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At A Glance
Kathy & Jim Wika
"In memory of their Golden, Sydney"
Tara and Doug
"In memory of our friends at the Rainbow Bridge"
In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:Entered Foster CareFenceKid FriendlyAnother DogCat Friendly 11/8/2015Not RequiredYesRequiredYes
This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.
Welcome into foster care Belle! Belle was surrendered by her owner with one of her sisters, Belle is 8.8 yrs old, her DOB is March 12, 2007, she is very dark red and weighs in at 61 lbs. At this point she has very little feathering on her tail and legs but this will improve as her diet improves. She has some sore spots on her front legs, 4 to be exact; we're not sure how or why these are occurring. At first we thought it was hot spots but the vet said no; wondering if it is a nervous thing. They were infected when she came in and put on meds to heal. But they are still there, not healing very well, she licks them when she is in the kennel, so we're thinking nerves or stress. She also does have a heart murmur, to what degree we're not sure, her heart on an EKG just beats at a different rhythm. She was spayed on Wed, Nov 18, no more litters of puppies for Belle and did just fine with this.
The 1st few days she was very nervous or stressed, afraid of the doors & steps, but having other confident dogs in the house she was able to learn they are not going to hurt her. She didn't like the kennel at all, going in was the worst part, but with treats she has learned the word kennel and heads there all by herself.
Belle will not potty on a leash or any long lead trailing behind her, so she has been free roam in the backyard. Yes, that means FM is in the backyard very early mornings and again from mid afternoon to mid evening, except lunch time, my daughter does the lunch routine. Belle does check the perimeters of the fence line every time she goes outside just looking for holes.
Belle is a hard chewer, her teeth are very white and very little tarter on them at all, but they are ground down. Her 4 canines are about an 1/8 to 1/4" in length shorter & flat on top and her bottom front teeth are at her gum line. We are feeding Belle a fish based food with no grains and very small bites, easier on her chewing.
When I say that Belle is a chewer I do mean this in every way possible. She takes squeaky stuffed toys and rips them apart in very short time. She hasn't learned what she can destroy and what she shouldn't. The other day I was in the lower level of the house, digging for something in the freezer and left my slippers at the top of the steps, she ripped them up in less than 2 minutes, my feet are now very cold! I hope Santa Claus is getting me a new pair.
She has been cat tested and passed, Belle shows no interest in our cat.
Belle is temporarily here till her permanent home opens up, not sure how long this may be.
Temp foster mom & (RS) Missy & Ali