Therapy dogs express unconditional love to their human companions through several ways that make you understand just how much they love you. They could put their head on your thighs when you’re feeling down, or lean against you to show you that you have their support, or even lick your face to cheer you up.
A six-year-old Rottweiler named Max from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin is one such pup. And all his good deeds are returning to him a hundredfold while he battles for his health.
The brave canine is part of the Go Team Therapy Dogs Madison Chapter to a family who has dedicated their lives to service. His pet parents are Jan and Brian Beamer – they are U.S. Navy veterans and have a son who is serving in Japan with the U.S. Air Force. In an interview with WMTV, Jan shared that Max became a therapy dog after a trainer spotted his exceptional personality. Counselors marveled at his capability to pick people out of a crowd who needed comfort. And it’s just as well – because Max loves people and loves comforting them.
Max doesn’t discriminate – from students to first responders, seniors or veterans, and he always knows when to extend his affections. During her interview, Jan shared how Max has made more than a thousand visits to different individuals throughout his career as a therapy dog. She noted that watching and observing him with people has shown her that dealing with individuals the same way he does would make a big difference.
However, he had to stop visiting counseling offices, senior centers, and schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This led him to start moping around because this prevented him from seeing his friends. The Beamers also noticed that he began to walk with a limp and thought he somehow hurt himself. When they took him to the vet, his checkup showed he has bone cancer – ultimately, they had to amputate his leg and start his chemotherapy sessions.
But Max need not fret – because the entire Sun Prairie community banded together for his cause. In a report, WMTV said that the Beamers received cards, messages, prayers, and meals, as well as pledges from friends who volunteered to watch of check-in on Max when the couple are at work.
A GoFundMe was organized to help Max with his medical expenses. And much to the brave canine’s delight, the children from their neighborhood gave him their attention and started reading to him because they thought he needed cheering up. According to Jan, Max loves every minute of it – his tail starts thumping, he smiles, and he is happy that he gets to reread books.
The Beamers said they are amazed at the response that their community has accorded to their canine. But it wasn’t surprising – because he has helped a lot of their neighbors, it was easy for them to turn around and extend Max the same favor.
And we’re happy to report that Max is doing very well in his recovery. Last January, his veterinarians announced that they didn’t detect any more cancer cells in him anymore after his surgery!
We’re happy you’re on your way to complete healing, Max! You deserve a long and happy life for your service!
Source: Go Team Therapy Dogs Madison / Facebook