"Maui had a rough start and was so unsure about everything," Linda Orlowski-Smith, Maui's mom, told The Dodo. "Luckily I deal with animals all day through my work and I knew to not push her or baby her, but to just do our normal routine and let her find her way in her own time. She was so bad that she would projectile vomit if we even tried to use a string as a leash."
The Lhasa apso was still struggling when, six months later, her parents adopted a Great Dane mix named Maple. The two dogs got along instantly and Maui was able to find some comfort in her new sister.