Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Maddie is the sweetest dog in the world. Every day I thank the powers that be for allowing Maddie into my life. Maddie is not an agility champion. She only got one qualification in all my attempts to run agility with her. But Mads holds a very special place in my heart. I would be happy to take care of her for as long as she remains on this earth.
I've always said that Maddie is an excellent people trainer and should open her own school for "Proper People Training". She also somehow, runs the entire household. She quietly, consistently, always, gets her way.
Now as she nears 14 years old, Maddie often is in her own world.That world includes squirrels but sometimes is quite confusing to her. She has been diagnosed with dementia, loss of hearing, and her eye sight isn't what it once was. However, despite all that, if Maddie walks into a room and if she wants something the other dogs have, without any force or aggression, soon will get whatever it is.
When I first observed this force of will, I was sitting in a chair in my living room. Rocky was laying at my feet chewing on a bully. Mads walks in and sees Rocks chewing on the bully. She looked at Rocky with what could only be described as a hopeful expression and wagged her tail. When that didn't work, I remember very clearly watching Maddie walk over to a toy that was laying on the ground. This toy was one nobody wanted. It had been discarded in the living room.
Maddie picked up this toy and started to play with it. The intensity of the play increased. Rocky stopped chewing and watched Maddie. Maddie played harder and barked at the toy. Rocky got up with the bully in his mouth, Maddie started tossing the toy around the room. Rocky ran over to her (with the bully in his mouth), Maddie continued to play tossing the toy further and further and chasing it.
Rocky dropped the bully and chased the toy.
Maddie calmly walked over picked up the bully, lay down and started chewing. Rocky stood there with the toy hanging out of his mouth and just looked at Maddie. I laughed (not for the first or last time).
Maddie has taught me so much about enjoying life. Love my Mads!