Wednesday, October 20, 2010
We foster because of Nala. We decided to feature foster Nala today because her story is still going on and it is so heart warming. We are so happy to have her, she is a great companion that in fact, we are not trying too hard to find her a new home. Here is Nala's story, remember, it is a story that is not over yet. We get to enjoy her every day and she is an ongoing member of our blog updates.
The dog door quickly became her best friend. With the dog door she could go out when she wanted, make herself comfortable when she had the need to revert to her old habits by being outside, then come back in and keep track of what was happening in the house. Her day is spent making rounds. She makes a round of the house, then outside where she makes a round of the yard. Then she repeats, stopping by the computer chair for a quick ear rub and chest scratch, then back to her rounds. She can do this 30 or 40 times per hour, then it is time for a quick nap. Once the nap is over, it is back to making the rounds again.
Since she was deaf she could not hear commands, so we began teaching her hand signs. She can hear some loud, high pitched sounds, she hears women better than men. She hears the clang of her food dish pretty well. She wakes with a start when someone touches her during a nap, she can't hear dogs or people coming up on her so she always jumps when she wakes. It is funny to see her asleep just inside the glass entry doors, you can step inside without her waking. When she wakes, she jumps and if a stranger has arrived, she goes into guard dog mode and begins barking, while wagging up a storm to greet newcomers. Mogley and Bella can be barking right over the top of her for some time before she wakes to the fact that someone is at the door. Below, Nala, Bella and Mogley guard the door.
If she can't find anyone, she will move from room to room, barking, looking for her “pack”. She will move from room to room in the house and outside, pausing to bark for help, someone to rescue her from her alone moments. Mogley or Bella will eventually come out of their nap places to see what she is barking for, then life is good, her family has been found.
At first we forced her to come sleep beside the bed, but she was very uncomfortable. We gave up and let her sleep where she wanted. For a while she spent her nights sleeping inside in front of the door, then outside where she had a hole under a tree as a den. Now she has learned the joy of being indoors, she is voluntarily sleeping part time in the bedroom and part time in the entryway, her den is now only for use when the sun makes it a warm spot to nap. Many years of living outside and alone has made it slow for her to accept the new life she is being offered, she is learning to accept the treats and attention, as well as the comfort of a soft bed, it will take some more time for her to learn to be a spoiled golden, but she is trying to be spoiled.
She is becoming a lover now, she has separation anxiety when we leave her alone, and she is learning to sleep under our feet. She is learning the joys of ear scratches and tummy rubs. What a difference a rescue makes in one dogs life!
Nala is why we rescue. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped her on her way to our home. You did good, don't take our word for it, just ask Nala!
By Mogley's family,
Mogley G. Retriever