Nova was one of several dogs, all taken in at the same time by the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre. All were in various states of neglect, having spent their entire lives up to the point of rescue, being confined in the grim conditions of a puppy farm.
They all had a variety problems common for dogs from these places to suffer from, such as rotten teeth, parasite infestations, untreated ear and skin infections and a general state of poor health. But it was clear Nova also had serious eye problems. This, understandably affected how she engaged with humans in the new world in which she found herself; DBARC to humans is an obvious place of safety and sanctuary but to a dog struggling with many huge and bewildering changes, it was plain scary.
But, with the skills, patience and time that the DBARC team gave her, Nova steadily gained a surer footing in her new world, slowly coming to enjoy her new surroundings and being with the many canine friends she made. Nova’s time at DBARC was lengthy - several months - as her complicated needs took a while to be properly assessed. Manager Janet knew that to offer her the best chance at a healthy, sighted future, nothing should, or would be rushed.
While Nova waited to hear what specialist care and treatment might be required, good news came in. She had a confirmed home to head off to in Devon, just as soon as she was fit and well enough to go. As it turned out, Nova’s new family had a longer than anticipated wait for their new girl to join them, as for one reason or another, Nova’s eye issues took a while to be addressed.
But her stay with DBARC was made as rich and enjoyable as it could possibly be. She got out to the onsite paddocks regularly, running freely with her friends; she enjoyed the dedicated play area and more and more got used to meeting the variety of visitors she did during her time at the Centre.
Eventually, after seeing the ophthamologist for a final assessment, it was decided that Nova’s particular eye condition made it too complicated, and risky, for surgery. The decision was made to allow her to go to her new home, with full support from DBARC, and help from Schnauzerfest funding, for her future eye care.
Nova is now enjoying the next chapter of her life. She has a schnauzer sister, Sally, from whom she’s learning everything she needs to know about living happily by the seaside, with humans who love her dearly. They’ve quickly bonded and are fast becoming inseparable friends.
Nova’s ongoing eye care does involve having regular examinations. For a dog who comes from her background, this can be traumatic. It takes time to build their trust, which can be fragile in the early weeks or months of living with humans. But, at Nova’s recent appointment with her new ophthalmologist, she could not have been braver.
This little dog is so brave. Everytime there's a new challenge she faces it head on and never ceases to surprise and amaze us given her bleak beginnings. At the Ophthalmologist today she sat on my lap whilst her eyes where poked and prodded. Just a little shaky but as the specialist said, better behaved than many dogs from less difficult backgrounds. She even got taken to see the 'head honcho' on her own without Sally for support! Good girl Nova!
Lynda, Nova’s new mum
We couldn’t agree more with Lynda. Nova’s courage, like that of all the dogs we help who come from such dreadful lives, gives us daily inspiration. This is what supporting Schnauzerfest makes possible.