Nana was only supposed to stay for two weeks. Stephanie Doris took the then-8-year-old Pit Bull in as a foster and swore that it would only be a temporary situation. Nana was recovering from years of abuse, from giving birth to an estimated 15 litters of puppies and her ears and few remaining teeth were profoundly damaged. She had also been diagnosed with skin cancer, possibly from being chained up and left outside all day, every day.
“It was supposed to be a two-week thing. I was just going to get her healthy and then adopted,” Doris told ABC News. “But those two weeks turned into months and then after six months, someone serious about adopting her came forward. I realized I couldn’t let her go, and she’s been with me ever since.”
Nana has since had to have surgery to remove her ears due to their repeated infections, which left her completely deaf. She is also still fighting that skin cancer, but Doris is optimistic about their future together.
“Nana has forgiven people, and she’s learning to trust new people now,” Doris told ABC. “She’s forgiven people, so I have to also.”
Fortunately, Doris shares Nana with the Internet. Here are just a few of the many adorable photos that flood her Instagram account.
1. “Excuse me, I’m still waiting for my seaweed wrap.”
This little hippo has been doing A LOT of walking and really needed (and dare I say enjoyed) her foot soak! She wouldn't stop farting though. What was supposed to be a relaxing aromatherapy soak turned into a lavender-scented fart attack. She just loves me, huh????????? #rubadubdubnannersinthetub #journeyofnana #icanthandleherface
2. Happiness is…
Nana and I drove back to Henderson today. After she ate a big meal and did her business, she passed out like so. Limbs splayed, belly up, tongue out, clicker in arm's reach. I have no idea how it's comfortable, but I feel ya, Nanners. I feel ya.❤️ #selfie #meonmondays???? #thenannersandthepea #themostgloriousbellyinalltheland #journeyofnana
3. She may be getting up in years, but Nana can still frolic in a sprinkler with the best of ’em.
Guys!!!! We found a dog splash pad at our local Bark Park!!! Soooo exciting. Nana was NOT thrilled at first and was grumpy about getting splashed. But, it grew on her and eventually I couldn't stop her from trotting around in the water! Here is a random montage of clips of her having fun. The end clips show how pissed she was when we were leaving…she wouldn't even make eye contact with me! Lol☺️???? Ps. Sorry I have no idea why the video quality becomes so poor after I post. I hope it's still enjoyable! Ps ps. I am so sorry for that annoying laugh of mine, lol. #nannersgoessplashing #hippoinherhabitat #journeyofnana
4. “Hello, I am being a good girl, have you noticed?”
5. Say hello to Nana, your Uber driver.
6. This is the face of Monday.
7. “What? A hoodie works for Mark Zuckerberg.”
8. Strong pajama game, Nana. Very strong.