Iâ€™m currently running 17.0 miles, so I thought Iâ€™d leave you with a 5 Facts about Maggie post since the 5 Facts about James post was so popular. 🙂
Fact 1: Maggie has a really weird body. Not just regular dachshund-weird, but extra weird. For example, she only has 7 nipples (circled below). She is also as wide as she is long. In fact, sheâ€™s 18 inches long (from nose to base of tail) and 18 inches around her ribcage. Her coloring is called piebald, which means she is a tricolor dog (brown, black, and white).
Fact 2: We got her 3.5 years ago from an independent rescue organization. She was given up by her owners because she is a little difficult and they did not have the patience for her. When we first got her, she was skinny and had just had a litter of puppies! Because of the way she was treated, Maggie has really bad separation anxiety. Weâ€™re tried every trick in the book to help her, but nothing has worked.
Fact 3: Maggie is mildly famous! This photograph of her and her 4th birthday cake is featured on the homepage of the Dog Treat Recipe Exchange website. I have actually had readers of my blog recognize Maggie on the Dog Treat Recipe Exchange site and send me an e-mail. :)
Fact 4: Maggie is not the brightest crayon in the box. We took her to puppy school and after 5 weeks of training, the dog trainer pulled me aside and said, â€œLook, some dogs are not not meant to learn tricksâ€¦ like sitting.â€ :)
She frequently runs into the sliding glass door. Also, if I open the door of her crate and she is facing the other way, she wonâ€™t realize the door is open even if I REACH IN and GRAB HER butt. (I need to make a video of that one day!) My BFF, who is a vet, told me that some dogs just arenâ€™t â€œall there.â€
Fact 5: Maggie sleeps in between the Husbandâ€™s legs every night. Itâ€™s in her dachshund instinct to bury under the covers and find the safest, darkest, warmest place. At first, I was concerned about her ability to breathe, but I guess sheâ€™s OK! (Or maybe that explains the lack of brain cellsâ€¦.Hmm.)
Remember, October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! :) My little Maggie is one of the brightest spots in my life, and I could not imagine my days without my furry friend.
Be back with a long run recap soon!