Baby Duke — Shelter

Location: Sarasota, Florida

Duke was a Craigslist rescue he was free due to maybe having health issues which he had lots of. He was only 6 months old and had horrible skin issues a uti and a fear of being hit. A month after having him he started crying when getting up and we were told by 2 vets that he’s just having growing pains and soon he was in so much pain he couldn’t get up with out screaming. It took 3 months to finally figure out he had a bacterial infection in his vertebrae’s so he was put on high dose of antibiotics and then ended up with very bad digestion issues. He soon started to feel good and could finally be a puppy and 6 months later he fell while running and broke a vertebrae and once again was bed ridden. Once again he starts to feel great and then relapsed and was unable to walk again and had to have an mri and that’s when we unfortunately found out he has a very rare fungal infection in his vertebrae’s and there is nothing they can do but keep him comfortable until he is in to much pain to live. He is the kindest most loving dog in the world he’s only 3 1/2 years old and has never been able to truly enjoy being a young dog. He is my hero because he has been through so much and never gave up and fights to stay alive to keep his family happy. He is a GREAT Dane! We used his Christmas photo because he loves opening presents on Christmas.

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