Nika's Heavenly Dreams (In Mem

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Neekers, Sneakers, Neekie, Sneaky, Neek, Neeks

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:

Going on therapy visits, treats, playing, snuggling with mom, and playing jokes on the rest of the family, which then brings about a huge doggy smile

Boisterous, overbearing personalitites

Favorite Toy:
Anything soft that I can squeeze to make noise (but not Kai!)

Favorite Food:
Pumpkin, peanut butter, sweets

Favorite Walk:
Anywhere with mom, but I recently discovered that I love a sandy ocean shore with warm waves lapping at me!

Best Tricks:
AAT, CGC - I can sit, down, bow and high nose/low nose

Arrival Story:
I researched this breed for at least a year to determine if it would be a good fit with my lifestyle. Joining one of the list groups, I met many wonderful owners and breeders who were extremely helpful as I attempted to determine if it would be safe to bring a Borzoi into my home that was currently home to a 4 1/2 pound Papillon. (Can we say "lunch"?!) Luckily, this wasn't as big a deal as I feared it might be, and through extremely fortunate circumstances I was approached by a well-known breeder who offered me a puppy she was looking to place. After driving across the state to meet this new young puppy (she was only 6 months old and hadn't even been properly named), I fell in love and never looked back.

Nika is a certified pet therapy dog (CGC-AAT). She's been to several hospitals and the local veteran's home for regular visits. She and 3 friends also helped a local charter school start a pet-assisted speech therapy program which has been wildly successful. She is a certified Red Cross Mental Health volunteer and has helped the Red Cross hold a shelter open during an ice storm when many people were without power and water. We've had the opportunity to help Hurricane Katrina victims who visited our state through the Red Cross. Unfortunately I don't have enough time to do all the therapy work that Nika would like to do, so now we visit one rehab hospital every month, and occasionally join a parade or other fun outing with our therapy group members. Nika lives at home with her human family, as well as Jordan's Star, a 9yr old English Springer (they adore each other), and she's currently sharing space with my son's young Papillon puppy. Frankly, she's not thrilled with such a cute puppy getting so much attention. She thinks she'll be glad when Cory moves out and takes that silly Kai-puppy with him!

Forums Motto:
Born to run

The Last Forum I Posted In:
Will Consider Fostering Borzoi

I've Been On Dogster Since:
July 18th 2007 More than 9 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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Life with Borzoi

Summer With a New Sister

August 7th 2009 4:40 pm
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New addition to our family - Piper, the Greyhound! She joined our family a few months ago. A friend of ours was feeding her as a nearly starved and freezing stray with tons wrong with her.

Our doctor-friend got her fixed up and now her bones aren't sticking out anymore, and her coat's all pretty and shiny! She's not feeling funny in her tummy and stuff anymore, either. No one ever claimed her so she's part of our family now!

She also doesn't go nuts around food all the time anymore! She's even learned some manners! I helped teach her that she has to sit and wait her turn for treat time. She's funny, cuz her paws slide on the tile floor when she's sitting. I can bow and "high-nose", though, and she can't do that!!

She's kind of obnoxious as a puppy. She chews on Jordan's leg like a chicken leg when she wants him to play, but he just bares his teeth at her. He's too old to play with her. I know how she likes to play, because I'm a long-nose too!

Anyway, Mom's going to put some pictures up of her when she has time so my friends here can see what I have to put up with!

Licks and wags,


New Rescue Organization in Allegan County, Michigan - AKA The Story of Chance

December 23rd 2008 6:44 pm
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Nika here.

During this season of hope and happiness there are still animals who need our help. Out of the ashes of horror and despair arise glimmers of hope and love.

My mom and I have personally known Lanie for several years. One would be hard-pressed to find anyone more passionate about saving and rehoming homeless and abused pets. She loves me and always has a treat ready, and usually a new fur-friend to meet when we go to see her in Saugatuck.

Just passing along this new resource info to those interested in animal welfare. We would never ask anyone to donate, but should you feel so moved, may you be blessed twice over. Please feel free to forward so we can spread the word.

Our wish for the New Year is to see an end to abuse such as this.
Peace be with you,
Sue & Nika

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, December 23, 2008 12:38 PM
Subject: Wild Dog Rescue becomes Wishbone

Changes at Wild Dog Rescue

As most of you know, for the past few years Lanie Mossey has been providing rescue services for the animals of Allegan County and the surrounding area through Wild Dog in Saugatuck. Lanie's rescue efforts have been responsible for placing more than 500 abused and abandoned pets in permanent homes, and many of you have been an important part of her success. Your continued patronage of the store, as well as the many adoptions, donations, and foster homes provided by the friends of Wild Dog have all made this possible.

In order to better provide these services going forward, Lanie has pulled together several of her closest allies to form a fully incorporated non-profit organization called Wishbone Pet Rescue. With Lanie as President, Wishbone will carry her vision forward by making use of the teams knowledge, wisdom, and love of animals for the common goal of providing abused, abandoned, and unwanted pets with a chance for a happy, healthy life.

In a twist of fate, shortly after Wishbone was formed the team was called upon to take in a horribly abused black Labrador mix, who's name has become Chance. As seen on most of the local news channels, Chance had been hung by his neck from a tree overnight, and then beaten with a large stick the following day in an attempt to kill him. There is also a possibility that he was intentionally fed antifreeze before the hanging, from which his survival is a miracle. Lanie and Wishbone Pet Rescue have stepped forward to provide Chance with medical care and a loving foster home, working hard to ensure his complete recovery from this horrific case of cruelty.

Chance's rescue has brought much needed attention to the animals of Allegan County, but has also forced Wishbone to hit the ground running. Although the media attention has brought in donations to help cover some of his medical care, Chance is not out of the woods yet. In addition, Wishbone currently has several other dogs in need of foster homes or financial assistance to help with their care and housing.

As Wishbone Pet Rescue moves forward, Lanie and the other members will be looking for continued help from the people who've supported Wild Dog's rescue efforts in the past. Any assistance you can provide, whether it's a donation, a foster home, or by volunteering to help with the rescue efforts will be greatly appreciated. More information is available at including updates on Chance's recovery, and links to donate through PayPal. You can also help by sending a donation to Wishbone at PO Box 775 Saugatuck, MI 49453, or by stopping in to see Lanie at Wild Dog's new location at 3389 Blue Star Highway, also in Saugatuck.

Thank you in advance for your support, we look forward to working with you on this great cause.

Wishbone Pet Rescue
PO Box 775
Saugatuck, MI 49453


Goodbye Sweet Saluki Girl

June 13th 2008 7:34 pm
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It's been an awful few weeks. Mom adopted a lovely young Saluki girl as a friend for me. We drove a long, long way to meet her. I thought she was very nice and was happy we were bringing her home to live with us.

When we got home Mom opened the car door and let me out. Then she took the new girl's leash very carefully from Dad, but for some reason the Saluki was afraid and jumped out of the car, pulling Mom off balance. Maybe it was the strangers and their dogs at the end of the driveway watching us, but the new girl flipped out and looked more like a wild pony at the end of the leash before she pulled Mom down on the cement, dragged her and got loose.

Mom had lots of bumps and bruises, but when the Saluki started to run, she and Dad put me in the house and went to find her. After a while Mom came back and took me to help look but we didn't see her so she brought me back home to rest and get water. I didn't see them again until dark. I don't know where my new friend was.

The next day they were up at dawn and out looking for my friend again. Lots of new people and dogs helped, and some of them even came to our house. I think they were planning other ways to find our Saluki.

She didn't come home that night either.

The next day Mom and Dad were out again looking for my new friend. Someone spotted her! I heard Dad say they'd seen our ad on Craig's List. She got away from that man though.

Then suddenly Mom and Dad rushed out of the house in a big hurry. They didn't even say goodbye to me! They were gone for a while, and when they came home Mom was really, really sad. Our best friend from the therapy club came, too, with Maxine and Nemo - my Portuguese Waterdog friends! But our friend was hugging my Mom, and Mom was crying. I tried to make her feel better by standing close and nuzzling her, and rubbing my head on her. She was crying. There was a bag on the table, too. It smelled kind of like my new friend, but not in a good way. I don't think my new friend will be coming home afterall.

Maybe Mom just needs me.

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