Enlightened by Dogs Podcast

EBD 005: Rescue Dog Trash to Treasure: Maya’s Story of Rehab

Rescue dog labeled as trash becomes a real treasure

Kathy shares a bit about her rescue dog:

You may know my sweet and sassy Maya…or you may know of her story.

She is quite a gal, with a jaded history. ?

She was kicked out of 3 homes, and stood on death’s door because of her impossible behavior. She was labeled ‘untrainable’, and I was her last chance.

She chased anything that moved including kids, bikes, cows, horses…anything and everything! There was not a fence or gate that could stop her.

That was before she was 6 months old. Yep. She is quite a character.

As happens with many rescue dogs, we got off to a very rough start … and I began to question my sanity for taking her in. So, I did the one thing I was sure would be our path to partnership:

I spent our first 6 months working with her, creating partnership, developing self control and life skills … you know … The Foundation Formula stuff.

THEN, and only then, I started her sheepdog training. It was so worth the wait.

I took a chance on her, and I’m so glad I did.

She went from other’s Trash to my Treasure … and it turned out that she was a world-class sheep herding trial champion!

Listen as Kathy shares her story of transforming this rescue dog into a real treasure.

In This Episode

  • Why Kathy decided to welcome an “untrainable” dog into her home
  • How hard can it really be to train a 6 month old Border Collie?
  • Maya becomes part of the family, and a world-class herding dog and Kathy shares how she did it.


“At 6 months old, she was already labeled untrainable by 3 homes”

“If I didn’t agree to take her, the unspeakable was going to happen”

“I spent our first 6 months creating partnership, developing self control and life skills … you know … The Foundation Formula stuff.”

“I would invite you to look at some of these concepts and bring them into your own life with your dogs”

Don’t miss an episode!


Subscribe on iTunes!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *