R.O.A.R. Squad: Leslie and her dog, Bella

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R.O.A.R. Squad: Leslie and her dog, Bella

Okay. So being a part of this R.O.A.R. Squad project means that I get to read each entry about a gazillion times: once when I initially receive it, again when I am filing it, again when I am sorting through emails re-finding entries and then again and again as I edit and re-edit. This one got me right in the gut every time- something about how Bella clearly just needed to be with Leslie and Jan. Welcome to the R.O.A.R. Squad guys. I’m really glad you got Bella home.

Human names: Leslie (Twitter: @leslie42363) and Jan

Dog’s name: Bella

Shelters: Buddy Dog Humane Society, Massachusetts and Save a Sato, Puerto Rico

Breed: We had Bella DNA tested out of curiosity.  THEY GAVE US OUR MONEY BACK (Editors note: Okay, so crazy all caps from me but HOLY CRAP that is hilarious!). Seriously.  They told us they could only identify up to 8 breeds so they could not accurately identify Bella’s breeds.  Our best guess so far with input from vets and trainers is Basenji, Beagle, Border Collie, Smooth-Coated Collie and Coonhound. She is truly unique.

How Bella came to live with us:  Bella was a ~6 month old Sato (pronounced saw-toe, meaning “street dog”) when we met her.  She had been rescued from a parking lot of trailer trucks in Puerto Rico, afraid of people, hungry and full of parasites. 

Meant to be: The staff at the shelter told us she was unapproachable in her cage. However, when I first saw her, I knelt down, called her name and she came running up to me kissing my fingers through the fencing and tried to climb through the cage to get as close as possible. When they went into her cage to bring her to the visiting area, she cowered and came trembling to our arms.  We knew we had to get her someplace quiet where she could finally feel safe. So we took her home.  We have enjoyed watching her confidence grow every day since. 

Goofy habits:  Oh where to start?  Bella is quite the little goofball who would play 25 hours a day.  I’d say my favorite has to be the enthusiastic greeting I am treated to whether I leave the house for 10 minutes or 10 hours.  She (mostly gently) gives me hugs and kisses on every arrival.  She’s become a little cuddle bug and this greeting is without question the best part of my day. 

Where: Massachusetts

Want to check out someone else from Massachusetts? Meet Jeffrey and his parrot, Sebastian!


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12 Responses to “R.O.A.R. Squad: Leslie and her dog, Bella”

  1. I’ve read EVERY ONE of your ROAR Squad posts so far. While I love reading about the rescue dogs that end up with unique jobs, I really appreciate reading about the rescues that just end up becoming a best friend … and that’s it … like Bella.

  2. Scoop says:

    a) I didn’t ask for my money back when I had Darby tested, but maybe I should have..she had only one identifiable breed in her–and that was only 25% of her, and the rest was “undetectable”!

    b) freakin’ love the swimming pool pic here.

    • @Scoop- That is so funny 🙂 I’ve heard that each company only has so many breeds in their database so if your pooch has different breeds they can’t tell you what they are.

  3. Leslie says:

    Thanks so much for this, Shauna. There’s a saying that you get the dog you need in your life and I think we definitely needed Bella.

    I had recently lost my 14 y.o. Lab who we called “Saint” Beau. Bella reminded us that angels can have dirty faces. She sensed my loss, I felt her need. “We fill gaps.”

    (And she’s the smartest little thing I’ve ever known!)

    Thanks again for publishing her story and for what you’re doing for rescue dogs here!

    • @Leslie- I love that… all of it!

      Thank YOU so very much for taking part! All of you R.O.A.R. Squad members are reminding me every day that, sure, there is some very heavy stuff that happens, but neverending compassion ABOUNDS.

      So again, thank you 🙂

  4. I was wondering what kind of mix she had to be, then when I read the DNA money-back part I just had to laugh. What a cute pooch and great writeup!

  5. Kari says:

    bwa ha ha ha gave their money back bwa ha ha

  6. Mel says:

    I think this one was one of my favorites! Sometimes dogs just know who they’re meant to be with. I think Bella chose wisely. Thank you for sharing Leslie and Bella’s story.

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