Maggie May | Our Quirky Dog
We’ve written lots about our dogs, starting with Sally, Tino, Becca, Jack (of course) and our latest addition – with us almost two years now, Maggie May, or Maggie.
We adopted Maggie through a Labrador rescue and learned that not only was she a puppy mill mom, tossed out at eight years of age, but she was pretty much afraid of everything. We’ve worked long and hard over the last two years to get her to shed her fears and relax into being a dog. And I have to say she has done remarkably well. She has had her own share of mischief adventures – particularly around avocado season.
But Maggie is still pretty quirky. She has many odd behaviors that we can’t quite figure out.I’m sure they are remnants of some long ago rule she had to follow, or behavior she devised to protect herself, but they are funny. Maybe some of you have some guesses as to why she might do these things:
- We have a gate at the top of our driveway. Whenever we go out for a walk and we return through the gate, Maggie will immediately sit down – right inside the gate. It doesn’t matter who she goes out with, whether the gate is fully open or not, as soon as she comes back in through the gate, she goes to the grass right next to it and sits down.
- Every time we go out the front door, whether it’s to go for a walk, or for her meal or just to sit on the patio, she immediately goes to the grassy area outside the door and plops down and rolls around on her back.
- Coughing freaks her out. She can be in the middle of eating her dinner and if you cough, she’ll stop what she is doing and slink away. Sneezing doesn’t bother her…just coughing.
- She loves to dig and has two special digging places – one in the front yard and one in back. As soon as I open the door to the back deck, out she goes, down the steps and under the deck to her spot. She’ll dig a bit and then lay down. She enjoys her backyard more and more everyday and spends a lot of time out there on her own.
- Whenever we are going for a ride in the car, she doesn’t walk to the door and jump in, she has to walk around the car and come at it from the backend before jumping in.
- Introducing her to new foods is interesting. She sniffs everything she takes from you. If it is something she has had before, she will sniff it and then take it from your hand. If it’s something new, she’ll sniff and then touch it with her mouth and then put her head down so that you can put it on the floor and THEN she’ll take it, she won’t take it from your hand.
- When we come home from being away, they are both usually at the door to greet us. Jack will just stand there watching and waiting, but she circles – always counter-clockwise – once around, then she’ll stop and look for us. If we’re not to the door yet, she’ll do another circle and continue until we get in the door. Poor Jack gets pushed out of the way each time she circles.
None of these behaviors bother me, or need to be “worked” on, they are just part of Maggie’s quirky personality and part of why we love her. I’m sure much of it has to do with her upbringing. We don’t really know much about her background other than she was a breeder mom with the tattoo’s to prove it. She also has scars from bite marks around her head, so I can’t imagine it was a very good environment. Each day she settles in more and more her – she has made great strides since she first arrived. And to be honest, I find her little quirks to be quite endearing.
How about your dog – what quirky behaviors do they have?