Maggie CREATES a Home

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Our Maggie May has been with us for almost 3 years now. It’s been a challenge because she was an extremely fearful girl when she came to our home. She came from a puppy mill breeder situation and had been kept as a breeder mom for 8 years. She got tossed out when she got too old to have pups, but lucky for us, she found her way to our family.
Maggie hit a tipping point in getting over her fears in the last six-eight months. We’ve written about it a couple of times, Maggie Magellean, Maggie Learns to Swim, Maggie Masters the Dog Door. These may be seemingly minor victories, but for her, they are major and we are so proud of her and thankful to big brother Jack for helping.
Her latest behavior change is the amount of time she spends outdoors. For the first two years we had her, she spent most of her time inside, in her bed. She was reluctant to explore the backyard and would go out, do her business and come right back inside, into her safe zone…her bed. Learning to use the dog door a few months ago opened up a new world and the freedom to come and go as she pleased. And apparently, it pleases her to be outside most of the day.
Her favorite spot is under the deck stairs and as you can see, she has created, not one, not two, but THREE well excavated holes to curl up and sleep in.

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I thought her CREATION would be a good photo for this week’s #52Snapshots #PBSG photo challenge. The theme is CREATE and Maggie has created a cozy little home for herself, both in our hearts and under the deck.

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  1. wow Maggie, great job! that could be a great entrance to my world tunnel :o)
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  2. Awww, Maggie, you are such a sweet girl. It warms our hearts to see you starting to really enjoy life. You are a lucky girl!
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    • That’s just how we feel…we smile about it everyday.
      mkob recently posted…Maggie CREATES a HomeMy Profile

  3. It’s wonderful to be able to watch a fearful dog “transform” as her confidence grows! And great when her canine siblings guide her through it! Attagirl Maggie!!
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  4. Good dog Maggie May!
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  5. And what a fabulous creation it is!
    It’s great to hear how far she has came from such a fearful pup!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!
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    • I know! I knew she was under there, but I had no idea she had three spots until I went to take these pics.
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  6. Hilarious. 🙂 She reminds me so much of the Diggingest Dog. Do you remember that book?
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  7. One of my childhood favorites –
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  8. Bentley will create a hole in my garden during the summer. I gave up planting flowers in his “cool down” spot. I’m so glad that she is relaxing and enjoying life. That’s a great accomplishment.
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  9. That is one of the sweetest posts I’ve ever read. I think the best part of having a rescue dog is the joy of watching them come out of their shell and learning to be a dog and enjoy their life. Sometimes we don’t see the small day to day progress, but when we look back…it’s amazing to see how far they come in such a short amount of time. Keep up the good work.

    Thank you for joining the blog hop.
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    • Thanks…we feel pretty luck to have her and help her grow into the sweetheart she is.
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  10. I’m so happy to see that Maggie’s feeling so comfortable! It looks like she’s an excellent creator 🙂
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  11. It’s so wonderful that Maggie is feeling safe and happy at last. What an awful way for her life to have started. She’s so lucky you found each other. And those are some impressive little holes! 😉
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    • For a dainty girl, she doesn’t mind getting down and dirty.
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  12. Those are impressive holes!
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  13. How wonderful for Maggie! Those little things really are huge when you live with a PM dog! It is so good that year after year her world keeps growing for her and she keeps getting further away from the damage of her previous life.

  14. I had a dog growing up who did this too! Haha those are some nice holes!
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  15. This is so adorably sweet. I’m so happy she is continually coming out of her shell.
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  16. Looks like a a cozy little condo that she’s created for herself!
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  17. That is just perfect! How great that she is expanding her horizons and created some new places to hang out.
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  18. Awwwww, I got goosebumps when I read that Maggie has created a cozy little home for herself in your hearts. That is so sweet. And you’ve obviously created a loving, protective, and encouraging home for her. Now that’s something worth creating!
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  19. Very creative hole digging – perhaps Maggie has been watching the movie ‘The Great Escape’

  20. It’s so precious that she’s created her own private little hangout! Thanks for joining us again for #52Snapshots!
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  21. Maggie’s story is so inspirational and this is such a wonderful interpretation on the create theme. What a wonderful family you have created for such a special dog.
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