humans of mac+mae: Maggie Collins

So I’m actually a guide-dog / puppy raiser for Guide Dogs NSW, ACT in Australia.

I’ve looked after a couple of dogs this year – Gilbert, Annie and Utah. The last dog I had was Utah and he’s a very special boy.  He’s not going to make it as a guide dog puppy because of some health reasons but he is a super sweet heart and he’s very dear to me.

The thing that made Utah special was because he was really difficult at the start when I was first looking after him.  

I became quite connected to him through a situation of being really frustrated with him.  He was going to the toilet inside the house multiple times because of his health reasons but I saw him really try and fight through it and eventually he just completely stopped doing it and fixed that behavioural problem, with the help of both of us.

We really worked through that together as me and Utah.  Naturally his temperament is super soft and sweet and gentle and friendly and that just makes him extra adorable.


Australian Maggie Collins is the wearer of many hats – she’s a festival programmer (Bigsound, Brisbane), artist manager (multi-ARIA award winning duo DZ Deathrays) and radio broadcaster (triple j).

Maggie was in the country earlier this year for Going Global Music Summit.  Going Global is a 3-day summit that brings together world-class panelists from all over the music world. A must-go for anyone related to the industry, whether you’re an artist, a promoter or a music journalist.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –