Maltese Dogs


I can’t believe it has taken me this long to write this post but I have been a bit busy.  Here is the reason why.  Meet the Miracle Maltese!  MommaMabel

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These precious pups came into our lives on April 16th and we have been busy and so blessed ever since.  They are very special because they came to us via the Northcentral Maltese Rescue.  This organization does amazing things to help rescue Maltese all over the United States.  Our little bunch came from California.  They were living in a home with 30 other dogs and two women.  These women are horders and their collecting habits included dogs.  They were in pretty rough shape when they were rescued but thanks to many hardworking and generous people by the time they came to live with us, they were doing much better.  All three were groomed by a sweet lady who actually hand picked the fleas off of them because momma was still nursing the sweet babies.  Next, another wonderful woman took them into her home and made sure that momma gained some weight, that the puppies got a good start on eating on their own and that they began to learn to use a pee pad.  After that, our amazing new friends,Trudy and Tom, who feel more like family, drove all the way from Washington to California and back to bring them to our home.  Once they arrived, they were taken to our vet, Dr Tester and he gave them a good check up, updated everyone on their shots and then momma was spayed, had 17 teeth removed and the few she had left cleaned.  Dr. Tester said that they would all feel much better now in a few days and they should be as good as new.

Boy was he right, just look at them now:

These pups are a riot and have brought more joy into our home than I can even say.

Momma-the ultimate lap dog

Momma is the sweetest thing you will ever meet.  While the puppies are bundles of energy, Momma has a sweetness to her that causes everyone who meets her to fall madly in love.  There is just something so special about her that defies description.  She is content to snuggle on a quilt while I am busy around the house or snuggle in my lap when I am resting.  But don’t let her snuggly behavior fool you, she has lots and lots of play in her.  Another unusual thing about Momma is that she actually talks.  It kind of sounds a bit like a growl and at first I was concerned that she was a bit aggressive but we quickly came to realize she was just talking to us.  She doesn’t have a lot to say, but it is really cute when she does.

As wonderful as these Malts are they are not ours to keep.  No, we are their foster family.  Some of my friends have asked how we can even think of letting them go, but I know that while we will be sad on the day that any of them leave, the more I can love and let go, the more we can help to rescue.  There is such a need for foster families out there.  So, we will love, train and care for these miracles until they can be placed with their forever family.

If you think that you just might be that perfect match for any of them, or could open your home to be a foster family, please contact the Northcentral Maltese Rescue by clicking on this link.

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My little buddy Jonah

My little buddy Jonah

What a face, huh!

What a face, huh!

This is my beautiful, 6 month old Maltese puppy, Jonah.  He is such a joy and a godsend to me.  Let me explain.   For me, animals are more than just pets or companions.  They are a need so deep within me.  When I had to give up my goats, rabbits and chickens, it left a huge hole in my heart.  Try as I might, I could not fill that hole with any other pleasure.  I am sure that it has a lot to do with the comfort and escape I found on my grandfather’s farm in Dexter, Oregon as a young girl.  But that is another post, maybe someday.   When all the animals were gone, we were left with only two dogs.  Unfortunately, we ended up having to put down my favorite little buddy, Jayden.  The loss of yet another precious friend closed off a part of my heart that I didn’t think I would risk opening again, yet I could not help myself.   My husband does not have the same “need” for an animal companion and was perfectly content with the one dog and said we would not be replacing Jayden.  Infact, he was happy to not have the extra responsibilty especially with us traveling a bit more.  Now, our other dog, Cosmo is a nice, old guy but that is part of the problem.  He is getting rather old and pretty much sleeps most of the time.  I haven’t really ever formed a bond with him.  I am not really sure why, and so I missed Jayden very much.  I tried to be patient, but I just could not find peace.  I prayed and asked God to help heal my heart and if He was willing, to change my husband’s mind.  I asked for the right words to express my need for a puppy.  I did a bit of research and found what I thought would make a perfect choice and would be a dog that my husband would not have a problem with.  We needed a dog that would not shed much, would be small enough for traveling in an RV, would not be barky and could be easily trained.  After a lot of looking, I discovered the Maltese breed.  Then to my disappointment, I also discovered what these dogs usually cost.  I knew they were out of my league and again prayed for a special circumstance that would allow me to have one for my own.  Soon, I happened to find a breeder who was near by and did indeed have a special circumstance and was willing to bless me with my pick of two males in my price range.  Now, all that was left was to find the words to ask my husband.  When I called and began to assure him that I wanted to express my heart to him and not be manipulative, he immediately asked, ” Is this about a puppy?”  I hesitantly said , “yes” and then he said, “go ahead and get him.”  Not able to believe what I was hearing, I asked if he was sure and that I wasn’t trying to “get my way”.  But he told me he had thought about it and decided that the timing would be okay.  Well, I could hardly wait.  I went to pick him up and knew instantly that he was the one.  He is the smartest little guy, has taken to clicker training so fast and is a real delight.   He is my constant shadow and curls up at my feet while I am in my sewing studio or sits next to me on the couch.   So far, he is doing really well with basic obedience and can dance.  I am sure you will be seeing a lot of posts about him and his antics.  
If you would like more info about the Maltese breed, check out my links to the American Maltese Assocation or the AKC.