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I just can't believe it has been two years since we got Nova! I posted on my blog about it but I had to share with you guys too because all the people of CP have been so supportive of us. It has not been an easy road but me and Nova are really grateful to every one of you on here who helped us along the way. Here is my blog post, complete with a LOT of pictures-

I can't believe it has been two years since Nova came into our lives. Two years since she was handed to me at a vets office as they warned me not to take her. Two years since her bony little body shivered in the back of my car crate and I put on gloves to get her out. Two years since we realized she was not adoptable, she was not a foster dog- she had landed in her forever home. Two years ago we wondered if she would ever stand up straight, if she would ever eat in front of us, if she would ever pick up a toy. Looking back on that time I'm not sure exactly what we were thinking was going to happen. Personally I did not have a lot of faith in what kind of dog she was going to turn into. I just knew that there was something about her that I knew deserved a chance, I knew Copley loved her immediately and more unconditionally than any dog he had ever met before and I knew she was family. Not even metaphorical family- she was found within a mile of where Kerri was dumped and other than her height they look identical so who knows?


I was worried about her, and worried she would never adjust to living inside with humans. I talked to our trainers and they helped, our vet came the house and had so much faith in her- maybe the most of anyone. Still, the first week we had her this was what we saw-


Then she started standing up and walking around so we expanded her world to this pen-


Where she made a best friend


Then relaxed just a little bit and celebrated her first Christmas inside with a family. She had a stocking and her Grandparents sent her gifts. More importantly to her she was warm, and safe and full


Then tail tucked, backed into a corner she started eating in front of us
 

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Four months later she played with me for the first time- with that green bone.


Slowly but surely she made progress. Every day we worked on clicker tricks and she got more and more confident. Then one day she let me pet her. Just a little scratch under the chin. Then a little later she sat next to me on the couch. Then I pet her some more and before I knew it she was coming over to be pet every day. Finally one day about a month later she realized she was not just a feral dog, she was a chihuahua! And my lap has looked like this ever since-



With her nickname being changed from "Cheney" to "Snuggle Muffin" she celebrated her second Christmas with us.


She even had a Secret Santa-


Then she started taking fun trips to the park


She took her first vacation- where we broke down and everyone got a little bit hot


Next she graduated obedience class



And finally she is all snuggled up ready for her third Christmas as a member of our little family
 

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Some things are still a struggle for Nova but every day she gets better, even now two years later. These days more often than not she is frolicking with her sister, cuddling on my lap or dropping all the toys in the house behind the couch. She knows many tricks and loves learning so much I have to hide the clicker when we are not using it. There is barely a trace of the scared little dog I brought home that first day. I am so grateful to be Nova's person, she has taught me so much as we worked together to turn this scared dog-



Into this silly, happy, smart and beautiful one! (Who is perhaps a little pushy when she wants to play with her sister)


Thanks everybody! Me and Nova love you all!
 

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What a lovely story,and i just hope somebody who is struggling with an adopted dog ,or who has a dog with issues,reads your post and realizes with TLC and patience you can get there and never give up.
 

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Wow, Annie, I can't ever read about Nova without crying! Especially this post. I stay amazed. As I read this and thought back over her life with you, a thought came to my mind. I think you would understand it just as it popped into my head as I remember very well a post you posted a while back when we had a phase of people asking questions about breeding their pet for various reasons. The original thought was--we need more people like Annie and less dogs like Nova. I "tweeked" my thought immediately because, although I will never meet Nova, I love her and couldn't imagine a world without getting to be told all about her and how she's doing, and I know you're life has been changed by having her. My thought changed to--We need more people like Annie and less dogs that are forced to live lives like Nova had to go through before she came to Annie.

Happy Adoption Day, Nova!! Annie, you are so special and Nova, you are so loved!!
 

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That's a beautiful sentiment Lulu'smom and so very true. Annie thank you so much for sharing Nov's story. I'm kinda new so didn't know it and would never have guessed through your posts. She is so incredibly lucky to have found you and I suspect that you feel equally lucky to have her in your life. I wish you many more happy adoption days. Thank you for being such an amazing person!
 

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Thanks everyone! I do hope that Nova's story gives some people with scared dogs hope- it is not magic and it does not happen overnight but patience and love can bring a rescue dog a long way.

And you are so right Tina! I am sad not for Nova- because she actually is pretty amazing- but I am sad that I didn't get her when she was a puppy like I got Kerri. Nova isn't smart and energetic and brave because she was on the street- she survived on the street because she was all those things. If she had been brought up inside with people she would still be the amazing dog she is, just without the challenges and I am sad a dog as great as her didn't get that chance.
 

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It's such a lovely story. Nova is very lucky to have ended up with an amazing and patient dog owner like you who gave her a chance and a great life. I love the pictures too, that last one of her playing with Kerri is so sweet. :)
 

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I LOVE your story and giving us the timeline. While reading your posts, I have wondered about her story. Happy Adoption Day!
 
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