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If you read my Sunshine Blogger Award post, you know that I mentioned that I named my blog after my dog Maggie and that I blog under her name.  Stash Matters asked if I would share a pic of her, but I thought I’d do one better and devote an entire post my little furball. 🙂

Maggie is a Bichon Shih Tzu Toy Poodle and we’ve had her since she was a puppy.  Unfortunatley I’m fairly certain that the breeder I received her from was likely a puppy mill, although I didn’t know it at the time.  Now I know better and any future dogs will be adopted though rescue agencies or shelters.

Regardless, I wouldn’t trade Maggie for anything and if I had to go back in time, I’d do nothing differently.  She’s such a little character and has her own distinct personality. I can’t imagine life without her; sadly I know that day will come at some point – something that I dread but try not to focus on too much.

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She’s brought so many good things to our life.  You will never have anyone be as excited to see you as a dog when you walk through the door – even if you just left for a minute.  She truly appreciates the llittle things in life – food, naps, sunshine and walks.  We started walking her on a regular basis when she was just a puppy.  As a result she now expects a walk at least twice a day – not such a big deal in the summer months but in winter can pose a bit of a challenge.  Even so, she forces us to get out there and get a bit of exercise on a daily basis, which is a good thing because I’m a lazy person at heart.

She also has some really funny quirks – she’s had the same bully stick now for about 5 years.  She has no interest in eating it but she loves to hide it around the house (under blankets, couch cushions, or imaginary dirt) and then search for it the next day.  She also likes to include us in this game too, which we’ve affectionately coined “Hide the  Stick”, where she drops her stick at our feet, waits for us to go and hide it in a corner of another bedroom or under a rug, and then procees to find it and bring it back to us for another round.  This usually ensues at night when all I want to do is crawl into bed but she loves it so much I can’t help but participate (not to mention she’s pretty demanding about it).

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Of course I can’t forget all the times she’s made me want to pull my hair out in frustration – like the time she chewed up a practically brand-new pair of perscription glasses (lenses included!)  Or when she ate fertilizer.  Or looked me straight in the eye and peed all over our duvet. Or when she took off after a rabbit (her biggest nemesis, followed shortly by squirrels) at light speed down our street, as I wheezed after her, a half a kilometer behind, certain she would be flattened by a car at any moment.  She has a compulsive desire to eat anything or anything she finds outside (that desire has lessened slightly as she’s gotten older thankfully) but I’m certain we were solely reponsible for keeping our veternarian in business for the first few years of her life.

No matter what she does, she’s always forgiven the minute she looks at me with her brown puppy dog eyes and snuggles up to me on the bed at night.  I guess what they say is true, when you’re cute, you can get away with a lot. 🙂

Anyway I’ve gone on long enough about this but I hoped you enjoyed the little glimpse into our life with Maggie.  If you have a dog I’d love to hear more about him or her too!

Thanks for reading!

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9 thoughts on “The Dog Behind the Blog”

  1. My dog is called Fili and she’s a white shepherd. She’s so gorgeous and fun to keep! We actually checked out a lot of breeders before we settled on one we liked, just because we wanted a puppy that came from a safe and warm environments (in many cases breeders keep the dogs outside, whereas we wanted one that would be attached to the family..) Such cute pictures of your little angel!! You can tell she’s a cheeky one! 😀

  2. OH MY GOSH!!! I positively squealed seeing her photo! MAGGIE! She’s like a stuffed toy! 😀
    I used to be only into medium to large sized breeds (I grew up with a German Shorthaired Pointer) but I’ve started to warm up to smaller breeds since we’ve opened our home to my friends’ smaller dogs (we’re the de facto dog-sitters). I used to think smaller dogs were yappy and anxious and obsessive… but I’ve since been proven wrong! But yeah, the winter time walking – UGH. We were dog-sitting for my friends who went to Mexico during the crazy cold snap we had a couple of years ago… -40C and I had to go out to walk the poor dog (Aussie mix) – she hated the cold too, would run out, do her business and promptly turn back around limping on 3 legs (she refused booties).
    Hide the Stick game sounds adorable! Such a smart activity she created too. 🙂
    One of my dog-sitting charges is a beagle mix and he absolutely is driven by food. I didn’t know this at first and the amount of crap he’d pick up off the ground during our walks and wolf down was astounding. But his owner assured me he was fine – he was basically a canine garburator having eaten all manner of clothing including a thong without even a blip in his pooping. 😛
    Have you heard of the book Inside of a Dog? I started reading it a while ago and have been really enjoying understanding the biological explanation behind dog / human interactions. 🙂
    Thanks so much for sharing Maggie!!! <3

    1. Bahaha a thong? Omg hilarious. God dogs are weird sometimes. One of Maggie’s favorite snacks is rabbit poop. She hoovers them up at the park and its disgusting.

      Sometimes she amazes me with the things she does – like the hide the stick game. Then she goes and tries to eat roadkill on a walk and redeems herself as a dog.

      I have not read that book but I’m adding that to my reading list – it sounds so interesting! The more insight I have into the workings of her little brains, the better. 🙂

  3. I love this post!!!! Dogs make me so happy. My dogs are one of the greatest joys in my life. I call them my children, and I really mean it. They have such unique personalities and bring so much love to my life. I have two and it is so much fun to watch them interact with each other. Even though they are two different breeds, they act like siblings… they fight and drive each other crazy and then they snuggle up and clean each other’s faces.

    My youngest dog (he’s 1) also likes to eat everything from the back yard. He always comes inside smelly and with a face covered in dirt!

    Thank you for sharing this post about your dog! It really inspires me to do a dedicated post about my babies and their quirks!

    1. Aw thank you for such a nice comment! I agree, dogs just bring so much to our lives and expect so little in return. Actually that’s not true at all, Maggie is super demanding! Haha! 🙂

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