Amanda wrote me the most touching message about why she decided to keep him forever: "I decided to keep Nuri BECAUSE we fell in love. I couldn't imagine giving him to another person. He is not like other dogs. Nuri has eyes like a human... as weird as that sounds but when he looks at me, I feel like he isn't a dog. He is definitely full of personality and most of all full of love! I found that hard to beleive after the hell and heartbreak that he had been through. But I know that Nuri is my soulmate. He gets me and I get him. Nuri is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I love Nuri with all my heart. Thank you for helping me meet my soul mate! Nuri will finally get to live the life he deserves...which is happily ever after."
xoxoxoxo Congratulations Nuri! You did it!!
By the way, don't let his cheerful personality and sparkly eyes fool you, folks. Nuri has had a hard knock life until now. He spent last winter fighting a skin infection outdoors, freezing in his cage. Before landing at Asan Shelter he suffered under conditions that no dog should have to endure. He was pulled from one of the nastiest hoarding situations I've ever seen.
He survived hell, basically, and now, only good things will come his way. What a tough cookie, this little one!
UPDATE Nov. 13:
Great news, folks. Mr. Nuri xoxo is OUT of the shelter and IN to a warm, loving, albeit temporary foster home in Daegu. Sorry if there was some confusion about his adoption status. Nuri's new human Amanda has decided that fostering, not adopting, Nuri would be best for her, given her schedule and commitments, and we totally understand. This means that we are still on the lookout for Nuri's perfect forever companion. We'll be blogging about Nuri's progress in the meantime, so please read on!
Day 1- Nuri was excited when I brought him home. I gave him a warm bath and he seemed enjoy some of it. After his bath, he sniffed around and marked on a few things in the house. He devoured the two bowls of dried food and treats that I gave him. I was worried because he didn't go number two after eating all that food! I got ready for bed and put him in his crate to sleep and he kept making the strange crying noises that I think ONLY Nuri can make haha. He didn't like to be in his crate but I think he enjoyed his bed because he went straight to it. He panted alot in his crate through the night. I was worried that something might be wrong or he was used to being outside so my house may have been hot for him.
Day 2- I took Nuri out in the morning for an hour and a half. After that, I took him to the clinic to get checked for heartworms, fleas and mites. Good news! Nuri is heart worm free! He had ear mites though so that explained all that ear scratching. His eyes were a little red and his teeth were wore down from biting the metal cages and eating raw chicken and chicken bones so the vet thought that he was 7-8 years old. But, he is not. He is less than 5 years old. Nuri didn't like the vet very much and refused to sit still unless I held him. I took Nuri home and got ready to go to work. I put him back in his crate and he began to cry. I told him to hang on for a few hours. When I returned home.....LOL.... Nuri had gotten out of his cage and the house was a mess and smelt like dung haha. I put him in the bathroom and cleaned up. After I let him out of the bathroom he decideto pee on the peepad and I praised him for it! I went to eat out with the bf and rushed back home. This time, Nuri was in his crate nice and quiet. I gave him dinner and took him out for an hour with kkikki. When we returned home, Nuri relaxed outside of his crate for a while. Before he was put back in his crate he peed and pooped on the peepad and I was shocked! I praised him some more. He hasn't had an accident since the first day I brought him home. Instead of lifting his leg to pee he started to squat. I am very proud of him! He didn't make strange noises in his crate this time. He was patient and waited for me to wake up.
Day 3- TO BE CONTINUED!
I'm Nuri. My name means "the world" in Korean and I've been told that I'm pretty great. I am a small, loving, and energetic maltese in search of my new home. Could you be my new human?
A bit about myself:
They say I'm around 2 years old. I weigh less than 4 kg so I'm pretty skinny, but I have a lot of energy and I love to go out on walks with the volunteers. I also love cuddling and sitting on human laps when they let me. I have no problems with my furry neighbors, but for some reason, they seem to get more attention than I do. I hope my luck will change soon! I would be perfect for your apartment, house, or officetel. Not only am I well behaved, I can't make a lot of noise. You see, my old humans had my vocal cords silenced, which totally sucked, but I've come to terms with it. Why? Because I'm a trooper : )
I've been at Asan Shelter for more than a year and a half. I must say, it's not been easy. Last fall, I contracted a yucky skin mite that made me feel awful. It got better slowly as volunteers bathed me with special shampoo every week but afterwards, I had to return to my cold, windy cage. It's amazing that I survived one brutal winter, but I'm not sure if I can do it again. Will someone reading this please open up their warm home to me? It's only October but I'm feeling the chill already I've recovered from my skin condition, I'm heartworm free, up to date on all vaccinations, and ready to go!
If you open up your home and your hearts to me, I will be forever grateful. Please, it may even save my life. xoxo.