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Dog With ‘Abusive Past’ Won’t Leave Her Crate, Fearing She’ll Be Scolded Again

Written by: Dee Michaels
Dee Michaels is a passionate and accomplished writer, renowned for his heartwarming and engaging stories on more
| Published on April 6, 2024

Upon her arrival at Madison and Nick’s home, Mavyn, a rescue dog with a past marred by abuse, was palpably engulfed in fear. The trauma she endured left deep imprints on her behavior, making her initial days with her new family a testament to her survival instincts. Madison and Nick, fully aware of the hurdles ahead due to Mavyn’s traumatic experiences, prepared themselves for a journey of patience and understanding.

In her first week, Mavyn sought refuge in the only place she felt secure: her kennel. This became her sanctuary, a place where the outside world’s unpredictability could not reach her. For five days, she remained ensconced within this safe haven, hesitant to embrace the unfamiliar surroundings of her new home.

The breakthrough came gradually as Mavyn’s curiosity began to outweigh her fear, driven by the basic need to eat. Venturing out of her kennel represented a monumental step for her, challenging every instinct that told her to stay hidden. The act of leaving her kennel, placing all four paws into a world that had not always been kind, was fraught with anxiety and uncertainty.

Madison and Nick witnessed these moments with a blend of heartache and hope, understanding that each small step Mavyn took was a victory against her past. This period of adjustment was just the beginning of Mavyn’s journey towards healing, a path she would not have to walk alone. Her adoptive family’s unwavering support and love would become the guiding light, helping her navigate through her trauma towards a future filled with safety and affection.


Madison and Nick took it slow, celebrating tiny victories along the way. One day, while they were sitting outside waiting for her to come back in, Mavyn ran into Madison’s arms and began showering her with affection. It was as if a switch had flipped, and Mavyn has loved her new family ever since.


Now, Mavyn wants to love on everyone she meets. She’s a cuddler and loves to give hugs. When she trusts someone, she’s all in, wanting to be right in their face and showering them with affection. Her family calls her a “forever puppy” because she now does whatever she wants, enjoying her newfound freedom and happiness.

Mavyn has a favorite toy, which she carries around like it’s her job. She greets her family at the door with her plushy in her mouth. They knew that Mavyn would do better with a support dog, so they adopted Luna about six months after bringing Mavyn home. The two dogs hit it off right away and are constantly playing together.


Mavyn’s transformation from a fearful dog to one who finds joy in the every day is something her family is incredibly proud of. There are so many dogs like Mavyn who just need the right people to give them a chance to learn to trust again.

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