Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Monday, March 29, 2010

A Catahoula What?

I would like you all to meet Miss Maggie. I found her about four years ago at the Humane Society. I had lost our dog a few weeks before and waited to find a new pet because we were going out of town.

The day after we got home I headed to the HS and went up and down the aisles. I knew I wanted a puppy, short-haired, medium sized and female. None of the dogs fit. There were some wonderful dogs and I almost gave in to a couple of them. I called Doug crying that I couldn't find a puppy. I had waited so long to have another dog in the house and I couldn't stand it any more.

I decided to look one more time just as the volunteer brought a dog and put her back in the cage. I looked down at her and she looked up at me and it was love at first sight. I can't even describe the look she gave me.

I had her brought to the introduction area and held her and petted her and finally decided she was the one after they assured me she was a Queensland Heeler and would only be 40 to 45 pounds.

Surprise. Surprise. Surprise. Miss Maggie kept growing and had very long legs. While I was walking her down in Tombstone one time a guy stopped me to ask where she got those long legs. I said she found them by the side of the road. He thought she was a Heeler, too. There were many opinions on her breeding but eventually a vet said she thought Maggie was a Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Hound.

A Catahoula what?

This dog originated in Lousiana and is a herder. It may be related to very early wolfhounds. It is the Louisiana state dog and is a very rare breed. The history is fascinating. http://www.bulldoginformation.com/catahoula-leopard.html

As for our Maggie. When the HS picked her up it was a few days after Independence Day and we think she ran away from her previous owner because of the fireworks. She was about three months old. They had found her on some church steps in South Phoenix covered with ticks, fleas and so dehydrated they had to give her an IV and pack her in ice. They saved her life and I often feel it was just for me.

Maggie gives us hugs when we come in the door. She is very smart and loves to be held (no easy task with her 65 pounds.)She runs like the wind and is very possessive.

Every dog we have had has been the best ever. And that is as it should be. As I look forward to visiting my family in Washington State I dread leaving my "puppy love" behind. I've had to put off bringing the suitcase out. Maggie knows what that means.She will have long days with Doug at work but I know they will share hugs and a goodie every evening.