Maddie Beans is a supersweet and very deserving special-needs dog. She is full grown at a guesstimated six 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. Miss Beans is a VERY FRIENDLY and 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 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 learns the joy of being loved and cared for. Her current foster people in Longmont, CO, have only been caring for Maddie for a month, and they have already seen TREMENDOUS improvement in her behavior and happiness.
When Maddie Beans 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; can consistently be petted or massaged when being fed or treated; and likes goes for walks or chasing after a tennis ball" 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, but cannot go for a walk; and refuses to make eye contact, respond to her name or other vocal stimuli, or to take treats from a human's hands."
Miss Maddie's primary special-needs behavior is that she can be restless during the day and routinely likes to pace the house or the backyard for extended periods of time... typically at least 15 minutes. Her foster people have succeeded in getting her to go on walks 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). After about a week of this, Maddie Beans can now go on walks or relaxed-pace jogs (between 10 and 11-minute mile pace, if you're a runner) without constant treat enticement. 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.
She sleeps through the night and relaxes quietly in a crate during the day for up to five or six hours at a time as long as she has had the opportunity to exercise beforehand—i.e., a long, relaxed-pace walk (20 minutes to an hour) or 45 minutes to an hour of total time daily walking and trotting around in the backyard or at a dog park; she does very well at dog parks as long as no overly enthusiastic dogs (i.e., dogs that poorly mannered and not being watched by their owner) chase her around.
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, 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 happy, well-adjusted, and extremely grateful dog.
Here is a video of 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): https://youtu.be/VlASAzXLOvo
Here is a more recent video of Maddie enthusiastically chasing a tennis ball in the backyard: https://youtu.be/cQHRy5MuJ5I
This is Maddie Beans on a walk around the neighborhood, during which she stops along the sidewalk to sniff a flower: https://youtu.be/4z_UO6iDmmY
And a recent video of Maddie trotting during a neighborhood run with her foster person: https://youtu.be/xkP8-UmU0Zk
If you would like to meet Miss Maddie Beans or contact her current foster people to get more information about her, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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