Look who's here...Maggie! Maggie belonged to my parents for about nine years. Health matters interfered with their ability to care for her, and, while it was always my intention to take her if something like that occurred, the timing of it was way off on the day they decided they needed to let her go. (Months of caring for my parents and Sophie, spending nights at the regular hospital and days at the vet hospital, pretty much overwhelmed me and wore me down for a while.) Fortunately, Maggie had an angel who came and got her and took her home and cared for her for over a year. After my parents got better and after some of the anguish of losing Sophie lessened, I started thinking about Maggie. I knew I couldn't really think about bringing home another dog without taking Maggie in, so I did!
Maggie's angel was also her breeder, and she gave Maggie the best care you could imagine. Maggie's time away, living with about eight other dachshunds, taught Maggie a lot of dog skills she didn't really have. I think it made her transition to living here easier for her and us. She used to be overwhelmed by different situations, including being away from home, other dogs and wide open spaces. Now, she's only a little scared by Teddy when he tries to initiate play (he is ten times her size), but she patrols the backyard like a pro, she learned all about doggie doors and using ramps while she was away, and she even dropped a few pounds while she was gone. She has been here just over a week, and she has mastered going up and down stairs (but don't get in her way, as she develops a lot of momentum in both directions), and she totally enjoyed the Saturday morning car ride routine.
And just as importantly, my parents are very happy to be able to visit Maggie again.
I can't thank Maggie's breeder enough for being so kind and generous with her care of Maggie. She really, really loves her dogs, and we were so lucky to have her help.
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