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Maggie's Story

 
Hi! My name is Maggie. I am an 8 yr old Bichon Frise. My mother, Kay and my daddy, Tom adopted me when I was 7 from a very special group called Tidewater Bichon Frise Rescue http://www.virginiabichonrescue.org who took care of me when my former owners decided they did not want me anymore.
 

Here I am in my pink chair

At my old house I used to be confined to a crate all day long with two raggedy threadbare toys. I don't want to say how they treated me, but I can tell you I wound up very scared of humans and the rescue people had a heck of a time getting me to trust enough to come out of my crate.

Even though there were many other dogs at Rescue, Robin and Jack Gray of White Dog Cottage gave me lots of nurturing and attention. Through their endless patience and unconditional love finally the day came when I was ready to join a family of my very own.

Love at First Sight

 
The moment Mother and Daddy walked through the door of White Dog Cottage I just knew I wanted to be with them. They had come to adopt another dog, but I could tell my Daddy was a real softie and a clown just like me and I could see Mommy had a real big heart and would fall crazy in love with me and spoil me rotten.

I needed to do something quick to get their attention, so as soon as Daddy sat down to chat with the Grays I scooted up into his lap and snuggled myself into a fluffy little ball...I must say I did look pretty cute. I knew Robin would make a comment about my behavior because I was known for not liking men and this sudden act of friendliness would be recognized as quite out of character for me.

Later after quietly slipping past the other dogs and sleeping contentedly in Mommy's lap -Mommy said she was in love with me and told the Grays she thought I was choosing her and Daddy. The rest, as they say, is history.

Mommy and I taking a nap

Living the Good Life

 
It's only been a year, but I think I've adjusted pretty well...I get home cooked meals every day specially made for me with Bison meat and lots of veggies and wheatgrass...the food is so delicious that I start licking my lips while Mommy is preparing it. When I see her spoon it into my bowl on the counter I jump up really high to make sure she knows I am VERY excited!  

I have so many toys now I can't even count them and it seems like I get new ones every time someone goes to the pet store. I have beautiful leashes and collars with gold tags on them and a really cool pink tent with a big cuddly pink leopard fur blanket that says "Princess" on it. I don't want to brag, but boy do I have a lot of neat stuff.

My Buddies Need Help Too

  
It feels really good to have a forever home with parents who love me so much, but I often wonder what would have happened to me if the rescue people hadn't been able to take "just one more dog".

You know it costs quite a bit to take care of us when we come into rescue since many of us have been neglected for years or simply dumped when we become ill and need medical treatment. That's why Mommy and Daddy will be donating a portion of the profits from this website to Tidewater Bichon Frise Rescue.  Click here to see how we're doing.

Check out me and my doting daddy in the photo below.

My daddy, (Tom Antion) taking me out for a stroll. Want a stroller like this for your baby? Click here

Here's a note from Daddy

I especially love my baby girl Maggie who was the amateur model for the photo on the home page of this site. Although she was somewhat of a reluctant model at first, she got much more enthusiastic when she found out that treats were involved for being good.

Kay and I got the idea for this site when friends, family and strangers on the street continually said, "What a cute POODLE you have!" Well, although Maggie loves other little dogs, she is quite clear about the fact that she is a "Bichon" and NOT a Poodle.

We have People T-Shirts, exclusive hand made pendants and other accessories I know you'll love.  We also have a gallery so you can put a picture of your baby wearing an "I Am NOT a Poodle" T-shirt on the web for the world to see.

Here's a word from Mommy
 
Hi! We are deeply committed as our long range ultimate goal to helping all unwanted, neglected and abused animals in need that we possibly can. As with any cause it's important to choose that which is closest to your heart, start with a goal that is manageable and build from there.
 
As we expand our product line and increase our sales we hope to be able to help other Bichon Frise Rescue groups across the country as well as all-breed animals shelters, beginning with those that are the most underfunded.
 
In closing I'd like to share with you something that struck me as one of the most profoundly perceptive observations I have come across regarding our precious friends in the animal kingdom. This quote is from the book "The Outermost House" by writer and naturalist Henry Beston -it really resonated in my heart and soul - hope you enjoy it too.

We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion.

We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear.

They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.

-Henry Beston


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