So here's the bad news about Maddie. The breeder where she came from is an 85-year-old woman trying to take care of over 100 dogs by herself since her husband died. The dogs are not getting the care they need. Maddie has spent her entire life living outdoors with little to no socialization. She's scared of everyone. She has a problem with her back leg or hip that causes one leg to turn outward. She was from a litter where both parents were merles (genetic color pattern). They should never have been allowed to breed, because statistically 25% of the litter would be double merles. Often double merles have hearing deficiencies and they may also have a variety of eye defects. Maddie is a double merle and appears to be partially deaf.
But there's good news too. The best news is Maddie was rescued from her living situation by the family who contacted rescue for help. Maddie is still young and with some work I know she will learn to enjoy being around people. She still has partial hearing and in addition to being beautiful she is great with other dogs and fine with cats - all things that will help her to find just the right home. She'll be spayed and vaccinated and get any needed medical care for her bad leg. She'll be living indoors for the first time in her life, and learn all about being spoiled and sleeping on soft beds and eating chicken and special treats. We'll work on house-training and positive reinforcement for every new experience. And someday soon she'll find an adoptive home where she'll be spoiled rotten for the rest of her life. In spite of her sad beginnings, Maddie is one of the lucky ones, because she made it into Rescue.