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Nova - Our bright, new star
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So Nova has an interesting story.  We live in a small apartment and adopting our dog was nowhere near being on our radar.  Then one day we find this dog laying in the bushes just outside our front door.  She looks at me with the sad “help me” eyes that we see on the commercials for dogs needing homes.  She melted my heart in that moment.  Then in the next, it was broken.  She got up to run because she was scared and I saw that her front leg was broken (missing is a better term) and she had bone exposed.  She limped away on 2 feet actually because she wouldn’t put wait on one of her back legs.  I called the local shelter and they sent someone out the next day to try and catch her.  They succeeded and she was rushed to the vet where they found that she had been shot at least 3 times.  They amputated the front leg and a toe on her back leg.  That was one place she was shot.  She spent a week recovering and then she was sent to a rescue in Delaware.

It was there that her heartworm test came back positive.  We reached out to the rescue and they allowed us to adopt her so we drove for 5 1/2 hours and managed to get a hotel room even though the state was basically shut down thanks to COVID-19 and then drove 5 1/2 hours back home.

This poor girl has been through a lot but we are trying to make sure she gets nothing but spoils and love.  It’s been almost 3 weeks since we adopted her and she’s settling in nicely.  It is a bit of a struggle because she is very timid and doesn’t really want to do anything.  All she does is lays next to me and wants to be petted.  It’s a struggle to get her to go outside if she doesn’t need to go to the bathroom and it’s a major struggle to get her in a car.  But we’re hoping that all of this will get better with time and as she learns that she can trust us.

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14 May 2020 - 5:06 pm
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Woaaah what a story! Nova found her way to the people who could show her that not all human beings are horrible. THANK YOU for going to such lengths to help her and make sure she got a loving home. At a time like this with the pandemic and all, you and Nova give us hope for humanity.

She is truly blessed to have found you. I think that yes, in time she will come out of her shell. That poor girl has been through so much, it’s understandable that she’s timid and just wants to cuddle with you. Sounds like you have all the patience in the world to help her be the best dog she can be. 

Do you have any photos that you want to share? We would love to see her!

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Thank you for sharing a beautiful rescue story! We look forward to following along with her new life you have given her.smiley_clap

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Thanks. I didn’t know how to add a pictures.  Here’s a couple that we’ve taken so far. We have a bunch though.  It’s been like having a newborn. lol

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I will admit we’ve had times where we’ve been discouraged.  She has major separation anxiety.  The first time we left her she had an accident and destroyed some things in our room.  I’m trying to leave her alone in our bedroom a little bit each day to see if that helps when we need to leave.  It’s also discouraging when we can’t get her to move.  She doesn’t like to be picked up but because of missing the front let her harness will just slide off if she resists the leash.  This means we end up having to just pick her up if we need to do something – like get in the car for a vet appointment. 

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Thank you for adopting Nova. You did such a wonderful thing, and even driving over five hours to get her. That is dedication at it’s finest!

Every dog I have had has been a rescue, but they pay you back in so many ways! 

Since Nova has been through so much she may have some understandable  trust issues at first, but she will learn with time, and it is great she is snuggling with you! 

I think it is amazing how animals will learn to trust again after being thru so much. We can definitely learn from them.

How is she getting around after the amputation? I would just love to see photos!

Nova was sent to you for a reason. She just knew.

The best breed is a rescue….

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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Oh I just saw the photos! She is a beauty! She looks happy, and why wouldn’t she be. She found her forever family!

You are an amazing person!

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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By the way the flag line harness is great for front leg amputee. You can find it in the gear blog

You just made my day! My heart is full!

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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Hi Nova and her human (what’s your name?)!  What a gorgeous pup!  I’m Stacy, mama to Griffin the 10-year old goldendoodle (Griffin’s Journey).  That is an amazing story about how Nova joined your family!  We live in NYC and Griffin also has anxiety when left alone.  When he was much younger, he would stay in a crate, which Nova might find comforting both when people are home and when she is alone.  Nowadays if I have to leave Griffin alone, I put him in my bedroom (with food and water if I’ll be gone long) and close the door so he is confined there.  You might want to consider a different harness for Nova.  This community highly recommends the Ruffwear Flagline, which has many adjustment points for just the right fit and would likely not slide off her body.  It sounds like you are doing an amazing job so far with Nova, so just keep trusting your gut and fire away if you have any questions.  Somebody in the Tripawds family always has the answers!  ~ Stacy

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ditto to what Stacy said about the aniexty. There is a couple more things you can try. A friend of mine uses CBD for her dog due to aniexty. Usually dogs that tear thing up are smart dogs. They do it maybe because of aniexty or their bored.  You might want to try one of those Kong toys that you put treats in before you leave to keep her mind busy. I think it’s  a good idea that you are putting her up for short periods  of time. You are showing her you are coming back.

When I first got Brownie, he broke my bay window. He chewed a huge whole in my leather couch, and chewed up my leather purse. But he turned put to be the most loyal and smartest dog that ever owned me.

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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Stacy said
Hi Nova and her human (what’s your name?)!  What a gorgeous pup!  I’m Stacy, mama to Griffin the 10-year old goldendoodle (Griffin’s Journey).  That is an amazing story about how Nova joined your family!  We live in NYC and Griffin also has anxiety when left alone.  When he was much younger, he would stay in a crate, which Nova might find comforting both when people are home and when she is alone.  Nowadays if I have to leave Griffin alone, I put him in my bedroom (with food and water if I’ll be gone long) and close the door so he is confined there.  You might want to consider a different harness for Nova.  This community highly recommends the Ruffwear Flagline, which has many adjustment points for just the right fit and would likely not slide off her body.  It sounds like you are doing an amazing job so far with Nova, so just keep trusting your gut and fire away if you have any questions.  Somebody in the Tripawds family always has the answers!  ~ Stacy

  

Hi. My name is Joy.

We leave her in our bedroom when we need her to be alone.  She is absolutely terrified of cages.  We have an x-pen that we had set up for her and she took one look at it and bolted.  I work from home and my office is in our bedroom so she’s gotten really use to being in there throughout the day.  We just are working on getting her to be ok alone too.

The harness in the pic is actually what her foster got her.  We recently bought her the EzyDog Convert Harness. She managed to slip out of it today. I might have to look into that other harness but after just bying the EzyDog one I can’t really afford a new one.  These are a bit on the pricier side.

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What size harness the Nova where. I have a flag line that I am no longer using because my Brownie has gone to the bridge. He was a choc lab. I didnt think I could part with it but I think Brownie would be honored if Nova wore it.

Jerry was kind enough to send it to me when they first came out.

Measure her griths and let me know. 

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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Hello and welcome.

You guys are awesome for adopting Nova.  I know it seems overwhelming now but with some patience and work on your part you will make progress with her.

I’ve dealt with separation anxiety and fearful behavior for the past 4.5 years, my first dog with these issues.

I adopted my current Tripawd Elly when she was 10 months old.  She had been hit by a car when she was 7 months old and lost a rear leg as a result.  Although the rescue lady was reluctant to tell me the whole story I believe after Elly was hit by the car her owners did nothing.  They may have taken her to the vet but they wouldn’t commit to getting her treatment.  Somehow the rescue lady found out about her and got the family to surrender Elly to her and then she finally got her to the vet, the leg was broken too badly for repair so it was amputated. 

In addition to that I was Elly’s 4th home at 10 months old. She was understandably afraid of moving cars, she was terrible riding in my truck, she would whine the entire time we were moving with occasional crying mixed in, and she had/has severe separation anxiety mostly associated with riding in the truck, at home her anxiety is mild to moderate. And just to round things out she was pretty much afraid of everything that moved and lots of things that didn’t move.  She will not get near a crate and ex-pens originally totally freaked her out.  The rescue lady told me not to try and crate her but I didn’t think to ask why.

We have made great progress with patience, consistent training, and help from trainers.  We took a lot of classes, which unfortunately probably isn’t an option for you right now.  I have a book that was really helpful, it was recommended to me by one of our trainers- if you are interested I will find the title for you.  It was written for professional trainers and focused on home issues, but I was able to adapt much of the process to help us.  We went on lots of field trips (Home Depot, pet stores, local nursery, etc) during quiet times at first just to expose her to people and noises but where we could keep a safe distance for her.  As her confidence increased we would go during busier times.  She got to the point at Home Depot that she would demand treats from the cashiers!  Again, probably not something you can do right now but something to work towards.

An example of our progress- I started doing the sport of Nose Work with Elly which required the dog to wait in the car between their turns.  This is when we discovered how severe her sep anx was- she absolutely flipped out the first time I left her for 20 minutes.  She was inconsolable when I got her out of the truck, she wouldn’t get back in the truck, and she wouldn’t do anything in the training room which involved looking for treats! It was an hour before she calmed down. Anyway- I started conditioning her to wait for me- it was a looooooong process.  It took about a year (although I wasn’t working on it the whole time) to get her OK with waiting 15 minutes in the truck, with me in view, without flipping out.  After that it went faster.  I eventually worked up to her waiting about 45 minutes when we went to Nose Work Trials.  She is still a bit anxious when I come back for her, but the big difference is that she calms down right away.

This is a lot of information so I’ll stop here.  If you want to talk more let me know- you can send me a Private Message (PM) and we can exchange emails if you think it would be helpful.  Elly has been a huge learning curve for me and really made me work on my patience.  I’m really proud of how far we have come.  She is much more confident in her world, rides great in the truck, does OK at home although since I live with my elderly father she is rarely home alone. 

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Karen, I knew about Elly getting hit by a car but did not know the entire story. You are an awesome mom, and look at Elly now!

You are both awesome!

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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