Nina, the little black tri that could
Nina was one of the dogs rescued from the puppymill in El Dorado County
Original Story | 3/06 -Update on Nina (Cali)! | 2/07 - Cali is in Agility, UPDATE!
After: Sparkle in her eyes
Nina and her friend Ella
Nina is happy!
Nina the black tri female Aussie from El Dorado county, California who came
to Canada at the beginning of June...well...after us worrying about what we
would do with her as she was so petrified of the world (pooping
herself...hiding in a basket for 6 weeks). Well, I'm pleased to announce
that Nina will be officially adopted this week!!!! (where's the beaming
proud foster mom smiley face!!?!?)
Before: Nina in the shelter
Those who met her would never believe she's even the same dog. Nina spent 6
weeks in one foster home, literally stuck in a basket. She would not
interact with people or dogs or anything. Just stared blankly at the wall,
and would need to be dragged outside for potty breaks. Then immediately ran
straight back to her basket. Not food motivated, not movement/toy
motivated...just not motivated.
At mid-end of July, we were getting desperate on what we could do to put a
spark into this dog. Nina came to live with me, as my home was quieter, and
maybe she just needed a change or scenery. We just needed to try
Nina still sat in her spot for about 3 weeks without much interaction, but
we slowly did start to see progress...which was absolutely amazing at that
point. She stopped pooping herself at everything new. One big breakthrough
was at an agility trial where I had her and my Aussie Ella ex-penned
together....and we saw Nina raise a paw at Ella...an inviation for
interaction!?!?!? We couldn't believe it! That one paw was the beginning of
great things for Nina!
Nina and Ella continued to become good buddies, and learned to wrestle and
chase constantly She became very food motivated as every good Aussie should
be And then I couldn't even ex-pen her, as she would hop right out to come
find me at agility trials...you know..."Loose dog!!!"...while that was Nina
running to find me!
Me and Nina became good buddies too, and I am so proud of her. And lucky for
me, her new mom is my agility friend. So soon enough, we'll be competing
against Nina in the ever-competitive 22" class!
I just couldn't be happier for the little black tri that could.
Joanne, foster mom
Update on Nina, 3/05/06 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Nina and her sibs
I was checking out the web site as I adopted an Aussie that came from the
puppy mill seizure in El Dorado County and I came across Cher's photo. This
is the first time I've gone onto the site to see if any of my Aussie's
relatives are on the adopted page. I couldn't believe how much Cher and my
Aussie look alike.
I adopted Nina, who came up to Canada to ARPH and was
placed in foster care with Joanne L. I got Cali (changed from Nina) in
November 2005 and what a beautiful dog she is turning out to be inside and
out!! Joanne did an amazing job with her for the 4 months she had her in
foster care so when I got her it was just a matter of continuing the great
work Joanne had started with her.
She is a very active, goofy and an
adorable dog, my other 2 dogs grew to love her very quickly and they are now
all best buddies. They wrestle on the couch constantly, they have slowly
destroyed every stuff toy available through tugging (this has been great for
her toy drive) and Cali gives my other female such a good run at the dog
park, it's great. So far she has been a perfect house dog, there were a few
"mistakes" in the beginning but she learnt very quickly where she was
supposed to go and since has been awesome. She makes us laugh every day,
she's such a clown!
I've been training her in agility as I do it with my
other 2 and she's a natural. She's picked up the commands and equipment so
quickly and seems to really love the sport already; I can't wait to start
competing with her. She is still shy and doesn't like crowds of people or
dogs but I know with time and patience she'll come around even more than she
already has. She has come such a long way from the young dog that just sat
in a basket staring at the wall. I'm so very proud of her and couldn't have
wished for a better dog.
I just wanted to sent you some updated photo's of her in her forever home
and let you know she is very loved and we thank you so much for taking a
chance on this incredible dog. I just hate to think of what might have been
if it wasn't for the all the people that helped this little girl out of such
a horrible situation and gave her a chance to really live.
Feb 07 Update on Cali, the Agility Dog!
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