Life with Mae

Friday, July 11, 2014

After a full week with Mae, I have to say that we are all just smitten with her. She is the sweetest little thing and such a snuggler, and she is already completely spoiled!

I wish I knew her whole background, but all we know is that she was taken in by someone in Austin in April and was very reluctant to trust anyone at that time. Our local shelter rescued her from the Austin shelter because she was on the "countdown" list, and she was with our local shelter for two months before we brought her home.  

She had never seen a TV before, and she is still fascinated with the concept. She is also enthralled by our fake fire which is usually only used in the winter. 

She is happiest when she is right in the middle of the mix, and she is partial to Vera Bradley products while nibbling on her bone.

We learned on day one that she is not crazy about men at all. She was very quick to growl at the girls' grandpa and their uncle, and when we took her for her first checkup (free of cost, thanks to PAWS and the wonderful generosity of Williams-Sebby!), she nearly came unglued at the thought of having to be so close to a man for an extended period. He whispered to her the entire time, "Nobody's hurting you...nobody's hurting you..." which pretty much broke our hearts in two. 

She also growled at the girls' dad, who was quick to say, "No comment on your new dog, but she's just like her mama - hates men." This was actually a big moment for me because it's the first time in a long time that I could have cared less about his approval (or lack thereof). I also realized he has zero understanding of how someone can create their own happiness without hating anyone or anything. 

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Anyway, back to Mae. 

It's hard to imagine how anybody could have been unkind to such a sweet pup, but it is also pretty obvious that was exactly the case for her. She isn't necessarily jumpy, but she does flinch and wince from time to time- usually when our hands are above her. Jay has spent a lot of time covering her face when Mae has this reaction, and Cee broke down the other night thinking about all the other dogs that still need to be rescued. 

We will do everything we can to let her know she can trust us and to let her know we aren't going to hurt her. Speaking of trust, she does great on her leash, but honestly prefers to be carried. Walking on your own is hard work with you have two little ladies who are more than happy to carry you around with them where ever they go! 

As for Mae and Browning, they don't do much more than acknowledge each other which is a good, neutral response. I think they are both intimidated by each other's size, and Browning would much rather nap than play.

When I tell you she is constantly with us, I'm 100% serious. Even when she's sleeping, she's touching one of us in some form or fashion, and we learned this morning that she is a Flappy City Enthusiast and likes to check on the flappy thing after it dies!

More than anything, I think she finally feels loved. It kind of reminds me of the Velveteen Rabbit when the rabbit realized he was a real toy. I think Mae realizes that now she has a real home and a real family, and we couldn't be any happier to have her with us!!

That's all for now. 


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