“Being a youngster, Bella now known as Madison has brought new energy into our household,” reports Ginger and George, “and greets us jumping with all four paws off the ground and cries of joy when you return after just five minutes or five hours.” She loves going on long hikes with Mom, rides to the car wash with Dad, or just hanging out in the screen room watching the wildlife. Madison won her Dad’s heart and broke one of Mom’s golden rules by claiming a spot on the bed while Mom was on a business trip, which she still takes full advantage of every night with a kiss before settling in. “She always makes us laugh when she entertains herself by throwing a toy in the air and catching it, but you have to be careful when playing fetch with her as she returns quickly and forgets to put on the brakes when she reaches you.”
Meet and Greet was a family day trip from the east coast over to the west coast. Our daughter, her two young children and their rescue dog Max were living with us at the time and EVERYONE had to attend. We divided ourselves (three adults, two children and three dogs) into two cars and caravanned over to meet Madison at her foster home. The introduction went better than we anticipated, no one fell into the pool, and I believe we won the prize for the most attended adoption family photo!
Although an active youngster who loves to wrestle with her fur siblings, Madison also has a calm demeanor and a special ability to sense when someone is having a difficult day. Our GRRMF alum Bailey and her fur sibling Rocky helped Madison learn our household routines and showed her the ropes of doing therapy work. Certified as a therapy dog through Project PUP, she is an active member of GRRMF Hearts of Gold and Moffitt Cancer Center therapy teams, working alongside her fur sibling Rocky. Because of COVID, both are temporarily unemployed therapy dogs but we still maintain our pre-visit routine of coats groomed and teeth brushed twice a week. They get excited and off we go strolling the neighborhood hoping to meet someone needing a paw shake and happy tail wags.