Hello! I am sweet, adorable, friendly Nami, just hanging out here at Wayside waiting for my new family to come for me. Have you ever seen eyes as soft and gentle as mine? Yes, I am a beauty, with a happy, cute as a button face. I am a 2 year old, housetrained Lab mix. I realize I need a sort of special home, what with all my restrictions…no cats, no other dogs, no small kids…but I will be a truly wonderful companion for the right family, so I hope you’ll take a moment or two to read my story.
I came to Wayside when my owner realized he had too many animals to care for and he could no longer provide me with the home and life I needed. No one knew it at the time, they just thought I was chubby, but I was actually pregnant when I got here. So shortly after my arrival at Wayside, I gave birth to 6 of the most beautiful puppies on earth. We all went to a loving foster home, so that I could care for my pups and rest and recuperate myself. My family was the best and they took such great care of me and my little family. My foster mom (FM) talks so lovingly of me and can’t say enough about what a great dog I am.
I am happy, fun, friendly, smart, and very eager to make you happy. I love to be around my people and once I determine you’re my family, I will bond very deeply with you. I can be sort of particular about who I let in though….some people I fall instantly in love with, while others take more time. Young kids can be especially troublesome to me. They make me nervous, so I bark at them, telling them I don’t want them around me. I’d like a home without kids under the age of 5, please. Older kids, who know how to give me my space and are respectful of me should be just fine. And I love most all adults, once I get to know them! I love to go for walks and I will make a great walking, running, jogging, or hiking partner for you. I walk pretty well on my leash, although sometimes I pull a little, just out of excitement. A harness would work just perfect for me. I love to explore and check out my surroundings. I do like to chase little animals though, such as squirrels, so please be prepared! My new home needs to be free of cats or other small, furry animals please.
One of my favorite games is fetch! Oh my, I love that game. Love my toys too, and FM says I frequently carried them around the house with me. I never hurt them or tore them up, just liked to carry them and feel their companionship. Maybe they remind me of my pups, who I’m so proud of and was a great Mom to. Besides all my activities that I’m involved in, I also like to chill out with you and relax on the couch. Once I feel settled and at home, I can let myself unwind and just enjoy a little downtime.
I’m a huge people pleaser. I’m sensitive and care what you think of me. I understand and respond when you gently tell me not to do something. Please though, I’ve been treated harshly in the past, so I prefer a gentle and loving touch from you and plenty of positive reinforcement as I learn what you expect from me. I get upset when people talk in loud or scary tones, even when it’s not meant for me, and I react by crouching down on my belly. FM always felt sad when she saw me do this. I’m very, very smart. I already know several commands, including ‘sit’, ‘down’, ‘stay’, and ‘shake’, and I’m happy to learn more if you’d like to teach me. I was well behaved in my foster home and FM’s only complaint about me was when I’d ‘counter surf’. Well, she kept all that yummy food right within my reach, so it was so hard for me not to indulge.
I hope you don’t mind that I need to be the only dog in my new home. There was another dog in my foster home and I just didn’t like that. I would get nervous or frustrated and end up taking it out on my foster brother. He didn’t do anything wrong, it was me. I like to be in control and the boss with other dogs. You might know some people who are like that. It’s just how I am, but I’m thankful that I don’t feel that way with people.
So do you think you might have space in your life and your heart for a sweet girl like me? Do you think maybe we could become a real family? My life hasn’t always been easy, but I greet each day with a smile on my face, no matter what. I’m dealing with life in this homeless shelter, where I’ve been since my pups were weaned, but I would so much rather be home with you. Maybe you need me in your life as much as I need you. Maybe we’ll be perfect together and wonder what we ever did without each other in our lives. I hope that’s the case and I hope I meet you soon. I’m ready for my new life to begin, ready to take my place right next to your side!
**Nami is taking a break from shelter life at Man’s Best Friend Pet Resort. If you’d like to meet her, please call Wayside Adoptions at (816)986-4426, to schedule an appointment. Thanks!**