Nigel — Emerging Hero

Charity Partner: Goatlandia
Location: Nashville, Tennessee

From homeless to hero… that’s the journey that Nigel is on. Nigel is Irish for “Champion” and that is what he has become.

This 2 ½ year old Airedale mix was left behind when his family moved away. A kind neighbor left food out for him, but he spent the next year wandering the neighborhood and living in the woods.

A wonderful group of women decided to help. They took him to a vet, got him groomed and medically evaluated, and planned to find a home for him. When Nigel was found to have heartworms, they asked the Music City Animal Rescue in Nashville, TN to help with his treatment. These women even raised the money to pay for it. During Nigel’s treatment, the foster saw his potential for therapy dog work and decided to keep him.

Despite his past, he has an extremely calming presence around people. He enjoys being around big groups and will make sure he visits everyone who wants to love on him. He has attended church functions, nursing homes, and events for Music City Animal Rescue as an ambassador for rescue dogs. He even attended the Midnight Jamboree, a country music radio show in Nashville. The picture of Nigel is when he attended the 2017 Breakfast with Santa as Nigel Claus. He had so much fun that day and the children loved him!

Nigel will continue to be a hero and champion in the future as he will be trained as a therapy dog.