Neyra has exchanged her Amazon Rainforest digs for a rambler in central Minnesota; her life as an 'unadoptable' shelter dog for life on a fifty-acre farm with Gracie (an 85-pound Lab cross), six assorted
house cats, three tough barn cats, three horses, 10 chickens, and John and Judith. Her favorite pastime has gone from hiding in the dirt corner of the shelter to chasing squirrels in the oak woods. Who would have guessed that she really loves burying her nose in the snow sniffing out squirrels and mice, that she could adapt so well to the cold and snow, and that she could become (as someone who knew her in her past life says), "so confident" and lively?
|Neyra at Amazon CARES No-Kill Shelter|
As an older (7 or 8 years), reclusive, fear-biting dog, Neyra had little chance of adoption. Amazon CARES had captured her on the street five years earlier, spayed and treated her for parasites and released her back to her neighborhood. Later, they discovered that she seemed to be staying in an area where perhaps her previous owners had lived. So CARES relocated her to the shelter, where she had lived for several years.
If Neyra could talk, is this what she would say? "I had a wonderful life with my human family in Iquitos; I loved to be scratched, to ride in the moto-taxi and walk on a leash, to have my belly rubbed. Something happened, though, and I lost my family. Then I lived alone, always worrying about my future and always frightened. I didn't trust anyone, and I had no friends until Amazon CARES found me. They were nice to me and fed me and were gentle, but they had many dogs to care for and still I felt alone. One day, the woman from Minnesota talked to me. Soon she gave me treats and coaxed me out of my hiding place. She asked Gustavo if I was tame enough to pick up. Molly was pleased that someone wanted me to be part of their family, and even though I had to fly in an airplane to Atlanta and try to learn to be housetrained and was very stressed and frightened, she put me on another plane to Minnesota.
|Neyra and her new friend, Grace|
|Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland|
|Neyra, the Snow Dog|