Stella is a 3 yr. old mixed breed (terrier and chihuahua or cur?), pint-sized at just 20 pounds with amusing radar ears. She is both lively when you want her to be, but will settle down and quietly lay by you when its time to relax. If she jumps or talks, she needs to go out or is hungry! So she communicates well. She knows commands like Sit, Down and Wait. She is not only crate trained, but loves her crate as her safe space and sleeps there every night. She loves going for walks or to the dog park, and is well trained on a leash since she has lived in a condo where she does not have access to a fenced yard. She is timid at first and can be frightened by sudden movements, particularly over her head, but becomes very loving to her owner over time. She is very food motivated and can be taught tricks with treats. She loves car rides, even if it is just running errands. She is generally a quiet dog and is very comfortable laying quietly in the same room with her people, but if invited up into your lap, she is always excited for the attention, laying on her back to allow for easy belly rubs.
Though most of the time she is a delightful little dog, Stella was previously adopted out and returned for protective/ aggressive behavior. Just when her family was about to start training with a behaviorist, one of the parents fell seriously ill. Knowing they wouldn't be able to give Stella the attention and the discipline that she needed, they felt it best to give her up and give her another chance at a better suited home. Since we have had her back, we have not experienced any major problems with her, although she was clearly uncomfortable with children in a temporary foster home that we tried her in. She is currently being fostered at a doggie daycare and plays with the other dogs (and adult people!) nicely.
In order for Stella to have the best outcome, we believe Stella needs to be in an experienced adult dog home that is willing to give Stella the time she needs to settle in nicely, that understands dog behavior and cues, and is willing to work on Stella's confidence and boundaries to make her the best little girl that she can be.
If you think you might be the right person to whip our little Stella into shape, we'd love to hear from you!
Stella's adoption fee of $225 includes vet exam, distemper combination, bordetella, and rabies vaccinations, routine deworming, flea control, heartworm test (neg.), heartworm prevention, microchip and spay. A free lesson and follow-up with our behaviorist is also included for Stella.