Why I Love My Dog – Maggie

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A while back I wrote a post about why I love my dog and included a list of five things Jack does that make me smile and think how lucky I am to have him. It’s easy to love Jack. He’s a love bug. He loves us and shows it in everything he does, every look, every action, all day, every day.

 

The fearful Maggie face

The fearful Maggie face

Maggie is a little harder to love (although we love her like crazy). She’s shy, guarded, walks away from me when I’m petting her, sleeps in the other room rather than with us during the day and at night. Her general demeanor is standoffish, although she likes to be around people, she just doesn’t want any attention from them. But there are times when she lets her guard down and she becomes a sweet and happy, if not loving, dog.
 
She is always at the door to greet me when I return home. She doesn’t stay long, but she runs to me, gives me a little nod and nose bump and then scampers back to her bed or the kitchen to observe what comes next…do I have groceries? Am I handing out treats?
 
She does the same when our dog walker comes, she runs to the door to greet her, but then retreats to her bed in the living room and never walks with her.
 

Mealtime Maggie

Mealtime Maggie

She becomes a completely different dog at mealtimes and totally loses that steel-plated guard she normally has up. She will come and sit in front of you and just stare a hole through you until she gets what she wants. Ears are up, she sits erect and just stares at you with an intensity that is quite distracting.
 
I don’t know if it’s stubbornness or just her guarded nature, but we can go for walks in the neighborhood and everything is fine, she’s scampering about smelling all the smells and then all of a sudden, with no warning, she freezes – like she encountered a brick wall. She won’t move forward or to either side, the only way out is retreat. Once in awhile I can convince her to advance by going backwards a bit and then looping around, but usually it’s like there is a wall and she can’t or won’t move past it. No idea what that is all about.

Maggie allows a rare pet from Steve

Maggie allows a rare pet from Steve

 
She always keeps one eye on you, even when she is eating, and if you come around a corner or down the steps when she’s unprepared she still jumps and scatters.
 
So, I’m not quite sure how Maggie feels about us. Sometimes I’m sure she’s happy and contented and while not the usual demonstrative Lab, she let’s us know in her own peculiar ways that she’s ok with her life. She’s kind of like the boyfriend (or girlfriend) that you’re never quite sure shares the feelings you have so you work extra hard.
 
Hmm, maybe this is all a clever ploy on her part, because we certainly try harder to win her love – especially Steve. She has him wrapped around her little finger. And as strict as he is with the treats for Jack, he showers her with treats because that is definitely a way to her heart. But this is what we love about Maggie, her unpredictable nature.

I she sniffing or snubbing?

Is she sniffing the breeze or snubbing me?

 
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  1. maybe some dogs are like some people who can’t show their feelings :o) but nevertheless we have the bestest place in their heart. Our husky Frosty was such a guy too, I sometimes was sad when I gave him a hug and he walked away without looking back :o) He slept in an igloo we bought for him and he only jumped in our bed to remind us that it is time for his morning walk. We loved him a lot and we still miss him…

  2. I love learning more about your dogs. Our next dog will be an adult or senior dog and I know that we’ll be taking on the baggage of their past as well and I’m prepared to do that if it means that I can give a dog a safe life.

    All of our dogs are affectionate and demand our attention and love. I think it has something to do with us having them their entire lives. I’ve always showered attention on them so they don’t understand when I want to focus on my laptop instead of on them.

    Last night, Rodrigo and Scout were barking at me while Zoey was crawling in my lap and Sydney was laying on my feet. I put the laptop down and everyone went silent.

    Go figure.

    I hope Maggie has a good week.
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    • I do think raising from puppy hood makes a big difference – our Sally was diametrically different than Maggie.
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  3. Oh Maggie, you are funny with your sniffing the wind or snubbing face. Cocoa looks away when she knows she is doing something naughty!! It is funny how they have such different personalities and show/receive love different. Like the 5 love languages. Daisy was the most loving dog and Cocoa is more independent and I think we love them all in different ways 🙂
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    • We do love them – Maggie would hate it if I tried to snuggle with her like I do with Jack.
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  4. I think you bring up an awesome point that I’ve actually started writing about – we love each pet differently. Many people expect/hope to love their second dog just like their first, but come to learn the bond is unique and just as valuable.

  5. My sisters and I are all totally different in our ways as well. It is what makes every dog an individual. Maggie is maybe more closed up, but I’m sure when she shows affection, it means a lot more!
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  6. I am certain that Maggie loves y’all very much. There is no telling what happened previous to her moving into your loving home to make her skittish. I like the comparison to a boyfriend/girlfriend. Unfortunately, that is something we can all relate to. LOL!
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  7. Yes, each and every animal – human or non-human – is unique in so many ways. That’s why I have such a hard time with the term “heart dog”. I love all the dogs who have shared my life, each for her own personality and for the different ways they have left their paw prints on my heart. Kissy was my first dog who was mine from the start and she was with me whenever possible. Callie was an independent soul, but very sweet, loving, and patient when we loved on her. Shadow went from being Callie’s shadow to being my Velcro dog when Callie went to Heaven. But at night, she usually ends up leaving the dog beds in the bedroom for the more comfortable one in the living room (or even the couch). And then there’s Ducky. Sweet as sugar to hubby and me, and even to Shadow now that Callie’s gone – in her mind at least – but sometimes still a little brat to Shadow. But Shadow has learned (from Callie most likely) how to patiently ignore the bratty moments.
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  8. The dogs who make us work a little bit harder have a very special place in our hearts. They’re unique and wonderful for not being like any other dog.
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  9. I love to read about the diverse personalities dogs have.
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  10. Every dog has such distinct personality. Jasmine was a bit independent, or should I rather say she wasn’t dependent. But she was friendly, outgoing and knew how to pluck our heart strings at will. Cookie is like her I many ways. Little independent while a big sweet suck.
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  11. Toby and Maggie have a lot in common. Ted is the only one he will cuddle with. On the rare occasions that sidles up to me to lie with his back pressing against my leg it’s a big deal. I don’t know why some dogs are like that but I think he loves me but is just an aloof dog.
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  12. Each pet is certainly different, I have so many differences in my huskies and cats, and what I love about each one of them.
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  13. I love what Pamela said. Dogs’ personalities can be so interesting, and frustrating at times too. But it’s true that we have to accept them for who they are, even though we might work to make them comfortable in some situations where they’re not.
    It baffles me at times how Luke can be SO loving and SO affectionate with us, yet he will only accept 1 other person into his world. We’ll keep working with him on it, but at the same time, if that is his personality then we love him in spite of his difficulties.
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  14. There’s something really special about loving a dog on their terms instead of focusing on what we get in return. Just as you’ve done with Maggie, you accept her for who she is not for how she makes you feel. That’s real love! 🙂
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  15. This is such a sweet post. There are some dogs (my Shyla included) who have their quirks that make the eventual bond all the sweeter. I love your honesty and your sweet girl, Maggie!
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  16. Thank you for sharing this personal post with us. Love maggie she is her own girl!
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  17. It’s hard to love a dog who is why and guarded and standoffish. One of the recent studies on mill dogs notes that people with mill dogs have an easier time dealing with a mill dog when their other dog is “normal” dog. They get their affection and love from them and are then able to help the dog that is not as affectionate or is shy and standoffish. I think Maggie loves you guys very much and loves her life, she’s like Daisy was for 3 years before she broke out. Some dogs don’t, but I hope Maggie does some day soon. I am so glad she is with you guys. I love that Steve works so hard to win her. That is awesome.
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