I recently posted this picture but for those that might have missed it, this is the typical dog bed arrangement between Maddie and either dog.
Maddie was brought to an animal shelter in San Jose, with a male cat when she was nine-years-old. The reason for giving them up was listed as their nine-year-old daugther having allergies. By Maddie's reaction to dogs, I strongly suspect that she was raised with a dog that she was very bonded to. I continue my search for her own pet dog but so far I have not found one that will cuddle with her. I recently took pictures with my phone of her creeping up on both dogs while they were sleeping and lying next to them. One picture shows Alvin laying his head on her stomach because in his sleep he moved his head and Maddie's little purr maching fired right up. I don't have a phone that allows me to transfer the pictures but at some point I will text the picture to someone and have them e-mail it to me so that I can post it here.
I have decided that once Maddie goes, I won't get another cat because she is just perfect and it would be a let down to try to get another cat remotely like her. She isn't afraid of anything and I do mean anything. She drinks out of the garden hose like a dog, will approach anyone, and has been instrumental in making all my foster dogs cat-friendly. She isn't at all afraid of riding in the car and used to go on drives with me, while lying on the passenger side dash board or on the back ledge by the rearview mirror. Unfortunately, she has developed extreme motion sickness that results in her throwing up and having diarehea each time and so the days of her being my automotive co-pilot are over. She has been the ideal cat and I so wish that I could repay her by getting her her own dog, and yes, I realize how crazy I sound when saying I want to find my cat her own pet dog but unfortunately, over time I have turned into "that person".