Our first memory of Nellie is of a skinny, young mamma dog covered in red dirt, fleas and ticks who, along with her five babies, was surrendered to the local shelter. We learned that she had spent the year prior living on a chain in a dirt pit with little human attention. Once in the shelter, this sweet girl began to come out of her shell and grow in confidence. Her babies were adopted, but she remained, for three months. KAWS knew this girl needed a second chance, so we brought her into our family and sent her to our Portland foster, Toni. Little did Nellie know that in Portland, Grace had been waiting for her for a very long time. When Grace saw Nellie’s ad, she knew Nellie was the dog for her and her partner, Kyle. Within days of meeting Nellie, she became a permanent member of Grace and Kyle’s household, and has been a joy in their lives ever since. Grace reports that Nellie, “…seems quite content. And she’s winning hearts everywhere. Whenever we take her out everyone comments on how sweet she is and how soft she is….she’s got the perfect disposition and was worth waiting for!” Grace also says that Nellie gets to play with her best friend, Harper Lee (who traveled Portland from Kaua`i with Nellie) at Toni’s daycare AND that Nellie’s vet is Harper’s mom, Jessica. We are delighted Nellie has found her forever home where she gets to be the baby! Grace sums up our KAWS dream for all our dogs when she says, “I hope all your dogs find homes where they are as loved and wanted as Nellie.” Thank you, Grace and Kyle, for loving Nellie. Welcome to our KAWS family!