Nija Status: Available

ID: 33279

Name: Nija

Breed: Bichon Frise

Age: 5 Years

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: See below

Location: In Foster in
Tonbridge, Kent

If you are interested in adopting a dog that does not say it can be homed with a cat and wish us to cat test please let us know and we will be happy to do this.

17-03-2022 Nija is a frightened little girl who has come to us from a breeder.  When you pick her up she clings on to you for dear life like a koala bear.  Nija need an home who are experienced with scared dogs and who have plenty of time and patience to help her come out of her shell.  Nija will need a calm and quiet adult only home where there is at least one other confident dog who will be happy to take her under their wing and let her follow them and snuggle up to them. She has never lived in a home before and will need to learn all about house training and how to walk on a lead but this may take her a little time to learn as for dogs like her the outside can be just as scary as being in a home. With time and love she will start to trust and you will see her blossom into the wonderful and happy little dog she should have always be.

05-05-22 UPDATE

Nija has done so well and I'm super proud of her! She's still fearfull when it looks like her personal space is going to be breached and still hand shy. She decided early on that she can trust me so I've been able to give her little positive pushes in the right direction. Right now her absolute favourite place is upstairs on my bed in between the pillows. She has mastered going up and down the stairs and she's toilet trained. She'll go outside but is still unsure and wants to come back indoors asap even if my lot are out there with her.
I've yet to hear her bark but I'm sure when she's ready to use her voice we'll absolutely know it! She loves her food and eats no problem in the same room with her foster family and there's no resource guarding. She is such a sweet clever girl!
Nija's started taking treats with the others from my hand but only when it's nice and calm and she is relaxed. She spends most of her day on one of the sofas cuddled up with my adopted pooches watching and learning how they behave and interact. She's not interested in playing with toys or doggy pals yet but that will come in time. In HER own time. Nija is not ready for walks yet as she's still too fearful for that. I'm going to start getting her used to wearing a harness in the next day or two so will have to see how that goes.
This gorgeous little girl needs her new forever family to be patient and understanding. She'll need a home with a more confident laid back easy going doggy who won't mind if she curls up close when she's scared or unsure. She needs a forever family where any children are older and dog savvy and adopters who will understand and leave her be till she's ready for cuddles. She's going to need a forever family who don't mind her curling up on their bed with them it's her favourite happy place!
Please please please before you apply to adopt this precious girl read the information on this page about adopting an ex puppy farm breeding dog. It's not easy but given time, patience, dedication and a willingness to follow the advice given to help these dogs blossom into the most loyal loving four pawed furry kids you could ever imagine! 

12-08-22 UPDATE
Nija has been with us for a while now and she's such a sweet girl. After a brilliant start she is still very wary of people and will need time and patience to be able to relax and trust her forever family. I made a huge mistake when I tried to put a harness on her before she was ready. A lot of ex puppy farm breeding dogs have trust issues with humans and each one is different. Sometimes they need a bit of a positive push in the right direction to help them move past their fears so they realise they are loved and safe. Because she was doing so well I thought it was time to try the harness and hands up I got this one wrong. Totally my fault. 
Nija isn't aggressive she's never bitten or threatened to bite, she's a runner, she chooses flight not bite so her forever family must have a secure garden with 6ft fencing because little madam can jump! She's going to need a gentle confidant dog in her new home so she can watch and learn from them by example. She's really clever and watches everything from her spot on top of the crate curled up with 'snakey'. Snakey is one of my furry kids favourite toys but he's letting Nija borrow it because she needs it more than he does and he's a very understanding kind little chap.
Nija is toilet trained and much much more confident in the garden than she was when she arrived. For now we're going back to a hands off approach so she can settle down again. She gets along with my 5 four pawed furry kids but hasn't bonded with any one in particular, I think she would benefit and bond more in a home with perhaps 1 or 2 other dog companions. No young children but older dog savvy young adults will be fine. The most important things she needs are time, patience, love and understanding in a home where she can blossom into the kind, gentle, playful girl I see when I look into her eyes

10-11-22 UPDATE

Honestly I can't imagine what this girl went through to make her so scared and mistrustful but little by little we're getting there. We are looking for a very special home for her so if all these apply to you and your family then do please apply.
She needs a home with 1 or 2 dogs who are laid back but playful. She needs a home with two or more adults so that she won't be left alone till she's bonded and ready to venture out for walks. She is fine to be left with other dogs (2-3 hours) she's not at all destructive, she's not aggressive and she is toilet trained. She sleeps on our bed or in one of the beds on the floor with whichever dog has chosen to use them. We put puppy pads down overnight just in case she needs to toilet and she uses them if she needs to. She needs a very VERY secure garden because she can jump and she's fast! She needs a family who preferably has experience with scared dogs but more importantly someone who will listen and follow advice to help her settle. She needs a family who will be patient and give her the time she needs to blossom into the sweet, cheeky, playful girl I know she is. She needs a family who will love her forever, take things slowly and be 100% committed to give her the life she deserves.
I know it's a long list but I truly believe her forever family is out there and she's staying with us in foster till we find them. 
30-12-22 UPDATE
All I can say is this beautiful girl who we call Niña (it means little girl in Spanish) is slowly slowly getting better every day. Whatever trauma she went through must have been really bad so it's natural for her to have issues with trusting humans. She's started playing with our other dogs when we're not in the same room and I know this because I have a camera so I can watch them. 
She gets cuddles and a brush every day now and she's getting used to wearing her harness. Please read my earlier updates because she needs to go to a home that's really secure where everyone will be patient and consistent. 
27-04-23 UPDATE

 Nija is a very unique girl to foster. I have discovered she loves Pet Munchies Beef Liver Crunch treats. She's cwtching up with my other dogs now and has started initiating play with a couple of them. She's even found her voice!
She is still wary but much better when things are nice and calm. Nija loves a brush and her coat is so dense and silky.
I am trying everything to help get her fear of the outdoors and on walks but it'
s still a work in progress. She is fine with a harness but still turns into a bucking bronco if you try walking her with a slip lead. I use a mobility scooter at the moment and she is unable to walk beside it but can sit on it securely. I will be trying her in a secure dog field next week.  I'll keep a long line on her and harness etc but I think she needs this push to get her to understand its ok and it's fun.
She is really such a sweet girl! 
I feel she needs a 2 or 3 adult home with 1 or 2 dogs, a very secure garden and a lot of patience. She's house trained, she sleeps either on our bed or in one of the dog beds on the bedroom floor. She can be left for a couple of hours with our other dogs, she's not at all aggressive and is quite submissive. She's lovely but she's a project work in progress girl who is going to be amazing once she's 'got it'  

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PLEASE NOTE: We nearly always home dogs who have come from breeders where there is ALREADY A RESIDENT DOG living in the house. They have usually never lived in a house before and are only used to canine company. They usually get their confidence and learn faster with another dog to copy from. This also helps with house training and learning how to walk on a lead. They will make lovely pets but do need a lot of love, time and patience. If the ex breeding dog you are interested in can be an only dog it will say so in its write up. Please read our information on ADOPTING EX-BREEDING DOGS before you apply.

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