Adopt Nola a Brindle - with White Boxer / Mixed dog in Vienna, VA (31605737)
Meet Nola. A Good Samaritan rescued this sweet Bully girl in 2019 after seeing her being walked in 102° heat by a local homeless man and was clearly struggling to survive. She was emaciated, weak, and suffering from heat exhaustion. The man said he found her in a field and did not have any supplies, water, or food to give her. Initially, he didn’t want to let Nola go, but the Good Samaritan convinced him to let Nola get the medical help she needed and reached out to WDR for help. Nola was a recipient of our Community Vet Care Fund that supports dogs who need emergency medical care. She was still just a young pup (9-12 months old) when we met her and was severely underweight at 27lbs, anemic, dehydrated, full of parasites, and had a broken tail. Her medical bills were significant, but she fully recovered and emerged a very sweet, submissive girl. We hoped to help Nola find her new family, but the Good Samaritan wanted to keep her, and she’s been with her for almost two years now. Sadly her owner’s health has taken a turn, and she contacted us to help Nola find a good home. Over the past year, with Covid restrictions and her owner in poor health, Nola didn’t get much exposure outside her home or enough regular exercise. She put on weight and became accustomed to a quiet and limited rural existence. She arrived in N. VA on 6/5 and was anxious and fearful of all the new things in her life. She needed a patient and savvy foster mom to introduce her to new things, and we were lucky to have our savvy foster mom, Shaleia, ready to work with her and help get her more comfortable with the outside world. Shaleia gave Nola a few days to settle in and get her bearings and gradually introduced her to the pack. She started taking Nola on daily walks in her neighborhood, then graduated to walking through town. Initially, Nola was very timid of noises and sudden movements, but she loves walks now and adores it when people stop and say Hi to her and give her pets. She's done well meeting dogs on leash, too (though she is still not socially graceful — she goes straight for sniffing their face). They recently did their first Home Depot outing, and she was a little scared but did ok. This is now a regular outing. They also did a trial run at the dog park, but that proved a little too much for her. Nola is great with other dogs and loves to play but needs time to process and trust a new dog. Nola is living in a foster home with a mom and dad, a 9-year-old girl, two dogs, and a visiting grandma. She's found a playmate in the family dog, Doc, and his presence makes her more confident. She's also done wonderfully with everyone she's met and is very affectionate with her humans. She follows Shaleia around the house but loves to go up to everyone to make sure they get their turn at giving her attention. She is kid-friendly and hasn't been jumpy or timid around the daughter. While Nola needs a slower intro with new dogs, with people, it's instant love. Nola is housetrained, and Shaleia has been gradually introducing her to the crate to get her comfortable. She was nervous at first but is now fine being left home alone with the pack. She was never destructive but can be a little vocal when stressed. We feel Nola would benefit from a social, confident dog in her new home. Accordingly, preference will be given to families with another pup and some Bully or large-dog experience. Pupdate - 8/10/21 - Nola has fully settled into her foster home, and we've learned that not only is she a people-loving snuggle bug, but she's also an excellent pack member and dog buddy. Nola really enjoys pup companionship and gains confidence from her pack. She didn't have much exposure to the outside world in her prior home and came to us timid and fearful of new things. She was fortunate to be fostered with Doc and Donner, two well-established and social dogs, who have fully accepted her and are great role models for her to follow. In Doc, she found a playmate, and in Donner, she found a leader. If Nola is not snuggled up in her foster mom's lap, you'll often find her laying close and always touching Doc or Donner. She loves them both. Shaleia, checked in with this update: "Doc and Nola love to play together. They'll wrestle and play tug with any toy big enough. When it comes to tug, Doc is the stronger puller, but Nola has a stronger grip, so they're pretty evenly matched. Sometimes Nola decides she wants the toy for herself to chew on, and Doc will let her take it and come play tug with us instead. In the beginning, Nola initiated all of their wrestling matches, but they have switched roles. Now Doc will come find her whenever he feels like it's time to play, and he'll nuzzle and poke her to get her up and moving. When it's Nola's turn to convince Doc it's time to play, she does something cute - she nibbles his neck like she's eating corn on the cob. She also will chew on his leg from time to time when she wants his attention. In the backyard, Nola and Donner will team up to chase Doc around since he's so much faster than them. Nola also loves to go on walks and rides in the car with her pack-mates; she gets so excited to go on adventures she prances and taps her feet in anticipation when we get the leashes. She really relies on them to know what's OK to do. The biggest example is food and treats. The first time we offer her anything new she is really cautious until she sees the other dogs excited for it or trying it themselves. She LOVES it once she knows the pack is on board, and it's OK and safe to eat." Nola is an affectionate love bug who just wants to be near her people and loves love. If you give this sweet girl a home, in return you will see a loving, happy, playful pup who will make a great family member and pup buddy too. She is still a young dog and has really blossomed in her foster home. If you think you are a fit for this sweet brindle girl, please apply today! BREED ESTIMATE: Boxer/Bully mix GENDER: Female APPROXIMATE WEIGHT: 60 lbs APPROXIMATE AGE: ~ 2.5 to 3 years old COAT TYPE: Short ADOPTION FEE: $400 OTHER INFO: utd on shots/spayed/microchipped/ LOCATION: Falls Church, VA FOR MORE INFO OR TO ADOPT: Please go tohttps://worthydog.org/adopt/adoption-application/ and complete the application. You can also help save dogs like this one by becoming a foster, providing a rescue dog with a temporary home and giving them the love and care they need until they are permanently adopted. Every person who fosters is directly responsible for saving the life of a dog, because we can only save as many dogs as we have foster families available to welcome them into their homes. If you think you might be interested in becoming a foster and want to learn more, please go tohttps://worthydog.org/volunteer/foster-application/ and fill out an application. Worthy Dog Rescue is an all-volunteer, foster-based rescue that primarily adopts to families in the DC Metro area.
June 15 on Adopt-a-Pet.com