Maggie the Wunderdog, an Instagram sensation, is renowned for being a therapy dog that radiates love and spreads joy in the United Kingdom.
Around three years ago, Kasey Carlin, a British expert in canine behavior, had gone to Heathrow Airport to meet a rescue dog from Lebanon. At first, Carlin thought that the airport staff had brought her the wrong dog because the dog appeared to have no signs of trauma despite experiencing abuse in the past. Instead, she found a small blond dog with an exceptional personality. According to Carlin, the dog runs up to anyone she meets and rubs her body on them like a feline would. This behavior was so unexpected that Carlin had a hard time processing it. The dog’s friendly nature left a lasting impression on Carlin.
It’s amazing to witness Maggie’s incredible personality despite the traumatic experience she went through before being rescued. According to Carlin, Maggie was a victim of heartless people who used her as a target with a BB gun. They tied her up and shot her mercilessly, leaving about 200 pellets in her nose, chest, and shoulders, with most of them concentrated in her face. They even went ahead and pulled out her eyes and broke her jaw. Sadly, they began to cut off her ears before someone intervened. It’s worth noting that Maggie was heavily pregnant during this ordeal, which makes the situation even more heartbreaking.
Carlin came across Maggie, originally called “Angie”, on Facebook. As an already active foster parent, Carlin was hesitant to take Maggie in due to her recently adopted dog’s behavioral problems. However, as Maggie’s situation became more dire, Carlin’s empathy and kindness persuaded her to offer temporary shelter for the blind dog before her flight arrived.
When Carlin first took in Maggie, it was with the intention of fostering her temporarily. However, as time passed, Carlin grew increasingly attached to Maggie and ultimately made the decision to adopt her permanently. Mishka, Carlin’s other dog, didn’t exactly hit it off with Maggie at first. But thanks to Carlin’s efforts, these two furry friends eventually became inseparable.
Maggie, despite her difficult past, found solace and joy in the company of Carlin, which helped her overcome her night terrors. She was a people-friendly dog and became a great therapy companion for seniors suffering from dementia. Maggie also took part in promoting an anti-bullying message among kids and had interactions with police officers, firefighters, and schoolchildren.
Carlin drew inspiration from Maggie’s unwavering strength and wrote a book called “The Miraculous Life of Maggie the Wunderdog.” With over 491,000 followers on Instagram, Maggie has become quite the sensation. Additionally, her fame has led to more than £40,000 being raised for dog charities and has helped find homes for other pets with disabilities.
Carlin’s aim is to inspire individuals to adopt neglected pets, particularly senior dogs and those with impairments, through Maggie’s tale. Maggie’s adventure demonstrates how affection, persistence, and creating a connection of empathy can transform any dog into an affectionate friend.