Nina has spent so long in rescue that she is now like part of the furniture, bless her! This lovely, smiley and absolutely gorgeous lady has been waiting 10 years for a loving home of her own. She is 12 years old now, and really deserves to be someone’s loved companion in a comfy home for her final years.
Nina has lived at Freshfields Animal Rescue in Liverpool since being found tied up and abandoned on an extremely busy, noisy and dangerous road many years ago. The poor girl was a quivering, terrified mess when she was rescued. Still, she is a wonderful dog – very loving, loyal, playful and affectionate. Although she is getting older she still loves her walks and is taken out every day by her own special dog walkers and, because they know her so well, can let her off the lead. She is always obedient and adores these trips out. Nina also loves to swim – she will dive into almost any puddle, pond or lake she comes across – no matter how muddy or cold!
Nina is overlooked because the poor girl has trust issues with strangers, which is understandable considering how she was dumped like rubbish on a roadside. She has no problem with strangers being around her but if they try to approach her or touch her she will give them a loud and clear warning by showing her teeth and snarling. Only if you ignore this warning will she nip. It really doesn’t take very long to become Nina’s friend, but obviously her issues with new people will need a lot of time and patience to resolve completely. She is not a dog you can meet one time and gain her trust, but once you do have her trust she really is a very loyal loving dog.
When she was younger, Nina lived with another long term dog and they used to mix in easily with other dogs, but she is now a little grumpy with other dogs, so would be best as an only pet.
Nina would suit someone who is retired but active. It would be so wonderful for Nina to find a loving home after having been at the rescue for so long.
Here is what one of the volunteers at Freshfields and one of Nina’s biggest fans has to say about this beautiful girl:
‘I have worked at Freshfields since July 2006, and I used to volunteer dog walk before that. I think I have known Nina for over 8 years, and she has been at the rescue for 10 years. There is absolutely no reason at all why she should have been here all that time. She has some behaviour issues, but she is very easy to be with and once she trusts you she is very affectionate. She has no self confidence with strangers and therefore if someone tries to approach her that she doesn’t know she will growl and, if not listened to, may nip. Of all the time I’ve known her, she has never bitten anyone.
She used to live with another dog but as she has got older now prefers to be the only dog. Although she is not bad with other dogs and could be walked with other dogs as long as both owners were sensible and the other dog was well behaved and not in her face.
I took Nina to Wales a few years ago for a week at a cottage and she absolutely loved it! That was the first time that I know of that she has been away from the rescue. She was perfect in the cottage, completely clean and settled in straight away. I took her down to the beach which she loved. She was absolutely perfect in the car travelling to Wales, which was about a 1.5 hour journey.
I also recently took Nina home with me for a weekend. She was great in the house, completely clean and well behaved. Again, she loved riding in the car and loved going for walks.
She is such an easy dog to have around. She is a little nervous and I think that will always be true no matter how well she knows someone. She would make a wonderful companion to an active retired couple.
If I were in a position to take a dog from Freshfields, Nina is the dog I would take. She loves her walks and is perfectly behaved off lead. Although we always say not to let them off lead straight way once she was able to come off she is great.
Although Nina is in general good health, she does have slight arthritis now. She is on special food to help with this. She has her own room at the rescue with under floor heating and very comfortable bedding. She really is in her golden years now and we are all so desperate for her to get a home. It would take a number of visits to the rescue and we would arrange for a member of staff to come out and walk with any potential new family for her.
She is so deserving of a home. She would love to go for walks then curl up by the fire when she got home. If you would like to know anything about Nina please do contact the rescue and we will be more than happy to talk to you about Nina.’
Here is a short video clip which will show just what a lovely girl Nina is.
Nina is in good health and has been spayed.
If you are interested in Nina and would like to know more about her, please contact Freshfields Animal Rescue as follows:
Telephone: 0151 931 1604
Please mention that you saw Nina featured on the Oldies Club website.
This replaces Nina’s original entry dated 24 May 2012.Tags: Active Oldie, Calmer and Quieter, Large and Lovely, Medium Sized, North West, Retriever
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