Nerissa became homeless because her owners
took her to the shelter. The shelter paperwork said, "Owners don't want her because she
is going blind."
Zani's Furry Friends stepped in and saved her and I adopted her on March
19, 2007, in honor of my epileptic boy Griffin who lost his fight with his liver shunt the
I thank those ridiculous owners for dumping Nerissa; I never would have gotten the chance to
know her. I thank Zani's for saving her, and her fostermom, Lisa, for loving her so much.
And most of all, I thank Nerissa, for teaching me that even obstacles like being blind and
having cancer doesn't keep you from your goals. Nerissa's goals were, of course, different than
my goals. Her goals were things like finding a specific teeny tiny tennis ball in a huge yard,
even if it took her 34 minutes. She did NOT give up -- on anything she set her mind to
Nerissa came into my life during a time when I needed to be reminded to not give up. Prior to
Nerissa's appearance in my life, I was whispering to myself, "Be like a terrier! Don't give
up!" Well -- once I welcomed the gregarious Nerissa into my life, that quickly stepped up to
"Be like Nerissa!" Not only was I not giving up, but I was chugging full steam ahead! She
taught me so much about perseverance, and it's a lesson I will carry with me for the rest of my
life, even if I only knew her for 3 months and 19 days. Nerissa is happy now, and at peace, and
her body no longer knows the mess of cancer. She probably has three tennis balls stuffed in her
mouth right now.
Story by: Jacki Lugg