When Maggie came to me as a foster, Rich was out of town for the summer. That means we had weeks of bonding under our belt before he was even in the picture. To say that she disliked the sudden appearance of a man in the house would be the understatement of the century. She was terrified of him.
I’m pretty sure Rich loved Maggie even before he met her. Every time we talked over the summer I was telling him all about her and how much she was blossoming. You would think coming home to a dog quite opposite of the one I had been describing would be a turn off. Instead, I think it made him love her even more. Every time she growled at him he would turn around and ignore her per my instructions but he would also say, “It’s okay Maggie, I just want to love you.” And his favorite line to recite to Maggie, “Love doesn’t divide, it multiples!”
Eventually the growling subsided and she slowly began to let him sit near her. Then touch her. And eventually full on cuddle. It took almost a year, but finally she got excited and would initiate play with him when he got home from work. A sight I honestly didn’t know if I would ever see and still makes my heart swell. Now, Maggie can typically be found cuddled up with her dad; her favorite human in the house. If not for Rich’s persistent love and devotion to little Maggie, she might never have turned the corner with men. She still occasionally give a little growl at men she doesn’t know but I am quite pleased with her progress. She may never run up to a strange man just to give him kisses, but I can live with that. The most important thing is that Maggie has learned to love love.
Happy Valentine’s Day from our pack to yours!