Ruff Life: Nala Takes Her Place as Queen of Her New Home

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DALLAS --Nala didn't share her original home with the entire animal kingdom, but it must have felt that way.

"She came from a hoarding situation," said adoptive mom Anne Muelder. "She came from a house that had 60 dogs and eight horses."

"They were neglected and terribly socialized," added Dallas Pets Alive! Marketing Director Holly Morgan. "Many of them were very sick."

Dallas Animal Services roared into action for Nala and the others in this case, rescuing them from that dangerous situation.

"She didn't know how to interact with other people or dogs," Morgan said. "She was terribly fearful. She cowered in her crate originally."

That's when Dallas Pets Alive! put out an emergency message to find a foster for the scared girl.

"She was actually labeled unsociable. Nobody was allowed to see her," Muelder said. "Then they actually let us go see her. She was super shy, super timid."

That's when Muelder and her husband Art Ortiz took over. The couple's pack of dogs had just gone down from five to four, and the dog training couple was searching for one more.

"Whatever happened to the dog in the past doesn't matter anymore," Muelder said. "What is important now is for them to move forward and leave all that behind."

They fostered Nala first, and then, with a little help, she came out of her shell.

"Our dogs would come up to us and snuggle, or they'd come up to us and be like, 'Hey give me some food or a treat,' so she watched them and kinda copied them," Muelder said. "She realized it's okay to be around humans."

Every day is another step toward building the life she never had before, and in her new home she's treated like the queen of the jungle.

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