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My Buddy Max

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6335_1072942073949_1538090986_30164485_2069707_sMy buddy Maxx was the best dog in the world. He was a chihuahua mix, in a beautiful yellow color. He hated it when you made a kissing sound around him, loved playing with our other dogs, jumping from couch to couch trying to catch them, and his best friend was a plastic goose that he always slept. He was great.

Then, he came down with parvo.

He started showing symptoms about 4 or 5 days before it hit him. I went to the vet and got him a booster shot. Then, fed and watered him through a syringe in his mouth. He tried fighting the parvo, he
was a very head-strong dog. Emotionally strong. But on September 6th, 2009, the parvo won. My boyfriend was the one that found him in his kennel. The tears have come so easily ever since. No longer will we open the front door to see his wagging tail, or wake up to him hogging half the bed. Never again will we have
to turn our heads because his chewing is so loud, you can hear him eat in the other room, or will he playfully bite us because we are acting like we are going to kiss him.

Never again will he beg for food, or bark when he hears a dog outside barking. Maxx was a big dog in a tiny dog’s body. It kills me what happened to him. No dog deserves that.

– LaTasha Schwartz

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26 Responses to “My Buddy Max”

  1. ashley rodsuwan on September 17th, 2009 3:06 pm

    i was really touched by your story. my 8 mnths old dog tux just died from it two days ago from the virus. he only had it for 24 hrs and died the morning i was going to take him to the vet. it was so horrible to see him like that and not knowing what was wrong with him and now since he is gone there are so many things that i wished i would have done different and he might not be died and i wouldnt be a wreck

  2. aix on October 10th, 2009 11:23 am

    i’m sorry to hear that. i cried when i read your data. my dogs are also infecte right now.=(

  3. KRISTI on October 19th, 2009 6:57 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about your puppy. I just lost my baby on Sept 30 09 to parvo. She was a tiny white t-cup chihuahua. I loved her so much and I felt as though she was my child. I carried her to the vet as soon as symptoms started but she weighed so little the parvo took over her body after 5 days. I feel for anyone who watches their pet go through such a terrible disease.

  4. Jennifer on October 29th, 2009 5:28 am

    My heart goes out to all of you. Loosing a pet is a very tragic event. We lost our beloved daschund in April 09, she had been going donwhill for quite sometime – she was 14 years 3 months 8 days old. That leaves a huge hole in your heart & because of that, are afraid to get another. Was looking at a dog which is not yet ready for adoption because he has/ had / has Parvo & that’s what brought me to this site. As they say, time heals. Bless you all for your kind hearts.

  5. Judy on November 18th, 2009 2:25 am

    I just took my 7 1/2 week old chihuahua to the vet. The doctors suspects parvo. I cried when i read what happened to your baby. I pray to God that He will heal my baby Milo. I have him on antibiotics, pepto bismo and pedialyte. Please keep him in your prayers.

  6. Ariel field on November 18th, 2009 5:30 pm

    IM sorry to hear about your puppy, the past 2 days my puppy boxer has been showing sign’s of parvo. he has already lost alot of weight. its such a terrible feeling to see them like this. i hope we cought it in time :( i cant stop crying.

  7. sina on December 12th, 2009 8:44 pm

    I am sorry to hear about all your tragic stories relating to your dogs.I just lost my chihuahua Maeva on 12/3/2009.I can’t seem to stop crying when I think about her.I actually had to come to the decision of putting her down for she suffered severely 2 days after noticing the changes with her weight.I wish I would’ve had another choice but could not bear seeing her in so much pain.I hate for anyone who goes through this tragedy especially when you consider your pet like one of your children like i considered mine to me.My prayers are with all of you and your pets….

  8. joie on December 19th, 2009 1:32 am

    So sorry to here that =< My daughter is in the animal hospital right now for maybe the same thing. I think there needs to be more education handed out on this from the vets and breeders before hand so that people know what signs to look for before such a thing happens. God bless you and your family!

  9. Dee on January 3rd, 2010 8:55 am


    Its really painful to see one’s pet in terrible condition and we cant do anything except for giving supportive treatment just to make sure the condition does not become worse. I have a black Lab, named Ben, he is 7 weeks old and is infected with Parvo, he is on antibiotics and IV fluids…lets hope he gets well soon….

  10. Susie and Cary on January 28th, 2010 3:10 pm

    Our 8 month-old Boston Terrier has been showing symptoms for 3 days…we’re seeing the vet, today. He’s still eating, drinking, and full of energy, but the bloody stools and vomiting seem to be worsening. We’re hoping for negative test results.

  11. anita stultz on February 7th, 2010 7:53 am

    i am very sorry to hear about your puppy. my sister found my puppy on february 6th 2010 which had parvo. with my family having two dogs we figured the actions she had was because of jealously towards the other puppy. that was not the case. my puppy was my world. she was with me through my whole pregnancy when i had noone else to love and care for. she will be dearly missed by all who knew her

  12. ridhima on February 7th, 2010 1:11 pm

    hey friend i am really sorry abt wat happened to your pup i almost gt tears in my eyes when i read it ….one week ago even my labrador pup was contracted with parvo i know how it feels but by gods grace he is fine now….may your pups soul rest in peace

  13. Pamela on February 8th, 2010 1:11 am

    i am so sorry you went through that with lil max, i had a dog that died from it too and it was the worst thing i had ever seen in my life, i know what you are going through and i’m so sorry……..R.I.P. Maxx

  14. Ellie on February 9th, 2010 11:01 pm

    so so sorry to hear about your dog my 9 week old puppy (yorkshire terrior) has just been hit with parvo hes been ill for 5 days and he is now in a animal hospital on drips its brakein my heart seein my little baby like that i have named him cheeky cheeko as he is normaly very cheeky!! im prayin my little baby wil make it thru!! the tears wont stop..!! xx

  15. LaTasha on February 16th, 2010 12:45 am

    Thank you everyone for the comments! Maxx was a doll and is still in my heart! I love him so very dearly and although I have other dogs, and have had two dogs join the family since Maxx left, the pain is still the same. It hurts. And it hits close to home for anyone that has ever lost a dog. For all of you who are dealing with your dogs suffering, gatorade helps…So does knowledge, if I had known then what I know now about parvo, maybe maxx would still be here, but keep the dogs as comfortable as possible and know that the one thing that the dog wants to know is that pain is temporary. I believe that dogs can understand what you say, and they need you to be there for them, after all, look at all the times they were there for you. Good luck and my prayers are with you.

  16. Amy Jonas on March 20th, 2010 3:19 am

    Please read Hefs story to get a picture of treatment and recovery, has some before and after photos as well. Terrible virus and unfortunatly it can strike anyone/antime (its in the ground) mostly comes alive during spring summer – please make sure baby pups are fully vaccinated (3 injections) and 10 days AFTER the last to give them some immunity – but as you will read from my story, my boy WAS fully vaccinated :(

    Im so sorry for everyones losses, such heartache :(

  17. Kelly Jones on May 23rd, 2010 5:01 am

    I just found out that the black lab puppy I adopted from the shelter last Saturday and picked up on Monday after being spayed now has the parvo virus. I feel so sorry for the lil girl bcuz she has not had much of a life so far. Her whole life has been in a cage and I had to walk away from her today and leave her with the vet so that they could hopefully make her feel better. I thought she had a rawhide stuck in her belly – not that she had a deadly disease. She only wanted to sleep yesterday and started throwing up late last night and I decided to call the vet this morning! Thank goodness that they were able to get me in today and now they have her! Please keep your fingers crossed because I don’t want to lose my new puppy! She has been so good to me since I had lost my 9 year old dog 3 months ago to Cushings Disease!

  18. michael on June 7th, 2010 8:00 am

    I had a dog die from parvo 2 days ago.I didnt no she had it until my mother explained it to me.Just the day after another one of my pitbull puppies started showing symptoms of the parvovirus.I noticed how skinny and lazy it got as I provided them wit water
    .as I was reading online the symptoms of parvo my heart shut down cause I’m Finna have a playful energetic tiger striped puppy pitbull suffer from tragic pain which brings me depression unless we get it cured in time.In this last week I lost 2 dogs.1 from gettin ran over n another from parvo.Let’s hopefully pray that a 3rd dog doesn’t die.:-(

  19. Chelsey on July 6th, 2010 7:38 pm

    My 4 month old puppy, Dani, just died yesterday of parvo. She was just a mutt my boyfriend found for free in the newspaper, but we loved her with all we had. She was fun and loving and loved to do tricks for treats. Every time I would play with her she loved to bite at my hair and scalp. I never knew parvo was so serious until I found her yesterday and started to research the symptoms. She had been feeling ill for a few days, but I didn’t think anything of it and now I regret not taking her to the vet sooner. We always got compliments on her unique color and spots every time we went anywhere and one time we even started calling her dingo after a homeless man at the park swore she was an African Dingo. I can honestly say from this day on I will never take a small illness in a pet so casual.

  20. Cheryl on July 16th, 2010 7:34 pm

    So sorry to read about your loss. I was on here trying to find out more about parvo and stumbled across your post. I have 2 three month old male chihuahuas in the vet hospital fighting parvo as we speak. The smallest of the two weighs only 2.4 pounds and he is the sickest. It was hard to read your post and all the comments but felt compelled to let you know how truly sorry I am for your loss and I understand where you are coming from. It has only been 24 hours since their treatment was started and I pray the good Lord above helps them through this and back home where they are loved very much.

  21. Carson on July 26th, 2011 8:54 am

    Took our little puppy to the vet today. Test was positive. We are treating at home with anti biotics and peditiate. We are also feeding him gerber lamb baby food. Will post update.

  22. Norma on September 30th, 2011 10:43 pm

    I lost my puppy to parvo last week. I feel so terrible that I didn’t do everything to keep this from happening. I started seeing little symptoms, but thought nothing of it, until it was too late. When I took him to the vet, I realized how serious it really was. He was such a strong and relentless puppy, but the disease got the best of him. I hate myself for letting this happen to him and for being so ingnorant. Why can’t time be turned back, to be able to do things right? I know my other pups miss him too and it just breaks my heart! All I can hope for now is that my little Angel rests in peace :(

  23. Andrea on October 21st, 2011 12:49 am

    i am sorry for everyones lost..i have a 11 month old chihuahua/jack russell mix and i thought she was having symptoms because she would eat alot and then play and then start hacking…so i went on to see if that is a symptom..good thing its not. me and my fiancee adopted her when she was 18 weeks old and in her record she got her shots and all for parvo..i hope that she doesnt get it! but i will pray for everyone lost!

    Lord, please help all these kind loving people with their troubles due to their pets having parvo. Lord, please cure all these innocent loving puppies from parvo, also lord help heal the innocent hearts as they are still greiving overr the loss of their pets! We love you lord above all! in Jesus Name Amen

  24. Veronica on November 30th, 2011 12:35 am

    Im very sorry to hear about the parvo taking our babies lives. I have had 1 pitbull puppie die from parvo 2 weeks ago. And jst this week my dog started showing signs but ended up getting stolen : ( i have 2-2 yr old dogs that have not yet showed symptoms the vet said if we notice any symptoms to take them in immediately. Im very scared for my other 2 dogs. I jst have 1 question really how come they have not done something about it. Even if you take your dig to the vet theres not a guarantee antibiotic to give them. All these dogs that people have lost from parvo were not jst dogs they were our babies/ our kids/ our best friend. Again i am very sorry for anyone who had lost their best friend

  25. Gina on January 16th, 2012 3:28 am

    My sympathy to you all. My husband and I lost our 8 month year old puppy four days ago to what we think was Parvo. A week ago at this time she was healthy and full of energy. She starting severe vomiting on Tuesday and I took her to the vet the next morning because the vomiting did not stop. They thought it could be a foriegn object in her stomach or a stomach bug (gastritis). They did xrays and found nothing, so treated her for a stomach issue. She had no fever and was not dehydrated. They never tested her for Parvo and ruled it out because she was vaccinated and did not have a fever. That night the diarrhea started and the next day she passed away in the morning (10AM). I had called her vet that morning to insist on bringing her back since her symptoms had worsen (she could hardly walk and had lost a lot of weight)… and the vet tech here said she would have to call me back after consulting with the doctor. As her petsitter was on the phone with other vets in the area, trying to get her an appointment immediately, she stopped breathing in our home. Chest compressions were done and she was rushed to the nearest vet. They pronounced her dead and said she had Parvo..therefore telling me they had to disinfect their entire hospital and send the staff home to change cloths (also telling us we could not see her body since she was “comtaminated”). No former testing was done to confirm this diagnosis, but they strongly believed it was Parvo. This is such a tragedy and horrible story. We are trying to grieve her death, but can’t stop thinking of all the “should of could of would ofs”. She was amazing and such a smart dog! We miss her and love her so much….she was our little doodle bug!

  26. Abe on July 12th, 2012 4:17 pm

    Currently, Buddah, my 11 months American Pit bull has the Parvo Virus. Saw symptoms 3 days ago.Took him to the vet the 2nd day he’s been showing signs. Vomitting blood, not eating nor drinking. Highly energetic dog, highly! haha. Now I knew when he started looking depressed and has no appetite. His mood changed once we got to the vet because of all these other dogs were there. Thankfully. He then got treated and skin injected fluid to help him keep hydrated. Later on that night, he began drinking water on his own. I couldn’t express how much of a relief that was. Now today’s day 4 of his sickness, and he’s got his head up high at times, and actually shook off water when he got into the kids pool to wet himself. Such a smart and strong dog. I know he’ll pull through. 65lbs going in at the vet. I have high hopes and faith as you all should if your dog(s) are going through the same. Always comfort them close. that’s the best treatment given. =)