It’s been said that acquiring a dog may
be the only opportunity a human has to choose a relative.
We had the good fortune to “acquire” our beloved Maggie.
Early in 1996 there was a raid on a
puppy mill in Spokane, WA. The people who went in to rescue the dogs
said that they had never seen such horrible conditions. The couple
who ran the mill weren’t there when the raid took place. A number of
the dogs were dead, or dying, and there was only one partially full
bag of kibble left for the dogs that were still alive.
One breed that was rescued was
Bullmastiff. We had previously had a “bullie” who was with us for 13
years, so we were definitely familiar with the dogs. We contacted
the breeder who had the Bullmastiffs from the rescue and made an
appointment to meet the dogs. The dog we were directed to was named
“Disco” by a group of children who played with the dogs after their
rescue. This particular dog would spin in circles so fast that you
wouldn’t have believed that a creature her size would be capable of
maneuvering so. When we met her, she was timid but friendly. The
breeder said she thought the dog was probably about 2 years old. She
had obviously had at least one litter, and because she was being
bred, she was probably valued a little more than the others.
Our family immediately fell in love with
Maggie. It took her a while to trust that she was finally in a safe
place with us, but once she did it was like she knew that we would
love and care for her. It was sad because whatever those people did
to her to break her spirit, she never understood how to play with a
ball, or chase a Frisbee. She never knew how really big she was, but
at 140 lbs. she was the best “cuddler”. We were fortunate to have
her in our lives for 8 years and miss her dearly. There will always
be an empty spot in our hearts for her.
Miss you Maggie Mae,
Dad, Mom, Missy, T & Jenni