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Mochi And Nova

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Nova and Mochi!

“I found Mochi on Petfinder. She was rescued from train tracks along with her siblings in Texas. A Texas-based rescue that re-homes dogs up in NYC drove her up to us. We found Nova last year on Instagram through a special done by The Dodo! Nova’s mom looks so much like Mochi; we instantly fell in love. The puppies were rescued by a police officer in Puerto Rico.”

Owner Samantha refers to her two pups as “the two cutest powdered donuts.” It’s easy to see why, because they’re certainly powdered donut-like: sweet, fluffy and dusty white. One pup’s name is Mochi. She’s three years old, super friendly, gentle and very mellow. The other is Nova. She’s an eight-month-old sassy wild child. 

Upon doing a DNA test, Samantha found out Mochi is 37.1% American Pit Bull Terrier, 26.2% Cane Corso, 10% Australian Cattle Dog, 7.9% Boxer, 5.9% Border Collie and 12.9% Supermutt. Samatha hasn’t done Nova’s DNA test yet, but the girls look very similar. 

No matter what mix of breeds they are, these two pups are 100% adorable and an unstoppable duo. 

Dog Whisperer: Describe the pups.

Samantha: Mochi has a great athletic figure; she runs very fast! Nova is also athletic, and is constantly jumping. She can reach above my nose when she jumps! It’s very impressive. When she does it outside, everyone is shocked at how high she can get!

DW: Tell us about yourself!  

S: I was born and raised in Manhattan. My father is from Washington Heights and my mother is from the Philippines. I have a younger sister who is a nurse, currently working on a COVID floor at NYU. The girls love her and go crazy when she comes home after her shift. I went to Hunter College and currently work for a staffing agency for nurses and physical therapists. 

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Samantha and Mochi.

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Samantha and Nova.

DW: How long have you had your pups? 

S: I’ve had Mochi since she was five months old and Nova since she was three months old. 

DW: Where did you first meet your pups and bring them home from? 

S: I found Mochi on Petfinder. She was rescued from train tracks along with her siblings in Texas. A Texas-based rescue that re-homes dogs up in NYC drove her up to us. We found Nova last year on Instagram through a special done by The Dodo! Nova’s mom looks so much like Mochi; we instantly fell in love. The puppies were rescued by a police officer in Puerto Rico. They were a litter of newborn puppies found in the mud. After the paperwork was completed, Nova was flown with her siblings from Puerto Rico up to us! 

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Mochi glamour shot.

DW: What are your pups’ favorite activities? 

S: Mochi loves to run around, especially on grass! She also loves to bathe in the sun. Mochi loves the beach and has her own life vest for swimming. Nova loves food — if something involves food, you can count her in. We are hoping to get Nova on the beach this summer too!

DW: What are your pups’ favorite foods and snacks? 

S: Mochi loves ice cream! She’ll close her eyes and lick the container while I hold it. Sometimes I think she’ll fall asleep [ice cream drunk]. Mochi’s other favorite is cheese. Nova, on the other hand, loves chicken, eggs (even the shell) and pumpkin!

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Nova glamour shot.

DW: Do they have any best friends? 

S: The girls have tons of friends but I’d say — above all — they are definitely each other’s best friends. They love each other so much and are very protective. I love catching them sleeping on top of each other at home. It’s so sweet!

DW: What are some fun facts about your pup?

S: Everyone thinks they are related (sister-sister or mother-daughter) even though they aren’t. They are two very strong personalities, Mochi is sweet and gentle, while Nova is strong and rough! Mochi is affectionate and Nova needs to warm up to you first. After that, she may come sit by you on the couch. I sometimes laugh thinking about how they are polar opposites!

Follow Mochi and Nova on Instagram @mizz_mochi.

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