Maddie came to us via transport van from a foster home in Tennessee where she has been well-fed, correctly watered and entirely ready to grow. The Critter Cavalry is the organization that saved her from being euthanized. She had been found as a stray with a broken ball socket in her hind quarter.
It has been a year since Oreo died at the ripe age of 15–fabulous old age for a dog and she was a charming, loving, sweet dog that to my understanding has just come home in the form of Maddie a 13 month old Anatolian Shepard, Lad, Hound-Dog, mix. It is uncanny how the picture of Mattie on line just spoke to me. I had been avoiding getting a dog again for a host of “good” reasons. And Maddie simply undid all those reasons in the flash of a few seconds.
The foster home she was in had had her for six months and they nursed her through a very difficult surgery where a hind quarter ball joint was so damaged that when Maddie had been found she was never seen to use that leg. Maddie came with a full Vet report about the surgery, her recuperation and glowing remarks about how she had the most wonderful disposition. The foster family has called a few times just to make sure she was O.K. and to give us the opportunity to ask any question. She had been on a large fenced in property with five or six other dogs. She slept indoors, in the master bedroom and was loved and nursed back to perfect health…..
…without any obedience training, what so ever, Maddie foster parents have given her everything she needs to be on her way to being a loving, sweet and delightful canine that will visit hospitals and nursing homes and bring smiles to shut ins.
Maddie is such a smart and clever dog that in only a few days she was sitting, staying and coming on command–if on a leash. However without a leash–she was as wild as Oreo was as a stray puppy as well. Maddie wants to run. She tolerates the leash, but if she had her way she would have combed the entire neighborhood by now.
She has been here for a few days and we love her so much…She walks right into your heart if you are a dog-person. She aims to please, is very contrite if she has displeased you and she sits with at least the end of her paw touching, my leg, of my shoe, of she rests her cute rubber nose on my lap….
I am writing this blog as a record or journal of Maddie’s travels as a result of the incredible love and care that Dick and his wife Anne from Tennessee provided for this dog that was a day away from the gas chamber. Maddie is a loving only semi-disciplined dog and it is my intension to walk her through whatever training she will need to become a therapy dog. At some point in the near future, Maddie will have her own web-page as a testimony to the wonderful volunteers and the fabulous foster home parents who make this entire journey possible….
Thank you for reading and Thanks to Critter Cavalry for the lessons in humility….