As the name implies, Dogs XL specializes in finding homes for large dogs (typically 50lbs+). Large dogs are often first to be put to sleep in shelters because medical treatment and food for large dogs is more expensive than for small dog. Large dogs also take up more space at the shelter and on transports to adoptive families. Although owning a large dog is not for everyone, large dogs have many unique and endearing qualities. Here at Dogs XL, we believe the larger the dog, the more there is to love.
Occasionally, Dogs XL will intervene on behalf of a smaller dog with an XL personality. Dogs XL also works with other local rescue groups to facilitate adoptions to families that might be a better match for a smaller dog.
Dogs XL is an all volunteer, non-profit animal rescue group.
Puddin was surrendered to a shelter in Missouri at approximately 7 years of age. Her previous owners said that she had orthopedic issues since she was a puppy. We had no idea how extremely severe her issues were until she arrived in Maryland after a 2 day long transport journey from MO. Her knees are completely dislocated and she is unable to stand. She hops along on her rear end like a bunny. Two days after she arrived in rescue, she was examined by a veterinary orthopedic surgeon. Initially, he was skeptical that anything could be done to help Puddin, but upon reviewing X-rays and a sedated exam, we received good news that her condition is surgically correctable. Puddin needs bilateral Distal Femoral Osteotomy (DFO) surgeries to correct grade 3 patellar luxation followed by 12 weeks of physical therapy, laser therapy, and underwater treadmill therapy to facilitate recovery of muscular atrophy due to prolonged neglect. The estimated cost of these treatments is approximately $8000. Despite what must be an extraordinarily painful condition, Puddin is the sweetest dog you could ever meet. She is very affectionate toward everyone she meets (especially children who she immediately rolls on her back to ask for belly rubs).
Posted on April 19, 2017
Puddin is relaxing between therapy sessions, and as you can see if you look closely she is starting to get hair back on the leg she had her first surgery on. Her therapy is going well and she is only a few weeks away from her second surgery. Thanks again for all who have donated to Puddin and all her supporters!
Posted on April 05, 2017
Puddin Update! Yes we know Puddin looks cool in her goggles, but they serve an important purpose. She is getting cold laser therapy on her surgically repaired knee and the goggles protect her eyes during laser treatment. This is part of her physical therapy program post surgery on her left knee. If all goes well over the next few weeks she will have surgery on her right knee and go through more therapy. Thanks again to all our supporters and donors!
Posted on March 24, 2017
Here is Puddin post surgery, doing well but she has a long 10 weeks of physical therapy and recovery and then she will have another surgery. We are thankful for our "village" of volunteers that are fostering, transporting her to therapy and follow-up appointments and helping with her care. We are still $2700 short of the funds needed to cover all of the anticipated expense to help this sweet girl live a more normal life. If you have a few dollars to spare please consider a donation. WE ARE VERY APPRECIATIVE OF YOUR SUPPORT!!!!
Posted on March 21, 2017
We are happy to report that Puddin's first surgery that took place last Friday, went well and she will start physical therapy soon. We are almost to our fundraising goal to cover her additional surgery and physical therapy costs. Thank you to everyone who has donated and shown their support for Puddin!! (Some pictures of the procedure have been added to Puddin's picture gallery).
Posted on March 09, 2017
Puddin is scheduled for her first surgery next Friday, March 17th (Saint Patrick's Day). Wish her luck!