter was taken into AZBHR's care. This sweet 11 year old boy was dropped off at Arizona Humane Society by his previous 'owners' because they were moving and he had very bad ear infections they didn't want to treat. Vet exams revealed a heart issue, adrenal gland tumor and Valley fever; treatment began immediately. In spite of all these issues, he settled in very well in his northern Arizona foster home, becoming fast friends with three other dogs and four cats. His poor coat and general health gave him away as a once-loved family pet that had been moved to living in a backyard before being turned into AHS. It took him several months to realize he didn't have to go to the bathroom on concrete, but only a few days to learn the joys of inside living again, such as full food bowls, clean water, big fluffy dog beds, canine companions and people who doted on him.
After a couple months of treatment, Baxter underwent ear canal surgery. Once the infections were gone, he became very active - playing with the foster family's German shepherd puppy, racing around the yard with the other dogs, greeting visitors, and chasing - and sometimes catching - one of the cats. In October, after a clean bill of health from the vet, he was put up for adoption. A routine exam in January revealed that while his VF titer was going down, a low thyroid was detected and he went on medication.
In late March 2012, he was suddenly stricken with what was believed to be a kidney infection. After a couple of weeks treatment, he recovered, but an ultrasound revealed a more serious issue. His adrenal tumor was growing and there was now a malignant tumor in his intestine. All of his medical issues combined, along with the difficulty of removing the adrenal and intestinal tumors, did not make him a good candidate for surgery, and he is now considered in hospice care.
Through all his treatments and care, Baxter has been a happy, friendly boy. He's attended adoption events and done home visits, representing AZBHR and the breed, and loved greeting people and other dogs at all. Although his story won't end with a happy adoption, he is going to stay in his loving foster home where he is considered part of the family.
Baxter is comfortable and active, and in relatively good health for the time being. AZBHR is continuing to provide his medical care. However, his medical bills and treatments have been costly. Donations to his continued care are greatly appreciated.
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