STELLA IS TEMPORARILY ON HOLD UNTIL IT IS SAFE TO INVITE APPLICANTS INTO HER FOSTER HOME. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HER AND WILLING TO WAIT, PLEASE EMAIL US AND WE WILL PUT YOU ON A WAITING LIST TO MEET HER.
Meet Stella, a special dog looking for a special human. Stella is a 4 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 it’s 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. If she is doing something she shouldn't be, all it takes is a quick "No" from her foster mom and she responds immediately. She likes going for walks, but also loves running around the yard and rolling in the grass.
Her foster mom says she is a fairly low maintenance dog and makes a fine pet when you know how to handle her. Though she is happy being near you, she is not an "in your face" kind of dog and is also happy to stay to herself. She is very comfortable laying quietly in the same room with her people, but if invited up into your lap, she will accept the attention, laying on her back to allow for easy belly rubs. She is crate trained, and takes toys and puts them in her bed or in front of her crate - very cute! She loves car rides, even if it is just running errands.
Stella is timid at first and frightened by sudden movements, particularly over her head, but becomes loving to her owner over time. She will snap if startled, and unfortunately because of this does have a prior bite history. She is protective of her human and will not tolerate anyone she doesn't know reaching for her. Once she knows someone she is perfectly OK with being petted. She just doesn't trust people at first. Once you learn how to handle her, she is a delightful little dog. She has never bitten her foster mom or anyone visiting her household. She lives harmoniously with two other resident dogs, though doesn't really want to have anything to do with them. She would be fine as an "only child".
In order for Stella to have the best outcome, Stella needs to be in an experienced adults-only 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 to make and keep her the best little girl that she can be. Her foster mom has a wealth of information that she will pass along to you. Stella also needs to have a fenced yard because she needs to get out and run untethered, and she needs at least a 5-foot fence or she will jump over it. She is not used to being left alone for long periods of time, so needs someone who is not gone for more than 5 or 6 hours at a time. She is a sweet girl but she needs patience, a gentle hand and lots of love. If you think you might be the right person to be little Stella's companion, we'd love to hear from you!
Stella's adoption fee of $200 includes vet exam, DAPP vaccination (distemper combo), bordetella vaccination, rabies vaccination, deworming, flea control, heartworm test (neg.), heartworm prevention, microchip and spay.