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Karina "Chenille"

NBRF found both Karina and Louie for me, and these dogs’ presence in my life has been transformative in ways I don’t even know how to put into words. Karina was a prize-winning show dog for the first year of her life, then put in a garage for years. NBRF got her out so that she could live a fuller life, roll joyfully on the lawn, visit race tracks with me, travel the entire 3 Flags Highway from Mexico to Canada, explore snow at 11,000 feet and the lowest point in the western hemisphere at 282 feet below sea level, and gain confidence and independence, all the while doing the cutest things with her flippy ears and her gentle way and the beauty of her smile that won hearts everywhere. Louie had been a hard-luck case who had been in the shelter for so long that they sent him to animal control to be put down. NBRF activated the rescue network to get him out just hours before he was to be euthanized, nursed him slowly back to health in Florida, road-tripped him as far as Tennessee where I picked him up, and the rest is history. We think that Louie was a refugee from Hurricane Katrina  and had been on the loose for five years or more, but we will never know for sure. He certainly knew how to find food and water in any situation!   Even though adopting a senior dog means there is never enough time with them, NBRF has opened my heart and my world through their work in rescuing, rehabilitating, and transporting these four-legged companions of the heart. Heather Ingraham June 2023

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