Who Rescued Whom? – NYC Edition

About a week ago, commenter LAO was very, very excited, waiting to find out if she was going to get her rescue pup. So last night I was so glad to hear about her new pup and asked her to send me some photos. Introducing the newest Balloon-Juice member, Maggie:


All together now…aaaawww! I’ll let LAO tell you the rest:

The pups name is Maggie, she’s a rescue from North Carolina. She’s ridiculously friendly and fearless. It took her about one hour to get over her initial shock at NYC and in 3 days has befriended every dog in the neighborhood and almost as many humans.


I feel very lucky that she adopted me as her human..



I like the picture of her under my couch because I imagine that’s how she felt when I first brought her home.  Also, she’s very partial to my couch. It’s the only time she stops moving.


Congratulations to LAO and Maggie for a terrific match and many years of love ahead. Bixby and I are still searching for our rescue match…

Open thread.

78 replies
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    Pogonip says:

    Awwww. How’s the housebreaking going?

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    rikyrah says:

    Maggie is too cute for words.

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    LAO says:

    @Pogonip: Eh — she’s still not a fan of concrete but she’s gaining on it.

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    bemused says:

    Maggie’s face says, this fluffy pillow is mine, all mine.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Ooh, she’s a pretty girl.

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    gogol's wife says:

    Fabulous pics! I want her!

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    Yea for you and Maggie!

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    RedDirtGirl says:

    So glad we live in the same metro area! Can I go for walkies with you guys some time?

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    LAO says:

    @bemused: you think you are joking…

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    RedDirtGirl says:

    Also, too, how old is she and what’s her particular blend of pooch?

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    LAO says:

    @RedDirtGirl: anytime! She’s only 18lbs, so far, so I can still take her on the subway.

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    WereBear says:

    Congratulations! Just was visiting with a friend yesterday with her own rescue pup.

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    raven says:

    Ah, another knucklehead!

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    LAO says:

    @RedDirtGirl: 6-7 months, and the only part we know for sure is beagle because she has a retinal anomaly only found in yellow beagles.

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    Thoroughly Pizzled says:

    College Republicans are the lowest form of life that will ever exist. Little snotrags.

    In Defense of Donald Trump

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    RedDirtGirl says:

    @LAO: What are you doing this weekend? I’ve been sick all week and need to start building up my strength. Puppy wrangling would be the perfect activity!

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    Pogonip says:

    @LAO: Can she see?

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    Mary G says:

    She’s gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing the pictures, LAO. Glad she finally sat still long enough. I love the spot on her head.

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    Larkspur says:

    I just want to plant a smooch on that adorable spot on her forehead. What a cute girl. She looks smart, too. Are you going to take her to puppy school? Not that she has to be smart (or dumb) to go to puppy classes, but it’s just fun. It sounds like she already gets along with other dogs okay.

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    LAO says:

    @RedDirtGirl: going to be in westchester but maybe the following weekend?

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    eclare says:

    Congratulations! What a sweetie!

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    Mary G says:

    @Thoroughly Pizzled: That little weasel obviously wants to follow in the footsteps of Ted Cruz. Either that or he’s a Doug J-level spoof.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @LAO: I presume her full title is: Maggie, ESQ., J.D., Canine for the Defense.

    (J.D. being the abbreviation for Juris Doggie.)

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    skyweaver says:

    Love the pics and the story. Best wishes to LAO and Maggie!

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    Stacy says:

    Very cute. She looks like my Brittany Spaniel in color and pattern and freckles.

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    Barbara says:

    What a pretty little dog. I also got my dog from a sanctuary in North Carolina. Glad the training is going better.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @Thoroughly Pizzled: Jebbus Crispy, it appears that a Harvard education is totally wasted on some people.

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    Mike E says:

    @RedDirtGirl: @LAO: nearly all rescues here in NC are part Pit…Miss E has a 2 year old female with some black spots on the tongue, but definitely part Pit

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    Aw, cute.

    She got used to NYC faster than most people!

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    MazeDancer says:

    How wonderful! Congrats, and may the joyous fun continue!

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    MomSense says:

    Aw, what a sweetheart. She hasn’t tried to eat your couch???

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    JPL says:

    What a cutie! It’s amazing how quickly rescues adapt to the new environs. She looks as though, she is saying lucky me in that last photo.

  33. 33

    What a beautiful creature; I could spend days photographing her and that winsome gaze. Congratulations to you both!

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    Seanly says:

    Aaawww. My wife & I have a Maggie. She’s still young, barely 3 we think, but is grumpy and likes to sleep in. Probably some Lab and maybe pit in her. We also have Cricket – she’s all piss & vinegar. She’d probably fit in right in Cole’s home. She seems to be part border collie & has the cutest ears – triangle shape & folded just about a third of the way down.

    Both are black. Maggie has a white blaze on her chest while Cricket just has just a few gray hairs on her underside. They were together at a home and the people had another baby on the way as well as no longer living on a farm. They had only recently gotten Cricket as a companion for Maggie who they’d had since she was a puppy.

    I call them Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser after Fritz Leiber’s characters. Cricket is the Gray Mouser – lithe, sneaky, mischevious. Maggie is thick, strong, and sometimes surly so she’s Fafhrd. Not the strongest parallel I’ll grant…

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    Miss Bianca says:

    Sweet! Congratulations!

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    No One You Know says:

    Squeee! She’s adorable!

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    No One You Know says:

    Squeee! She’s adorable!

    ETA: Rescued is rescuer, also, too.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Thoroughly Pizzled:
    Young master Cullen sounds like a special snowflake indeed. Yes, Trump is just like Dwight Eisenhower (bankrupting caseenoes is just like commanding the amphibious invasion of Europe) and we should trust him to sort out the whole presindenting while orange thing.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Thoroughly Pizzled: There is no defense for the indefensible. Might as well just posit that Hitler wasn’t that bad a guy after all.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Maggie is obviously just what we need in the face of idiots at Hahvahd and hurricanes threatening Mar-A-Lago. And yes, don’t even THINK about coveting that fluffy pillow!

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    satby says:

    Maggie is adorbs! And she looks quite a bit like Boomerang Bubba, who I thought has beagle too. The other part might be pit, but he’s small, I was thinking it might be Boston terrier by the excited spins he does when he knows he’s getting a cookie.

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    dexwood says:

    Beautiful pup. Wag on, Maggie.

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    bemused says:


    I wasn’t. I recognize that look…try taking my precious away from me at your own peril.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    What a cutie! I really like that rescue groups are now able to move animals around so that, say, big dogs in NYC shelters don’t have to get euthanized just because nobody has enough room for one, and they can be swapped out with smaller dogs from other locations. Genius!

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:
    We’ve already sussed out Pence’s game: he realises he’s not going to be VP in January at this rate, so he’s setting up for his own presidential run in 2020. (Hey, why not?) But it is surprising, a bit, to see him do so openly what even the party establishment is doing only tacitly.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Thoroughly Pizzled: Not just a douchebag, but a thoroughly pretentious writer. Although I recall that I probably wrote as badly at that age, so maybe it’s just the fact that he’s 20 years old.

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    WereBear says:

    @Mnemosyne: That is a plus, but also red states are parasites on more organized efforts in the blue states.

    As always.

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    shomi says:

    As predicted, VP debate is already yesterdays news. Everything is all about the Hurricane now. Depending how bad that is, it could even make the Sunday debate fairly inconsequential.

    Anyone taking bets on Drumpster fire using that as an excuse to cancel for a 1 min photo opp handing out bottles of Trump water?

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    Anoniminous says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    Reports are the internal polling from both parties are saying Trump support outside of his base is non-existent and GOP House and Senate races are being negatively affected.

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    Hillary Rettig says:

    >It took her about one hour to get over her initial shock at NYC and in 3 days has befriended every dog in the neighborhood and almost as many humans.

    Another transplant who is more of a New Yorker than the natives! ;-)

    Seriously, what a cutie.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    Maggie! She’s adorable. I love beagles and saw that right quick.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @shomi: Naw. Trump is eager to “debate” Secretary Clinton and tell the world about her husband’s infidelity (as if we don’t already know all about them). He cannot help himself from stepping on his own feet. I look forward to snickering at all the unforced errors he commits on Sunday. Hope Clinton is able to provoke him with another “Miss Universe” moment. LOL!

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @rikyrah: She is adorable. She looks very perky in those photos.

    Love how this blog is a perfect mixture of politics, food and pets. Never boring.

  55. 55
    Mike E says:

    The side eye/raised middle claw in some of those pics evokes a Rosie quality, heh

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    Joy in FL says:

    I’m so happy for you and Maggie. She is so adorable!

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @Felonius Monk: A friend may change banks because the manager of the bank where his practice and personal accounts are held advised that he and his partner can no longer deposit checks – made payable to their own names – Joe Bag of Donuts or Bill Box of Rocks, not the firm – into their personal accounts if the memo says “legal fees.” Those checks must be deposited into Bag of Donuts & Box of Rocks, then distributed into personal accounts.

    He’s begun to ask clients to list “beagle fees” in the memo line. I haven’t heard how well that worked. I did suggest he actually change banks if they persist with the requirement.

    @Miss Bianca: How’s Lefty feeling post-op? Is Pancho managing without the roughhousing?

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    Keith G says:

    Oh my god (Maggie deserves the full spelling) what a beautiful pup.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    Wait, did I miss Lefty getting the snippy-snip? Charlotte kept tugging on her sutures after she got spayed and freaked me right the hell out.

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    bluefish says:

    What a beautiful dog! So happy for both of you. Gorgeous.

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    catclub says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): Banks. That is just strange. If they had a personal account at a different bank, would the other bank forbid them from depositing checks made out to them (personally) into that account? I doubt it.
    It sounds like a confused interpretation of ‘Know your customer’ anti- money laundering policies.

    OTOH: If they are depositing checks for legal fees into the personal account, that makes less sense.

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    Betsy says:

    Maggie looks remarkably like the dog in a number of Early American portraits by Ammi Phillips, such as this one:


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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Mnemosyne: It is amazing, tho’, how many *huge* dogs I saw in Central Park the last time I was in Manhattan – Great Danes, Mastiffs, Borzois…and you know they must be living large in tiny apartments!

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): Lefty is so feisty that she tried climbing the fake tree in the store this morning! So she must not be feeling too badly! Store owner made the arbitrary executive decision last night that there was to be NO MORE CAT HOUSING UPSTAIRS, so had a couple of the downstairs staff bear away everything from my office whilst I was trapped on the phone with some tech issues… so bad news, no more Office Kitties : ( (at least, not officially), good news, Lefty seems to be doing fine!

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    no more Office Kitties

    NOOOO. That cannot stand. Unofficially, I hope there will be many office kittie visits.

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    LAO says:

    @Pogonip: Yes. The retinal anomaly doesn’t affect her sight — her retinas are yellow, not red like all other dogs and humans. If I took a flash picture of her, she would have “yellow-eye”, not “red-eye.” According to her vet — who was very excited to see it for the first time — this trait only occurs in “lemon beagles,” a rare breed of beagles.

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    LAO says:

    @Felonius Monk:

    I presume her full title is: Maggie, ESQ., J.D., Canine for the Defense.

    But, of course!

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    LAO says:

    @Stacy: They said her mom was a Brittany spaniel — but I’m taking that with a grain of salt.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): He wouldn’t even let me keep their crash pillow upstairs – I tried to sneak it up here later and was told, NO, everything had to be downstairs. But yes…there have already been visits.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @LAO: Does she get daily reports on the Snack Team Six trial?

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    LAO says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): unfortunately, she does not share our love (?) of all things Bundy.

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    Mel says:

    She’s beautiful!! Congratulations, and many, many happy years ahead with your dear Maggie. She looks like some of the finest farm-country doggies from my childhood: a little bit adorable, loving, Beagle, a little bit elegant, athletic, long-legged foxhound, a little bit loyal, super-smart spaniel. The best of all worlds!!

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    debit says:

    What a cutie!! I just want to snuggle her and give her all the treats!

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    LAO says:

    @debit: Hey now, you get to snuggle with Walter. ;-)

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    Robin Gittelman says:

    Totally adorable! Congratulations!!

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    geg6 says:

    Totally adorable pup, LAO! That spot on her head is the most kissable thing ever!

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    Elizabelle says:

    Maggie’s a doll. Glad all is going so well for both of you. Rescues rule.

  78. 78

    Damn. Brings tears of joy to my eyes. However, I beseech you to remember that there are untold thousands of vulnerable and parentless children languishing in refugee camps around the world. We need to also do whatever we can to put an end to ALL of this misery.

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