We had kind of a sad story before her. Our previous dog – a friend took us to a dog park and a German Shepherd attacked her. And then we were out visiting my grandparents in Ohio, and my grandmother is the kind of person who feels that something is lacking or there’s something you want, she’s going to do whatever she can to fix that. She said, “I’m going to find you a dog.” Our previous dog had been a Schnauzer, so she found in the paper that there were “schnoodle” puppies for sale. The lady tried to sell us Maya’s dad, but when we saw Maya, we just knew.
Maya just turned eight. We got her a year before we got married. She sleeps in the crook of my knees.
Cathy Plas and her husband Pat live with Maya, a Schnauzer-Poodle mix, in Duxbury, Vermont. When Cathy is not teaching high school French, she volunteers for the Central Vermont Humane Society. Cathy explained that she’s wanted to bring home other dogs, but Pat is allergic to dogs and Maya, who doesn’t shed, is a one-dog-in-the-household pet. Maya did tolerate the pet rats Cathy adopted from the shelter, but Cathy noted that Maya clearly has “small dog syndrome.” Cathy says, “Maya enjoys being spoiled.”