Meet Little John 🐻 aka LJ

(Prior Cedrick)


LJ was found as a stray with a missing paw and taken to a rural Ga shelter. That’s all we knew… he was a black dog, with a medical ailment that would make him undesirable to the public and he was sitting at a shelter that’s severely overrun with need. LJ was definitely up against it…

On a wing and a prayer, we committed to him. We didn’t have a spot for him. We didn’t know what else Little John would need but we did know his leg would need attention and we wanted to give him that. His sweet face just killed us…we hoped during that month that we saw his picture at the shelter someone would come to save him, but that someone never did so Maxx & Me stepped up.

When LJ arrived, it was immediately obvious there is a laundry list of medical problems he is dealing with. He’s severely emaciated. His bones stick out such that it seems they will rip through right through his skin. His testicles are extremely infected – red, inflamed, with open sores. His leg was definitely NOT a congenital defect. His injury was some traumatic amputation, the origin is unknown. His leg still bears the ringed scars of entanglement. He bears old scars all over his body, evidence of a life lived unloved and scrounging for survival.

And yet… Little John is as lovely as the character for which he’s named. He’s sweet. He’s starving… He’s friendly with both cats AND little dogs. He’s friendly with dogs his size and good with cats as he stayed temporarily with two small dogs and 6 cats. He loves people and craves touch but he’s cautious when meeting new humans – unsure if they’re there to hurt him or help him…he wagged his tail so much that he had “happy tail” where they whack it against the steel metal bars in the shelter because they are so happy to see you it bleeds. It has since healed❤️ For a dog to be in that situation and still exude joy, simply shows the resilience of little John. He is gaining weight and is a strong boy. We are still working with veterinarians to determine if his back leg is a hindrance or help and will determine amputation or not, but he will be ok no matter what!

We desperately need a foster and adopter for his gentle boy☀️🐾❤️


Adoption fee is $300

If you can help us with LJ’s needs please help us provide Little John with all he will need to get healthy and start to feel better.

Donations to his care can be made via
Cash App $maxxandmepetrescue
Checks mailed to 12191 W Linebaugh Ave #554 Tampa, FL 33626

We love this precious boy so much already. We are hoping like crazy for good news and a positive prognosis!

Maxx & Me Pet Rescue
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