Nia Status: Available

ID: 22606

Name: Nia

Breed: Bichon Frise

Age: 2 Years

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: See the adoption details below

Location: In Foster in
Ormskirk, Lancs

If you are interested in adopting a dog that does not say it can be homed with a cat and wish us to cat test please let us know and we will be happy to do this.

03-08-2018 Nia is a very shut down bichon girl who has come to us from a breeder.  She is going to need a home experienced with scared dogs like her who have the time and patience to bring her forward.   what a shut down girl will need to have a lot of tlc to help her forward.  Nia has no idea that hands can be kind and hearts loving and she will take some time to learn this.  She will need at least one other dog to help her confidence and who she can watch and copy to learn about house training and lead walking.  So if you can offer Nia a permanent home or if you are one of our fosterers and could offer her a place please do.  She so deserves the chance to experience love for the first time.

10-10-18 UPDATE

Nia has been making huge amounts of progress here at Many Tears Animal Rescue, and is doing me - her kennel Mum - extremely proud. She is becoming a happy girl, who has a very cheeky side, who also loves to have fun! She will spend her days sitting in the doorway of her bedroom - (whereas before she would hide away and cower down in her bed) - watching the goings on from there! She is quite a nosey girl, who, when sees me coming along, gives me this look of excitement and expectancy! And as if she has been up to no good! Her already big eyes, widen even more, and sparkle with mischeviousness, and it is like she is giving me a little smile, bless her. At playtime she will dart out of her kennel and run, jump and skip around playfully in the sandschool with her best friends and partners in crime! Nia loves her toys and will happily spend hours playing and chewing on them. She shares her toys, food and beds perfectly.
Nia has just started her harness and lead training - she enjoys exploring and sniffing - but is a little unsure of the lead and harness and doesn't yet realise they are for her safety, bless her. She can occasionally become very worried and will try her very best to get out of the harness and off the lead by biting the lead and trying to back out of her harness. So for this reason, and the fact she can still sometimes be a bit unsure of being picked up by people she doesn't know - we are looking for a more experienced foster home, or a forever home who has had experience with scared dogs. Saying this however, she did feel comfortable enough to roll in some fox poo on her first lesson!!!! But, with people she knows and is comfortable with - she is a good girl and easy to pick up. If we stroke her though, she does look at us a little worriedly, bless her. 
An experienced member of staff bathed and groomed Nia about a week ago. She did tell him off once or twice but since her ordeal, she has been much more comfortable with being handled which is good news.
Nia is looking to be homed with another more confident resident dog. It seems she prefers more laid back kind of dogs, not the overly barky/stressy types.
She will probably have a bit of a shock going into a home environment, and the Big Wide World is still a very scary place with a lot of new things to come across and deal with, so these are things fosterers and potential adopters must be aware of. If Nia becomes frightened on a walk - she will do her utmost to get away.... But given a little space initially, and plenty of time, patience and understanding, she will become a fun, cheeky part of your family. Nia has a way to go in life yet, but I'm pleased to say she is no longer the completely shut down girl described in her initial update.

20-11-18 UPDATE

I couldn't be any more happier! This week Nia has made even more progress! First of all she began to walk around and explore the outside world, COMFORTABLY on a harness and lead! She didn't freak out once or try and bite the lead or harness.To say she has made me extremely proud would be an understatement!!!!
She is now also 100% comfortable with me, her kennel Mum, handling her. AND, I have literally just been informed that Nia has been completely comfortable being handled by staff she doesn't know this weekend too! I am INCREDIBLY chuffed! I think it is fair to say, Nia, or NeeNee as I refer to her, is one of my biggest achievements ever here at Many Tears! :)
Nia has also developed a real love for food too! In the morning, when she sees me arrive with the food bucket, she will bark in great excitement - this is the only time she barks might I add - and she looks comically demanding! She is a character and it is like she is demanding me to hurry up! So a great way to winning Nia over is through food! She shares her food, as well as her toys which she loves, perfectly.
On Sunday, yet again, ALL of Nia's friends went into foster, leaving her all alone...Just look at her in her basket...She has now gone into another kennel - but it is a big deal having to make friends with another group of dogs once again. Nia has been at the centre since August - that is 3 months - making her one of our long stayers. I really hope she will be in a home by Christmas... It would be fantastic if Nia could go to a more experienced fosterer. So if you are one of those (!) - Nia really does NEED you. PLEASE help this lady X

23-11-18 UPDATE
How things can change from one day to the next. Nia was spayed yesterday - she shook in fear when I put her in her kennel in the vets and her eyes followed me out the door and she run to the front of it - not wanting me to leave her there, and wondering what was happening. She was great being handled. When I went to pick her up at the end of the day, Nia wagged at me which was lovely. However, I was told Nia had a mature cataract in her right eye, and an immature cataract in her left....meaning one day Nia may well go blind unless her future owners take her to an eye specialist and the eye specialist feels she is a candidate for surgery. I am devastated and heartbroken and very sad for her. She has been through so much already in her short life, and she might face one of her biggest challenges. But, dogs manage remarkably well...The sooner we get Nia, or Neenee into a home environment the better. She could make the foster run this weekend if you would like to foster her? I am praying and hoping every day someone will....X

29-12-18 UPDATE

Nia has been in foster now for around a month. Although she continues to make great progress she is heavily reliant on her friend Roger the little Poodle. Nia had made great strides during her time at Many Tears and we are continuing to build on that. Nia loves to spend time with us on the sofas but still makes sure she can retreat to her own space when we are walking about the house.
Nia can worry about coming in to the house if there is anyone by the door but this is improving all the time. Nia plays very well with my adult sons and can be very puppy like and chase around the garden with them. Like most dogs who have been hungry she adores her food and gets very excited at dinner time!

Nia walks on a harness around our village daily in the company of our own dogs and is enjoying this new experience. Nia has had a very bad start in life and has some way to go before she becomes a well adjusted dog. She is taking to all the new experiences well but it is humans who she needs to build trust with and that will take time. Potential adopters would need to have the patience to take life at her pace and accept that there will be set backs but also hugely rewarding results. A family with small children would be too much for Nia. Nia loves all other dogs, big and small.
Most of all Nia needs a kind and confident little dog who would be her guide and mentor and will let her play, chase and cuddle with her.  Nia is in need of a special owner who I am sure is out there somewhere.

28-01-19 UPDATE

Nia visited the groomer this week for a much needed trim. She coped very well with a brush up and trim and is looking quite smart!
Nia enjoys her daily walk and is surprisingly confident whilst out and about. She greets us with enthusiasm in the mornings and happily spends each evening fully relaxed on the sofa with us. She does still make sure she has her own space when people are walking in her zone and will not yet willingly approach us but she is ok with this and we will continue to take things at her pace.
Nia's cataracts do not affect her in any way at present. Nia needs a loving home with owners who have an understanding or experience around rehabilitating damaged dogs. She loves a charge around the garden so space to run around would be lovely as it will be some time before she will be safe to be let off the lead in public spaces. Nia has come such a long way and a forever home would be wonderful as she is so young and is such a lovely lady. Please consider Nia if you feel you could offer her what she needs and will be committed to her future. One of the most important things for Nia is going to be a very kind and confident little dog to be her mentor as she is currently very dependent on her foster friend Roger.

27-02-19 UPDATE
Nia continues to make excellent progress in foster. Her little pal Roger the poodle has been lucky and found his wonderful forever home. We were concerned that this might set Nia back but it hasnt and she continues to enjoy the company of our other dogs and any she meets on her daily walks. Nia would love a home with another kind little dog who would chase and play gently. A garden to enjoy and owners who are around most of the time would be perfect. Nia loves her little walks although she is not the fastest walker! She loves an occasional chase around the garden. House training is almost there. She is a gentle and kind little dog who is still waiting for her new life, could that be with you?

PLEASE NOTE: We nearly always home dogs who have come from breeders where there is ALREADY A RESIDENT DOG living in the house. They have usually never lived in a house before and are only used to canine company. They usually get their confidence and learn faster with another dog to copy from. This also helps with house training and learning how to walk on a lead. They will make lovely pets but do need a lot of love, time and patience. If the ex breeding dog you are interested in can be an only dog it will say so in its write up. Please read our information on ADOPTING EX-BREEDING DOGS before you apply.

The adoption fee for an adult dog (6 months and over) is £220 and for a puppy is £250, However if the dog has a passport you will be given this when you adopt and we ask for a further £20 to help us buy a passport for another dog. You will find a break down of what the adoption fee covers under our Adoption Procedures (see link below) If your application is successful you will be home checked and you, all members of your family and any dog(s) who will be living with the dog MUST come to meet the dog you want to adopt. All our dogs are micro-chipped, have had at least their first inoculation and are spayed/neutered unless there is a medical reason for not doing so. You must have a safe means of transporting the dog home in a crate or if this is not possible please discuss with Many Tears or the Fosterer when your application is being processed.

Please read our adoption procedures before applying and then complete the adoption form.





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