'We can’t believe it’s already 2 years now that Maya, the German Shepherd Dog has been with us! And to be absolutely clear: we wouldn’t want to have missed one day of it!
Maya was kind of a surprise for us. Actually we were not really looking for a new dog. We had recently lost Tara at the age of 13 years. She was the happiest and most easy going Labrador you would ever have met. She was the joy of the park that she was ran through every day. After she died, yes, we did miss the dog in our family life and in our house. But no, we were not really planning to fill this empty space. What we had done already for a long time: we followed Eve on Instagram at the @cyprusdogs account. We were impressed with the work that she was doing at that time already for stray dogs in Cyprus.
Then, when I was killing time waiting for one of our kids at her sports club I bumped into this picture of Maya, sitting on a staircase. She really hit me then and in a comment under that picture I made a referral to my wife Angela, who was at home. It then turned out she already had seen that same picture and felt just the same about that poor German Shepherd puppy. When Eve got in contact with us and told us how difficult it was to find a forever home for the big dog that Maya would be, we fell in love with her.
Then one thing led to another and at the end of that summer Maya flew over to Dusseldorf airport where we met her and did bring her with us to Holland.
It was amazing how quickly Maya adopted us as her new family. She trusted us and fitted into our household smoothly. Only the cat, I’m afraid they will not ever go easily together. But we found our way in that, no problem. Maya is very easy and gentle with us, she’s a truly happy family dog. She can be hard work though, she’s not at ease in situations that she is not familiar with and can be easily frightened. She is not always so nice when she’s at the leash meeting other dogs that she doesn’t trust. So, it’s important for us to keep her working and do an active training together every week at the dog school. We are happy that even now, after a couple of years already, she is still learning! Not only tricks of all sorts, but also learning to trust on us more and more in situations out of her control.
Of course, when looking for a dog, we would strongly recommend considering adopting one. The love and affection that we are receiving from Maya confirms for us every day that we did the right thing at that time anyway. We cannot imagine what her life would be like, roaming the streets in Cyprus or being chained to a gate as a guard dog. It would have been so opposite to the sweet and loving character that Maya has developed into.
If you would like to see how Maya is doing, feel free to check her out on the Instagram. After all, the story started as an Instagram story, it should continue that way as well. All you have to do is to search on the hashtag: #ourdogmaya on instagram or click here.'
- Gert-Jan and Angela van Rietschoten