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!"