Home at last

Maddy loves to playMaddy (formerly Cinna) and I met at the end of April 2015, at the Petco in Macedonia. It was not love at first sight, at least on my part. For the past 22 years, I had been a pet parent to 2 wonderful Golden Retrievers. My last Golden and I were a therapy team for 5 years, visiting hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and libraries. I missed my “Golden girls” so much. But over the last few years, the arthritis in my knees has gotten quite bad, and sadly I knew I could no longer handle a large dog, after my last Golden passed away.. I applied to Canine Lifeline, and the very next day, a wonderful volunteer called, and told me about an adoption event at Petco that Sunday, where I met Cinna. She was very playful and loving. A female black lab mix of about 38 pounds – “lab lite” if you will. I took her home, thinking it was going to be a 2 week trial period, at best. But after I got Cinna/Maddy in the back seat of my car, she began to lick my neck. I almost cried. That was when I knew she was the dog for me. And yes, she still loves to give kisses. In fact, at the Canine Lifeline Reunion picnic last year, Maddy won the “Best Kisser” award!