Stella is one of six puppies rescued from a backyard breeder in Tennessee. There were many more seized and through the partnership of several rescues across the US and shelters and local law enforcement, all were placed in rescues. ALL of the pups were extremely unsocialized, very fearful of people, and heartworm positive. Their lives to date had been spent crowded in outdoor cages with little access to people, regular care or vetting. Some were so matted they had to be shaved and were ALL intact (neither spayed or neutered). Unfortunately several have crossed the rainbow bridge due to health issues and complications related to their heartworm treatment.
Stella has come such as long way! She will readily follow you around and has started to explore on her own, but reach down and she may or may not run away. If you are quick enough to scratch her butt, she might slowly inch closer for more, and while she won’t come when called, you can catch her and hold her for a minute before she gets anxious.
She is great around other dogs (never been around cats), but she barks to express her EVERY emotion. She likes to protect her space too, and will dart out and yip if another dog gets too close. But nothing serious – Stella is really ALL bark and very little bite! She rarely ever chews things up, but she expresses her frustration by grabbing and tugging loose fabric – chair, carpet tread, slipcovers, etc… She is house-trained if you get her out early and often or crate her.
Her pastimes include:
👉 Barking at you and other dogs
👉 Looking adorable
👉 Sleeping behind the couch
She will take some time to warm up to a new family, and is only available to adopt in Texas in case she needs to come back to the rescue. Stella is a work in progress but great for someone who likes a little challenge!