Aunt Rose has filled out adoption applications, viewed numerous photos of pets through petfinder.com, shelters, etc. She has inquired about quite a few and made trips to meet them. But in her search the dogs for one reason or other did not fill the bill so to speak.
Until Maggie Mae.
Maggie Mae was adopted from a shelter by a family four years ago who due to a change in family circumstances was no longer able to keep Maggie, although they dearly loved and cared for her. They put an advertisement in an online classified column, listing a 5 year old gray wirehair Terrier mix free to a good home only.
The interesting part here is that after doing that, their computer internet service was disrupted, and only came on only long enough to get Aunt Rose's inquiry about Maggie complete with a contact cell phone number. Also Aunt Rose often has to work on the weekend and this weekend she was off and had no plans. Contact was made between the family and Aunt Rose who then made the 4 hour drive to meet Maggie.
It was love at first sight. My Aunt's words I think said it best when she said "I am positively smitten!" Maggie is one of the most social as well as inquisitive dogs I have ever met. She immediately took a liking to my Aunt (who wouldn't?). But more than that the family had a birthday party going on, visitors in and out, a baby at times pulling on Maggie's coat, two strangers in the house and Maggie was completely calm, taking everything in, with her tail constantly wagging and ears perked and listening to everyone around her.
And smart! You say "bang" and this dog plays dead! She rings a bell when she wants to go out! As well as sit, stay, down, shhh, shake, etc.
The family thanked my Aunt for "helping" with this situation and I believe the word "angel" was mentioned. Aunt Rose replied "No really, thank you! I feel like I am getting the better of the arrangement!" The family sent all of Maggie's supplies such as her bed, food, toys, dishes, leads, etc.
Maggie Mae hopped right up into the car. The very first night together, once the lights were out and all was quiet in the house, Maggie crept up and jumped up on my Aunt's bed to sleep beside her.
For all of us who have been watching this unfold, the general consensus is that this was a match made in heaven. This is not the end. This is just the beginning to a new chapter in both of their lives. I have encouraged my Aunt to set up her own blog to share her thoughts, stories and experience in adopting Maggie as well as the dog therapy program should she decide to do it. I think it would inspire others who are thinking of buying a puppy, to look at adopting an older dog instead as there are many such as Maggie who have been turned over to a shelter or humane society.
The pictures I have posted here really do not show how beautiful Maggie is inside or her beautiful curly bluish coat. Hopefully my cousin Kim will soon rectify that!
If you would like to encourage Aunt Rose to share her adventure, leave a comment and I will make sure that she gets each and every one of them!
UPDATE!: Aunt Rose now has a blog and you can read about their adventures at Two Hearts One Tail!