Maddie Beans is a very deserving special-needs dog. She is full grown at a guesstimated 5 to 6 years old, roughly 36 pounds, and she 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, where in the last couple of months she has made huge progress and improvement in her behavior and happiness.
Maddie Beans 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 she learns the joy of being loved and cared for. The ideal adoption candidate for Maddie Beans is someone who works from home or is retired and is active enough to take Maddie out for walks or runs every day, 1.5 to 3 miles total distance, or roughly 30 to 60 minutes of outside-the-house-or-backyard accompanied time daily.
Maddie Beans 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 (her tail is fully healed now). Miss Beans is a VERY FRIENDLY 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 can be skittish when on leash or being held by her collar. Currently, her fear of being touched keeps her from being an affectionate dog, but this will likely change... in time.
When Maddie Beans first came into her current foster 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. For the first week or so, she was constantly stressed and terrified; severely afraid of human interaction, and compulsively paced either inside or outside to the point of exhaustion. Now Maddie Beans has improved dramatically to being generally relaxed, shy, yet sometimes very curious. While she does not seek to be petted, Maddie likes to follow her foster people from room to room and watch what they are doing. She is mostly quiet (she does not respond to the sound of the doorbell or a knock at the front door), but does make vocalizations—cute noises somewhere between a yelp, a yap, and a bark—when she's excited for mealtime, or when she sees her foster people have come home.
Maddie makes eye contact and responds to her name; is extremely food motivated and gladly takes treats from a person's open palm; can be petted, brushed, or massaged when being fed or treated; and enjoys goes for walks or chasing after butterflies. Maddie's foster people have gotten Maddie to the point where she gladly goes for walks and jogs (in the early morning or evening, to avoid the heat); she heels very nicely and consistently to the right side when the pace of the walk is right for her (not too slow, and not too fast). She also has gone to the local off-leash dog park many times and will often even get into and out of the car by herself (with encouragement, sometimes in treat form). Sometimes she will wander the backyard or house aimlessly if she hasn't had enough exercise via a walk around the neighborhood or a trip to the dog park.
Maddie Beans sleeps through the night and relaxes quietly in a crate during the day for up to 6 hours at a time as long as she has had the opportunity to exercise beforehand—i.e., a long walk or relaxed pace run at about 11 to 12 minute/mile pace (lasting 25 minutes to an hour) or a visit to a dog park; she does very well at dog parks as long as no overly enthusiastic dogs chase her around. Maddie Beans also gets along fine with the three other adult dogs she shares her foster home with... while she doesn't pay much attention to them or play with them, Maddie does take cues from the other dogs and likely would enjoy the company of an older, calm, and quiet dog in her forever home.
While it is impossible to predict if or when Maddie will recover completely from her unfortunate trauma before being rescued, from past experience with other severely traumatized reservation rescue dogs, Maddie's foster people guess that it will take six months to two years of care and love before she will blossom into being a relaxed, happy, and extremely grateful dog.
Here are several videos of Maddie. Because her confidence level and personality is evolving as she responds to consistent care, you see different behaviors in these short clips taken over the span of two months.
Maddie Beans 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)... this video is fairly early on: https://youtu.be/VlASAzXLOvo
Here is Maddie enthusiastically chasing a tennis ball in the backyard (for some reason, she has since lost interest in playing with balls or other toys): https://youtu.be/cQHRy5MuJ5I
This is Maddie Beans on a walk around the neighborhood, going up a sidewalk she's never experienced before, during which she stops along the sidewalk to sniff a flower: https://youtu.be/4z_UO6iDmmY
A recent video of Maddie trotting during a neighborhood run with her foster person: https://youtu.be/xkP8-UmU0Zk
And another recent video of Maddie during a walk (with another dog) and accepting a treat: https://youtu.be/yh-3PQJV4aY
Are the person with the time, patience, and love who can patiently help Miss Maddie Beans recover from her past life and discover the joy of being a dog again? If you would like to meet Miss Maddie Beans or get more information about her, please email her current foster person at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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