For a man named Jason Bradford, his health has been suffering recently. A massage therapist and holistic healer by profession, he was encountering high fevers, malnutrition, and required a lot of rest and medication. He was not in a good place, but found himself scrolling through Facebook recently and spotted a little dog that needed a good home. Despite his ailments, Jason quickly got dressed and headed over to meet the dog. The little dog, a Chihuahua, was also dealing with some health issues: he had parvo. Also known as parvovirus, this contagious illness is a very serious condition for dogs—especially puppies. This particular dog was only five months old and weighed just two pounds; all that to say he was facing an uphill battle.
Though statistics show that 70% of dogs that contract parvo survive, the numbers are much lower for puppies. Regardless of the situation, Jason knew he needed the dog in his life and he adopted the dog. He named him Maximus LaRue, or Max for short. At first, Max struggled to eat and drink and required around the clock care because he was so weak. Ironically Jason had the same experience, also struggling to stay hydrated and incorporate solid food into his diet. As time went on, Max and Jason had a similar path: they each began drinking more water and eating solid food together. When Max saw Jason eating and drinking, he did the same. The two actually helped to encourage one another and ultimately, forge a path toward healing.
Though most dogs who contract parvo as young puppies do not survive, Max did. While both he and Jason still have a long road ahead to good health, they are now well on their way together. All thanks to finding one another, they have the strength and encouragement to push forward, even when things seem bad.