A dog was found chained to the side of the road in Lebanon in dire condition. She had her ears cut off, blind, pregnant, and was shot 17 times.
She would have stayed there if a compassionate guy hadn’t discovered her, picked her up, and brought her to Beirut for medical treatment. However, her rescue mission wasn’t over yet.
The dog was later named Maggie, which attracted the attention of the Wild At Heart Foundation, a rescue organization in the United Kingdom. They agreed to rescue Maggie and find her a foster. That’s when Kasey Carlin stepped in.
Kasey’s mom had seen a photo of Maggie and told her “we have to foster this dog”.
Kasey learned that Maggie had been shot with an air gun. The pellets stuck in her eyes infected the sockets, necessitating the removal of her eyes. After returning to the UK, she discovered additional pellets in Maggie’s body.
Although Maggie had “suffered unspeakable hardships” Maggie’s sweet nature and loving heart impressed Kasey so much that she decided to adopt Maggie herself.
“Maggie isn’t a designer breed, she has no eyes, a missing ear, scars all over her face, loose skin (and saggy boobs) but not a bit of that matters because she is a truly loving spirit and she brings a smile to everyone’s faces,” Kasey writes. “It’s okay to be different or unconventional because that’s what makes us beautiful!”
Maggie made a miraculous recovery under Kasey’s care.
“As many of you know Maggie has a heart that loves unconditionally! Her spirit is infectious! She has a has a big personality,” Kasey writes on Instagram. “And she has and aurora that is so calming. Her story catches the hearts of many and reminds us all of our inner strength.”
Kasey felt Maggie would be an excellent therapy dog the moment she saw her and started out to teach her. Kasey was clearly right.
“She and I will speak to schools and work hands on with youngsters,” says Kasey. “I know what happened to Maggie was horrendous but if her story can educate and inspire others to do good then at least we can do our part to make this world a little brighter.”
Maggie enjoys long, daily walks. And she loves her “sister” Mishka. The two love to cuddle together. Sometimes, her past comes back to haunt her, but she’s got Mishka to comfort her. She is prone to ear infections in her damaged ear.
“Because of the horrific abuse Maggie suffered and the lack of medical attention, Maggie’s ear didn’t heal well. She has a narrow ear canal and the cartilage that holds the canal in shape is misshapen much like cauliflower ear in rugby players.
Because of this I have to be hyper vigilant when it comes to her ‘ears’. Thankfully she’s not acting too upset but still gave her a day off so she could chill and relax. Mishka obviously knew something was wrong and kept trying to help by licking Maggie’s sore ear.
I’m so lucky that these two look after each other so well. They truly do love each other.”
Maggie has come a long way since being discovered chained to the side of the road. She is now having her best life.