Dog Rescue Stories: Meet Zoe, the Zoomie Queen!!
By Jarissa Aquinde, Positively Woof Rescue and Adoption Story Editor
Nira, Zoe’s mom, has always been dog crazy. She loves the way dogs love unconditionally and wholeheartedly. The only dogs she had interacted with are the mutts her family had and then Lassie, the saintly Labrador that lived with her family for 14 years. She moved to the states in 2010 and the first pit bull mix she met was her friend’s dog, Roxy. Roxy was the calmest, sweetest, cuddliest dog Nira had ever met in her life. She knew then that when the time came to adopt, she would adopt a pittie mix.
Nira’s biological clock has always been ticking for a dog (never for a human child), but she was not in a position to adopt right away. She went back to school and then moved back to India briefly. She did not want to adopt a dog only to have to rehome it, so she made do with fostering dogs from the Sacramento SPCA
and dog-sitting Roxy. Nira made an instagram account for Roxy and through her interactions there, she learned a lot about adopting, rescue and the prejudices pit bulls face. She finally moved back to the States and was stable enough to bring a dog into her life.
Nira scoured shelter websites, Petfinder and made multiple trips to the shelter to find her perfect furbaby. It wasn’t easy, since she wanted to take every dog from the shelter back home! Nira then saw Zoe (fka Nancy) on Front Street
‘s adoptions page one evening and she was listed as a Dalmatian mix. Nira rents from a property that has breed restrictions and was thrilled to find a perfect mix. She and her sister went to the shelter the following day and met “Nancy”, the stray. She was quiet and uninterested while in the kennel. A shelter volunteer brought Nancy out for a meet-n-greet and she proceeded to execute the most adorable zoomies. She then leaned in and accepted love. Nira knew she had found her baby!
Nira named her ‘Zoe’ and she has been the “life” in Nira’s days this past year. She has nothing but love and tail wags for every human she meets. She tends to be leash reactive but plays extremely well with other dogs in day care. She is super smart and picks up new tricks within minutes. She also is exceptionally beautiful! Nira’s congratulates herself on her good fortune a 100 times a day!
is the award-winning coauthor of Training the Best Dog Ever
, which became a #1 best seller in dog training on Amazon Kindle. He is Leader of the Pack at Positively Woof
, which helps shelter dogs get adopted by making videos and raises awareness and funds. Larry is an award-winning dog filmmaker and has been a frequent contributor to the American Animal Hospital Association and Dog Fancy