Introducing Nadia: Great Pyrenees / retriever cross, 6 yrs young in June 2022, rescued from a Texas kill shelter. Let's hear Nadia's story straight from her mom, Carla:
Nadia is all great pyri! She is stubborn, does things at her pace, but unbelievably loving and forgets she weighs 90 lbs - as she lives to cuddle!
I am certain she would defend her human family to the end.
She loves all people.
In terms of canine companions, she is incredibly patient with seniors, mothers and bosses around puppies. She has a tight inner circle made up of the first dogs she met when she first arrived in Canada, and my close friends. I have seen her defend those close friends of hers.
Nadia was found abandoned in a farmer’s field in Texas. Being that they were bred to protect mountain goat herds, I suspect a cattle rancher bought her to watch cattle and then discarded her. Which I cannot comprehend as she knew sit, give paw commands, and absolutely adores children, therefore I have every reason to believe she was a member of a family.
Nadia was brought into Canada by Redemption Paws. I am so appreciative of them for doing so. The bond I have with her is second to only my other rescue dog and husband!
Redemption Paws did all the hard work by transporting her up to Toronto and clearing her through customs. They tended to her vet care and spaying.
The key to a rescue is time. Sometimes a long time! It takes a dog a long time to get acclimatized. I was certain Nadia was left to sleep in a barn as she was hiding under my wooden bed, which I imagine gave her a sense of familiarity and comfort. It took me a good four months to earn her trust. It was nights of petting, of safety, of letting her lay her head in my lap that was the base of the bond. It was knowing I would provide food for her. Letting her role in snow and taking her to the lake. What helped seal things was taking her to the vet (TPLO surgery) and visiting her every day for the three days she was in the hospital. That was what told Nadia I was always going to return.
Nadia and I are one.
We would not know how to be without each other.
You can find Nadia on Instagram!
Cover Art Reveal for "Peter Little Wing", My first middle-grade novel, and book one of the series of four.
New Zealand was one of the inspirations for Kuri K9 Massage (kuri means "dog" or four-legged companion in Māori), but Aotearoa (NZ) also inspired my middle-grade novel, Peter Little Wing (Book One), so I thought I would share the cover reveal on this blog, too.
Gorgeous cover art by Gordon Bagshaw. To be published February 6th (Waitangi Day), 2023 by Pandamonium Publishing House.
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Welcome to the Kuri K9 blog, Elisa! Please tell me more about yourself, and your background with dogs in general.
My name is Elisa and I was a professional singer but unfortunately I ended up with Thyroid cancer and my career ended very quickly. Most of my life was concentrated in music so that was a huge part of my life but my next passion and love in life was animals which is how I got started with that. I had dogs for most of my life, although they were larger dogs but they were always part of my life in some way.
And tell me about each of your dogs!
Sage is the oldest in the pack, who is almost 10 years old. She is a Longhaired chihuahua. The one dog who will go to people first and will never leave. Loves attention and making people smile in general. She is also the first I got from the 5. She was 3 years old when I got her as well.
Foxy was the next dog I got after Sage. I actually got her 3 days after Sage so they bonded pretty quickly. She is a Pomeranian and will be 8 in the middle of April. Most people when first meeting Foxy would call her shy but when you get to know her she has one of the funniest characters. She is a little clown who loves to play. Her trademark of course is her pink tail.
The 3rd dog I got was Mitzy. She is the 1st dog I got from a breeder. She is also a Longhaired Chihuahua. Originally when I had the 3 of them they were called Three Furry Beauties before I changed the name to The Furry Beauties. Mitzy will be 7 in June. She is only 3.6 lbs but don’t under estimate her size. Although she is the smallest in the group, she is in fact the Alpha and leader of everyone. She knows what she wants and she goes for it. She is also one of the most intelligent dogs I have ever had to date. Her problem solving skills for anything are truly immaculate.
Next is Toby. He came from a breeding situation in Indiana so I got him when he was 2 years old. He will be 8 in May. He is a Black and Tan Pomeranian. Toby probably gets the most attention whenever I’m at shows and seems to be one of the favourites for many. He’s just a handsome dude. A very docile character who knows how to look into your eyes and win your heart with his precious face. He’s also one of the best models and knows how to work a camera, that’s for sure.
Last is Pollyanna. She is a Longhaired chihuahua but often gets mistaken for a Papillon due to her butterfly like ears. She is 6 years old. She came from the same breeder as Mitzy. She is actually a dog I knew as a puppy and tried to get for a very long time. I fell in love with her the second I saw her but she was the last in her line and she was meant to continue on in the breeding world but fortunately for me she wasn’t meant to be a mom. She was meant for me and that’s how she entered into my life. She has a very spunky character. She either loves or hates someone. After all she is a chihuahua. One thing for sure is she prefers women over men for some reason.
How long have they been modelling and performing?
They started pretty early on when I got them. They started by entering best dressed contests which they won many. They have a very large collection of clothing which helped greatly. It also improved their stage presence and gave them amazing experience in front of the camera.
How to they prepare for a photo shoot? A TV shoot? A Pet Expo?
They are generally groomed often but if it’s specifically for events then I have them groomed 2 days before big events especially the Pet Expos. All events are generally the same preparation. Brush them all. Make sure they look nice but on a daily basis I always brush them anyways.
The Pet Expo is probably the biggest events for them. So I always have clothing sets custom ordered for each day weeks before that. Grooming is already taken care of. That’s pretty much it. They are not very hyper dogs, so they are very easy to deal with and take care of.
Regan is a certified Canine Massage Therapist (CCMT), has certification in First Aid and CPR for Pets, and some beginner training in Herbal Remedies and Aromatherapy for personal use.