Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: El Dorado County, CA
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So, Bella was a Craigs List purchase a year ago--in other words, from a BYB. She's very shy and watchful, but has already relaxed quite a bit. The young man really didn't want to give her up, and said he didn't want to sell her because he wanted her to go to a good home. He just couldn't take any money for her. She didn't want to get into the car with us--tried to get out to go to Eduardo, and he was crying. We both felt really bad.
For the past month or so (not sure), she's been living in the back yard of his brother's mother in law, and he was told recently that she had to go. I think she's probably always lived outside, with a dog house. She's in pretty decent shape, but a bit thin. I'm not entirely sure, because she hasn't let me pet her yet. She has taken a couple treats from me, and she let my daughter rub her belly. She's had her shots, but has not been spayed. She's received no training which kind of amazed me because she's very well mannered.
So, my new projects are buying insurance, enrolling her in training, and getting her to the vet soon. That's after she relaxes enough to come into the house. LOL. Right now Tucker is running back and forth--I don't think he understands why she won't come in.
I've got the crate set up for her, with her own bed in it, in the living room. I'm going to put Tucker's crate right next to it and have them sleep side by side tonight. She seems to have accepted him just fine. Since she's been sleeping in a dog house, I'm hoping the crate won't be too strange for her.
Well, that's her story! I'll come back and post more--stories and pictures. I think my family will think I've lost my mind when they find out we have a new dog, but this just feels right.