Maddie is a supersweet and very deserving special-needs dog. She is full grown at about two years old, roughly 35 pounds, and is spayed and crate trained. Miss Maddie has behavioral issues due to some unknown trauma in her previous life on the reservation lands near Gallup, New Mexico. She is currently being fostered in Longmont, CO.
She has probably been hit by a car and/or abused or treated badly while on leash. Her tail was amputated in late April 2017 (at the same time as her spay surgery) because of irreparable injury to it. Maddie is a VERY FRIENDLY and 100% NON AGGRESSIVE dog, but is generally fearful of human touch (although when she's eating breakfast and dinner or while being given a treat, she will relax and allow someone to pet her) and is skittish when on leash or being held by her collar.
Maddie needs an owner who will love her and patiently give her nothing but positive encouragement and emotional support as she comes out of her shell and increasingly trusts humans again, and learns the joy of being loved and cared for. Her current foster people in Longmont, CO, have only been caring for Maddie for about three weeks, and they have already seen TREMENDOUS improvement in her behavior and happiness.
When Maddie first came into their home, she would desperately scrabble to try to get away from her foster people and cry out as if in severe pain as they tried to guide her around the house and out into the backyard on a loosely held leash. Maddie would allow no one to touch her (without behavior that indicated extreme fear) for the first week or so, but now has improved dramatically to where she is accurately described as being "cautious and shy, yet very curious and often relaxed; makes eye contact and responds to her name; is extremely food motivated and gladly takes treats from a person's open palm; and can consistently be petted when being fed or treated" as opposed to how she was when she first came to them: "extremely traumatized and constantly stressed/terrified; severely afraid of human interaction; compulsively paces to the point of exhaustion; and refuses to make eye contact, respond to her name or other vocal stimuli, or to take treats from a human's hands."
Maddie's primary special-needs behavior is that she is restless throughout the day and routinely needs to pace the house or the backyard for extended periods of time... typically at least 15 to 20 minutes. Her foster people have succeeded in getting her to go on fairly long walks (up to two miles) by guiding her and helping her relax and be confident by tossing small treats in front of her on the sidewalk (again, she is extremely food motivated). She has seemed to improve with CBD oil—a hemp-derived cannabinoid substance that typically helps dogs in the relief of anxiety, pain, and stiffness due to joint issues—but her marked improvement in behavior could just be from improved diet and consistent care and love over the last few weeks as much as from the CBD supplement. Maddie sleeps through the night and relaxes quietly in a crate during the day as long as she has had the opportunity to exercise beforehand—i.e., a long, relaxed-pace walk (at least an hour) or 45 minutes of total time walking and trotting around in the backyard by herself.
Additionally, Maddie is not yet housetrained, so she needs constant access to the outdoors and/or a very regimented schedule of outdoor time/walks to prevent accidents inside the house.
While it is impossible to predict with certainty if or when Maddie will recover completely from her unfortunate trauma before being rescued, from past experience with other severely traumatized reservation rescue dogs at a relatively young age (under three years old or so), Maddie's foster people guess that it will take six months to three years of care and love before she will blossom into being a happy, well-adjusted, and extremely grateful dog.
Here is a video of Maddie gently taking treats from her foster peron's hand (and having a little trouble navigating the edge of a sloped sidewalk to the street, partly because she's so focused on getting snacks): https://youtu.be/VlASAzXLOvo
– and another clip of her walking well along a sidewalk: https://youtu.be/jqEskM06aEM
If you would like to meet Miss Maddie or contact her current foster people to get more information about her, please email email@example.com.
RezDawg's adoption fees cover rescue/transportation costs, spay/neuter, microchip, deworming, vaccinations and other medical services, as needed, to bring the animals up-to-date at their time of adoption. You save a bundle of money by adopting from a non-profit—and even more importantly, you allow RezDawg to save another animal from being euthanized. ALL funds are used to save and support the animals!
Your message has been sent to RezDawg Rescue.
You'll receive a copy, too, at to help you keep track of which pets you've inquired about, and which shelters and rescues you've emailed.
NOTE: Some shelters have physical locations you can visit; some of these shelters may only have pets for a limited time, so please do not wait for a reply—just go visit the shelter! Other organizations are rescue groups run by busy volunteers who may take a while to reply. You can find information about the shelter or rescue group caring for this pet, and their adoption procedures, on the pet's details page on Adopt-a-Pet.com.