Rescue Pup Overcomes Heartworms & Injury to Earn Championship

Rescue Pup Overcomes Heartworms & Injury to Earn Championship

PACH Forgotten Friends Maggie Mae MX MXB MXJ MXP6 MXPS MJP6 MJPS PAX2 OF owned by Susan DeMar of Austin, TX

Susan was looking for a buddy for her Shetland Sheepdog puppy, who had just lost his two big “brothers.” She saw a potential new companion for adoption with a local rescue group. The group brought the dog out for Susan to meet and just happened to also have Maggie along for the ride.

“She was being treated for heartworms, and we offered to foster her so she could recover in air conditioning. Needless to say, she didn't leave,” Susan said.

Susan was training her Sheltie in agility, but she took Maggie along to his classes just for fun.

 “When our Sheltie was diagnosed with Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Maggie ended up being my only agility dog, and she rose to the occasion. In January 2015 she tore her ACL chasing squirrels and climbing trees, but she came back after surgery and rehab.”

Maggie finished her AKC Preferred Agility Championship (PACH) on Oct. 16, 2015, at the Bell County Kennel Club trial. Maggie is a member of the AKC Canine Partners program for all dogs, including mixed-breeds and rescues.

“Maggie taught me humility, patience, and perseverance. As they say, when you rescue a dog, you end up being rescued as well.”