Intelligent, active, soft, sweet and sensitive.
Could be a resume for an on-line dating service. After all, Nova's in the market for a bit of love.
But what's a dog got to do? How can she win a heart? Of dubious parentage, a love-child and abandoned, alone in the world. She hasn't had lots of love come her way, but has buckets to give. Sadly, she remains love-less.
Nova by name and nature – a nova being a starburst, a star that suddenly beams thousands of times brighter. And she has the personality of an explosive extra-terrestrial event. She's frisky, she's exuberant to the point of boisterousness.
“Active and energetic,” is how SPCA inspector Anna diplomatically describes Nova. “She's going through adolescence and just wants to run and do her own thing.”
One of the SPCA volunteers gave Nova her name because “she shines as bright as a star,” says SPCA officer Kristel. “She is a super nova.” A star but also a SPCA statistic.
The cold reality is Nova's number, 99936, collie/greyhound X, eight-months-old and female. And she's been looking for a home for about five months. She's a long stayer. Polite for not wanted – not to date.
“It's been difficult to find her the perfect home,” says SPCA officer Anna. “But the right person must be out there.”
This all started with a chorus of ‘oohs' and ‘aahs' around the office when Nova's little white and wet snout with a brindle head appeared in The Weekend Sun's SPCA Pet of the Week section on August 22. But the problem is the ‘oohs' and ‘aahs' haven't translated into a permanent home. We decided to go into bat for Nova – help find her a home.
The other problem is Nova is her own worst advertisement. She hasn't figured out how to sell herself. She jumps, and that puts people off – after all, it's about first impressions. She has super high energy and so people just wander on by 99936.
People looking for an SPCA dog can be a fickle lot. They tend to go for cute and fluffy. But we all know and love people with irritating behaviour – and at least Nova could be trained out of her bad habits.
They are Nova's shortcomings, but she has many redeeming qualities. Those big brown “please pick me” eyes, the loppy brindle ears, her lean athletic lines. What is there not to love?
Character and behaviour references? What don't you immediately see when you meet Nova? Hear this from Leigh, the SPCA volunteer who exercises Nova. It's glowing.
“Enthusiastic, but does settle down, very bright, learns very quickly, has learning recall and responds great. Walks nicely on the lead, doesn't pull, enjoys playing with her ball and playing fetch. Gets along with everyone, does jump but trainable.” See, we told you.
“Big dog, but a nice dog,” says Anna. “She's part collie and anything with collie has to be smart and active. Bored and energetic, yes. But stupid? Certainly not.”
Leigh says Nova will bond quickly and be a very loyal companion to someone special. “Special people” should be beating a path to the Tauranga SPCA in Alach Street as we speak, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a meet and speak with Nova.
We trust Nova will enjoy a period of intense and sustained radiation as a result of this exposure.