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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Penelope

Its been a crazy few weeks here at the Nizhoni household.  I started a new “day” job, which has kept pretty much all other aspects of my life to a minimum.  I’m sort of getting settled in there, so I am trying to make more time for myself now to help relax and get my mind off work.   Due to my crazy schedule, I’m no longer in charge of all the dogs for the HSWT, though I am still fostering and volunteering regularly.  Penelope is our most recent foster (though she did overlap with another who was recently adopted) and she may become a permanent resident.

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She came to us just after Thanksgiving after being dumped and accused of attacking people.   I will admit, it was a bad time for the HS and I was almost part of the decision to have her put down, as the organization was not prepared to take on the liability of an animal with a known record of aggression.  Luckily, I decided to talk to the owner of the kennel where she was being temporarily boarded.  I was told that there was no way she was attacking people based on her current behavior, so she came home on a “trial” basis to evaluate her temperment with both people and other dogs.

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I am so, SO glad that I decided to bring her home and give her a chance.  She was terrified, and it was three weeks before we were able to pet her consistently without her bolting when we looked at her.

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She gets along well with Nizhoni, and LOVES Kodiak.  She loves to chase him around and lick his face, much to his annoyance.  And our entertainment.

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She still barks a lot when there are people over, and is very nervous around strangers.   But she loves to cuddle on the couch, and she sleeps on the bed.  And she occasionally takes field trips to Petsmart, and is getting better around other people.

Its been a while since we had nice enough weather for an actual outdoor photoshoot, and I had the day off so I decided Nelly deserved a chance to show off how beautiful she is.

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We found not one, but TWO awesome, brightly painted walls downtown and she looked great against the colors.

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She has turned out to be such a great dog… and she gets along so well with ours, we may end up keeping her.  Its not certain yet, but its starting to look that way.  I am just totally smitten with her.

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