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Family Dog Lets Foster Dogs Sleep Right On Top Of Her

When Michelle Calicchio and her family adopted a yellow lab named Maggie in 2005, they thought she’d be their only dog for a while. Little did they know that over the next 12 years, they’d foster over 60 dogs — and those foster dogs would connect with Maggie in an unusual way.

It all started several years ago, when Calicchio took temporary ownership of a tiny stray Chihuahua named Percy, whom Calicchio’s found wandering around an Arizona neighborhood. Eventually, Percy had to go back to his original owner, but Calicchio was hooked after that. So, she decided to start fostering Chihuahuas and other small dogs with AZ Happy Tails Animal Rescue.

Yellow lab who allows chihuahua to sleep on top of her

Michelle Calicchio

Today, Maggie, Calicchio’s big yellow lab, lets the foster dogs snuggle up to her. One day, one of the foster dogs, named Jasper, hopped onto Maggie’s back and laid down — right on top of her.

Yellow lab who allows chihuahua to sleep on top of her

Michelle Calicchio

“We just thought that is so odd,” Calicchio said. “We thought, ‘Why is he doing that?'”

Yellow lab who allows chihuahua to sleep on top of her

Michelle Calicchio

But Jasper wasn’t the only one. Calicchio said that about 25 of the dogs she’s fostered have used Maggie as their personal dog bed.

Yellow lab who allows chihuahua to sleep on top of her

Michelle Calicchio

“She just lies…


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