We found Nellie on the side of the road one day in December. She was standing next to a
basket that had a small dog (Sugar) and four small puppies in it. At first we assumed Nellie was
the daddy. She was very nervous and put up a really big fight while we were trying to pick them
all up and bring them to the rescue, however, she never left the basket. When we gave her
some space and showed her she was safe, we quickly learned she was not the daddy after all,
but that we had rescued our own little modern family (two mommies!)! Nellie and Sugar took
turns taking care of the babies and eventually it was time to find everyone homes.
We had every intention of adopting out Nellie, and she had several interested families, but then
one day we saw her and Sisco (our only small dog) playing around together. We had never
thought about the fact that Sisco might be lonely because he has many, many dog family
members, but he had never had a dog his own size to play with before. We saw an excitement
and energy in him that we had never seen before and decided Nellie was meant to be a
permanent member of our rescue family. Sisco is happier that he has ever been, and Nellie
(who we originally named Nervous Nellie) now runs the show around here!
Nellie has quickly become a fan favorite around here. Children who are also nervous around
others or even animals hear her story and can share in that feeling. They learn that with a little
trust and love they too can come to enjoy snuggles and love.