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Age: 18 Months approx
Type: Mix breed
Location: Newmarket in foster / Available Now Happy to travel to meet potential adopters.
Live with children: Over 12 years
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Not tested
Bella is one of the victims of the meat trade in South Korea and has now joined the Chimney Farm family.
Bella has lived so long in a wire cage, no way to escape, no kind touch or kindness at all for most of her life. She has the saddest eyes but they are starting to relax.
Bella has been in foster for 2 weeks now and has blossomed into a wonderful loving girl.
She loves affection, she loves her walks and is off lead for me and behaves amazing.
She is afraid of strangers but now on walks will slowly approach them and is getting braver each day.
Bella likes other dogs if not too bouncy, she likes a calm meeting and enjoys the company of other dogs but doesn't really play. Please see the write up of her below.
All our Korean dogs have been tested for a general blood profile, leishmania, Heartworm and Ehrliciosis. Bella has been tested positive for Heartworm so is on a monthly ampule for 6 months then we would pay for her re test of bloods and any ongoing medical costs for this particular medical ailment. The vets are not concerned and say the treatment is very easy and successful. All other blood results show Bella is otherwise healthy and well. She has no symptoms at all.
Dogs name: Bella
Where does Bella sleep at night?
Bella sleeps in our bedroom, she does come on the bed for a cuddle and will happily sleep on the bed or on her bed on the floor.
Bella took many days to settle at night, she paces around and jumped between beds, but now settles like a good girl.
How is Bella with current pets?
Bella is good with my 3 dogs she doesnt play but just follows and enjoys them as company on her walks.
She can be a little monkey if has a treat, she has growled a couple of times, a firm no, she soon stops. She learns quickly and always happy around us, Bella loves other dogs and is keen to say hello to dogs when out on her walks.
Is Bella clean indoors? Yes, Bella has never messed in the house, not once, she holds it all night and goes to the back door when needs to go.
Can Bella be left alone?
Yes, the longest period has been 3 hours and no issues. She settles now and no barking or whining.
Is Bella out on walks?
Yes, Bella loves her walks and doesn’t pull, she is now off lead and is such. good girl. She goes a little bit ahead then stops and looks for me, she hasn't run off and no real prey drive, She may chase a bird but doesnt go off searching for things in the woods. Walks nearby to me.
How is Bella with humans?
This is Bella’s fear, other people, when we meet other walkers she goes shy and scared and tries to back away. We are trying to help her by meeting as many people, and asking them to stand and talk to us and approach her slowly. She will learn but this will take a long time and any new home will need to constantly try and socialise and make her meet new people.
When people enter the home she is the same, afraid, she wants to say hello to them but afraid. She will come to me for reassurance, so I make her sit on my lap and they approach. We had our dog sitter stay over, initially she was afraid but by the end of the evening she was sleeping on the bed with her and tail up on walkies.
We had another person walk her also and now no issues. She is a quick learner.
Have you noticed if Bella is afraid of any particular things?
Bella doesn’t seem phased by road walking, her tail goes up and she happily sniffs.
When the door bell goes and other dogs bark she gets a little worried. But she is happy and confident in the house.
Gates -Bella has an issue with walking through a gate, really gets frightened and drops to the floor not wanting to move. see end of video.
Any other useful information ?
Bella’s cheeky nature is coming out, she has started to play with toys, only in the evening but sweet to watch her.
She will likely take a few days to settle, as will be a change for her, but she is clever and such a good girl, always happy and keen for a cuddle. She is a quick learner and already knows the routine.
Her ideal home would be a home where they do not let her rule the roost, don’t allow her to be too needy, make sure she meets other dogs and people every day. Not to be left more than 2-3 hours at a time. 2 walks a day as she really enjoys them.
She has been through so much and you can see she has some small issues, but with time and the right guidance she will learn.