Dog Rescue Stories: Nellie Reminds Her Family to Enjoy the Little Things in Life

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By Jarissa Aquinde, Positively Woof Rescue and Adoption Story Editor
It had been nearly four years since Michelle and Rick’s beloved Beagle/Chihuahua had crossed the rainbow bridge and Michelle found herself starting to search rescue sites to see if it might be time to rescue another dog in need.  They headed over to one of the local St. Louis, MO rescues and met several pups who were waiting for their forever homes.  One of the workers brought out a little pug recently rescued from a puppy mill and the minute Michelle held her, she knew she was meant to be part of their family!
She was three months old and they were told she had some vision problems, but they didn’t know exactly what those problems were or what that would mean for them down the road.  Michelle and Rick didn’t let that hold them back and the they brought her home the next day!  Michelle and her daughter chose the name Nellie because they felt it captured her personality: sweet and spirited!
In spite of her first months of life spent in a puppy mill, Nellie was ready to be loved and loved her new forever family back immediately!  They never had a puppy before nor had they had a dog with visual impairments.  Nellie was so patient with them while they learned how to best take care of her.  After seeing a veterinary ophthalmologist, they learned she had pigmentary keratopathy, one of the most common eye diseases of pugs.  Over the past nine years, her eyesight has declined to about 5-10% and they continue to give her twice daily eyedrops in an effort to halt further deterioration.  Preventing a fall is one of their primary goals, so they installed baby gates to keep her safe.  Her lack of sight doesn’t prevent her from playing with other fur friends or interacting with people.  Nellie adores all kinds of social contact!
She embodies everything that is positive in this world!  Nellie is the most gentle and loving dog and reminds her family to enjoy the little things in life…whether it’s finding a sunbeam, getting peanut butter snackies or snuggling together on a soft blankie!  They are so thankful they found her and she found them!  Adopt don’t shop!
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Larry Kay 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 magazine.