Since resigning from The "rescue," I have signed up with several other local rescues to foster. For me, that was always the best part of starting your own rescue, anyway. So, besides crossposting dogs looking for Forever Homes and Rescue here on this site and on Facebook, I thought, why not work with other rescues to continue fostering and doing what I do best.
You know I am partial to poodles, doodles and schnoodles. They will always be my first choice, but all dogs deserve a chance to be loved and wanted. When the opportunity arose to take a scared, shy chihuahua, I thought...why not!
All I had heard about this girl was she was very skittish, afraid of new people but would warm up once she felt comfortable. She was transported up from South Carolina by Christy and Linda of Mutts n More Rescue, here in NJ and I went to meet Baby Bella about 7 pm, last Thursday night. After an 11 hour car ride, in a crate, and being scared in the first place, Bella was not too happy to be meeting ANYONE new. But Linda was able to get her out of her crate and I took her for a walk.
Once I got Bella home, it was dark and of course my pack wanted to play. I thought I had better put her in the big crate and let her chill until morning and we can do introductions, slowly. That was a good decision, because it gave her time to see the other dogs, interact with them through the bars and relax and get more comfortable.
After the initial meet and greet of sniffs and woofs, they all became best friends. I thought I would have to keep my big, 100# moose, Jack away from her, but he was very gentle with her. In fact, Jack and Bella were together the most.
Saturday, I took Bella to an Adoption Event being held in Red Bank and she was not very nice to people who looked interested in her. She hid behind me, cowered in the corner or growled at passers-by. Well, this just wasn't the venue for her.
Bella seemed perfectly happy in my home. No growling. Not scared, Loved to play and run around the yard. She even went swimming, well, she floated on the raft.
Sunday, I got a call from my aunt who had heard I had a foster chi and she told me she had been looking for a chihuahua in the paper for over a year and she wanted her. Monday, I drove Bella to Bricktown to meet my aunt and it was love at first sight.
Bella may have started her life in a puppy mill, with abusers or just unloved but she will live the rest of life, loved and adored. She will be a little princess, eat homecooked meals, sleep in a bed and never be alone, again.
Baby Bella, Adopted July 12, 2010