Featured My Mutt... "Nyx"
We found Nyx at a local adoption event and we were drawn to her right away because of her big, shepherd ears. She weighed only five pounds at the time and was underweight - she had only been pulled from a high-kill shelter just two days before. This little skinny puppy deserved a great name to live up to, so we named her Nyx, after the Greek Goddess of Night.
As Nyx grew we learned what it was like to live with a dog with a working drive: intense! Nyx was constantly getting into things and escaping from pens and crates. We loved her intelligence and loyalty and decided that she needed a job to do. We enrolled her in a local K-9 Nosework class, and right away we could see Nyx's mental energy channeled into something positive. It was so great to see our efforts pay off and to see a glimpse of what a working breed like Nyx could do.
With Nyx's adolescent phase drawing to an end, we starting thinking about the possibility of fostering. Though we love all dogs, our experiences with Nyx made it clear that German Shepherds and Shepherd mixes were the breeds for us. We met some fabulous volunteers with Golden State German Shepherd Rescue and decided to give fostering a try. We were pleasantly surprised to find that Nyx LOVED having a foster friend to play with! She had the stamina and patience to teach puppies appropriate rules of play. Since I can take my dogs to work with me, I was able to teach our fosters crate training and potty training as well as expose them to various people and situations.
As a human-canine team, we have fostered twelve puppies and dogs to date! It feels awesome to have helped so many dogs that shared a similar start in life as our Nyx. All of our fosters have been wonderful dogs who found themselves unwanted due to no fault of their own. After some time and training we have successfully sent our fosters on to wonderful homes where they will be safe and loved for the rest of their lives.
Nyx has inspired us to be more involved pet owners and to start - and continue - our volunteer work. In an effort to find Nyx's calling in life we have found one of our own. We couldn't have asked for a better dog than Nyx.
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