At A Glance

  • Age: 9 years, 6 months
  • Breed: Mixed Breed
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: N/A
  • Status: Adopted


In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:Entered Foster CareFenceKid FriendlyAnother DogCat Friendly February 19, 15optional yes optional yes This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.

Bella is a 2 year old Golden Retriever Lab mix fostered in Ames Iowa. Bella arrived to her new foster home spayed and fully UTD on all shots.  Thanks Jeanine!   She is a healthy, happy, beautiful dog who lives up to her name. 

Bella loves everyone she meets. She is definitely a people person. She enjoys helping the kids at night with their homework, enthusiastically greeting visitors and snoozing on her bed in our room at night. While she is crate trained she has enjoyed free roam in our home even while we are at work with no issues. She loves playing with her toys, sitting patiently for treats and would not mind crawling into your lap for pets. She is excellent with kids but is still working on her manners including using her paws to ask for more pets so she might need some gentle reminders with younger children.  

We have seen no resource guarding with either food or toys. Bella plays gently with our RD who has a sore back leg.  She is generally uninterested in our two cats unless it is to give them a passing kiss.  When Bella first arrived we joked that she pulled so hard on a leash we wondered if she aspired to be an Alaskan sled dog. We switched her to an Easy Walk Harness and the change was instant. Today she enjoyed a two mile jog with FD although I think she would also be content with a nice walk each day.  

When Bell first met our RD with whom she is now great friends with there was an initial snarl that dissipated in minutes. With that in mind we will be working on her greeting of other dogs on walks in the next few days to determine if that was just a fluke since she is so gentle otherwise. Other than that momentary issue we have had no problems with her.

All in all we have been thrilled with how easily Bella has fit into our home. She is a lovely houseguest. If you think Bella would be right for your family let your placement advisor know.



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