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Dog’s tale ends happily
BY KATIE THISDELL
Maddie, the Stafford shelter dog featured in last Friday’s Free Lance–Star, got a new home for Christmas.
A mix of spaniel, dachshund, Corgi and maybe beagle, Maddie was picked up by animal control officers in October.
A generous donor paid for her to have a tumor removed at Aquia Garrisonville Animal Hospital earlier this month, with the hope that it would encourage someone to adopt her.
And it worked.
Claire and Bob Chapman were two of the many people who visited the shelter, on Eskimo Hill Road, after seeing a story about the dog. And more than a dozen people called, said assistant shelter manager Denise Spicer.
The Chapmans, who live in Vista Woods in North Stafford, were the first to sign the papers. They have an 8-year-old dachshund named Willie, and the two dogs met Saturday and seemed to get along with each other.
“They’re both doing their own thing—they’re not getting into trouble with each other,” Claire Chapman said.
Maddie has made herself comfortable at her new home.
“I think she’s happy here. She seems content,” Chapman said.
Over the weekend, several cats were adopted, Spicer said, and a dog was adopted Thursday.
Animal lovers who want to welcome a new member into their family can visit the shelter from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday–Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Call 540/658-7387.
Katie Thisdell: 540/735-1975