Somewhere in Arizona there lives a most amazing dog. Her name is Maggie and she is a Yellow Labrador Retriever. When her human mom Michelle Calicchio adopted her back in 2005 the plan was for Maggie to be the only dog in the house. However, life had other plans and things changed when Calicchio temporarily took in a stray Chihuahua named Percy. That one little pup changed everything.
By the time Percy was returned to his owner, Calicchio was hooked on the idea of fostering dogs. She began fostering small dogs with AZ Happy Tails Animal Rescue. Fortunately Maggie was able to take this major change in her stride.
It is Maggie who is a large part of her success with foster dogs. This patient Yellow Lab has turned out to be a huge comfort to many of the dogs that pass through the Calicchio home. While she doesn't do a lot of interacting with these dogs, she does let them climb on top of her and curl up.
Not all the dogs who are fostered with Calicchio choose to curl up with Maggie, but about 25 of the 60 dogs she has taken care of so far have found Maggie a big comfort. She is a big, soft, and warm mother figure. She provides the steady, regular breathing and heartbeat of a mother dog. In other words, she is there for them.
According to Calicchio Maggie doesn't seek out the other dogs but they seek her out. She just lies there are lets them do their thing. It isn't all just for napping either. They have been known to take a bone with them to lie on her back while they chew it.
She isn't totally into these dogs. When she hears the rattle of the treat bag she will stand up and the small dog on her will just tumble right off. One must keep a proper sense of proportions about these things after all. Nothing personal.
Calicchio believes that Maggie must be the world's most tolerant dog. She has never seen Maggie refuse to cuddle one of the little foster dogs. They can always come to Maggie.
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