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Happy Tail: Max/Tucker aka Yellow Dog

He went by many names, Max, suggested by the vet, who examined him just after intake at Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, then he was Big Yellow Dog, and finally "Tucker" after his state of origin, KenTUCKYy, by the Knoxville, TN family which adopted him.
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By Peg Schaeffer

In September I got a call from a woman about a stray dog that had shown up at her home. She said he was an older dog and she was afraid he'd been hit by a car. His face was scraped and he was limping. She also mentioned that he kept shaking his head as if there was something wrong with his ears.

A kind Golden Retriever ambled over, slowly, wagging his tail

I don't usually pick dogs up but I was on my way to the vet and was driving right by her house. I pulled in her driveway and a kind Golden Retriever ambled over to me slowly wagging his tail. He was glad to get into the back of the Tahoe and I took him to the vet. I asked her to examine him to see if he had any broken bones. I also asked her to check his ears. I told her if he hadn't been neutered to do so and I would pick him up the next day. When I brought him to the vet I asked one of the vet techs for a suggestion for a name. She said she like the name "Max" and so Max it was.

The vet called to say he didn't have any broken bones. He was already neutered and he needed was to have a tooth pulled. She said his ears were badly infected and that she had sedated him and cleaned them. He was vaccinated, she gave me medicine for his ears and I brought him home.

Vet had named him Max, but he became Sugarfoot's "Yellow Dog"

I let it be known that we had found a Golden Retriever but no one claimed him. Although he had been named Max by the vet tech he became "Yellow Dog" to me. He preferred to stay outside. I would bring him in the house but first chance he got he would go back outside. If it was raining I would have to take him by the collar and lead him into the house. More than once I had to bring him in as snow gathered on his coat. If I turned my back on him he would be back outside.

When I fed him I would lock him in a crate so that the other dogs wouldn't take his food. As soon as he finished he would let me know. I would hear a low "woof" "woof" and it would continue until I would open the crate door. He would then lie down and go to sleep. He just didn't like the idea of being locked in.

After a while I was able to convince him to stay in the house at night. He would lay by the pet door so the outside air would blow on him but he at least stayed out of the bad weather. He was skinny when he first came but after a while of two meals a day - dry food mixed with canned food as well as vitamins and joint medicine - he started to put on weight. He also became attached to me. He would lay by my chair if I was watching TV and loved to be brushed.

Yellow Dog/Max was a great patient

He ears continued to bother him. He would actually come over to me so I could clean them. He knew it was for his own good and seemed to appreciate my efforts. We tried different medicines that I put in his ears and also antibiotics for him to take. He looked forward to his pills because I would wrap them in cheese. I never had to call him twice. He also knew which cupboard the treats were kept in. He would stand by the door, slowly wag his tail, and stare at me until he got what he was looking for.

A woman called me inquiring about Max. She was looking for a German Shepherd but she said when she saw Max and read about him she had to have him. I told her that he was a senior and that he had badly infected ears that nothing seemed to cure. (We had even taken the holistic route with no success.) She wasn't deterred. She had her heart set on the kind Golden Retriever.

Some dogs at Sugarfoot become very special; Max was one

She lived in Nashville and made the two hour drive to meet Max. He was waiting by the gate when she got there. She took him out and petted him. He seemed to know that she was there just to meet him and they bonded instantly. I told her about his quirk of sleeping by the pet door and his other habits. She opened the back of her car and we put Max in. She had put an egg crate mattress in the back for him with a blanket. He made himself comfortable and I patted him good bye. Some of the dogs become very special to me and Max was one of them. I could feel tears welling up in my eyes as he left but I knew he was headed to a great home and a wonderful life.

Alisa had Max only a few days and sent me this update:
"Max is settling in, just like you said, he likes to be by the door as you can see by the picture. I renamed him Tucker, to remind me where he came from, KenTUCKy.

I took him to the vet yesterday and had his ears cleaned, x-ray of his R front leg, distemper/kennel cough vaccines and tested for heart worm. Thankfully, his heartworm was negative and his x-ray showed severe arthritis. He's on 5 different meds for his ears, eyes and arthritis.

I thought he might be permanently deaf because he did not react to loud noises but he now will look when I call him so he is hearing. It's funny, now that he is feeling better, his stubbornness is coming out.

He wants to go where he wants to go, when he wants to go J I have him on a no grain and no sugar diet. He would not eat just dry food and I wasn't quite sure if it was because he was being stubborn or his teeth bothered him. The Vet said at his age, go ahead and feed him a mixture of wet and dry.

We are going to address his teeth once the other stuff is under control. I was a little concerned that something was wrong with his tail because he never lifted it but he has been wagging it more and keeping it up, which I believe is because he is feeling better. I am taking him to the groomers on Saturday and am hoping that will help lift his spirits even more.

He has some pretty weird quirks. He won't touch his nice orthopedic bed I bought him but would rather sleep on a rug. He's a great dog and I am lucky to have him!"
And Max, now known as "Tucker" is lucky to have Alisa. Another good dog happy in his new furever home.

- Peg Schaeffer, President and Founder, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue

Contact us if you would like to help.

Peg Schaeffer, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue,
860 Sparksville Road
Columbia, KY 42728
Home telephone: 270-378-4521
Cell phone: 270-634-4675

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Happy Tail: Max, aka Yellow Dog, now known as Tucker

2015-03-22 - Nashville, TN - Photo by Elisa Parra. This is Max, aka Yellow Dog, now known as Tucker in his new home with Elisa Parra of Nashville, TN
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