Puppy Tails – Bella’s Story
See Lola’s story here.
Bella were dumped in a river in a plastic bag along with her sister Lola and 3 brothers. A lady heard their cries for help and bravely plucked them from the fast flowing icy cold water. They were just 8 weeks old, shivering and very scared. She took them home and gradually warmed them up and after feeding settled them in a nice comfy bed. They responded to her loving care and soon regained their confidence and zest for life. She found homes for the 3 males and contacted us to get homes for these 2 lovely females.
Marie and Catriona from Paw Pourri collected them last Wednesday (20th Feb) and they came to stay with Catriona. Meanwhile we posted photos on our website and facebook and soon we had offers of wonderful homes for both of them. A lady named Sue in the UK immediately fell in love with Bella and plans were made to bring her over to her new home. That night Bella hitched a lift to the Midlands to stay with Rosie. She quickly settled in and was quite playful as you can see in this short video.
The next day Bella continued on her journey to Dublin to stay with relations of Sue. The 5 boys immediately fell in love with Bella and she loved all the attention. She is a very happy little puppy and just loves people and being the center of attention.
Sue has traveled from the UK this weekend by ferry to take Bella on the final leg of her journey to her forever home.
Update from Sue on Monday 25th Feb:
“We took her to have her injections. Bella weighed in at 2.8 kg’s. Vet says she is very healthy. He was shocked at her start in life. What a great vet full of advice. When asked what she is crossed with he said Collie x Rottweiler definitely. When she got her injection she cried like a baby poor little baby. She did not like the worm mite and flea treatment. Came running into my arms and he laughed said soon she will be too big to run to mum. He said she has a good temperament and very sociable puppy which is good. At the moment she is sleeping by my feet with her blanket over her”
Update from Sue on tuesday 26th Feb:
“With heavy hearts my family bid Bella goodbye as we left their home in Dublin for the ferry back to the UK. Wishing her well one of my younger grandsons said I love you Bella wish you were mine. A tear came to my eye. I placed Bella back in his arms and told him only 21 sleeps and you will see her again. How sweet her nature. She was well cared for and very much loved from my Vaughn, Colleen, Kian, Liam, Ryan, Duane and little Logan during her stay in Dublin. Even Patches their dog knew something was wrong, his friend was going. Placing her in her pet carrier the quietness was strange as Bella hates her carrier. We loaded her into the car waved goodbye and as we drove off Bella started whining and howling. At Dublin port she quieted down a bit. Going through to the ferry people were asking if they could touch her, all admiring her beauty and soft nature.
A few men offered to carry her onto the Ulysses (ferry), one man insisted so I let him. As I sorted her kennels aboard the ship for the ride over he asked if he can hold her. Taking her out the carrier her tail wagging, she so happy to be out and in human arms once more. Putting her into the kennels she was not happy but after giving her puppy chunks and water she settled for 5 minutes then started crying again. A cry that cuts right through your heart but I was assured by the staff that they will look after her.
After the long journey on 4 trains we finally arrived in Bella’s new home town in West Sussex. I opened the door to be greeted by my dog Sparkie who did not know how to take Bella and was been a grumpy old man. Bella settled down on a pillow in the lounge by my feet. As we were both tired I carried Bella up to my room as she has not mastered stairs yet, Sparkie right behind us. Placing her on the bed there was a few growls as she wanted to play with Sparkie but soon settled down next to my head and fell asleep, Sparkie under the duvet and Bella on top. I was woken up at 3:45 by Bella chewing my fingers and my ears as she wanted to play. I took her to the bowl of water, then to the house training mat, then back to bed. In the morning I let both dogs out to play. Later we had breakfast together. I wonder if I will have toes left after Bella has finished with them lol xxx”
Further updates from Sue (on 15th April 2013):
After a few days Sparkie and Bella started to make friends. Sparkie not knowing how to handle this bundle of energy. Running up to him dancing around him trying to nip his heels a growl here and there or toothless Sparkie snapping back at Bella a warning “enough now”. Both settling either side of me. Bella been young and mischievous found if she wormed her way behind mums back she could get to Sparkie, then the barking would start again.
Bella went for her second lot of injections two weeks after arriving in the UK. Sadly the vet did not have the same type of inoculations to give her part 2 so a two course was started again. This time she did not cry when she was given the injection. She weighed an impressive 5.6kgs. The Vet did another health check and said that Bella has Collie and German Shepard mix with maybe Rottweiler in her so Collie for sure. Announcing that Bella is a healthy puppy with a good nature. Walking Bella on the lead is an education at the moment as she does what she wants when she wants and if she does not want to go further just plops down and will not move till she is ready, have to laugh when she does that. Bella loves her teddies (and Sparkie’s). She has chewed up 3 tennis balls, a floor brush and loves to chase the floor mop when we mop up the floor. Finds the vacuum cleaner interesting, when switched off but the minute you switch it on away she runs and watches at a distance, even when Sparkie attacks the vacuum cleaner she will just sit and watch.
Introducing Bella to my grand daughter who at the time was 7.5 months. I was very proud of Bella and Aine (who showed no fear of Bella). My daughter in law put Aine on the floor and in reach of her as we watched what Bella did. A good face wash by Bella (which seems the norm now every time they visit) The first person to be greeted is Aine, even before she has been taken out of her carrier.
My family arrived over from Ireland for the Easter holidays. Once the children had settled down Logan (18 months) was very quiet so I went looking for him. I found him and Bella on the kitchen floor amongst the pile of washing. Listening and trying not to disturb them they were both having a serious talk. I take it he had missed Bella the most. She just lay there by him lapping up the attention. Bella was very excited and soon Bella and Patches were playing, running around the house and both very boisterous. Sadly Sparkie and Patches did not make friends so for his safety we took him to my mum. Walking Bella everyday just around the block and sometimes in the park trying hard not to mix her with too many dogs until her next lot of injections I find she is a very friendly puppy and not afraid to meet the biggest or smallest dog around. She still loves to go to humans who trust her.
Snowing in Britain..
Bella at first did not know what all the white flakes were. She would run and pounce in the snow for not long then decide her feet was getting cold. Walk time she would refuse to get up and all breaks were on. Playing outside became a game with both her and sparkie until he put his foot down. She seemed to take him telling her off gracefully.
After Easter the family went back to Ireland and Sparkie was fetched from mums and Bella and Sparkie settled down. She loves to tease him whilst he is sitting on the sofa, she will jump up onto the sofa, sit on her hind legs and out comes the front paws as she punches in the air. Sparkie’s tail will wag as the both have a barking match with either Camille or I having to remind them to play nicely as Bella now towers over him. Practically double Sparkies height and double his weight.
Bella has a very healthy appetite and eats very well, dry chunks and wet food. Not to mention her love for mommy’s food or for Camille’s food and will try and jump up to get what you are eating. A stern “NO” and she will flop down and sulk for a few minutes then try again. She loves her cup of tea in the morning and then will eat half of moms toast before having her own food. One thing I have learnt is never leave chocolate around as Bella will jump up and pinch your chocolate, then a big game trying to retrieve the chocolate from her. She loves chocolate, crisps and her dog treats. Loves her raw hide bones.
If we are having a bath Bella will try and climb into the bath with us. We have to laugh as she will whine for attention. Bella had rolled in the mud and was not smelling too great so I decided it is now the best time to give her a bath. She did not like the water and kept trying to jump out the bath. At one stage I was contemplating in climbing in with her but decided against that. I was more wet than she was but succeeded in giving her a bath. Towel dried her and had to dry her with the hairdryer which was another fight but won. She loves having her fur brushed and sat quietly until I had finished.
Friday 12 April 2013
Bellas second lot of injections and micro chipping…
Bella went to the vet to be micro chipped finally. Camille and I took both the dogs to the vet not leaving one behind so that there is no jealousy between the two of them. Getting on the bus the driver lowered the bus so the two dogs could get on the bus. Settling down on a seat Bella jumped up and sat on my lap. As the bus drove off she started whining, not enjoying the ride (which seems every time she is in a car or bus) climbing higher into my arms. Reassuring her that all is ok.
We got off and walked through town trying to settle her and then we went to the vet. The vet spoke to us fussing over Bella, telling us when she whines we must ignore her as it is a form of attention seeking. She then weighed Bella who now weighs 7.50kgs. Very happy with her weight gain and her shining coat, she said that Bella is a well loved dog. She then gave her the last injection and checked her nails and teeth. Listened to her heart again and finally said she will microchip her and that it would hurt her a bit. Worried that she will cry I held her with confidence swallowing big swallows waiting for the cry but Bella did not utter a peep. When I let her go she went back to the vet and gave her a big lick!!!
Bella is a happy, healthy, full of mischief, very spoilt and well loved dog. Between Bella and Sparkie I am not sure who loves chocolate more, she loves to drink my coffee and will fight to get to my cup so early morning coffee is shared with Bella. Many thanks to the lady who rescued Bella and her siblings, Paw Pourri and to Dermot for allowing me to adopt Bella :-))))
Letter from her human companion Sue:
“On christmas day we got up and gave the animals their presents, laughing at Sparkie clawing at his christmas presents and Bella bouncing around Camille and Sparkie. We took turns getting ready to go to Dylan’s (my son and his family) for Christmas dinner and we put out fresh water and food for the dogs and kitten. We prepared to go, closing doors and leaving the rest open for our pets to play or sleep. Preparing lunch I asked Camille, Dylan and my brother Harold to pop back to the house to get some chairs.
As Camille opened the front door she screamed fire, called 911 and started calling the animals by name. Bella ran out of the thick smoke, down the stairs to the front door as if to get fresh air then rushed back upstairs. Camille calling frantically for Sparkie, Bella and Tinks.
Bella appeared once more through the thick smoke carrying Tinks the kitten in her mouth. She put her on the stairs and nudged her to go on down the stairs and watching that she did not run back after her. Camille grabbed Tinks and gave her to Dylan.
Bella turned and dissappeared back throught the thick dense smoke. The curtain moving as she frantically tried to encourage Sparkie out from under the duvet. Not been able to take the smoke anymore Bella was forced to come out.
Dylan rushed up the stairs but only got half way before coming down again and taking a good few gasps of fresh air, then rushing back upstairs but only got to the top landing on all fours and started feeling around for Sparkie. He had to come back down for air.
At that moment the firemen arrived and rushed upstairs. Putting out the fire they started searching for Sparkie. He was found under Camille’s duvet where he always went if we went out. One fireman carried sparkie downstairs and started CPR and rubbing his heart and giving him pure oxygen but sadly he did not make it.
I got the call from my brother and came rushing home to see destruction. My brother tried stopping me from rushing to my pets. The fireman looking down as I sobbed my heart out, kneeling down to lift up the firemans jacket they had covered Sparkie with – our baby for ten years.
I asked where Bella and Tinks were and rushed over to Bella giving her loads of cuddles. The fireman said 5 minutes more we would have lost all three. My collie Bella is so special – she saved Tinkie the kitten and went back to get her best friend Sparkie. Once again I can only humbly thank Paw Pourri and Dermot for the special friend that I got”
yours, Sue xxx