Published on: 27 May, 2022
Noosh finds her missing puzzle piece ❤️️
Meet Noosh! Noosh moved to Australia for her protection in 2013, leaving behind all her family and friends. Feeling like she had nothing to call her own and nowhere to call home for a long time, Noosh decided that adopting a furry friend would help her settle in, navigate creating a new place to call home, and together they could heal and understand the trauma that each other had experienced. ❤️️
Growing the family
Noosh already had a dog (adorable Sophie) and knew that she wanted to adopt a furry friend for her one day! In preparation to adopt, Noosh opened her home to a few other doggos as a foster carer. This helped her (and Sophie) get a hang of what it was like to have more than one dog around. Once she had a good idea of the personality her new companion should have to fit into her home and lifestyle well, she jumped onto PetRescue. She says of using the PetRescue website:
‘’The PetRescue website was easy to use, the search button and filters allowed me to narrow down my search and the communication with the rescue group was easy through the website.’’
She knew it was important not to have a rigid idea of the breed of dog she wanted; it was just important that her new pet got on well with Sophie and that she would be physically able to walk both dogs together.
It wasn’t long before little Molly’s PetRescue profile popped up. Noosh instantly fell in love with her big, adorable doe eyes (who wouldn’t!). She quickly made plans with the kind folks at Country Kats and K9s Rescue for a meet and greet with Sophie in tow. They first set eyes on each other at a meeting point between her home and the shelter, and as Molly had sat through a long car trip to get there, she was pretty sleepy when the big moment came to meet her future BFF and did plenty of sniffs around to calm herself down. Noosh then took the doggos on a walk together and decided that Molly would fit perfectly into her home!
When Molly first came home, she was hesitant to go inside and looked up to Sophie for reassurance. At first, the two dogs were quite nervous and timid around each other - Sophie had been the only dog for years and wouldn’t let Molly too close to her for the first few days. Noosh made sure to set Molly’s new bed up in a room that Sophie didn’t go into much, but after two days, they were the best of friends!
In the first few months of her settling in, Sophie played a huge role in being Molly’s confidence booster whenever they visited a new place. Molly was doing nervous wees when a lot was happening - like getting into her harness or in the car, or when she heard any loud noises. After a while, Noosh could better understand Molly’s body language, and the wees now only happen occasionally when there are visitors over. Noosh manages this by ensuring that she’s given space and communicates with any visitors to give her time to say hello.
‘’She is quite a character! I started singing a Persian folklore song before going for a walk. That somehow became a thing to prepare her brain to expect what’s next, and eventually, the peeing when I put her harness on stopped. I still sing that song, and when she is in the backyard, she runs because she knows the fun is coming!’’
Twice the love!
Noosh knew that Molly had made herself at home when she’d boop Sophie with her nose when it was her turn for a pat! Before this, she stayed away when Noosh was snuggling Sophie and watched from afar.
‘’She is a totally different dog now; she has her routine, favourite spot to chill and toys that she owns and spreads all over the house. Her funniest habit is her yawns and stretches. They always come with a sound!’’
Noosh says that supporting Molly to settle in has meant that she’s needed to stick to a strict routine - eating, walking and sleeping at the same time every day which has given her life structure.
‘’My family is back home, and my pets are the definition of home, family and belonging to me. I'm a big advocate of talking to pets and telling them about my day, and they are both perfect listeners. Most times, they woof to my point!’’
The two dogs love playing chasey together now! They’ve settled into their roles - with Molly being more of a cuddly lap dog, and Sophie loves to play and sniff. Noosh even got a tattoo of the pair so they’ll be with her wherever she goes ❤️️
Noosh says about adopting:
‘’You might need to put a bit of extra time and love to help them learn and settle in, but they show love and gratitude a million times more than a pet bought from a breeder.’’
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