Pet of the Week: Energetic Nina needs an outlet

Nina, a pit-Lab mix, sits with Winchester SPCA cat kennel manager Steve Rodgers.   Kevin Green/Daily

Nina, a pit-Lab mix, sits with Winchester SPCA cat kennel manager Steve Rodgers. Kevin Green/Daily

By all accounts, 9-month-old Nina has had a rather hectic life since she first arrived at the Winchester SPCA Animal Shelter near the end of 2014.

Steven Rogers, the shelter’s cat kennel manager, said that this is the second time through the shelter for the ultra-hyper Nina.

Rogers said they believe Nina is a “pit-mix, possibly with some chocolate Lab … and probably has more of the Lab than the pit because of her size.”

Nina was found as a stray and brought to the kennel in the fall of 2014. Since no owner ever contacted the shelter to claim Nina, a nearby resident adopted her four months ago. Nina was returned to the shelter when he moved to Richmond.

“He left Nina with people that he knew and was coming up on the weekends to take care of her,” Rogers said.

Rogers explained that the owner “stopped wanting to [travel] back and forth” and the family brought Nina back to the shelter in January.

According to Rogers, Nina would be a very active dog for any potential owner.

“She has a lot of energy, so [she would] probably be better for someone that is really active or someone with a fenced-in yard where she could run,” Rogers explained.

At the same time, Rogers noted that she is not “for someone that wants a lazy lap dog. She likes to go do things.”

Rogers said that could be the result of Lab DNA than that of a pit bull. “Both breeds are active, I think Labs more so.”

Until about the age of 2, Rogers said that Labs “have a tendency to be super-excitable, energetic and playful. They go through their terrible twos like children.”

After that period, Rogers said that dogs like Nina should “mellow out and wind down a little bit.”

Despite all of this apparent energy, Rogers said Nina is already showing signs of being a very obedient dog.

“Even when you are getting her out of the kennel, she will sit there and wait for you to put the leash on her,” Rogers said.

“She is a good dog, she has a good nature about her,” he said, adding that Nina would be good around children.

However, Rogers said, “If it were me, I wouldn’t do too young, because she is very hyper and would maybe knock a small child over.”

At 9 months and 45 pounds, Rogers said that Nina is most likely fully grown. “If she grows anymore, it’s not going to be very much.”

In addition, Rogers said that Nina is “very inquisitive” and already responds well to her shelter-given name.

Rogers said that if any future owners consider a name change, they should “pick something a little similar, at least with the last two letters … because that is really what they respond to.”

Even still, Rogers said that a name change and new situations should not be too difficult for a dog like Nina. In fact, Rogers noted that a house would most likely help Nina settle down a little bit.

Basically, Rogers said Nina “just needs an outlet” to exert the high levels of energy she has.

“She is the type of dog that, if you want to go out and do stuff, then she would be a good one to pick,” Rogers said.

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