But then our team faced a new challenge: finding an understanding home with patient owners willing to support Maggie on her journey to overcoming her fears.
Six months passed, and she became the longest standing resident at Lewknor.
Although the team had made enormous strides in preparing Maggie for a bright future, she was constantly overlooked due to her anxiety issues.
That was until Nicola and John Barone came along. They read about Maggie on the Blue Cross website after their son Dominic spotted a Facebook appeal to find her a new home.
Nicola said: “We’d lost our other dog and we weren’t going to get another one. But after about a month I felt so miserable because that was my life; I love to go out walking, so I really missed that. We decided we’d quite like a whippet-type, and Dominic saw her online.
“The picture looked pretty bleak because of her problems, but we went to see her and then visited three more times after that so she could get to know us. But she showed us nothing, no sort of interest. She wouldn’t make eye contact with us or anything. There was no interaction.
“She wasn’t unhappy, she just wanted to do her walk with us and that was it. She had such a rapport with the kennel staff that she only really had eyes for them.
“I was beginning to wonder if she would ever come round to us.”
But they didn’t give up on her and in April, after 172 days in Blue Cross care, beautiful Maggie set off with Nicola and John for her new home in Wolverhampton.
Rehoming Supervisor Jess Mead said: “I remember showing Maggie to the family, who were absolutely lovely and so patient. They also showed a lot of commitment, visiting from a fair distance and had another dog within the family which was another magic ingredient for Maggie.”