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Maggie

Maggie was a member of a loving family until the situation with their landlord changed and he demanded they get rid of their dogs. No fault of the dogs, but they lost their home.

Last updated April 27, 2021

Maggie at Play

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: March 30, 2021
  • Breed: German Shepherd
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Puppy
  • Birthdate: @ Dec. 3, 2020
  • Weight: @ 25 pounds on Mar 30
  • Spayed: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: Playful, energetic, affectionate.
  • SAFER Test performed: Yes – Passed
  • Departure date: April 26, 2021 (ADOPTED)

Progress Summary

Detailed progress notes are listed below the summary and photo gallery

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes, eagerly greets other dogs
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Doesn’t bother her, but she’s piggish: will get into other dogs dish
  • Preferred style of play: Likes to frolic and jump on play mate. Great at playing fetch! Learning Tug
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
    . Cats: Unknown, but probably. She’s too young to do otherwise.
  • Jumps up on people: Yes, working on that.
  • Mouths: Yes, working on that.
  • Walks well on a leash: Gets underfoot a lot. Working on that.

Commands

  • Comes when called: Yes
  • Sits on command: Yes
  • Down / Off: Not yet
  • Shake / Paw: Not yet
  • Kennels on command: Yes, with a bribe

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters her crate: Yes.
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: Mostly, unless she gets lonely or needs to potty.
  • Understands going outside to potty: Yes
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: Goes to the door and bounces on it.
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: Only if she gets bored. she IS a puppy. I keep several toys in her crate for her.
  • Engages in kitchen counter cruising: HA! She too little right now.
  • Stays off people furniture: Working on that. If we’re sitting on the sofa she wants up there too. Otherwise, yes.

Diet

  • Victor Classic – Professional Dry Dog Food
    1 cup kibble plus 1 oz shredded cheese (for calcium) and 2 oz. home made stew AM & PM
  • PMFC Peanut butter cookies given as rewards for compliance.
  • Occasional snacks include:
    Retriever Beef Basted Sticks
    Jones Beef Hooves (small)

Gallery

Progress Updates

March 31

She did excellently last night. I brought her in around 8:30. Marie played with her for a bit then I settled her in her crate. We fiddled about for a while getting ready for bed, then slipped off. Both of the new girls remained quiet and slept through the night. I got up once around 3:00 to greet John and they stirred, but did not fuss. I went back to bed and so did they. I got up at 4:00 (as is my habit) and took each of them outside to potty, gave each a drink, and began my study time. Both behaved splendidly!

I have taken her outside to potty several times today and she always produces. No bashfulness here. Has kept her crate clean today and been a very good girl.


April 2

Maggie has spent three nights here and has been calm and quiet each night, no issues at all at being crated for the night.

She will play with any and all of the other dogs, but her puppy exuberance is too rowdy for most of them. She loves to play fetch. She likes to run with Baby and will chase her all around the yard.


April 4

Maggie is settling in well. after a couple of the other dogs snarled at her for being a pest she has reigned in her exuberance and is better about inviting others to play rather than demanding. She’s also developed patience when I leave the room with her crated, she knows I’ll be back and does not fuss.


April 11

Maggie is getting big! She’s only gained 4 pounds but she’s 50% bigger than she was when she arrived. Longer, lankier, leaner. Looking like a dog not a puppy. I’m feeding her at plus 50% of her recommended rate for weight because she is a puppy and growing fast. Also adding cheese for the added calcium she needs.


April 14

Maggie was spayed yesterday. While she was out we also had her chip implanted, heart worm test done, and brought all her vaccinations up to date. She did well with this procedure and is heart worm negative (a good thing). She did not feel well last night, but that’s to be expected: spaying is major surgery. She did not feel so bad as to refuse dinner last night though!

This morning she’s looking really thin. Gaunt even. Can missing ONE meal do that to a puppy? I’ll increase her feed amount to get her filled out properly again. This morning is is wanting to lick at her incision. We cannot allow that. I tried a wrap, she defeated it. I tried a cone, she hated it. So I switched to a donut. She’s doing better with that.

Maggie will need about a week to recover, then she’ll be ready to adopt.


April 18

Maggie had an excellent meet-n-greet this afternoon with a lady who wants her as a service dog (she’s hearing impaired), and the trainer who would turn her into a service dog, and a fellow who will help with it all. They all loved her, and she loved them. We submitted our observations to Dennis, our Adoption Coordinator (who was out of the area this weekend) and we’ll see what he decides.

Maggie is undergoing a growth spurt. She is 50% larger now than when she came in a couple of weeks ago and the growth is mostly in her legs. I am over-feeding her, and adding extra cheese for the calcium she needs, to keep up with her nutritional needs. As you would expect, she’s a bit awkward as she learns to use her new stilts.


April 26

Maggie has been adopted by a woman who is going deaf. She has been searching for a suitable candidate as a service dog for two years. Both she and her service dog trainer think Maggie is just perfect. So Maggie has a new home and a new purpose in life. We’re so happy for Maggie!


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