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At A Glance
Monte and Pauline
"For Bella 14-161, in memory of Jackson"
In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:Entered Foster CareFenceKid FriendlyAnother DogCat FriendlyJune 3, 2014 optionalyes optional yesThis is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.
This adorable little peanut is Bella! Her former owner told us she was about two, but when we took her to the vet, her age was estimated to be a little younger, probably between 9 months and 1 yr. She is a petite 46 lbs. She still has a little growing to do, but she probably won’t be huge. When you see her go after a tennis ball, you can easily see how she maintains her figure. She can run SO FAST! She has been with us for 5 days, and here is what we know about her so far :
First, and most obviously, she is ADORABLE! Look at that face! And such pretty eyes!
She is healthy. There were no major issues that the vet could see. Her coat is a little dry and brittle, but the vet said that would be an easy fix with a good diet. Her bones and joints all felt normal to the vet. She is pretty skinny… the vet said he would not want to see her any thinner, but that she was not at an unhealthy weight. Her heartworm and fecal tests all came back negative, and she was brought up to date on her vaccinations, and given a microchip. She will be spayed sometime next week.
She is very shy and fearful of new people, but once she gets to know you, she opens up and likes to snuggle and lick any part of you that she can reach. She is a little more trusting of women than men, but once Foster Dad gets her to come to him, she will sit and soak up his attention! She will need a family that has a lot of patience to help her settle in, and lots of time to work on socialization. She is not quite used to being in the house all the time, so we have noticed that she is much more nervous and antsy in the house than she is outside. She is like a completely different dog in the back yard! She is slowly learning to be more relaxed in the house, though, and has decided that the couch is an awesome place to take a nap, preferably if she can be curled on you someone’s lap! If you move suddenly, or raise your voice or your hand, she will cower. She nervous-piddled when we first met her, but she has yet to do that in our house. She will cower or run away from most loud noises, but she has been better about that in the last couple of days. I used the coffee grinder and the soda stream this morning, and she flinched, but didn’t scramble away.
She was around kids in her former home, and seems to like them, but I think she would do best with slightly older children that are calm and quiet. Calm and quiet will be key in helping her adjust in her forever home!
She seems to be completely potty trained, and will do a little dance at the back door when she needs to go out. We were told she had occasional accidents, but we haven’t seen that thus far.
She will need slow introductions to other dogs, at least at first. She gets very nervous when she is put in a new environment, so she will growl and raise her lip at a dog that won’t respect her space. Her former owner said that she was fine with other dogs in the past, but I don’t think she had a chance to meet many other dogs. She seems to be more of a people dog anyway, so I think she would be fine as an only dog. She does wonderfully with cats!
She is a talker! When I get home from work, she greets me from her kennel with conversational grumbling and whining. She also tends to growl or bark when she meets new people and when she plays.
She knows exactly what a tennis ball is, and that it was made for chasing! That has been her favorite activity so far at our house. She will chase a ball non-stop! She will need to be taught to drop it though. Last night we took her out to throw the ball, and she will carry one in her mouth while she chases the one you throw. I think I got just as much exercise as she did, running back and forth to get the one I threw so I could throw it again! Once she learns to drop it, she will make a wonderful fetcher! We went out and got her some other toys to play with in her kennel, but she doesn’t seem to get it. She just used the stuffed squeaky toy as a pillow!
She has a TON of energy. Really, a huge amount! She will need a family that is committed to giving her all the exercise she needs. Exercise also helps with her nervousness. A tired dog is a good, relaxed dog! I think she would be a great one for agility or other dog sports. She would pick up on the training very quickly, and it would be a great way to use her energy!
She can jump like a kangaroo! I have no doubt that she COULD jump a 4 foot fence if she had the desire. She doesn’t seem to question the fence at all, and has no desire to leave the yard, but she could if she wanted to!
She walks well on a leash, unless she sees a bunny or a squirrel. Then she pulls like a freight train. We haven’t tried a gentle leader yet, as I haven’t gotten her to sit still long enough to slip it over her nose!
She kennels very well. It was tough to convince her to go in for the first couple of days, but then she discovered that going in there meant she got a treat, so now she goes in with no argument. This morning I even caught her in there by herself with the door open just relaxing.
She eats veeeery slooooowly. She will take a bite, then walk around the kitchen, then take a bite, then come get some lovin’, then take a bite… it takes forever for her to finish, and she will quit eating altogether if distracted. I have been sending our resident dog downstairs so that Bella can eat in peace. She takes treats gently most of the time, unless you try to give her one when she has been playing and is amped up. Then she gets a little grabby and gets your fingers a little. We have been working on “sit” so she picked up pretty quickly that sitting calmly and quietly is the fastest way to get the treat.
She is smart as a whip! It only took two or three tries at “sit” before she figured out what I wanted her to do. We have also been working on other simple obedience tricks, like “stay” and “down” and she has picked these up quickly too. She has great concentration while training, as long as you have a treat or a ball in your hand
This is what we have learned so far about this sweet little baby girl. She will be available to adopt after her spay surgery next week, so let your placement adviser know if you would like to meet her!