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It was the morning of December 15th, 2017 when I was scrolling through Facebook and came across this gem. I was going to keep scrolling because I hate seeing any soul that I can’t help or save. We had 3 dogs as it was, no way. Something made me scroll back, something about her drew me in…. I looked at the pictures, read the post and thought to myself, “Who knows what state she’s in anyway.” Then I scrolled up a little more to see who posted and it turned out that it was my friend that helps rehome animals! There was not one doubt in my mind on saving this beautiful creature. I texted Denny (my fiance) and of course he was shocked but all for it. (If it were up to him we would have a farm of dogs and cats that I would be taking care of, haha!!) My friend Elisha and I texted back and forth most of the day about where to meet so we can see if Lenny and Yogi which are our 2 crazy kids that I thought might be an issue for welcoming Nala into our home. I will share their stories and pics in the future. Lenny is an over emotional, anxiety filled Lab/Pit mix and Yogi is a female toy yorkie. They both have been around other dogs but I still had my worries. We had no worries about Diddy our Boston Terrier as he has always been easy going and “go with the flow” pup. Closer to the evening it sounded like the guy who was trying to find her a home was backing out and possibly giving her to a family member of his. Turns out, he supposedly only had her for a couple weeks. He said he had saved her from someone else but was moving and couldn’t bring her with. He didn’t respond to my friend’s texts for a while so I thought it wasn’t going to happen. Then the family member that showed interest in Nala didn’t show up, which didn’t surprise my friend. We decided to meet at Petco. Nala was very docile and radiated energy I can’t explain. I knew and felt it was meant to be for her to become a part of our family. Of course she was scared. Two people and two crazy dogs invading her bubble was most likely terrifying for her but I could tell she was trying to stay calm. Her human at the time had purchased Nala a squeaky reindeer with a santa hat before we arrived that she just loved, her eyes lit up playing with it. So he played a little with her and I stepped in a little to play with her for her to feel a little more comfortable with me. I took her around the store by myself and she kept looking for her human she had known for the last couple weeks. That made me feel bad of course, but I knew she would be happy with us. Lenny and Yogi couldn’t control themselves around this new friend they had been introduced to but they weren’t showing any signs of aggression. I knew Yogi would want to dominate because she owns everything (so she thinks). Needless to say the energy as a whole seemed ok. We said our goodbyes and thank yous and it was time to bring Nala to her forever home. Denny sat in the back and held Nala on the way home so she could feel somewhat safe. Thinking back now, I can’t imagine what she was thinking. From her original home, to this young man for a couple of weeks, and then introduced and taken away by our circus ? Yipes! Home was a little more stressful than I had hoped for.. Nala was scared, confused, unsure of what the hell was going on but felt I was a human she could trust so she kept making eye contact with me. I’m almost sure she was saying,” Lady, I don’t know you but can you get these weirdos away from me please?!” Lenny ended up getting a warning bite because he was too close for comfort, so we kept them separated. Also, surprisingly enough Diddy was more interested than I thought he would be. Nala showed her teeth a couple times and then he left her alone. Well, she is a gorgeous female, hello! Haha! Yogi seemed (keyword) to give her some space for the time being. To protest Lenny ate all her food and tore up the kitchen and bathroom garbage (that’s funny now) while we were gone with Nala to pick up my sister’s dog’s crate. We don’t have crates but for the safety of all our pets it was necessary. Nala was my shadow going forward. It’s weird to have 3 shadows…Yogi, Nala, and my own shadow but I enjoyed every second of it. Nala brought so much peace and harmony to my life. I could have and did have many stressful days and once I was near her, it seemed to melt away when we were together. Even if it only lasted for a short time, it was all I needed. I knew right away her past was a very dark one. Nala’s voice (bark) sounded like a whisper. The first time I heard it she had woke me up at 4am and 6:30am to let her out with her whisper bark. Never have I ever heard that type of bark out of any dog before. Denny would have clients come to the house through the back so we had to put a child gate up so the dogs wouldn’t bother his clients. Every time we would put our leg over the gate to get over, Nala would crouch down like we were going to hurt her. When we would yell at the other dogs for making trouble, she thought SHE was in trouble. I will never forget one night when I grabbed a broom from the side of the island, it broke my heart and confirmed that she had been hurt horribly. My heartaches just imagining and thinking about the fear I felt come from Nala that night especially. It was obvious from how she sounded and when I tried to use a leash on her how she would cough instantly without much of a tug that she had been choked to stop her from barking? Or choked her to train her? Who knows, all I know is that it’s heartbreaking to see and feel. I was meant to rescue Nala and show her a life and love she deserved. I believe our souls are connected and that is why I was drawn to her through that post. Til I share more of Nala’s voice again, have a goodnight and stay safe.