Maggie Magellan

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If you paid even a little attention in history class, you’ve heard of Ferdinand Magellan. If you haven’t here’s the Wikipedia link. Magellan was a 16th century Portuguese explorer who’s 1519 expedition is recognized as the first circumnavigation of the globe. He’s right up there with Columbus and Marco Polo in importance.
We have taken to calling Maggie, Maggie Magellan as her spirited and exploring nature begins to shine through. Maggie has been with us two years now. If you’ve read our blog you know she is  was a very shy and fearful dog when she first came to us. We’ve written about our experiences with her and her gradual blossoming.
Our trip to Big Bear gave Maggie another huge boost in her self-esteem and confidence. She dealt with a lot of new events and experiences on that trip. Granted we don’t know what her life was like before we adopted her two years ago, but we know she was a ‘breeder mom’ and she came to us pretty beat up, malnourished and afraid of her own shadow, so we don’t think her life was too fun-filled before us.
Here’s an overview of some of Maggie’s recent “firsts”:

  1. First vacation and sleep-over away from our house.
  2. First off-leash hike in the mountains.
  3. First real swim (versus wading)
  4. First sushi (well, actually it was part of a dead fish she found on the beach)
  5. First unassisted use of the dog door – for both in and out. (This is really a big deal because we’ve been working on this for 2 years and it was just too scary until last week).


When we walk Maggie now, instead of sticking pretty close to us, she is brave enough to wander ahead, fall behind and blaze her own trail. Instead of looking to Jack for guidance in most every new situation, she’s brave enough to make her own decisions about which bush to sniff or which one to ignore. And when she’s off-leash…well, she’s off-leash less than she used to be because of her new found (and enjoyed) freedom. Patience, consistency, love and a fearful dog slowly evolves. Maggie Magellan.


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  1. It’s so great to watch a fearful friend slowly learn to trust and enjoy life, but sometimes the new and improved model starts getting into mischief 😉
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    • Oh yeah, she was much better behaved when she didn’t leave her bed 😉
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  2. It’s great to explore new things! Specially the first sushi sounds interesting. I hope you will discover much more great things Maggie Magellan :o)
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  3. Good girl Maggie. It’s so great that she has learned to trust you all and come out of her shell so the rest of her life can be a great fun one.
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    • It has been pretty fun to watch her and cheer those little victories. It’s funny how excited we are about our dog using the dog door!
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  4. This is such a happy post. So glad to hear that Maggie is blossoming! It’s amazing what love can do for a dog 🙂
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  5. Those are some great firsts, Maggie! Keep up the great work! It’s amazing what a dog will do with a little love and guidance!
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  6. Keep it up Maggie, great to hear you are doing so well. I’m sure you are very proud of her! Keen to see whats she’s up to next:)

  7. Such a beautiful new beginning and so great that she’s growing into herself a bit more each day.

  8. Very cool!
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  9. What great news for Maggie that she has earned this new nickname! It must be great to look back and see just how far she’s really come. Go Maggie!
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    • It is – I’m going to pull out some of her pics from then…she looked so afraid all the time 🙁
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  10. I love it, congratulations, you’ve done a wonderful job with Maggie. Watching a rescue dog transform is an amazing and wonderful gift. Sometimes we don’t even see it happening until we look back.

    When Delilah seeks out affection, it warms my heart. This is the dog who barely allowed you to stroke her chest and now she seeks it out. The dog who hated to have her ears touched, now draws a deep breath in and releases it in a loud sigh when you rub her ears. It is the music for my heart.

    Thank you for sharing this in today’s blog hop.
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    • I know the feeling…love seeing them be dogs.
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  11. That is really wonderful. Next you will be tuning up that recall….lol.

    Thanks so much for joining the hop!
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  12. Wow, what a good girl! So proud of you Maggie! Ace doesn’t have a dog door, but he is still scared of them when we visit other doggie’s homes that do have them. So he understands!
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  13. What a wonderful post. Yay Maggie! So great how they blossom, isn’t it? 🙂
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  14. Yay Maggie!! What progress! Donna still hasn’t done her first real swim. Hope you enjoyed yours!
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  15. It is a true testament to what love and confidence from the right humans can do for a great dog! Congratulations to Maggie and y’all. ♥
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