Maddie Matters

Maddie's mom and dad
My Story...So cute, she could win anyone over.

Quick Bio

Age: Senior (over 8 years old)
Gender: Female
Breed: Terrier (Yorkshire)
Size: Small (under 7kg)
Colour: Brown & Black
  • Spayed/Neutered
  • Up-to-date with vaccinations
  • Good with dogs
  • Good with cats
  • House trained
  • Walks well on leash
Adoption Status: Adopted

Maddie was adopted July 2010.

She was our very first foster. I remember we were a bit weary to bring another dog in with our small (well we thought small until we met Maddie) young yorkie. We didnt want to disrupt and stress out his home. When we went to the shelter it was a whirl wind of dogs everywhere! How would we choose, how could we prevent getting a barker, etc etc... We walked a few dogs while we were there. Maddie was one of the few who was not in one of the cages stacked on top of the other cages. She got to roam around in the "office" area. We noticed that where ever my husband (6'3" 300lbs guy ) walked she would follow. If he went outside, she stood at the door waiting on him. Later on when we got her health check, we discovered she had cataracts in one eye and the other one had been damaged. In hindsight, we think Corey was the first thing she could see and follow as he was such a big guy. We scooped her up and brought her home. In the taxi back to the station she squealed like a pig! The taxi stopped three times before we got out of the drive way to make sure she was ok!!! I finally learned if I put my hand in her carrier this would console her enough to keep her quite and calm.

On the ride home, as long as I kept my hand in the kennel she was calm. On the train, we got looks as she stunk something fierce!

It took us a bit to find the right home. Of course, everyone loved her because of her toy size, but being a senior we knew she would need increasingly more vet care than a younger dog; therefore it was imperative to find a home who could afford this. We also saw how disrupting her daily pattern stressed her out. She liked routine and familiarity because this allowed her to function independently. She did not like relying on no one! But with her eyesight it was imperative to keep her daily life stable.

The adoption day came and we took her home to America during our vacation. She was perfectly behaved on the plane, and truth be told I snuck on my lap! Being so small it was too tempting--the older korean lady beside me loved my rebellion as she got to sneak bits of meat to Maddie.

We met her mom and dad and they instantly fell in love. We were blessed that her parents paid for all of her medical care while in foster care. She had to have all of her teeth removed (except one), her eye meds and a few other small things. In the end, her adoption fee/vet reimbursement was roughly $300 which covered all of her vet cost! This is always a blessing to any foster home.

Her old profile:

Maddie was a special girl, we still chat with her mom often. Sometimes it is easy to think that a tiny 13yr old can easily be overlooked and she is too old to be adopted. But even the seniors have a lot to offer, and I still say Maddie was the spunkiest pup we have fostered yet! So thankful for the shelter that kept her safe until we found her, thankful for Annie that encouraged us to visit Daejeon shelter (before my KAPS' days). And esp thankful for her mom and dad that saw a precious jewel and not an aged, lil-to-offer bundle.

Adoption Fee: ₩300,000
Location: Gyeongsan - 경산
Living Situation: In foster care


adoptbullies's picture


Maddie is doing great! We are coming up on 2 years together and it feels like she was always here. She is still full of energy going on two long walks a day. Last year she had her one last tooth removed, but this doesn't stop her from trying to bite everyone. She is pampered everyday with belly rubs. She doesn't like toys but loves socks! ...

She has become best friends with an older couple next door. They dog sit for us all the time and even come to visit if they haven't seen her in a few days. She really does brighten everyone's life especially ours. We miss her terribly while gone for work trips or vacations.

We can't imagine our lives without her. She is, by far, one of the best decisions we have ever made.

All dogs deserve such a great retirement!Sock hoarder!
clare_bell's picture

I absolutely LOVE this. Love the pictures, especially the sock hoarding one! She is such a gem!

adoptbullies's picture

Thanks Clare! She left a big impact on us. In the beginning, she had to have lots of medicine and eye drops everyday! I heard Corey, my husband say one day as he was holding Maddie in a cradle position "Maddie because of you I am not scared to hold a newborn anymore. ^^

I know it seemed like in the beginning of our rescuing career that everyone only looked for young, 100% healthy I think the times are changing a bit at least I hope they are because the old ones are just great ;)