R.O.A.R. Squad: Rescue Owners Are Rockin’
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
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.
Want to check out someone else from Massachusetts? Meet Jeffrey and his parrot, Sebastian!
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