"Picture taken my first day after rescue transport. At this point, I am not at all sure I like that "camera" thingy..."
Age: 7 Years Sex: Female Weight: 51-100 lbs
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"It's good to be the Queen!"
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"This is the picture that started it all. My foster family saw it on the "last call" list when I only had a few days to live. They chose to rescue me based on this picture. They met me and fell in love, and my foster family became my furever family!"
"Maggi: No one anywhere at any time in history has wanted any ball as badly as I want this yellow ball! Davey: did you happen to notice that I have MY OWN tennis ball over here that is WAY better than your stinky yellow ball?"
"Who said dogs don't smile?!"
"Davey: I'm gonna get you, Teddy! Maggi: I'm gonna get both of you, Davey and Teddy!"
"I learned this from Teddy Bear! The pupil becomes the teacher..."
"Rub my belly! Pleeeeeze?"
"Must floss after meals."
"What ARE the appropriate solutions for the USA's health care issues?" [See My DogsterPlus Photo Book]
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Maggi Paggi, May Mae; Baby Sister, Destructive Force from Hell
May 1st 2009
May 1st 2007
Being where her people are.
Hyper dogs in her face... Mud
Peanut Butter, Canned ProPlan Select
Melting your heart with her eyes
May came to us as a foster through Animal Rescue Foundation of Illinois (ARF). She was very physically & mentally depleted and, of course, unbeknownst to us, pregnant. After nursing her back to health & seeing her amazing true personality, we were hooked. She's with us forever now and we have renamed her Maggio Sorrisi. That means "May Smiles" in italian, in honor of my Rainbow Bridge sister, Faccia Bella, and to honor the animal control people who took care of me and helped me on the way to rescue, and named me May Mae.
Maggio is a great companion who loves unconditionally, melts our hearts with adoring looks and affection, gratefully accepts all the love we give. Her world revolves around her family, and balls in flight.
When we 1st began fostering May after her rescue from a downstate AC facility, she had 2 upper respiratory infections, a urinary tract infection, she was pregnant (which was discovered during spaying), she was fearful & protective of "her space" next to our chair, "her people," "her toys" and food. She was aggressive toward our Labs, kitties & other foster dogs. She was not housebroken & had to be dragged outside.
After a couple of weeks of medication,a regular schedule, good food regularly, consistent correction of aggressive behaviors, tons of affection & praise and socialization in the yard, on walks & at the park, she has blossomed into a secure, loyal, playful & loving little girl who loves to play with the Labs and even sleeps with the kitties.
She's is a testament to the ability of rescue dogs to overcome their hardships and reveal the extraordinary companions that lie within.
We're very grateful to have her in our lives.
WILL retrieve ANY balls thrown ANYwhere!
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May 27th 2009 6:13 am
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Mom & Dad made me official with my own "furever home" name!!
I no longer use the foster name May. But we wanted to keep the memory of when I first came to their home as a foster girl. So.... In keeping with the tradition of choosing Italian names for us, which started with my Rainbow Bridge sister, Faccia Bella (Beautiful Face), my new forever name is ... Maggio Sorrisi!! Ta Daaaa!!
It means "May Smiles." And I DO!!
Big happy furever wiggles... Maggi
May 14th 2009 8:34 am
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I've been adopted.... by my foster parents! Yes, my beauty, charm and loving ways have swayed my foster parents into adopting me. I was initially tense and confrontational with other dogs, and once I growled at a cat who approached my food dish. As I got healthy, comfortable that I was loved, well fed and cared for, I've come around. I'm pretty good pals with Davey and Teddy, and I was starting to like Carmela the Boxer. She got adopted yesterday so now it is just me and the boys, and foster sister Zera. Once Zera's surgical incision heals and she gets her cone collar off, we're going to run and run with that girl!
I still hoard things and sleep in my little cave a lot, but now sometimes I come out and sleep on the floor or couch, and I'm getting more social all the time. I love to sleep on the bed with my humans at night, and have come to expect it. I am SO glad I don't have to go to another home. One family came and looked at me, and I KNEW that if they liked me, I would have to leave this home I have so quickly come to love. I looked at my parents with eyes that said "I'm not going anywhere, I'm already home!" Well, finally they saw the light.
May 2nd 2009 9:08 pm
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Well, a lot has happened since my last entry. I have taken much longer than normal to recover from my spay surgery, because I had a lot of issues going on. I did not even start perking up and eating and acting normally until today. I still get a little edgy around Davey and Teddy, my foster brothers, but my foster sister Lilly got adopted today. Good for her - but she was so energetic she made me the most nervous!
I'd really like to stay here because I love my foster parents, and I'd hate to get disrupted again to move to my forever home. I know they are thinking hard about making me a permanent resident and they do love me. But, they want to continue to foster and have to be assured that I could handle the influx of new, anxious and scared dogs (like I was a week ago) coming here to live temporarily. I have made great progress and I am going to be a great canine companion for someone. I seem to be mostly uninterested in the cats, and I am showing less food agression with the other animals now that I am feeling better. I've started to play a little, chasing a squeaky ball and running short distances.
I still try to build a little nest in a confined space, with my toys around me. My very unpleasant past life conditions are still causing me some anxiety, but I've made so very much progress that over time my people hope I will be able to completely trust and feel safe. Make no mistake, though; even with my past issues, I'm a beautiful, sweet, loving dog and I'm just going to get better and better!.
We all took a long walk tonight, smelled something pungent the people called "skunk" but I thought of as "hmmmm, interesting" and I was good walking along next to my foster brothers.
That's all for tonight, later gators! Butt wiggles from May Mae!
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