Age: 12 Years Sex: Female Weight: 11-25 lbs
|Home:Pleasant Prairie, WI |
Leave a bone for UKC Misty Mt Majestic (Maggie)
Maggie May, Peanut, Shorty, Bark-bark, Little Feet, the little cat
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July 6th 2002
Right in the middle of things
She doesn't seem to have any, yet it's too early to tell
The big dogs - she loves to chase them while they play
Anything that looks edible
Can be found sleeping on her back at any time.
After saying goodbye to my beautiful little Annie in January, I was lost, as were Kota and Lucy. We had all gotten very used to having a third cog in the wheel.
During my lunch hour I did a random search on the internet under Shelties and came across a conglomerate Sheltie site. Under dogs for adoption I found a breeder in LaCrosse, Wisconsin who was getting rid of their dogs. There was Maggie! From the small, distant photo she looked very similar to my beloved Annie. I emailed the page home and showed my husband that night. He agreed it looked like Annie and asked when I was going to get her. I called the breeder that night and left a message with her son. When I hadn't heard from her the next day, I sent her an email. By Saturday I still hadn't heard from her, so I gave her one more call. Yes, she'd gotten my messages; she just hadn't returned them due to being busy. She said that Maggie was still available and asked when I wanted to get her. I had a baby shower to attend in Fort Atkinson that afternoon, so I told her I'd possibly come on Sunday instead. I called my husband at home and he said I should just go get her since I would be practically half way there once I was in Fort. Called the breeder back and told her I'd see her about 6:30pm that evening.
After spending a little time at the baby shower, I left during the gift opening and started up to LaCrosse. The drive up was great and I arrived at the specified time. However a snow storm was on it's way, so I did not want to linger at the breeder's. The breeder had Maggie washed and she was absolutely beautiful! She was a little bigger than my Annie had been and she had a star on her forehead and a full white collar. Two things Annie did not have. She was very well mannered and called off chasing the cat outside very well for me. Lucy seemed to like her fine, so I paid an adoption fee and left with Maggie.
On the way home we hit the winter snow storm and the drive back was long. Maggie traveled like a pro. One thing I had noticed is that Maggie had an odor. I thought that possibly the breeder had expressed her glands, so I wrote it off as something we'd deal with once we got home.
Once I got home, I realized that all the breeder had done was to wash the TOP of Maggie. Underneath she was matted and dirty and had obviously been kenneled for quite some time without proper grooming. Maggie's teeth had also been neglected for some time, as evidenced by the brown tartar buildup on not only her back teeth but her canines as well. Her nails were nice and short, but I'm sure that was due to the concrete kennel.
We took her to Petco to the do-it-yourself wash and gave Maggie a REAL bath. She behaved like a little angel all during the bathing and drying, which I was thankful for. At least no one had traumatized her there. Handling her feet she was also very receptive. We let her dry a little more while walking around Petco. She acted as if she had been "shopping" all her life.
I'm glad I made the trek to get Maggie - snow storm or not. While I will say that the breeder cared for Maggie, I can't say that she loved Maggie. It was pretty clear that once Maggie could no longer have puppies, her profitability went out the window, thus the reason she was up for "adoption". Maggie is fitting in well and my heart is very happy to have another little Sheltie in it.
Maggie originally came from a breeder in Tennessee. At two years old the LaCrosse breeder purchased Maggie. The breeder basically used Maggie for four years and then got rid of her once Maggie didn't take in her last two breedings. The LaCrosse breeder also was the one who had Maggie de-barked.
I've Been On Dogster Since:
|April 13th 2009
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