Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Bella bellowing her way to health

Bella is a 6 year old bloodhound who came into our foster program after being surrendered to the Animal Humane Society. Pet Haven is one of the founding members of a new animal welfare coalition, Minnesota Partnership for Animal Welfare (www.mnpaw.org). MnPAW's goal is to reduce the euthanasia of adoptable dogs and cats, while working with other animal welfare organizations in a positive, collaborative and respectful manner.

Bella was surrendered to AHS extremely overweight, a possible thyroid problem and needing extra care and monitoring, along with a strict diet! AHS contacted Pet Haven asking us if we could take Bella into our foster program. This gentle giant won the hearts of so many in a short window. She topped the scales at our vet clinic at 130 lbs!! On the transport from AHS to our partner vet we needed no coercion to get into the volunteer's car ... apparently the potato chips/crumbs on the floor were enough to get Bella to hop right into the car!

As we look for a foster home for Bella, she is currently being fostered at one of our partner doggie daycares, Auntie Ruth Animal Care & Wellness in their special needs room. We recently got an update on her:

"Bella is doing great! She gets along wonderfully with all the dogs. When we switch the big dog playroom all the big dogs run through the fenced area behind the convy yard and Bella is super curious about them. She likes to trot along next to the fence as they go by. It's super cute because it's like she's looking for new friends or something. They also said that she is pretty active in the room; she's always up walking around and bellowing so that's definitely good. We've got her down for short walks. One of our employees has a special love for hounds and lives just across the park so he's going to come in on his days off and walk her too.

She is a very sweet girl and she's getting lots of love! :)"

Many thanks to Auntie Ruth for fostering this sweet girl till we are able to move her into a foster home.

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