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”:
- First vacation and sleep-over away from our house.
- First off-leash hike in the mountains.
- First real swim (versus wading)
- First sushi (well, actually it was part of a dead fish she found on the beach)
- 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.