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.
North (formerly known as Nancy) has been a wonderful dog and a wonderful companion to our older male husky. They are truly best friends and he protects her every day. She seems to think she is a lapdog and it always needs to be on top of somebody. She is wonderful with her children of all ages. She very much dislikes the rain and cold, prefers to sunbathe on the deck or in a sunny window.
MAGSR Family, Jaycee (of the J Puppies 2020) is doing very well and is happy and healthy enjoying a carefree and pampered life living out on the rural countryside. She has blossomed into a very well behaved young lady and loves playing with her brother and chasing those Frisbees!
She is energetic and has such a relaxed and sweet disposition. It is amazing to me how gentle and loving she is! I am very proud of her and all the J puppies! Jaycee brings me so much joy and companionship! She is curious about all things and is a quick learner
Greetings MAGSR Family! It has been 3 years since Leona (GA-38) and I became a family. Every day for the past three years has been an adventure, and I have had the great pleasure of a front row seat to this smart and sassy girl's growing happiness and willingness to give and receive trust and love. This past year has been a particularly special one for our special girl - who many of you showed boundless compassion, patience, and kindness in her journey from Georgia to Maryland. One highlight was a cross country roadtrip in which Leona explored many national, state, and local parks and other natural attractions. From coast to coast, Leona picked up new pastimes (among them - paddleboarding, cliff walking, as well as gondola and ferry-riding) and honed some of her old favorites (hiking, swimming, digging holes, and rolling in good smells in every state). As wonderful as our adventures were, there's still no place like home. Thank you for helping us find that in one another!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!!