A few months ago, all Nattie ever knew was a life on the streets in Oklahoma. She had no one to care for her, no one to love her, and she was left to fend for herself in this big, scary world.
The streets are no place for a puppy, but thankfully that life came to an end for Maddie. She was found and brought to Central Oklahoma Humane Society before she wound up at Wisconsin Humane Society.
Maddie, a Terrier/Shepherd mix, proved to be such a kind and gentle pup. She was so well-behaved for a dog who had never been trained, and she was extremely friendly and affectionate. After spending time with her and getting to know her better, the staff at the humane society knew Maddie would be a perfect candidate for their PAL Program (People & Animals Learning), which pairs shelter dogs with young people for a two-week session.
The program helps people with self-esteem and pro-social skills while they train shelter dogs and prepare them for life in a home; it’s very beneficial for both the people involved and the animals.
While she was in the program, she lived with a foster family. But her foster family soon became her forever family because they were too in love with her to let her go. She finally graduated from the program, and with her new life came a new name: Nattie.
Nattie’s new mom, Officer Carolina Seidl, is a police officer with the Marquette University Police Department. On the day she was officially becoming a cop, Nattie was alongside her, being sworn in as well! She has an official badge and police vest and now has a very important job.
Nattie is Marquette’s new Community Outreach Dog, and will be comforting crime victims and helping to foster positive relations between the Marquette University Police Department and their students and community. She will now live full-time at MUPD headquarters and will be cared for by their officers.
Nattie has come a long way with help from so many different people. From a life on the streets to a life filled with love and adventure, Nattie has a lot to look forward to.
“We are so grateful to everyone who has helped Nattie along her journey to such an incredible life: to our friends at OK Humane for getting her off the streets, to her PAL kids for teaching her so many wonderful lessons, to Officer Seidl and her family for loving her, and to MUPD for putting her talents to such meaningful use. We are so proud of you, Nattie, and our hearts are full knowing just how much happiness you’ll spread in our community,” Wisconsin Humane Society wrote on their Facebook page.”
You can follow Nattie and her adventures at MUPD on her Instagram page.