- Dog ID: 16-029PR
- Adoption Date: 09/12/2016
November 19th, 2016:
The Little Princess continues to blossom and grow every day. Lately she's been stepping out of her comfort zone and even asks to go along on rides. Over the weekend we stopped at a small local pet store to pick up a bag of food, and while there were all sorts of smells of other dogs that seemed a little scary, the smell of yummy treats and good food won out. (That and we were only there for about five minutes!) Bella seems to really enjoy making people friends. She squeaks and seeks attention from anyone one who is willing to offer it (very much like my last Golden -- I would swear he'd let a burglar in to the house and show them the valuables as long as he'd get a pat on the head!) Other four-legged friends are sort of hit-and-miss, so we approach those friendships very cautiously. It seems that as long as she meets a new dog on "their" turf she is more apt to not be stinky about it. If, however, you are coming in to HER castle, she will pout (yes, pout!) if another dog is getting her attention. Bella is very observant and while Miley the day-care-dog is not her favorite friend, she seems to have watched the joy that Miley finds in life and she has started exhibiting some of Miley's silly, happy behavior (only when Miley is not around ) Meaning, she has started running around the yard and teasing with you. She "dances" for her dinner every night and is becoming more and more animated with me during our little ritual, which always end by sitting like a lady before her dinner is presented to her. She definitely knows her name and is learning some simple commands. "Sit" is a gold star task. "Come" is getting there, especially if a whistle is used. "Stay" -- well, we still have work to do, okay? The leash still isn't a favorite, but pink is indeed a Princess's color and as long as it doesn't stay on long, is tolerable. On nice days, outside is a good place to be and there are favorite garden spots to check if Bella isn't immediately sited. She loves to explore the fenced in yard and was even observed giving a bunny a chase just the other day! Almost no more crawling... only on rare occasions when she is intimidated for some reason, or scared... but fewer and fewer observations of that behavior. It is truly a blessing to watch this little girl grow in confidence. She is very happy and content most of the time. The only time she fusses seems to be if there is a time she can't go along on a ride and needs to stay home. We have had no bathroom accidents, no behavior accidents, only a snappy incident with Miley -- never at any other time or with any other animal (still watching that though -- work to do in socialization -- but slowly but surely coming along). Bella is a joy, and it is indeed an honor to be entrusted with her care. To tell the truth -- it's not just Bella who is blossoming .
Sept 25th, 2016:
Each day we notice that Bella is a bit more confident... Not crawling as much and her head up and ears forward more. We are consistently working to avoid crawling and encouraging her to stand on her own four feet! If she wants that head scratched, she needs to stand up so the hand can reach the head. One day, Bella was ready to go back to the house, and Little Miss trotted herself back! Go figure! There really is a higher speed! She really thinks she's bright when she pushes the storm door open and can let herself out.
Apparently Judy speaks Dog because polite manners and listening to directions seem to occur after she speaks with Angela. She skipped her breakfast soon after arriving with us but was ready to have her dinner with just a teence bit of roast beef au jus mixed in, so she knows how to get just what she wants from us. I hope she understands that's not her menu choice every day!
She has really been enjoying being outside...in the Lily of the Valley or mixed in the holly bush are two of her favorite places. Little Miss Bella had her first solo run of the house and did, and continues to do well. If she does have a wild party she has it all cleaned up before we get home! She has had short rides in the car and we discovered she likes to be next to people in the car and then she quiets down…so unlike her crate in the car behavior.
It should be noted that one Bella, Golden Retriever Corgi mix, was observed RUNNING back to the house after having had a moment to relieve herself. The little Princess is having quite a time exploring! As shy as she might be, she has definite ideas of what she wants to do. For example, getting up before the sun is a deal breaker. She may open her eyes and tell you Good Morning!, but then it's back to sleep until a more acceptable light level.
She knows where she will be served her meals and will come watch you prepare said meal if you ask her if she's ready for breakfast or dinner.
And as every Diva needs some bling so we bought her a special pink, sparkly collar. We've been calling Angela "Bella". Slowly but surely she seems to be learning that might mean her!
Our adventure with Bella continues as we learn more about her each day.
We are all so very happy! What a wonderful blessing and addition Bella has made to our home!
Sept 23rd, 2016:
The little Princess had quite a day! As shy as she might be, she has definite ideas of what she wants to do (but you already knew that!). For example, getting up before the sun is a deal breaker. She may open her eyes and tell you Good Morning!, but then it's back to sleep until a more acceptable light level. She knows where she will be served her meals and will come watch you prepare said meal if you ask her if she's ready for breakfast or dinner. We are consistently working to avoid crawling and encouraging her to stand on her own four feet! If she wants that head scratched, she needs to stand up so the hand can reach the head. Hmmmmm... head rub is wanted more than no head rub. :-) Angela DID make a new friend. Our friend Scot (aka The Local Dog Whisperer) visited for a few minutes. Angela immediately greeting him with a tail thump (as she was laying down). Scot talked quietly with her and they seemed to have already decided to be friends. Scot comes around regularly, so this is a GOOD thing. And what do you know?! As Judy was feeding the squirrels, Angela joined her to see what she was doing. When she was finished, Judy asked if Angela was ready to go back to the house, and Little Miss trotted herself back! Go figure! There really is a higher speed! As every Diva needs some bling -- hopefully a sparkly collar will show up tomorrow too. But that's for another report. We've been calling Angela "Bella". Slowly but surely she seems to be learning that might mean her! We're all looking forward to a nice, quiet weekend continuing to learn about one another and exploring new horizons.
August 30th, 2016:
Angela continues to be a no fuss member of the household. She still is not into any physical activity - an attempt to walk her on a leash ends at the end of the property - but she enjoys her time exploring in the fenced yard. She takes notice of her mentor dog and enthusiastically welcomes humans home and gets excited (but stays well behaved) alongside the two cats and other Golden waiting breakfast and dinner. She definitely takes her “cues” from our older golden. Angela is trying hard to speak to us - she's not there yet - her murmurs are becoming a little louder - we await her noise! The little one loves beds and soft surfaces and generally beats the foster family to bed and snuggles and rolls as is her habit. She's big into diving into pillows any time and remains very affectionate. This little angel definitely needs to be allowed on the furniture and beds to keep her happy!
July 25th, 2016:
Angela moved to another foster home this week and is doing well in a fenced in yard where she can walk around off leash. The leash seems to hinder her walking and wanting to explore. She is very slowly coming out of her shell and doing less scooting and crawling and a little more walking. She still sleeps most of the day but when she hears you walk past her she will perk up her head and wag that tail of hers. She knows the routine for going outside but likes to come running (ok, that is an exaggeration) right back to her favorite couch when she is done with her business. She is getting used to the attention from a bigger sister as well as two cats who are almost as big as she is. She still does not respond to commands or her name and we are working on getting her attention to come when she is called. One command she does not need to learn is down or over as she almost always scoots down and rolls over for that tummy rub. Angela needs lots of loving and patience for her to become comfortable with her surroundings and new life. We know she does not like walks and she definitely does not like car rides.
July 7th, 2016:
Little 30 pound Angela came to us after a long plane ride and then a journey across the state. She appeared shy and scared and would cower and crawl rather than walk for two days until she became accustomed to us. She was not afraid of our two 80 and 100 lb. goldens and totally ignored them. Since coming to us she has been to the vet and treated for ehrlichia as well as being spayed. It takes some time for little Angela to be comfortable with you. She does not respond to commands or to her name yet and is more interested in being a couch potato. She loves her crate, a large one, please, as well as fluffy dog beds. We are not sure of her age, probably around 4-6, but we do know she has had several litters and was most probably confined to a crate most of her life. She loves that she can go from her open crate to a dog bed on her own. If you walk up to her, she will roll on her back and show you her tummy, which she would really like if you rubbed! This sweet girl would be wonderful in an apartment or with someone with limited mobility as she does not require much walking and has a consistent bathroom routine. What she needs most is consistency so she feels secure and lots of petting and rubbing of tummy so she feels loved!
Angela is currently available for adoption through our match process only. If you are interested in adopting one of our GRRoW dogs and would like to be added to our list of waiting families, please fill out an application found in the adoption section. Dogs that are available for adoption are then carefully matched with families from the list starting with those who have been waiting the longest. Although we cannot guarantee you will be matched with the dog of your choice, we recommend you mention any dogs you are interested in on your application.