Meet Available: Nova
Animal ID 46686713 
Species Dog 
Breed Terrier, Boston 
Age 2 years 5 months 5 days 
Gender Female 
Spayed/Neutered  
Housetrained Unknown 
Intake Date 2/22/2021 
Stage Available
***** NEW KID ON THE BLOCK *****

***** SPECIAL NEEDS *****

*Please note: Due to the high volume of applications we receive on a daily basis, we are unable to respond to every applicant personally. We do, however, review all applications and will contact you if you are a good match. Thank you for your understanding.

When the cuteness fairies got together to create our newest guest, they didn't hold back. A big dose of darling and sweet, Nova is truly adorable in both looks and personality. She does, however, have some health issues that make her "special needs." So, before you apply because you're in love with her looks, be sure you understand what will be required to care for her. Only those who meet the criteria for her unique needs will be considered. Ready to learn more? Here you go:

Age: 2 years old

Weight: 12 pounds

Health: Nova's previous owner told us that she suffered an accidental head injury that triggered seizures. Upon intake, she was having them about once a day for a period of 3 weeks (this was in a foster home with other dogs and children). Once moved to a foster home without dogs or children, no severe seizures were observed. She does exhibit a "scratching her face" behavior where she appears to convulse (her back leg kicks repeatedly as she tries to itch her face). It's unclear if this is seizure activity or not, as this only lasts a few seconds, and she remains conscious during the episode. She snaps out of it very quickly and doesn't seem phased or negatively impacted. Her seizures are being managed with daily medications.

In addition, she is visually and hearing impaired. She is not totally blind or deaf but does have some loss in both areas. Neither of these things seem to stop her from living her best life. It does, however, require her people to be aware that she may not hear you when calling (or cannot decipher where your voice is coming from) and she may need you to step in front of her to get her attention. At times, she also walks into walls (though this has gotten less and less as she's become familiar with her foster's home)

Demeanor: Affectionate, sweet, quiet/mellow, playful (at times), couch potato, loner, vocal

Likes: People, dogs, giving kisses, snuggling, being held, sitting in laps, sleeping in your bed, burrowing under blankets, eating treats, squeaky toys, playing tug-o-war

Dislikes: Quick hand/movements, being left alone

Manners: Housebroken, crate trained

Fenced Yard Required: Yes

Tidbits (from her foster mama): If you've read above, you know why Nova will require a unique someone(s) to give her a wonderful home. Despite her health issues, Nova is a sweet and affectionate pup. She LOVES food and wants to be close to you the whole day. Her happy place is napping in your lap, or under a blanket on the couch. Since she is medicated for her seizures, she's pretty sleepy but when she's awake she wants to play! She isn't leash trained and doesn't require regular walks. She runs around the house and the backyard a little and that is enough for her. She doesn't mind the rain too much but may want you to walk outside with her in order to go out. We are a pack after all 😊! She will also circle you like a shark when she is hungry. It's worth noting that because of her poor vision, she does walk into walls and hits corners quite a bit. She has gotten better about this since she has been used to her living situation and the topography/layout of the house. In my opinion the best fit for Nova would be with someone who is at home full-time who can keep an eye on her for seizure activity. I recommend a calm, child-free and dog-free environment as well (she does okay with short visits, but too much excitement/stimulation can trigger seizures). Since she can get under your feet easily (she is a trip hazard), I would not recommend placement in an elderly home or where potential fall risk would be impactful to the owner. Little Miss Nova has been a She delight, and I am sure she will make her future owners very happy. She is eagerly awaiting to warm the lap of her new and forever person!

We ask that you apply only if you can meet the needs Nova requires above. If so, apply here: https://btrnc.org/adoption/.