Nia was a chained dog, who lived outside with little to no interaction over the past 2 years of her life after her owner was diagnosed with cancer and became bed ridden. We are pretty certain she started in the home more as a family who dog who was socialized, but once her owner became sick, she was all but forgotten. Friends and family stopped by to feed and give Nia water, and occasionally throw a ball for her, but she was an afterthought.
After her owner lost his battle with cancer, Nia was turned into a rural MD shelter by the family, and did not do well in the shelter environment. She was over sensitive to touch and combined with the stressful shelter environment, she became anxious and defensive when she first arrived at the shelter. Thankfully, one of the shelter volunteers believed in Nia, and saw that she warmed up quickly with just a bit of time and patience. The volunteer reached out to Dogs Deserve Better to see if we could help, knowing we regularly rehabilitate chained dogs.
After assessing Nia, we decided that she needed more time and training than your typical foster home could give, so DDB reached out to the Happy Hounds Prison Dog Program (HHPDP), a special inmate dog training program at the Roxbury Correctional Institute in Hagerstown, MD, for help. DDB has had multiple other dogs go through this program, and they have worked wonders. NIA has been in the program about 2 months getting one-on-one attention and training, working on her social skills, basic commands and recall.
She is very connected with her handler in the program, but needs time to bond with a new person. W e are looking for a dog-savvy owner who has patience to work with Nia and develop the relationship. It may not happen at the first meeting, but if given a little time, she’s an incredibly loving and connected dog. We would want potential adopters to open to meet her a few times before she goes home, to have some time to build rapport and trust. Nia is now house trained and crate trained, responds well to her handler when given cues, and even has a fairly reliable recall. She’s also an active dog who loves to play, so an active home or a fenced yard for her to romp and play in would be ideal.
This gorgeous girl would be great as an only dog, or possibly a good-natured male dog. Initially, Nia was not a fan of other dogs, but has now made friends and has regular play sessions with some of the male dogs in the program....so her doggy social skills are improving.
We are looking for a FOSTER or ADOPTER for Nia, someone who is willing to work with her and help her transition to home life. She’s a very sweet girl once she has time to trust, and we can’t wait to see her blossom in her new home.
BREED ESTIMATE: Husky mix (mini)
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT: 35 lbs
APPROXIMATE AGE: 4 to 5 years year old
COAT TYPE: long
ADOPTION FEE: $350
OTHER INFO: UTD on shots/spayed/monthly preventatives
LOCATION: Hagerstown, MD
FOR MORE INFO OR TO ADOPT: Please go to http://adopt.ddbnova.org and complete the application.
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