Dogs

Dog who was shot 17 times becomes therapy dog

July 19th, 2019

Meet Maggie: a friendly dog with an incredible will to survive!

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Maggiethewunderdog via Instagram Source: Maggiethewunderdog via Instagram

Maggie was born in Lebanon, and she spent her first years living on the streets. When she was five years old, Maggie was found chained up on the side of the road. She had 17 bullet holes in her body, including four in her eyes, which blinded her. Her ear had also been cut off.

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Maggiethewunderdog via Instagram Source: Maggiethewunderdog via Instagram

A British rescue organization called Wild at Heart Foundation rescued Maggie and helped nurse her back to health. One of the organization’s regular foster parents, Kasey Carlin, heard about Maggie’s story and offered to take her in. Kasey quickly fell in love with Maggie—she was amazed by her resilience and strength.

“She’s just a normal dog,” Kasey told the BBC. “She gets around, she runs, she goes off lead…And she’s brilliant. I know she knows she’s blind, but she doesn’t act blind at all.”

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Maggiethewunderdog via Instagram Source: Maggiethewunderdog via Instagram

After spending a few weeks with Maggie, Kasey knew she didn’t want to give her up. And so, she officially adopted her!

Maggie loved her new home. She helped Kasey manage her doggy daycare, and she also spent lots of time running around Kasey’s backyard, enjoying her freedom. She also loved hanging out with her Husky sister, Mishka.

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Maggiethewunderdog via Instagram Source: Maggiethewunderdog via Instagram

Kasey wanted to help Maggie be as independent as possible, and so she taught her a few commands. This includes “Stop,” “Left,” “Right,” “Step Up,” and “Step Down.” These commands help Maggie safely walk off-leash. Maggie is also able to use her hearing and sense of smell to help her get around.

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Maggiethewunderdog via Instagram Source: Maggiethewunderdog via Instagram

Since Maggie is so good with people, Kasey decided to get her certified as a therapy dog. Maggie passed the test with flying colors—she was a natural!

“Maggie is now a registered therapy dog with @underdog_international . She and I will speak to schools and work hands on with youngsters,” Kasey wrote.

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Maggiethewunderdog via Instagram Source: Maggiethewunderdog via Instagram

Kasey also started an Instagram page for Maggie where she shares photos and videos of Maggie going through her day-to-day life. She hopes this page will show people how great special needs pets are.

“There are so many dogs that are looked over because they’re disabled,” Kasey said. “And being a rescue dog, I think she can do a lot of good to show people what exactly they’re capable of.”

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Maggiethewunderdog via Instagram Source: Maggiethewunderdog via Instagram

Kasey is constantly amazed by how affectionate Maggie is. Despite all she’s been through, Maggie has so much love to give.

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Maggiethewunderdog via Instagram Source: Maggiethewunderdog via Instagram

Maggie is a sweet, brave dog who has found a wonderful forever home. If you’d like to learn more about Maggie, check out her Instagram page.

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h/t: Paws Planet

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