Pet of the Week: Nahla is all bark and no bite

Nahla, an 8-year-old pit bull mix, is available for adoption from the Frederick County Animal Shelter. Briahnna Brown/Daily

WINCHESTER — Nahla, an 8-year-old pitbull-mix, might scare shelter’s visitors with her loud bark, but she couldn’t be more of a sweetheart, caretakers say.

She walked around the lobby of the Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter with a green squeaky ball in her mouth, ready to go out for a walk. She was pulling on her leash to let animal caretaker Kamryn Dixon know that it’s time to go.

“A lot of people–they kind of overlook her in the cage because she’s always barking,” Dixon said.

“I think they think, ‘oh, she’s aggressive,’ which isn’t the case,” Dixon added. “She’s barking because she wants you to get her out of the cage.”

Dixon said that once Nahla is out of her cage, she’s a very sweet dog who loves going on walks, chewing on rawhide and playing with her squeaky toys. Nahla has been at the shelter since February after being brought in as a stray, and Dixon hopes that Nahla can get adopted in time for Christmas.

Nahla is still an active dog, Dixon said, especially for her age, and she would be great for someone who would enjoy taking her on walks and playing with her. Nahla is best in a home without other pets, and would not be a good fit for a home with small children because they may not understand boundaries, Dixon added. Nahla would be best suited for a home with one or two adults that could care for her, or someone looking for security in a watch dog with a loud bark.

Nahla has already been spayed, and is good at taking her eye medication, Dixon said. Her eye issues, likely due to her age, are her only known medical issues. The fee to adopt Nahla is $30.

For more information on how to adopt Nahla, contact the Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter at 161 Fort Collier Road, by phone at 667-9192, or visit http://www.fcva.us/departments/animal-shelter.