My adoption story with Maggie

I met Maggie 5 years ago at the North Central Animal Shelter in Los Angeles. She rescued me and furever changed my life that day. Maggie poses for the camera, tells jokes, does cartwheels and updates her Facebook page. Okay, that’s not all true, but she really does have a fantastic personality and a Facebook page with more friends than me.

I have always loved animals. I’m certified to train all sorts of furry friends but previously only worked with the bigger ones, from bears to tigers to horses. I had dogs growing up, and while I loved them all, none of them have had the same effect on me as my Maggie.

Maggie is my superhero. She is also a therapy dog, working production dog, my best friend, heart and sole of Working Like A Dog a multimedia project to educate people on dogs with jobs, and an inspiration for many, which is pretty amazing for a pup that was shaking and scared in the shelter. She now knows more than 100 commands, and can ride a skateboard, do handstands and ride horses. My best days are spent with her from therapy visits to embarking on adventures on set.

Without her, I would not know some of my best friends in the world, be involved in all the amazing projects we are launching, or know some of the people I admire the most in my life. I wouldn’t strive so hard to make this world a better place if she had never entered my life. Maggie also reminds me that when life gets too stressful, throw a ball or take a stroll. I don’t know what I did to be so lucky to have Maggie in my life. I marvel at the things she teaches me and the people she has brought into my life. I am so honored that she’s is currently nominated for a Hallmark Channel Hero Dog Award for emerging heroes.

My shelter dog has taught me about kindness, not judging people, giving everyone another chance and being happy. Together we have made some amazing friends and visited some great places. We are so thrilled to be working with Whistle to inspire more people to do more with their own dogs so they too can have their pets be more involved in their lives and hopefully in the end less animals end up in the shelter I got Maggie in.

I love this doodle from the tufts of fur between her toes to her ever-changing pink nose. I can’t bear to think that she won’t always be here, but in the meantime, this kiddo and I have a lot more places to go, smiles to bring, books to put out and families to educate about dogs and pets.

My dog surely may not be the world’s greatest, but she has forever changed my world many ways for the greater.

Nicole29 Nicole30

 

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