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Her name means "victory," which would also describe the end of her journey if Nika the shepherd cross could find her forever home.
Nika was found at about six weeks of age with her sister, Tick, barely surviving on their own, outdoors in a rural area near a northern community. Their mom was nowhere to be found — rescuers would have saved her too if she could have been located — so the puppy sisters were brought to the Manitoba All-Shepherd Rescue (MASR) in April 2018.
She has become a bright-eyed, perky pup who is now about 16 months old, weighs about 27 kilograms and is described as a dog who is "sweet, sassy, silly" and "curious, active and agile."
"If you are someone who loves long walks, runs or adventure, and then coming home and relaxing watching a movie, then Nika is your girl!" the MASR states in its description of Nika.
"She is a great dog and we have no idea why she’s still with us," said Ashley Reid-Oyemade, MASR’s volunteer acting director.
"I’ve known Nika since the day she came into rescue. If I didn’t already have a young baby and another dog at home, I would take her myself. She would be great with someone who is active but also likes to cuddle because she does like to have her affectionate, down-time moments. She’s always curious, she’ll jump over rocks, she’ll climb things. She’s a dog who can literally do anything. She’s a fun dog."
Reid-Oyemade said Nika loves going for walks, does very well on-leash, is always ready to play and is great with people and other dogs. Sometimes she can be very bouncy or mouthy — she’s working on those things in training at her foster home — so a home with older children would be the best fit.
"She’s super smart. Nika is a very versatile dog, and she would excel with someone who is adventurous — hiking, climbing, agility, scent detection. You could go camping, road-tripping; she loves long walks," Reid-Oyemade said.
"She’s a working dog and definitely likes to have fun and explore. She’s not afraid at all. She’s very curious and confident."
Nika lived with a cat for more than a year in her first foster home and would try to start up a game of chase now and then, so a cat-free home or one with a dog-savvy cat would be best.
Carla Scramstad, a volunteer who is now fostering Nika and doing obedience training with her, said Nika is very responsive to anyone who is working or playing with her.
"She seems to really like to check in and pay attention to whoever is handling her. When we have her outside, she likes to go a certain distance and then run back to us, so that’s really good," Scramstad said.
"She does have some good basic obedience skills and she likes to work, too, if you want to work on training with her. She’s always super enthusiastic and ready to take on a challenge."
Reid-Oyemade said the rescue does its best to match dogs with suitable owners and wants to make sure that Nika is a good fit in the home of a potential adopter.
Nika’s sister, Tick, was recently returned to the rescue after her adoption didn’t work out and MASR doesn’t want that to happen to Nika.
A more experienced dog owner is needed for Nika to keep her busy and have her brain engaged.
"She learns things so fast. Anything you want to teach her, she picks up really fast. She’s game for anything and just wants to go-go-go and have fun," Reid-Oyemade said.
Nika is "eagerly waiting for that special family to choose her!" her profile on MASR’s website reads.
If you think Nika is the girl for you, email email@example.com to fill out an adoption application.
Updated on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 7:12 AM CDT: Headline fixed.