Ajax is our little warrior...our little miracle man. He was one of 3 puppies and the only survivor. His other two brothers were not viable. Ajax was very tiny and was born without ears. He could not master suckling on Kiss' teat and she was not producing milk. We tried every nipple and bottle until we figured out how to get some formula in his tummy. At times we fed him one drop at a time. Ajax was a fighter and he stole our hearts with his spirit to live. He opened his eyes and when he started to stand and walk he went in circles. He persevered and grew slowly but steadily. At three weeks we were able to introduce swollen kibble to him. I would place one piece on his tongue and he would nom nom nom and swallow it. We soaked the kibble in formula and counted the pieces he was able to eat. He was a sweet darling and weeks passed. At six weeks we were able to get a CT scan of his head. This showed that he did not have any inner ear parts and this would cause balance issues for sure.
We also found out that he could not blink his right eye or use the right side of his mouth/jaw. He was missing his facial nerve on the right side and so had paralysis on right side of face. He walked like a drunken sailor for quite a while but he kept trying and he mastered walking and then running! Through all of his efforts he was joyful and happy at all times.
AJAX is now turning two! He is a silly boy and absolutely loves life! He has learned many hand signals and communicates with us well. He has boundless enthusiasm, loves to play with toys, and explore the big yard. He has a few very "favorite" people, but he is jolly and friendly to all. His paralysis causes him to drool on one side and he snores like a MACK TRUCK! He breathes like a furnace and pants a lot but none of that bothers him!! hahaha
AJAX is a blessing and probably the most endearing trait has been his patience with the wee puppies. His big buddy Judge was always called our puppy Nanny. Judge was awesome and patient with the little sassy puppies. We lost Judge just before our Liquor litter was born. Much to our surprise, AJAX filled Uncle Judge's shoes with the puppies. It brought us great joy to see him take on that role.