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!
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.