Success Stories

This is what we are all about. When we place a dog in a great home, everyone in the rescue is elated. Nothing feels better than helping our dogs on their journey to find a forever home where they can love and be loved.

We thank every one of our adoptive families for opening their hearts and homes to our dogs.

These are the most recent MAGSR Success Stories. Success Stories reported prior to 2016 can be found here.

Posted: 11/30/2022
Skeeter
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Here are some pictures of Skeeter. She is a ray of sunshine in our lives!

Posted: 11/19/2022
Teddy
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Dear MAGSR,

It's hard to believe we've had Teddy a year last month and I wanted to send a quick note that it's been amazing.  Looking back, I wish we had documented the journey a bit more but who knew he would come so far.

He undeniably had a tough life before MAGSR.  Given all of the things he was afraid of and has staunchly faced,  he is certainly one of the bravest dogs I know.  I'm attaching some pictures from one of Teddy's recent downtown "shop-til-you-drop" outings but it barely does this guy justice.   He's come from cowering in his crate and spending his days with his tail tucked so far you couldn't see it to enjoying company, showering kids with gentle attention, and even trying to sneak a bit off food off our plates at a restaurant.  (Oh, and meeting the unexpected fireworks at said restaurant as if they were nothing.) 

He's just been signed up for advanced obedience which we believe he's going to relish.  (Such a difference from his first days in basic obedience.) 

I hope folks at MAGSR who knew Teddy "way back when" will see this.  I'm sure they will be just as proud of him as we are.

Best regards,

Theresa

P.S.  Up until nine months, we thought we had "hit the jackpot" with regard to GSD coats.  And then he began shedding.  :-)  At least he will hopefully enjoy this winter a bit more with a full coat!

Posted: 08/11/2022
Onya

Onya continues to settle in. She now knows to potty outside on a schedule. She is very smart and I easily taught her all her basic commands. We continue to work on these commands with distractions. She wants to play with and herd the cats, lol, but can be called off, but if she gets too excited, gets a time out in her crate or a stay in her place. Strangers, especially men is her biggest challenge. She is wary, fearful and avoidant. She views these situations as potential threats to herself and now to me.  I have now hired a professional trainer to work with us at a more experienced level to reduce her anxiety and build her confidence and calm in these situations.

Posted: 08/11/2022
Mango

It is hard to believe that Mango (fka Vegas) has been with us for 3 years! She came to us as an unsocialized puppy who was fearful of strangers both of the human and canine variety. She has since come out of her shell quite a bit – although we still have some social skills to practice and improve.

 

She is a”constant” companion to her owner – traveling back and forth between two homes in Columbia, MD and Bethany Beach, DE frequently. She is an excellent walking partner – tennis partner – frisbee catcher, and all around playmate (more playing than Mom wants sometimes!)

Happy Adoptaversary Mango!

Tom and Tina Lentscher

Posted: 04/25/2022


I wanted to give an update on Thor. For those that knew him. He was animal aggressive and needed to be placed with the right family. Well I tell you what the right family came at the right time. 

From that first walk I did with him at the shelter, where he sat and looked up to me and said you are the one. he has been so loyal to me and my family. He has seen our family expand and helped us pick out our new house. 

What will amaze you all now is how gentle and loving he really can be. Some will be amazed to hear how great of a big brother he is. In February we got a German shepherd puppy. From the first time he laid eyes on her. He was willing to protect her. When she cried he would come a running check on her like a dad. When she goes potty, he has to go with her to keep an eye out for her. He plays so gentle with her. He corrects her when she needs it just like a dad would do. Everyone that knows him is shocked with the way he is with her. What is most shocking is how he lets her come up to him and try and take the ball from his mouth. 

Posted: 04/08/2022
Juno
Juno Juno

Hi! I just came across these emails from September 5th, 2013. What a journey. I could write a book. Juno is my heart.   

Thanks!

Victor Coll

CEO & Founder

Juno DigitalMedia

Posted: 04/01/2022
Luna

Magnolia, now  Luna,  joined our family in December 2021 after she was sure  her puppies were ready for their adoptions!. She has been going through her heart worm treatment like a pro and learning the rules of her new home. We are very happy to have her!

Posted: 02/26/2022
Sally
Sally

It’s been just over 3 months since we brought Sally home and my husband and I both agree that it feels like she’s been with us much longer. She is such a burst of energy and love! Her bubbly personality is opening up and she is making so much progress in training.

We are so glad to have this sweet babe as part of our family!
 

Posted: 11/21/2021
Salem
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Salem never fails to remind you of her intelligence. A few things Salem loves to do is, Play with my husband, Run and walks, and probably her favorite is swimming. Loves taking naps with her new sister and playing a game where treats are hidden and then search and enjoy. It’s never a dull moment for her.

Posted: 10/18/2021


Last Sunday, October 10th, we celebrated Blackjack's (formally known as Jinx) one year anniversary at his Forever Home!  

We received BJ at 9 weeks old from the Mississippi mud.  Like many rescues, BJ was scrawny, stinky, starving, and filled with parasites.  Blackjack cleaned up well and filled out fast! At his one year birthday (we are marking as August 1st) Blackjack weighed in at a healthy 86 lbs!!

Blackjack is a quick learner and highly trainable thanks in most part to his older sister, 12 year Belgium Shepherd, Amber.  Blackjack loves to play ball, that deserves repeating, Blackjack l-o-v-e-s to play ball!  BJ would be a great shortstop; he is fast, and always in front of the ball.  It helps we have lacrosse players at home for BJ to play ball with.  BJ has daily playdates with his nextdoor neighbor, a mixed terrier, Marley, adopted at the same time, same age.  Marley's high energy is a great match for BJ at play time.   Blackjack loves his older sister, they are side by side chasing squirrels, on daily walks, hanging out in the backyard, keeping watch over the house, or napping. Blackjack is very people and dog friendly, and his carefree demeanor helps relax Amber, who is always on guard, alert to protect her home, her family.  Blackjack has also brought back a playfulness to Amber in her later years.  

Of course, Blackjack has added more joy and playfulness to the whole family!   

Posted: 10/18/2021


Almost our 1 year gotcha day for Buddy (FKA Jonah).  We love him with all of our hearts.  He was a wonder boy getting through his HW treatment and has been a happy, playful boy ever since.  

He loves people, dogs and day camp, swimming, agility and tricks training, and learns everything VERY fast.  

Thank you MAGSR, for our very happy family.

Posted: 09/16/2021


One year and one day after adoption!

 

Thank you MAGSR for all your work rescuing this bouncy beautiful big-hearted girl and also for curing her of heartworm. She brings me lots of joy.

Posted: 08/07/2021
Nala

Nala has been doing great.   Her 120 day heartworm test was negative.  Star of puppy class!!  She has come a long way now she is 59 pounds from the 40 when she was found.

Posted: 06/16/2021
Ike & Cricket
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My wonderful new GSD Ike (formerly “King”) came as a package deal with his best buddy, Cricket (formerly “Duke”)—a blind, deaf Jack Russell terrier.  I think I hit the jackpot. Ike is really my best GSD ever—charming, loving, and exuberant! Cricket is sweet and soft. I’ve nicknamed him “Bonkers” cuz that’s how he navigates—bonk, bonk, bonk.  Ike is very solicitous of Cricket,  giving him the big dog bed and his own favorite ball to sleep with.  Cricket totally ignores him if he can.  (Hard to do when your BIG big brother runs over, puts his nose under your rear end, and flips you up!)  The difference in pace is dramatic.  Ike loves to race like a thoroughbred across the 4 acre pasture at my country house;  Cricket moves about zero MPH. Love them both so much. 

Posted: 06/09/2021
Cora on Gotcha Day
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Cora's "Pup-date":  Cora came to us malnourished, lice-ridden, and on medications for a few different things. Through her first few weeks with us, we learned she had a fractured jaw and had contracted kennel cough. Despite her rough start, none of this seemed to phase her--constantly romping around and enjoying playing with her toys. Her personality really shined through once she was feeling 100% and we've been trying to keep up with her since. She's incredibly smart with an appetite to learn (especially if food's involved)! She recently (finally) learned how to go up the stairs and has been losing her baby teeth left and right. She gets along well with both of her "aunties"--both are older labs and very tolerant to her rambunctious antics. She's well on her way to being a well-mannered pup! Looking back on where she started and how far she's come, we're overjoyed with her progress and couldn't imagine our life pre-Cora. 

Attached some photos of Cora, one is on "Gotcha Day" and the rest are pretty recent—you can really see the difference! 

Posted: 06/07/2021


Kumba (known as Myna at the time of adoption - MAGSR Tag #: 6941) has been adapting well to our family. She loves morning and afternoon walks as well as play sessions with us and with dog friends in the neighborhood. She has met our friends and family and loves seeing them. She has also made two really good dog friends and loves running and playing with them, at least once a week. Kumba recently graduated from basic obedience training as the top dog of her class (scored 148/160 in final exam). We have to say Brandy did an amazing job while she took care of Kumba before we adopted her so foundations of commands were already strong --  Thank YOU, Brandy!! This week she’ll be starting a basic course for agility. We’ll keep you posted too!

Kumba already loves going camping and loves running on the beach, though she is not too happy getting too close to the water 😉 Our family loves Kumba and are very grateful for MAGSR trusting us with the adoption. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

Posted: 05/17/2021
Nap time.
Dolly and Lucky, who we found on the side of the road coming home from Ocean City. He was about 3 weeks old. Dolly and her favorite toy.

Just a few pics of Dolly living her life with her forever family.

Posted: 05/13/2021
Ryker
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Ryker is now 6.5 months old and is doing well. His one ear still doesn't stand upright but so far the other dogs haven't made fun of him for that.

He loves playing with his dog sister Cadi.

Posted: 05/12/2021
Leona

It is hard to believe it has been a year since Leona and I adopted one another. I don't want to bury the lead though: Leona's peace and happiness just would not have been possible without her MAGSR team including her wonderful foster family, and so for those of you who think or wonder about Leona, I want to assure you she is experiencing and sharing joy widely these days! 

Ever since being adopted in May 2020, Leona has enjoyed many adventures - beach, bay, mountains, and woods among them -  but above all, her favorite place continues to be home and her favorite company continues to be her family. While Leona gets plenty of practice socializing, she does pick favorites (this will not come as a surprise to those who have met her!) Gradually, she has been welcoming more humans and furies into her definition of family. She's a pack gal, but she's gradually graced more of us with the depth and strength of her bond. 

As a MAGSR rescue and GA38 survivor, Leona has challenges (don't we all?!) and she and her human are life-long learners, committed to putting in the work and growing together. That being said - Leona has come a LONG way. She increasingly meets triggers and challenges with heightened confidence, calm, and grace. This is in part because of the strong bond we have, which we have many to thank for cultivating - including our two and four-legged friends and teachers at Arrowwood Shepherds. 

For those of you who knew Leona - the diva gal - the Houdini-dog - the mischief maker - fear not, her sparkle and sass have not been dimmed! However, when you see her again I hope you experience the joy I do in her more joyful demeanor, her more liberal tail wags, her unbridled enthusiasm for rolling in anything and everything, and the hopefulness that lives in her eyes where fear and mistrust used to frequent. I hope you get to see it in person soon! 

Immense and sustained gratitude to  all those from MAGSR whose patience, compassion, and dedication helped Leona find peace, joy, and security in her forever home!  

Posted: 03/15/2021


We adopted Dakota (MAGSR name Aba) in August 2018 and cannot imagine our lives without her! We have bonded so much.

Dakota came to us as a very timid and quiet puppy and that continues to be her personality for which we love her immensely. She did gain a lot of confidence through AKC Basic Obedience training and, later on, AKC Canine Good Citizen.

She continues to blossom into a very happy, well-behaved, and obedient dog with more recall training and heal training that we try to keep up on a daily basis. She enjoys road running (up to five miles long) and trail running (hoping to stretch it out to longer distances on the trail) and knows when her running partner is getting ready to go for a run. Dakota immediately sits right in front and looks straight in the eyes, as if to ask, “Am I going? I’m ready! Pick me!” Even if she is tired and spent from a morning run, Dakota will perk up at the word "run” or “ready” a few hours later and will never pass an opportunity to go outside.

Dakota overcame a huge fear of lawnmowers. Although fear of loud noises (thunderstorms, fire crackers, gun shots, etc.) continues to terrify her, she learned that when we are near to give her a squeeze and a firm pat on her side, she is going to be okay. Her crate continues to be her safest place, she prefers to be in her locked crate when experiencing bouts of fear.

As timid as she can be, Dakota never fails to alert us of clear and present danger. She will growl and give a couple of warning barks at someone approaching with a big walking stick or an otherwise big object being carried in a particularly menacing way. However, she is able to de-escalate quickly upon command and a re-affirmation of “non-existent danger”.

Dakota is great with kids. She learned her place on our family's totem pole and now listens to even our youngest, seven-year-old daughter, especially when watched closely. However, sometimes Dakota does get out of line and might treat her youngest human sibling as an equal pup but that happens less and less now.

Dakota is friendly with other dogs and has occasional play-dates with her dog-neighbors.

We could not be happier with Dakota and we’re pretty sure she is in the same place. Looking forward to many more years of continued bonding and happiness! Thank you, MAGSR, for putting Dakota in our lives and hearts!

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