Bella - in Maine
Newest update: April 2016
April 2016: One or our volunteers met Bella and reported to us, "Bella was a wonderful little girl who needs a lot of confidence building. At first she kept her distance and we were careful not to have eye contact or approach her and once we sat down on the couch, Bella came right to us, sniffed and showed affection while saying hello. After a short while she went to the bedroom while we talked. There was no aggression at all. Transitioning Bella will take a lot of patience since she loves her people and is comfortable there. She will need the right owners and the right environment with good leadership. Training classes will be important to help her become a more confident family member."
Bella's family has asked for her to come back into rescue because they have adopted another female dog and Bella is not excited about sharing her home with her. Bella is doing well although she continues to show mixed behavior with other dogs. Inside the home she is great with her family and their other dog. Outside on walks she has a difficult time seeing and meeting other dogs. When she is overstimulated by what is going on outside she might nip at the resident dog because she is overwhelmed.
Bella is a sweet and shy girl who would love to be an “only child” in her home and we also think she could live with a tolerant male dog – she loves to go for walks and is a good running companion. She loves to sleep in bed with her humans and has a special set of fleece blankets that she considers her own. She loves to chew on marrow bones and antlers and likes to play with stuffed animals and tennis balls. Bella loves to go for car rides.
Bella is shy around new people so a patient loving family is a must. She needs to have a place to go in the house where she can feel safe if new people come in. Bella loves to be petted,but only if you let her initiate the contact. She will back away if you try to initiate contact or are too forward with her.
Bella is housebroken and once she settles in can reliably be left home without a crate. She gets distressed in a crate when alone. She rarely gets into mischief in the house. She is easy and low key when she is with her humans. She has too strong of a prey instinct to be with cats or to be off leash outdoors because she will take off after small animals. She still hasn’t learned to avoid porcupines
after being quilled more than once.
Bella has been working with a trainer who gave us some good insight into her needs so we'll pass on that info to help her new family transition her as smoothly as possible.
Bella is a young girl at about 2 years old, and weighs 48 lbs. She is a love and will thrive in the right family, could it be yours?
If you are interested in Bella or any of our sweeties, please fill out the application or email us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: we do not have a physical facility where the dogs are housed. They are cared for in our network of foster homes throughout New England.