One year ago today, Miss Maisy joined our family. She was rescued by the incredible Pacific Pug Rescue from the county shelter who had deemed her "not fit for adoption" due to her severe kennel cough, missing patches of fur from flea infestations and slight limp. The shelter had found her on the streets, but that's as much as we know about her history. Her foster dad, Brian, was instantly taken with her sweetness and eagerness to please. He knew right away that she would be a great fit for our family, and a wonderful sister for Chloe. I remember how shy and scared she was on that first trip home, I mean who wouldn't be with a crazy pug panting in your face (Chloe was very excited).
I could hardly wait the 24 hours to bring her home and shower her with love. And food! From that day forward, Maisy has fit seamlessly into our family.
Since we don't know her exact birthday, we planned to celebrate her Adoption/Gotcha Day, or as I like to call it, her UnBirthday. While making her a special treat would be fun for us, I knew her dream day would be a trip to the beach to play ball.
What I've Learned in Year One about Maisy
- Playing ball = serious business
- She will let loose and run around crazy (you pug owners know what I mean) at the beach and after a bath
- She loves her toys like her own puppies, then throws them in the air like she just don't care
- She smiles and throws her head back like Snoopy when you scratch her belly just... right
- Sometimes she gets terrified from a broom or water bottle, which breaks my heart to think of what her life was like before
- She's learned that baths aren't that bad, as long as sister is there with her
- She will do anything to get food
- She purrs like a kitty when she is really comfy, and also likes to perch on the top of the couch
- Her smile warms my heart
Needless to say, Chloe loves having a sister. Maisy has helped Chloe lose 5 pounds by pushing to go faster and farther on every walk. They still sometimes fight like sisters, but they always make up right afterwards and can be caught cuddling later that night.
Maisy had a ball at her Merry UnBirthday Party, and slept hard the whole way home. While we've had a few dog beach trips since we've been in California, this one was extra special. And I hope she knew it.
I can't imagine life without my sweet girl. She has brought so much joy and light to my life. Her story has humbled me to raise awareness about the life of shelter animals. She shows me how grateful she is every day to have found a warm, loving home. I can only hope to return that amount of love.
Thank you Pacific Pug Rescue and Brian for bringing Maisy into our lives. No words can describe what she means to me.
And thank you Maisy, for finding us, and brightening our world.