14 years ago, on December 15, 1999, Maude became Queen of Run A Muck Ranch.
I had picked her from a litter when she was a week or less old, paid my $25 and visited her every week until I brought her home.
I don’t remember how many brothers and sisters Maude had, but there were a bunch. Then came the week, when she was barely 4 weeks old, there were only 2.
The ‘person’ who had Maude’s mother went away for the weekend and decided it would be a peachy keen idea to leave mom and her nursing puppies outside, in the desert, while he was gone. That mom or puppies could fall prey to coyotes, raptors or other predators, or frozen in the cold nights when left unprotected, never crossed his mind.
For those of you who have been scratching your heads over how it was I could take Maude from her mom when she was only 4 weeks old, now you know. The poor excuse for a human who had Maude’s mom couldn’t be trusted to take care of the mom – a very small Australian Shepard, what guarantee would there be he would take care of Maude until she was ready to wean?
I hope by now you realize that despite taking Maude way too soon from her mom, she ended up in a pretty OK place.
We love our Maude so very much and are so proud to call her family.
Happy Home-aversary Maude!