The story of Maggie Mae

Posted by Francesca

Our friend Maggie Mae was certainly in need of a loving mom after the terrible things she had been through. Sharkey and I can't imagine why anyone would treat her or any animal so poorly!! Maggie was rescued from Tanya's Rescued Friends in Daytona, FL by our very own Dana Splinter, an associate finance manager for Martha' s company. She is a 5 years old Cocker Spaniel. Listen to her story as told by Dana.

"I adopted Maggie Mae when she was a year and half from an abused pet rescue shelter in Daytona, FL.  Immediately after seeing her picture on Petfinder.com I knew I had to go visit her.  I was living in Tampa, FL at the time and the two and half hour drive to Daytona seemed to take an eternity as I was so excited to meet her.  After a long stop at PetSmart (would she like these treats or those treats, stuffed toys or rubber toys, etc.) I finally made it to the shelter.

The foster mother, Tanya, explained that Maggie had had a very difficult life; she was rescued by the police from a family that had physically abused her and starved her for days.  When she made it to Tanya’s shelter, Maggie weighed about 14 pounds (a cocker her age should weigh 18-25 pounds) with knotted hair, fleas and severe ear infections.  Tanya warned me that because Maggie had been abused, she was very afraid of human contact and rarely would come out from a tight hole she had found under an armchair.  With that in mind, I was so surprised (as was Tanya) when Maggie practically leapt into my lap and stuck her head under my jacket!  I knew it was meant to be.

The first few months Maggie lived with me were difficult.  Most of her time was spent hiding underneath my bed, especially when guests were over.  The minute anyone would bend down to pet her head, she would curl up in a ball and cry (I believe she thought we were going to hit her).  After awhile she started to sneak out and explore the living room while I was watching TV, but as soon as I would move, she’d scurry back under the bed.  Cocker spaniels are typically very trusting and love attention.  It’s so sad to think that Maggie had been abused to the point of distrust that she exhibited.

We worked through our problems and trust issues and now three years later, Maggie Mae is a healthy, beautiful, and extremely social little lady.  She is a great addition to my life and I hope that she feels the same way!"

Be a hero and don’t forget to make your pledge today!

MaggieHoliday

Comments (12)

  • Nice to meet you Maggie Mae,

    Awww! What a sad story but a happy ending, looking at Maggie Mae's beautiful precious face how sad to know she had to suffer pain at the hands of cruel humans.

    I am so happy to hear that Dana and Maggie Mae found each other and Maggie Mae doesn't have to be afraid any longer.

    Thank you Franny & Sharkey for your blog.

    Mrs. Bosley Chow Chow

  • Good morning Maggie Mae: It is so good to find out that you finally have a really good place to live with lots of love in it for you. What a horror it must have been for you to be so abused. This story made my momma really upset. She does not like anyone to be mean to us pups and kitties and others. I hope you get to live a very long time in your forever home with someone who loves you so much. I bet you get to eat lots of good things at your house.

    Well, it's time for my sunbath. Grandpa cat used to say that is where your Vitamin D comes from. I will probably fall right to sleep too. See ya later. Love Gracyn.

  • I'd like to think that there are spiritual consequences for those who abuse animals and children. Stories of abuse make me cry, although it is heartening to read of the joyful outcomes that arise for those who are lucky enough to be rescued. I adopted an abused dog (now deceased) who had been repeatedly beaten with a chain because he did not want to herd the sheep (but wanted to play with them). He never forgot the abuse, and was wary around men for the rest of his life. Thanks for the heartening story about lucky Maggie. May those not as fortunate be spiritually blessed.

  • Hello Maggie Mae,

    You are a beautiful girl. I'm so sorry you were so abused. I know what that's like. I, too, was severely beaten. It is wonderful when pups like us find families to help us heal. Not all people are bad and with a loving family, we can re-learn to trust and enjoy life.

    I am a single brown-black pup looking for a lady friend. If you are ever in California and would like to play, please let me know.

    I'm so glad you are happy Maggie Mae and I'm pleased to make your acquaintance.

    XO,
    Fisher Jimmy

  • Hi there again Maggie: Forgot to tell you how beautiful your necklace is in the picture and how pretty you look in it. Take care. Love, Gracyn

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    It’s so nice to meet you Maggie Mae. I don’t like to hear about animals being abused. The other day while I was walking with my daddy, some small dogs in a fenced in yard started running and barking at me. I looked and saw a very large dog coming up behind them. I thought that the larger dog was going to hurt the smaller dogs so I stated towards them to help them. When I reached the end of my leash, I then took the time to see just what was going on. I guess that even caring animals can see, what looked at this time, something wrong. All I wanted to do was help but was told that it was alright; they were friends in the same back yard. I don’t know what I would have done if the larger dog was to hurt the smaller dogs, but I would have tried something.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Of course, with cats, they are spooked easily. Mandy has learned to trust the vacuum, because mommie says 'it's okay, honey', in the most reassuring tone possible. When the phone rings, Mandy is disturbingly startled, and mommie reassures her that it's just daddy calling. If I sometimes make a quick movement while walking behind Mandy, she'll spook and plainly display it in her demeanor. I tell her I'm sorry if I startled her and tell her it's okay. In all of these scenarios, you can see her relax when I speak reassuringly to her - she trusts me. Just as in human relationships, when trust is broken, it takes awhile for it to be rebuilt and become solid again.

    I am POSITIVE that Maggie Mae feels that her new mommie, Dana, IS a wonderful addition to her life! Look at her little face and her bright eyes! Look at that happy pink-tongued smile! Awww...

    God bless you both!

    =^..^=

  • I am so relieved that the difficult transition time is over and everyone is happy and well-adjusted and living a rich life! Can you imagine what had to take place for this little dog to retreat in a ball - to the tightest, safest corner possible for her?!! Oh, it just tears (pron. 'tares') me up and literally gives me pain at the very thought! Trust is so valuable to me - without it, I lack this certain fulfillment - with my Mandy OR on the human realm.

    Of course, with cats, they are spooked easily. Mandy has learned to trust the vacuum, because mommie says 'it's okay, honey', in the most reassuring tone possible. When the phone rings, Mandy is disturbingly startled, and mommie reassures her that it's just daddy calling. If I sometimes make a quick movement while walking behind Mandy, she'll spook and plainly display it in her demeanor. I tell her I'm sorry if I startled her and tell her it's okay. In all of these scenarios, you can see her relax when I speak reassuringly to her - she trusts me. Just as in human relationships, when trust is broken, it takes awhile for it to be rebuilt and become solid again.

    I am POSITIVE that Maggie Mae feels that her new mommie, Dana, IS a wonderful addition to her life! Look at her little face and her bright eyes! Look at that happy pink-tongued smile! Awww...

    God bless you both!

    =^..^=

  • I wish all the people who feel the need to abuse an animal to know the animal isn't the problem. Either take the pet to a shelter or find a loving home for them and get help for yourself.

    Only a very sick individual could look in the face of an innocent pet and want to hurt it.

    Thank you Dana and all who take the time to rescue and nurture a pet in need. Hugs to you and MM.

  • Hi Girl Friends, I mean no disrespect, but I think I am in love again. Of course, I love you two the most, but I also love Maggie Mae. Thank you for introducing her to us. I can certainly understand the bad times she endured and am so glad that she is now living in a super place with a super Mom. It just makes my heart pound because I went through similar times about 4 years ago. Love, Dudley Do Right xoxoxo

  • Maggie Mae you are adorable! Dana Splinter you are a Saint!

    I have such harsh feelings toward humans that hurt animals, it is unconscionable...

    Maggie Mae you have been saved! Life is good...

    love from, feral Kitty and mommie delia

  • That's such a sweet story! Our other cat, Lucy's mom was like that, but we don't know why. She didn't have any history like Maggie Mae; she was just like that, we think. I was raised entirely by my 'people', so I'm a very social kitty. I'm a Russian-blue Tuxedo mix myself, but Maggie Mae is one of the prettiest dogs I've ever seen, and her necklace is gorgeous. That dog deserved her new, nice owner. :-)
    Sincerely,
    Gertie

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