It could have been very different.
The pup, who is 8 months old, lost the use of his back legs on Christmas day. Several days later, his then-owner, a breeder, brought him to the veterinarian. When the vet said Macho's paralysis was likely permanent, the breeder said that he had no use for a dog in this condition, and asked for Macho to be euthanized.
The veterinarian said no to euthanasia, instead reaching out to BARCS, Baltimore's city shelter. BARCS in turn put out a call for help among the shelter's rescue partners.
As soon as Reynolds saw Macho's photo and learned of his story, she got in the car and drove from her home in Wilmington, Delaware, to pick him up.