May 4, 2012

Meet Maggie

Jesse said that I really have to blog about Maggie. I think she makes up for not blogging for the past three months (or more)!

I went to Santa Barbara to help out Kaity while Danny was on a research trip. While I was gone, Jesse and the kids found Maggie at a shelter, paid for half of her (probably the friendly, non-aggressive half), and let me know I could pick her up the day after I flew home.

We've been looking for a companion animal for the family and especially Miriam. So the fam chose Mags. She's a Cairns Terrier, the same breed as Toto.  The shelter thinks she's around two, but who knows. 

And guess who Mags loves? Just call me Alpha Mom. Finally, some respect!  Although having a small dog at your feet all day can be kind of crazy.  I do a bit of tripping over her a couple times a day.  She has run with us in the morning.  She goes my pace and never complains when I want to walk.  Not incredibly motivational, but it's fun.

Maggie was a breeder for a puppy mill, so she has quite a few hang ups. Strangers, cars, trains, other dogs, children who try to leash her... Um. Should I go on? The ASPCA has some great pages on training, disciplining and taking care of your puppy mill dog.

It has been a challenging four days. I will be so excited when she poops outside, I'll probably brag about it more than when my kids potty trained! Her aggressive behavior towards other dogs is very challenging. She has little (wo)man syndrome plus puppy mill (un)civilization so we have out work cut out for us.

Despite all the challenges, we're super excited to have Maggie in our home.  She is very affectionate and loving, wants to please, and is happy to eat all the rest of the turkey bacon as treats that the kids thumbed their noses at.  We can't wait for everyone to meet Maggie!


  1. Wow, a dog! I'm happily enjoying our dog-free life. We've never had the hear to replace our Dalmatian, who died right before we moved here 4 years ago.

  2. yeah. a dog. who just growled at miriam, so I'm off to comfort the child. a rescue dog is a lot of work.

  3. So you DO eventually get back to Irvine after leaving...I'm sad I missed you too. But the things you've moved on to!
    A dog! Does she run w/ Jesse? I remember our last dinner w/ Oldhams, Jesse wanted
    a dog. I love the living room. And I'd sit on your kitchen floor with you anyday...let's meet up someday, ok?

  4. So cute. I love her. I have no dog training tips whatsoever.


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