Enter Maddy (a.k.a. "Madness"). One Sunday morning I decided to check out an adoption day held by a local rescue at a vet's office. I had no intention of coming home with a puppy that day (does anyone?), but I was interested in adopting through this rescue and wanted to check them out. When we walked in, we were greeted by the overwhelming stench of animal waste and the howls and yelps of about 30 terrified dogs in crates. There were visitors and staffers milling around, and children holding puppies who were peeing everywhere (the puppies, not the children...I think). It was a chaotic scene and I immediately wanted to leave. But suddenly in the middle of all the chaos, I saw a lonely-looking, apricot colored puppy sitting quietly in a crate, just sort of taking it all in. I was immediately drawn to her and hastily made my way through the puppy pee, running children and frazzled staffers so I could get a better look at her. There she sat, skinny, shaking, and looking up at me with her huge, soulful brown eyes. I was done. I quickly found a volunteer and told her I wanted to take the puppy outside, so we leashed her up and brought her out to the grass. Once she was outside, she immediately perked up and began to play and romp and act like a normal puppy. That was all I needed to see. We signed the paperwork, paid the adoption fee and got her the hell out of there.
|Maddy - Day 1 (look at that face!)|
Someone once told me that having a puppy is like having a toddler running around with no diaper and a pair of sharp scissors at all times. I wholeheartedly agree with this analogy and in most cases this is true, but in Maddy's case, make that 2 toddlers. In addition to the normal puppy antics, she's a bit....how shall we say.....eccentric. A few highlights:
|This rope toy for "powerful chewers" is less than 24 hours old.|
|Excessive drooling over household cat sightings, car rides or walks|
|This is how I relax on the couch.|
In a nutshell, Maddy is a handful. She's got boundless energy and is afraid, to the point of paralysis, of anything new. She's my first rescue and I've realized that she needs special attention and training, but I'm thrilled with the progress she makes every day. She's becoming a rock star in her obedience class and she really, really tries. But do you know what the best part is? The whole reason why we got her was because Roxy needed a new BFF. Mission accomplished.
|Like Peanut Butter & Jelly|
p.s. As I finished up this post, Maddy trotted into the living room with my brand new bra, shredded. She is a furry velociraptor.