Maple


German Shorthaired Pointer
Picture of Maple, a female German Shorthaired Pointer

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Home:Boston, Malden, MA  
Age: 10 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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Nicknames:
Mape, D.D. (Devil Dog!), Deed, Mape, Babe.

Quick Bio:
-purebred-three legger

Birthday:
July 6th 2003

Likes:
GREENIES!, Pig Ears, Carob Cookies

Pet-Peeves:
Being bored, alone, and peanut butter!

Favorite Toy:
Kong, rawhide bones, squeaky fleece toys.

Favorite Food:
Hard-boiled eggs, NutroMAX Puppy!

Favorite Walk:
To Fellsmere Pond

Best Tricks:
"TO THE BATCAVE!" (Coming upstairs from outside), Sit with a hand command, down with a hand command, sit in Spanish, Down in German.

Arrival Story:
I bought Maple from the pet store I used to work at. She was so sad, and wayyy too big for the cage she was in. She was 6 months' old and no one was interested in her because of her activity level and size. The store was closing due to lack of business, and the parent store couldn't handle another dog of her size (There just wasn't enough room, with the 20 dogs from the closing store, plus a fully stocked kennel at the other one) So, I asked the owner if I could have her for a steep discount (She was $850.00). I got her for $200.00. She has been with me since, and I could not be happier. She is the best dog anyone could imagine.

Bio:
Maple had an accident when she was about 13 months' old. We were on our way to the Vet to get her boosters and to put her in for Spay Surgery. I was with my friend and we opted to take her car. My friend's car is an older model and does not have child safety locks on the back window. Anyway, we had the window opened a smidgen for Maple, just enough to put her nose out. The window button was on the armrest where Maple was standing. She had rolled down the window herself in a split second. I was holding her leash, thankfully, because she is normally a bit hyper in the car, running back in forth in the back seat to take in everything! But, when Maple rolled down the window, she lost her footing and out she went! We were going at a pretty good clip, maybe 40 MPH. I still had her leash, that's how I know she had fallen out... we stopped as soon as the car had let us. She never once hit the ground, she had a bit of road rash on her collar and on her bum, but other than that she was unscathed, just in shock. When I went to right her on her feet, she just fell right on her face. I knew something was SERIOUSLY wrong, right then and there. I rushed her to the nearest Emergency Vet and admitted her right away, without any thought as to money. It turns out Maple had suffered from a Brachial Plexus Avulsion, or a stretching or ripping of the Brachial Plexus (The nerves underneath the arm, associated with the shoulder) rendering her leg forever lame. We gave it a month to see if it would regain any function, and it was, a bit... but Maple was getting many phantom pains and had begun to chew on the leg, no matter how many times I wrapped and cleaned it a day, no matter how much I sprayed it with Bitter Apple spray to try and deter her... she still chewed at it, causing it to become irrepairably infected. There was no other choice than amputation. She has done MUCH better since the lame leg has been removed. Most people don't even realize she only has 3 legs. She's still as bouncy and active as ever, it barely inhibits her. Maple also just blessed us with 7 beautiful puppies on Saturday, May 28th, 2005. These pups are German Shorthaired Pointer/Dachshund mixes, and just the most BEAUTIFUL pups you will ever see! 2 look ALL GSP, liver spots and one is already showing some ticking! They're also VERY good sized pups. I think they'll take after mom more. Sorry this was so long!

Forums Motto:
Devil Dog

I've Been On Dogster Since:
May 31st 2005 More than 8 years!

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Dogster Id:
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