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.
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).
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!