Max: November 2018 Fetch Newsletter

Here’s what we did to fix this canine’s canine.

Max is a big, happy, dog. But something just wasn’t right. Now we know what it was and this week we fixed it.

His name was Gunter when he was transferred to us from a Riverside County shelter through our FOCAS program. The name didn’t really suit him, so he became Max.

He was shy in his kennel and he barked at almost everybody who walked past. When the volunteers went in to spend time with Max, or the staff fed him or took him for a walk, he stopped barking and started wagging. We put a bag of treats outside the kennel with a note asking guests to stop and give Max a treat. He soon learned that, instead of barking, he needed to sit and wait quietly for his treat.

During a routine examination, we noticed that one of Max’s upper canine teeth, those big teeth in the front, was changing color. When we tried to investigate, Max let us know that it hurt.

Canine teeth are very important for dogs. Upper canines are even more important. If we couldn’t save that tooth, Max was going to have even more problems. He needed a root canal!

Kathy Zerkle, Vice President of Adoption Services, says that, with all the animals who come through RCHS, it’s very seldom that we have even one root canal per year. But that was what Max needed so we scheduled the surgery.

As you’re reading this, we’re happy to report that Max’s surgery went great! In fact, we’re expecting that he’ll be able get back to his regular diet in about 24 hours.

He’ll be ready to run and play. Instead of barking, Max will be sitting in the front of his kennel waiting for treats.

Most important, every day is one day closer to his new family finding him and taking Max to his forever home.

Come meet Max at Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas. You can make a donation to help pay for his surgery here at the shelter, over the phone at 760-753-6413, or at

At RCHS Every Animal Deserves a Tomorrow, and sometimes a rare root canal.