Meet Nala

Decatur’s Top Dog

Photographer Leesia Teh partnered with Decatur Living to bring to life our pick of the pets of Decatur for the issue. Nala is a Pitbull mixed breed who claims Amelia Jazwa as her human

How did Nala come to be part of your family?

I adopted Nala from Dekalb County Animal Services (now part of LifeLine Animal Project) in April 2013. She was about a year old, had been in the shelter for more than five months and had recently successfully recovered from heartworm treatment. She was the first dog I met, and it was love at first sight!

What’s her favorite treat?

Watermelon in the summertime

What’s her favorite “guilty pleasure?”

If there’s a pillow in the room, Nala will find it. No matter how big or small, she’ll curl up on it for a long snooze.

What do you love most about having Nala in your life?

I am so thankful that we found each other. Nala brings joy, provides emotional support, is the perfect travel companion and shows love to everyone she meets. She’s a perfect dog.
“Pitbull” still has such a negative connotation, and Nala challenges that stereotype. I hope that seeing her story helps people realize that pits can be the perfect dog for a family

How would you describe her personality?

Nala is extremely easy-going, friendly, will work hard and also loves to relax on the couch. She’s always up for an adventure and has traveled all around the southeast. She’s the biggest lovebug out there.

Leesia Teh studied photojournalism at the University of Georgia and has been photographing animals for over 12 years. Her work has appeared in various national and international calendars, magazines and books. All (100 percent) of her photography proceeds go to Meow or Never, a local cat rescue she founded in 2017.