Axl “found” us in August 2012 – looking in our windows. Not knowing what was up, I sat down; he immediately walked to me, sat down and offered his paw for a shake – my first thought was he’s got manners and he’s NEUTERED – yep NEUTERED! He was flea infested, very skinny and I immediately told my husband I was sure he was heartworm positive. We brought him inside and made him comfortable for the night. Next morning we went to my vet and I was correct he was high heartworm positive and extremely underweight. No microchip or tattoos. My vet had some doubts that he would make it through heartworm treatment but we were determined to save this boy. So we treated him for parasites,de-flead him and got him on vitamins and good food to add some weight. The heartworm treatment was touch and go a few times but he was confined to one of our bedrooms and taken for short potty breaks, no activity and lots of TLC. We stretched his treatment out to make it easier on him. It worked and in late November Axl tested heartworm negative!
Axl weighs in at about 70 lbs, has a beautiful coat and has never had an accident since day one. He is crate trained but really he is such a good boy he is fine in the house – not destructive. He is pretty indifferent to other dogs but loves cats as you can see by the pictures. Axl would ride in a car 24/7 and is very calm . He can be somewhat hardheaded at times on walks but with a little patience he gets up and continues on his walk. Axl has shown some tendency to try and open a gate (ours are locked) and he may try to climb or jump a fence. – we haven’t allowed him to pursue it as we live in the country and too much wide open space and major highways.
He loves children and adults but given his size I wouldn’t recommend small children. Axl’s age is estimated at 6 years old by my vet. All of his vaccines are UTD and he is microchipped with 24 Petwatch.