Noël was trying desperately to eke out a living around the Cerro de la Cruz, a popular tourist destination above Antigua. She was spotted there by volunteer Keri when out walking her dogs. Noël was in poor shape, and over the ensuing weeks, she was worse every time Keri saw her. Several people reported this sad little puppy to us, but every time we went to look for her, she was not there.
The planets finally aligned one morning, and Keri spotted Noël making her way down the street near her home about 4 days before Christmas. The timing was perfect, and Keri was able to lure this sick, hungry puppy into her home. So we had our holiday miracle and Noël was safe!
We think she is about 5 months old. She is small, very malnourished, and was suffering from mange and very infected skin. She has been treated for parasites, her skin conditions, and has gained weight and coat. She is out of quarantine and is now happily playing with all the dogs at the rescue. She is especially entranced with Tigra, and they room together at night.
We are very pleased with how much little Noël has blossomed in such a short period of time. She is very food motivated and eager, and so we have started training with her. She came to our Saturday playdate for the first time on January 5th and by the end of it she was following all the new dogs and puppies around and no longer fearful. She went on her first leash walk that day and did great!
She gains more confidence every day and is now walking in town on leash like a champ. She has made dozens of dog friends and learned to play. She is turning out to be a lovely, sweet pup and we are thrilled with her progress.
Noël can still be somewhat reserved with people she doesn’t know, but she warms up quickly. She is spayed, fully vaccinated, and has all her basic training. She is crate trained and is an easy-going girl who is calm and well behaved in the home.