Nia’s new home

by austinpetsalive • Posted in: Adoptions

nia-floorIn the beginning Nia was saved by two people w/ BIG hearts.  After seeing her hit by a car they ran to her in the road.  Cars passed as she lay huddled alive but injured.  She was bleeding from her eye and was having trouble breathing.  The couple drove her to the nearest animal hospital 45 minutes away and saved her life.

She had nerve damage. Nia couldn’t walk.  Nor did she have any bladder control.

Nia then was placed with an APA! foster couple.  Karia and Dan cared for and dedicated themselves to Nia for about 6 months.  Karia has continued to guide and answer any questions that have come up.

cindiMy name is Cyndi and l came into Nia‘s life about four months ago.  l was not really looking at getting another pet but one day l was out with my best friend and we happened to be at a store near Petsmart where an APA! site was showing some foster pets.  l, being an animal lover, had to stop meet and greet foster pets and volunteers.  They told me of a special needs pup Nia.

After visiting with several others without sensing a connection, l met Nia.  She was a special needs foster but we connected and l loved her from the moment we met.  After I met her l could not get her of my mind or out of my heart.

So two months later she was still in recovery and l felt up for the challenge.  Now after renaming her Zoey which means “life” l am so thankful for her previous fosters.  The rescuing couple Amy and Steven were so thoughtful and the name Nia will always be special to me.

As of July 12th of 2009 Zoey has a new home with me. Our first day and night consisted of lying around and play’n when the mood struck.  l began right away massaging her muscles as she lay next to me and also work on standing on her hind legs that are weak.

Before Zoey l had never changed a diaper but l learned quickly.  Our routine is developing and she understands l have to go to work then return home to her.  She seems to tire easily so when she’s had enough she naps.

Zoey (Nia) rolling on the bedl have been researching treats as well.  High protein and low fiber works best for her and l have found one company that does make these types of treats.  She loves them and earns them during play time.  Zoey sleeps cuddled next to me all night.  She has also learned to leave her diaper on if she want to sleep w/ me.  Her night massages usually put me to sleep.

We go bye-bye sometimes in the evening to visit her new friend Sassy who is also a rescue.  Zoey loves the ride in my truck insisting she ride on the seat w/ paws on the arm rest.

On July 26 Zoey jumped onto my bed unassisted for the first time.  This simple task gives us much hope in her recovery.

l want to personally thank the couples and veterinarians that have played a part in saving this sweet girl.  Zoey and l take one day at a time now and hope one day of having some normalcy but she’s loved just the same.  Even with all the challenges she has an endearing personality that is addictive to the heart.  No matter the hurdles, our love, l am confident, will overcome.


6 Responses to "Nia’s new home"

  1. Amysays: September 21, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Yay Nia/Zooey! It’s so wonderful to hear about the happy endings and updates! Thank you and congratulations to you Cyndi! Nia/Zooey is a special girl and it looks like she’s found a special home!

  2. Erinsays: September 21, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    that story put a smile on my face! Cyndi, thanks for giving Zoey a good home and a happy life! She sounds like such a sweet and special gilr!

  3. Amee Lemonssays: September 22, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Steven and I were happy to have saved her. Leaving her in the street was not an option. As soon as we got to the emergency vet we were told they couldn’t do ANYTHING until we were willing to take responsibility for her finances. Steven being a full time student w/o a job and then me with a low paying job, had to figure out fast how we were going to pay for her. We told them we would and I had to use my emergency credit card. We both love Nia very much and she will never leave our hearts. That night was scary and we weren’t sure if she would make it. She couldn’t even stand, and now she is running, playing and happier than any dog I know. If we didn’t already have 12 animals we would have kept Nia, we would have loved to include her in our family. But I think Nia and Cyndi needed each other more. They both have so much love to give and I couldn’t think of a better mom for Nia. I couldn’t be happier for the both of them, and both Steven and I are so excited Nia found her way home.

  4. Steven Walkersays: September 22, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Yay! I’m so happy she has a good home. Thank you Cyndi. I can’t even begin to thank you enough for caring for her. She’s such a sweet little girl and I am very happy to hear she’s able to jump up on the bed now. I still remember crying the first time I saw her stand up on her own and it’s awesome to hear she’s made so much progress. :)

  5. Linda Rulifsonsays: September 28, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Cyndi, my daughter Dayna and I met you today at the APA trailer where you were waiting to talk to Dr Jefferson again about Zoey’s latest medical problems. Both Dayna and I are praying for you and Zoey that she is able to overcome her latest health hurdles and return to your loving arms as soon as possible. You are such a good mama to her and she could not have found a more loving home. May her guardian angel watch over both of you and help her get strong and healthy and get home as soon as possible. May God Bless you both.

  6. Cyndi Sanfordsays: November 1, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Thank you for your comments. Zoey has had a rough time recovering from the heartworm treatment and there for I while I was so concerned she would not make it. I want to extend a big hug and THANK YOU to Dr. Ellen Jefferson and APA for saving my little girl on more than one occassion. I am proud to know each and every good hearted person I have met thus far in the APA program. If pet owners could have a peek at what we have been through with Zoey, I believe most would have their pets on heartworm prevention. My friend Debbie saw and did just that, her wonderful Sassy another rescue, is now on prevention once a month. I have vowed to tell Zoey’s story in hopes of “getting the word out” with prayers some can be saved. On an upbeat, Zoey is doing really well now, she is eating faster than I can put it in the bowl, putting on weight and now has the nickname “Chunky Monkey” LOL. Her muscles had gotten very weak again but with time that too can be regained. She is just a joy to me and I am finally a pretty good doggie diaper changer….she has started going to the door, hopefully a sign she wants to go “potty” for us this is a big step in her recovery. Just babystep but we have a lifetime. I continue to work with her on “playtime” building muscles and massaging at night. Zoey and I are going on a new adventure soon and will be leaving Austin. However, I will continue to update her progress and keep APA close to my thoughts and heart. If it were not for APA and Dr. Ellen, Zoey aka Nia would not be alive today.
    Love to all, Cyndi and Zoey