Hi, my name is Princess Maggie, and I am 3 years old. The shelter named me Princess, but my foster family thought it wasn’t GRAND enough, so they gave me a second name. They mostly call me Maggie.
I have been staying with my foster family, in southeast Florida, for the past 2.5 months. I was turned in as a stray at a high-kill shelter in Miami. I haven’t learned how to speak human yet, so I am not able to tell them what my life was like before I arrived at my foster family’s home. All they know is I was terrified, skinny, smelled bad, had lots of flaky skin, poor muscle tone, a UTI, and have had at least one litter of puppies.
I was so scared when I first got to my foster home. Loud noises and doorways were absolutely terrifying. I got stuck in rooms. A lot. I wouldn’t sleep on a dog bed or even a blanket. I curled up in a tight ball, wedged between my foster parent’s bed and a nightstand. I wasn’t potty trained and I didn’t know I was supposed to go potty when they walked me with a lead. On our 3 mile walks in the morning, I would never do my business. As soon as we would get home, I would sprint to the backyard to relieve myself.
I’ve got the doorway thing down and I have learned that sleeping on a dog bed is way better than the floor. I have also learned that couch cuddles and bed snuggles are the best! I eat a prescription dog food that clears up my flaking skin and the exercise has done wonders for my booty muscles. I no longer cower when the hoomans throw tennis balls with a Chuck-It. I am learning to fetch, but spend more time chewing on the ball. When I run, my foster mom says my long legs make me look like a baby giraffe. I like the top step of the pool, but am still a bit nervous to swim on my own. My foster family made sure I can swim and find the steps to get out. I just need some more time and patience.
I am 95% potty trained. I don’t bark or make noise when I am inside the house to let you know I need to wee, so my new family will need to pay attention to my subtle signals (and praise me when I do my business). I am learning how to use these bells that my foster mom hung from all the doorknobs. I recently learned to do my business while connected to a leash and I don’t mind going potty when it’s raining.
Morning walks and runs with my foster siblings is the best part of the day. My forever family will need to make sure I get an hour walk or run in the mornings. I am very social, so I will need to have some time to meet and greet all my new human and furry neighbors. I get so excited when I see other dogs, that I just start barking. I have a deep bark, so it sounds like I want to eat their faces off, but I just want to give them a good sniff. Ducks, geese and squirrels are a different story. I like to leap at them.
My foster family got me lessons with a nice lady who always has lots of treats for me. I’ve learned Sit, Wait, Off and Leave It (except with ducks and geese). I recently started barking and leaping at cars and the trash truck, when we are on our walks. So…my lesson today was all about stopping that. I did a great job. I’ll do anything for a treat! The treat lady thinks I had very negative training in my past. So please keep my future training sessions short and positive. And it’s important that my future family continue my training – it’s really good for my self esteem (and for bonding with you).
I would like to have a canine brother or sister in my new home. I feel more relaxed when I have a friend to play and cuddle with (chase in the backyard with my foster siblings is my favorite.) It’s easier to learn the house rules when I have someone I can copy. My foster home has two cats and there is a kitten that comes for a visit, when the human girl comes home from college. I get along well with all of them. A fenced yard is important for me as well so I don’t accidentally wander while chasing lizards or squirrels. I was wandering the streets in my early life so I never want that to happen again (it’s scary!).
I need my hoomans to show me they love me, all the time. If you forget, I will remind you with a tap from my paw. I will follow you everywhere, making sure to stay as close to your feet as possible. I am a trip hazard for elderly folks, young children and people with balance issues. I have only met young children one time, when I was on a walk. I used my best manners and let them pet me. However no children under 6 for me – the bigger ones won’t scare me as much, or be accidently knocked down and that’s safer for everyone. My foster mom is worried that my lack of body awareness may not be a good combo for a home with little humans.
I sleep in my crate at night and I don’t get up until my hoomans get up. I like that my crate is in their bedroom. It makes me feel safe. My foster family lets me cuddle on the couch or bed with them, when they watch TV. When I’ve had enough cuddle time, I go snooze in one of my crates. So I would like a family that will continue letting me on the couch with them. I must have stuffies and elk antlers in my forever home too, or I will use your shoes.
If your home needs a Princess, please fill out an adoption application (if you haven’t already). And if you think “this” Princess is the right Princess for you, please email my foster mom Regan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let her know why she should pick you as my forever hoomans.
Forgot to add: I’m special, am spayed, fully vetted and temperament tested and as a bonus am very pretty and affectionate, so my adoption fee is $375.