As Nina's foster mom, I find it an honor and a privilege to help this girl along her path towards her forever home. Nina is one who will touch your heart, way down deep, not only because she has one of the sweetest dispositions in the GSD world, but also because of her story. Please keep a tissue handy.
Nina was found as a stray last October and landed in a shelter. Whoever owned her had a cruel heart because she was emaciated from severe starvation, dehydrated, and so flea infested that she was severely anemic. Nina was extremely weak and could hardly walk. You will notice from her pictures that her right ear does not stand totally erect. This is because Nina has a slit at the tip of that ear. Probably done with a pair of scissors or she got caught in a fence. Either way, the cartilage in her right ear is damaged enough that she can't hold it straight up. I tell Nina every day that the slit is her battle scar from her previous life and shows what a strong survivor she is.
When Nina arrived at the shelter, she was in critical condition, and without an immediate blood transfusion and IV fluids, she would have died within 24 hours. When Greater Houston heard about her, there was a quick rallying of volunteers and Nina found her way to our group. Her health was immediately evaluated and Nina was placed with a foster mom who has experience nursing dogs like her back to good health. From this point on, Nina's story is a true miracle. Even with Nina's poor condition, she never lost her will to survive. She responded quickly to the nursing care. She ate and drank, and moved herself quickly towards full recovery. Within a couple of weeks, Nina not only gained weight, but she also acted like a playful, happy dog. For a girl who had such a hard start in life, to be able to turn her page so positively in the forward direction, is what miracles are made of. Nina's "before" pictures are pretty pitiful and I won't post those. I want everyone reading about her to feel the joy in her face and warmth in her eyes.
Now I want to tell you about who Nina is today. I recently started fostering her and am still getting to know her. What I can tell you is that Nina is a sweet, warm, easy-going girl. She likes the companionship of people and has all those typical GSD traits we all love. I take Nina for daily walks and she does well on a leash. Because of the harsh treatment in her past, Nina is somewhat cautious around new sights and sounds, so she will need owners who are patient and encouraging with her. Nina enjoys being around people, but it does take her a little while to warm up. But, once she does, she is so much fun to be around. Nina is not a high energy girl, but she is a young dog who will need regular exercise and training. Nina is crate trained and knows to be calm when exiting the crate. She has good housemanners and is beyond the puppy chewing phase. Nina does know to go to the bathroom outside and is on a regular potty schedule. Since I do not know what kind of house training, if any, she received in her past, I do not allow Nina to be free roaming in the house. That allows me to monitor her and keep her on a bathroom schedule.
Nina is a soft, playful girl and gets along well with my GSDs. At 1 year old, Nina is as active as any young dog and enjoys romping and frolicking with them. From the very beginning, Nina was respectful to all my dogs and I got instant harmony. As for small dogs, Nina will probably be fine with dogs >30 lbs. I would say "no" to tiny dogs because Nina is a large girl and may play rough. Regarding children, Nina should be okay. I do not have children in my home so have been unable to thoroughly test her. However, she is a soft dog who tends towards being cautious. Therefore, I would have to say "no" to children under 10 years. For homes with older children, they would have to understand Nina's cautiousness and be as patient and encouraging as the parents.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about Nina. She is a miracle girl who has a destiny to fulfill. If you are interested in meeting Nina, please complete an application and include her name. Thank you.