Meet Narissa


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 previous month.

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 doing.

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.

Nerissa's album

Story by: Jacki Lugg




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