What’s Up with Maggie?
Those of you that follow our blog know that we rescued our Lab, Maggie about three years ago. She came to us from a Lab Rescue who had removed her from a breeder, a breeding farm really. Her condition was not good, both physically and mentally. She was extremely fearful and didn’t eat for three days after she arrived. It took months and months of slow, patient work to help her get over her major fears, make her comfortable with us and we still have a long way to go.
We’ve written about her progress in the past, Maggie Goes Rebel , Maggie Magellan, Maggie Masters the Dog Door, Maggie, our Quirky Dog and Maggie Creates a Home. She’s been a challenge but a joy to us and a great addition to our family.
When she does something weird, we can usually identify causality to her behavior or at least make some assumptions as to why she does it. She loves sleeping in Jack’s crate because it’s dark and cozy and safe. She takes her chewy bones outside to eat, so big brother Jack doesn’t come along and swipe it. But lately, she’s developed a new behavior that has us baffled. We’re looking for a hypothesis as to what the cause may be.
Our (only half-joking)conclusion is that she doesn’t like us anymore…but that seems a little harsh, and probably not true since she loves going with us on walks, loves her nightly rubs, comes to us when called…but she doesn’t hang around with us anymore.
Jack is velcro – he sleeps with me in my office everyday while I’m working, Maggie used to be with us too – that’s why I have two dog beds in there. But lately, she’s either out in the living room, or in Jack’s crate or out in the backyard, she rarely comes in the office. In the evening, she used to sleep in the bed by the fireplace when we watched TV, but no longer…now she goes in my OFFICE and sleeps in there while we are all in the living room. And the weirdest thing, if I go into my office to finish up some work when she is in there, she’ll leave and go out to the living room!
I really don’t get it. She doesn’t avoid us all the time, she runs to greet us at the door when we come home, she hangs with us while we eat (of course), but she comes to us for pets and for treats and loves her walks…but she just doesn’t like hanging out with us. What’s up with that? We’re fun!
My sister suggested it might be a conflict with Jack, but I don’t think that’s it either. They mostly ignore each other. The only interaction they really have is sharing the back end of the car when we drive to the park. Jack totally defers to her and if she wants a bed, he immediately gets out – I don’t think there is a conflict there.
Our dog Tino was never much for family time until he got older, so I’m used to a dog being aloof, but this is a change in Maggie’s behavior and I’m not sure why. Maybe she’s just feeling more independent and wanting to do her own thing, but it’s kind of weird.
Anyone have any ideas or seen this type of behavior before?