Age: 1-2 years
12 August 2012: Bella is sweet and shy on the outside, but there’s actually a pretty spunky lady hiding inside. She stayed with us the past two weeks while her full-time foster family was on vacation, and as her foster mom told me, she is shy with people, loves other dogs, and is quite an enthusiastic eater. We’ve also discovered that Bella loves dog beds, going on walks, exploring the yard, Nylabones, and rearranging our dogs’ basket of toys (she will also steal flip-flops). She is not fond of vacuums, lawn movers, or construction noise (really, what dog is?), but she is strangely intrigued by loud vehicles, such as motorcycles and pick-up trucks (between this interest and her shyness, a retractable leash is not recommended for Bella!). Bella is house- and crate-trained, and she has done well sleeping in her crate at the foot of our bed with the door open.
Initially, we used a short leash to guide her around the house (upstairs to her bed/crate, to the back door, etc.), but she very quickly learned to follow the lead of the resident mutts (15, 30, and 60 pounds) and progressively got closer and closer to the rug that is our waiting place both for mealtime and twice-daily walks. Walks have proven to be a great way to bond with her - after about a week of darting back and forth from the rug, she now lies on the rug and lets me put the leash on, and she and her beagle nose excitedly lead us around the neighborhood. She ignored the resident cats for about a week, at which point she started periodically sniffing them and then whining at them when they wouldn’t play with her. She now gets so excited at mealtime that we had to start firmly telling her “no” because she will bark when we are too slow with the food. In the last couple of days, she has really shown that she wants to be friends with people, running up and giving us quick kisses on our hands and legs and accepting gentle chin and ear rubs. We have really enjoyed having her stay with us and think she would do well in a home with one or more dogs willing to show her the ropes and a family that can be patient with her as she gains her confidence and work on her leash skills and other manners as her spunky side comes through.
Bella is a 1-2 year old spayed female beagle mix. She hasn't had the greatest start in life so she's a little on the timid side. Her tail wags and she will approach you but needs a little more confidence building. She gets along great with other dogs but was stray in Amelia Co. so her history is unknown.
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