By Maggie Mae…with Ronni Diamondstein
I love people. Nothing makes me happier than being out and about seeing old friends or making new ones. I am four years old and in dog years depending on the old or the new way you figure it, I’m either 28 or 32. Because I am so small, people always think I’m a puppy, but I don’t mind because I’m a kid at heart. I especially love children and I think that’s because I have a lot in common with them. Here are the top ten reasons:
10. I needed to be trained. It’s all about the rules and boundaries. I was house broken and taught to ring a bell when I needed to go outside to do my business. I learned commands and words and the names for people and things. I was socialized. My owner introduced me to dogs of all sizes and people of all ages. I went on an elevator, to the train station and to crowded spots so I would not be afraid.
9. I’m honest, innocent and not judgmental. When I meet someone new I give them a good sniff. If I sense they are not “dog people,” I wag my tail and go on my way.
8. I’m curious. My owner thinks I’m nosey, but like most children who want to learn and explore new things, I like to know what is going on and sniff out who has been around.
7. I’m friendly, small and not threatening. I will wag my tail when I see someone I know or want to get to know.
6. I sleep a lot, just like a baby. No matter how much energy I have and although my owner has other ideas about what I do when she’s away, I’m really napping until she comes home.
5. I like to play. Even after I come in from a two mile walk into town, I will pick up a ball in my house and expect my owner to play fetch with me.
4. I’m obedient–most of the time! Since I have been well trained, I come when I’m called and sit on command. But, like most children, I sometimes have a mind of my own.
3. I’m loyal. Being the territorial creature that I am, I will defend my owner and always come to her when she calls. And like a child, I want to go home with my mommy.
2. I like attention. I think the world revolves around me. When anyone comes to our door, be it friend, relative or repairman, I think they are there to play with me.
1. And no surprise to anyone, the number one reason is love, unconditionally. I’m affectionate and show it with lots of kisses. Just like most little kids I want to cuddle and be cozy. But unlike a child as they grow older, I will want to snuggle with my owner for the rest of my life.
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Maggie Mae lives in Chappaqua with her adoring owner Ronni Diamondstein, who, when she isn’t walking Maggie is a freelance writer, PR consultant, award-winning photographer and a School Library Media Specialist.