Adopted by Anna & Andrew - August 16, 2013 - Bethesda, Maryland
When Maloos joined our family in August 2013, we were told that she had a fear of men. To our surprise, she quickly bonded with Andrew and it is clear that he is now her favorite human. Yet, she is fiercely loyal to both Andrew and Anna, and loves to welcome friends and family in to our home.
She enjoys several walks a day around the parks in our neighborhood. She likes playing with other dogs, being petted by neighbors (many of whom have offered to walk her or dog sit!), and attempting to catch squirrels. Maloos is a kind and beautiful dog with deep, penetrating eyes. As passerby once said, while Maloos was “hunting” in the park, “If looks could kill, that squirrel would be dead.” She also enjoys traveling with us to Baltimore several times a month to run around in a fenced-in yard and chase her cousin-dog, Moxie, also a rescue.
Maloos loves going for car rides. Sometimes they’re short, when Andrew drops Anna off at the subway station. Sometimes they’re longer, such as a Thanksgiving trip to Pennsylvania, or a trip in October to the Shenandoah Valley for a hike and leaf-peeping. Regardless of length, Maloos always prances through the garage to the car and it’s obvious that she is delighted. We are thankful to have a dog that enjoys traveling with us.
We wouldn’t describe Maloos as a lap dog, but she certainly likes to be close and cuddle. She enjoys playing with toys, but is also happy to go to work with Andrew and take long naps in his office. Maloos is well-behaved, smart, and learning new tricks. We’ve finally convinced her to shake (she’s known how for quite some time, but she’s sweetly stubborn). In 2014, we look forward to working on more commands with her and a trainer.
She has quite a fan club, picking up nicknames such as Roo (our Australian neighbor thinks she looks like a kangaroo), Moose, Lucy, and Miss Maloos (which Anna thinks captures her sophisticated poses). We love our “little girl” and are thankful for all of the Vafa volunteers who made her journey to us possible