"Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place."
-- Unknown

Monday, March 8, 2010

"You stole my heart, I couldn't leave you if I tried..."

Okay – so I know throughout the life of this blog, you’ve seen a few furry friends come and go:

First, there was Toby – a Jack Russell mix who held my heart in his little paws. For those of you who don’t know, he’s been missing since October. A friend of mine went to pick him up from the boarder’s house for me while I was at work and he ran away, never to be seen again – despite our best efforts with posters, radio announcements and door-to-door inquiries. I still miss the little fella.

Then there was Ollie – the little orange kitten that someone dumped behind the building at work. I took him in for awhile. Then a man I know said his daughter’s cat had passed away and they were looking for a new kitten. Ollie now lives the life of a farm cat, chasing mice and such. Which is perfectly fine by me. I’ve never been much of a cat person…but took him in because I couldn’t stand the thought of him being homeless.

Then there was Maverick – the lovable German Wirehair Pointer I took in and got healthy. When I got him, he had gashes on his neck and had to undergo heartworm treatment. Unfortunately, at three and a half years old, the indoor training wasn’t going so well. In fact, it didn’t seem to be going AT ALL. I came home to a mess every single day for six months. And not just bathroom mess – which is bad enough. No, it was more of a “looks like my house was broken into and robbed” sort of mess. He destroyed EVERYTHING. Books would be shredded. Garbage cans scattered and plundered. Anything I was foolish enough to leave on the kitchen counter would be consumed. Crumbs everywhere. A friend of mine who lives in the country said he’d take him, so Maverick now has a huge yard to run and play in (with other dogs). And the great thing is I still get to see him any time I want.

However… that left my house empty and pet-free for the first time in years. I didn’t really know how to cope.

So…………meet Maggie Mae:

Maggie is a six month old Chocolate Lab/American Bulldog mix. Her owners had two other (much smaller) dogs, and wanted to find a good home for her. So, of course, I scooped her right up and brought her to my house.

And ya know? She’s kind of perfect. I’m in complete shock, actually. She’s not had a single accident inside. Hasn’t chewed up the first shoe, or anything else for that matter. She’s calm, well-behaved, sweet and really good-natured. I can’t imagine anyone getting rid of her.

We spent the day at the lake yesterday, fishing with some friends of mine and enjoying the nice weather. I see many, many more days like that in our near (and hopefully very distant) future. She’s already stolen my heart.


Andy said...

That's one good looking dog, and the fact she is well-behaved is a blessing, considering it's such a crapshoot.

You should microchip her if you ever get the chance. On the off chance she ever happens to slip away, anyone who finds her would be able to locate you.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Awwwww, so cute! :)

Jen L. said...

She's a beauty! And I"m a sucker for a good Rod Steward reference...

Christopher said...

She's purdy.

~jill said...

wow....she's beautiful! glad you two found each other.

Jenners said...

She is one good-looking job. What an intense gaze! And well behaved too. This seems like a match made in heaven.

Missy said...

She is beautiful!

Lacey said...

I miss Toby! Waaaaaaaaaaaaah!

I'm still heartbroken over your loss, but Miss Maggie Mae seems like a Godsend. Of course she'll never replace your other pup (or Ollie or Maverick!), but I see many goodtimes in your future together!

WHEW! Now I can finally sleep at night, knowing that Heather has a dog again! (And a really pretty dog at that!)

scarlethue said...

She's beautiful! I must admit I'm still a little broken-hearted about Toby as well since I have a Jack Russell mix of my own, but I'm glad you've been able to help all these beautiful creatures.

Constantin said...

Great news Heather!
I also love dogs!!! My girlfriend made me love cats too but that's something I don't like to admit too often...
I miss the times when I roamed the forests with my dog - many years ago in the country.

Hope you two will be fine and have lots of fun! Cheers!

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