2 Years After Rescue From Fighting Ring, Lady Maybelline Is Still Waiting To Go Home

Written by: Levity Tomkinson

March 15, 2016

Lady Maybelline, a petite, cappuccino-brown dog, is extremely patient (not to mention spellbindingly beautiful, great at cuddling, extremely intelligent, courageous, yes, yes, we’ll get to all of that, Lady Maybelline). So patient that this dog who has been described by not just one or two but every single person that BarkPost has talked to on the subject as “one of the best dogs” has been waiting to find her furever family for over two years.


Lady Maybelline is something of a dream and her incredible spirit only further highlights how amazing survivors of dogfighting are. Yes, Lady May was rescued from a dogfighting ring in Isola, MS in a rescue effort called Operation Delta Dogs by Animal Rescue Corps. She was subsequently taken in by Handsome Dan’s Rescue, which was named after Handsome Dan, a dog rescued from Michael Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels.

Lady M Chain Cutting

Lady Maybelline’s chain being cut and her wonderful journey of freedom beginning.

Amanda Duncan, Lady May’s foster mom extraordinaire, shared with BarkPost:

My favorite thing about [Lady Maybelline] is how resilient she is. I am continuously amazed at her willingness to learn new things and trust new people. My favorite thing about being her foster mom is being able to watch her grow every step of the way. Her transformation has been nothing short of a miracle and I am humbled to have been a part of it!

Lady May Smile

Lady Maybelline has grown leaps and bounds while in foster care with Amanda and her fiancé, Dan. She continually expands her comfort zones and is becoming, as hard as it is to believe, even more amazing.

“Maybelline has grown immensely from when she came to us. Maybelline was so fearful I could barely get her to walk outside to go to the bathroom, we tried to walk her in our neighborhood for some therapeutic exercise, she did nothing but pancake and shake. It took her about 10 months to be able to muster the courage up to go for a walk, even with high value treats. With patience, love, and persistence we got to the point where we are able to walk her just about anywhere now. She even enjoys playing outside in the yard with you now!”

Lady M Silly

What’s even more amazing about Lady Maybelline? She snorts. Yes, like a wee little pig.

“She snorts when she eats [and] almost every morning she rolls around on her back and snorts and kicks[,] sort of like scratching or rubbing her back.”

Lady May Piggie

With the snorting, we’re not so sure where the “Lady” part of Lady Maybelline’s name came from. Of course, we’re only kidding, Lady May. Ladies can snort, too (in fact, the author of this article has been known to snort – loudly and in public places).

Lady May is a zebra

In addition to snorting, Lady Maybelline is a bit of a couch potato. As Amanda told BarkPost:

“[Lady] Maybelline is incredibly sweet, loving, and affectionate. She loves to cuddle, she is very smart, knows basic training commands well, and she is sort of a couch potato!”


Snorting, lounging around on a couch and having people address you as “Lady” like the royalty you are – you are our spirit animal, Lady Maybelline.

lady may couch potato

If you think we’re kidding about Lady Maybelling being royalty, well, you just hold on to your pauper knickers and breadcrumbs! Lady Maybelline has not only been on television on The Rhode Show helping to promote the documentary The Champions, but – wait for it – she has foam board cutouts of herself all around Rhode Island.

Trisha Torres, a volunteer with Handsome Dan’s Rescue, was the one who presented the idea of Lady May foam board cutouts and her reasoning is pretty straight-forward.

“[Lady Maybelline] is a celebrity all her own so why not?”

AS IF WE COULD ARGUE, Trisha. As if we could argue.

Lady Maybelline Foam Board Cutouts

Lady May Foam Board in Grocery Store

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Her royal highness would like us to add that as such, she expects her loyal subjects to love her and only her. This Lady wants her human family, which can include children as Lady May loves kids, to be “MINE, ALL MINE.”

lady m and amanda

lady m cover photo

Lady m queen

And who wouldn’t want Lady May to be all their own when her foster mom Amanda tells us that Lady May’s most endearing quality is her love.

“…[H]er most endearing quality is just how loving she is. It sounds crazy, but I feel the love she has when I look at her. She loves to be adored and fawned over[.] [T]he more pets and kisses, the better.”

lady may snout


To be able to share Lady May’s love in action and introduce her to potential adopters, Handsome Dan’s Rescue created an aMAYzing video all about one of our favorite survivors which you can need to watch below. (Lady May wants everyone to know that she did not approve of that incredibly corny joke so please don’t judge her — judge the author of the article.)

Handsome Dan recently held a contest on his Facebook page to have his followers come up with a hashtag to help get Lady Maybelline adopted.

Lady M I need a hash what

The winning hashtag, #LadyMaybeYours, harkens to the possibility that Lady May is the dog that your family has been missing all along.

lady m hashtag chosen

If you’re interested in adopting Lady Maybelline (and really, who are you kidding – you know you’re interested!), please go to Handsome Dan’s website and fill out an application, writing Lady Maybelline’s name in the space that asks which dog you’re applying for.

Lady Maybelline, we here at BarkPost think you’re one out-of-this-world doggie and are keeping our hooman fingers and puppy paws crossed that your furever family finds you very soon!

Featured image via Handsome Dan/Facebook

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Written by: Levity Tomkinson

March 15, 2016

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