Lately, we’ve lovingly referred to Maia as a “bulldozer” when she’s in second gear. As we often mention, Maia has two speeds – 5% and 105%, with not much in between. We can tell the moment we see her which Maia we will get. The eyes give everything away.
During a session, we will ask her to lean into the fence, and you can hear her side hitting it as she leans in with all the momentum she can muster. She’s a little chunky, so her belly will squish between the bars when she does it with gusto. Then we ask for her trunk, and she will throw it down on the bars. It’s not her being aggressive; there’s no anger to it at all. It’s just her being Maia – highly enthusiastic without full awareness of her size or strength. She stands still and is perfect throughout, but her energy is so high that you inevitably end up laughing. She simply has a very large presence about her.
Usually, on days like that, she will run out of energy about five minutes into treatment. Like everything else she does, a sleepy Maia is still a big energy Maia. She will act like she needs to hold herself up on the fence due to exhaustion and wants to make sure you notice. We tell her there are in-between speeds, but she is having none of it. And that is just part of why we adore her. ??
Picture of the lovely and muddy Miss Maia, mid-ear-flap & mid-bite.