8/23/14 Reflections on Maggie (by Mom)

Hello, today I was just thinking about how much Maggie has changed since we got her from the shelter.  As many of you know, she was a skinny, 36 lb., shaky dog when she came to us.  And now, she is a 54 lb. bundle of health.

I was thinking about this because Jamie mentioned how nice and soft her coat is.  Even the Vet said he’s never seen her coat looking so good and to keep it up.  I think it’s proper nutrition and those fish oil treats we got when she hurt her shoulder. 

Anyway, I was remembering how Maggie had this sore on the top of her head when we first met her.  I had thought she’d been in a dog fight and that it was a puncture wound or bite mark.  But the lady at the shelter said that it was from repeatedly banging her head on the top of the metal kennel.  Maggie was a long-time shelter resident (6 months) and was desperate for human attention and interaction.  Dogs get desperate in shelters, and will act out behavior that makes people not want to adopt them (barking, howling, banging their heads).  In reality, what these dogs need is people.  You can’t even see the mark on Maggie’s head anymore.  I almost forgot she’d had it.  Maggie will go into her crate (but not willingly), however, she refuses to go into a metal kennel.  Just freaks out at the sight of one.

Maggie has been to Obedience School Basic and Boot Camp.  Oh, she still will steal the odd shoe, and she still jumps all over when someone comes to the door.  She’s young yet and has a lot of spirit.  She’s a good girl though, and I’m not just saying that because she nearly booted Dad out of bed last night by not giving him any room.  Although that gives her brownie points in my book.  I don’t know how much longer the shelter would have kept Maggie before putting her to sleep.  Sometimes shelters will do that.  Not every shelter is “no-kill”.

I guess this blog is winding up to be a shameless plea for you to donate to your local animal shelter.  They really need the money.  Or if you can give puppy/kitten formula (mother’s milk replacement), kibble, dry or wet food, blankets, anything, the people at the shelter and the animals will really appreciate it.  If your shelter has a clinic, they usually have a printed “wish list” of what supplies they need (tweezers, alcohol pads, etc.)  None of these gifts have to be expensive.  But they are very, very, welcome.  If you haven’t done your good deed for today, let me suggest a donation.

Not everyone can be a pet owner.  But everyone can help an animal shelter. 

Thanks for reading,

Your friend, Elizabeth


(She’s a happy girl, now!)

7 thoughts on “8/23/14 Reflections on Maggie (by Mom)

  1. weggieboy

    Excellent! I do this myself.

    You are right about shelters. Many have support groups associated with them that help organize volunteers to help socialize kennel animals by coming in and playing with them on a regular basis.

    Donating supplies and food are good ideas, though it’s probably a good idea to check first with them to see what they need most at the time. (“Kitten season” might be on, and they are short of kitten food. Or they have more elderly pets that need special attention for their comfort.)

    Anyway, anyone who’s adopted a kennel pet knows the joy these animals bring, and it it a good thing to pay back some of that joy through help to your local shelters!

    Most importantly, anyone who’s followed this blog long enough to remember what a sad state Maggie was in and how beautifully she turned out, even with snags along the line, realizes how love, care, patience, and the shelter pet you saved from death or a life of misery are paid back 1000 times over! As Maggie often says, “Woof!”

    1. maggie0019 Post author

      thank you! If you scroll alllll the way back to “The Visit”, that is a blog about the day Maggie was adopted. Thanks for visiting! 🙂 Woof!

  2. Kheleya Fahrmann

    I actually tried to become a volunteer at the local Humane Society here in Toronto, but the conditions for the animals were squalid and the staff was apathetic and uninterested. Meanwhile, they had plenty of funds to send out glossy brochures seeking donations to maintain their administrative palace. Without my having lifted a finger, things ended with the local chapter president of the HS being led away in handcuffs, although he was later released without charges. That scared me away from having anything to do with the humane society again. If I knew about no-kill shelters here in Toronto, I’d definitely look them up; not to donate the money I don’t have or the material goods I can’t afford to buy, but just to donate a bit of my time and help out as I can. My dream is to assist the Cedar Row Sanctuary Farm about 250 miles southwest of here, which is home to a large number of rescued, mistreated farm animals. I think you can sponsor a pig at Cedar Row for $40 a year. One of the things I’m doing is saving up money to do that.

    1. maggie0019 Post author

      That’s wonderful. The gift of time is always the best. So many people are busy that I thought I’d throw out the suggestion of some dry food or blankets – then they also don’t have to worry about the CEO scooping up the funds. It’s always a concern. Thank you so much for your comment. (Oh, and I’m updating my Gravatar, since I had a birthday in January. I’m 2 yrs 8 mos. now!) 🙂 Woof!


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