“Once upon a time, there was a beautiful collie princess named Bella Cinderella. She lived with other dogs who were jealous of her and drove her away. Bella got lost and had to go live in a shelter in Iowa. Happily for Bella, MWCR heard about her and brought her to live at a wonderful foster home where she could play with other dogs and cuddle up with kitties. Bella was very happy at her foster home, but she knew that somewhere there was a forever home waiting for her. She knew this was not THE END.”
Bella truly is a princess of a collie. She is a sweet natured, affectionate girl who welcomes everyone she meets. She loves children and has been exposed to kids as young as four. She follows her foster mom around like a little shadow and loves to play with the other dogs at her foster home. When she first arrived, she was somewhat protective of her food, but once she realized that there would always be enough to eat, that all changed. She now allows the other dogs to eat from her dish and even lets the puppy take a bone right out of her mouth. She is unusually fond of the cats and likes to snuggle with them (much to their dismay).
Bella is housetrained and crate trained. She is well behaved in the house and can be left for up to 8+ hours without incident. She is fine with grooming and knows a number of commands including “sit,” “come,” “down” and “off.” She likes to go for car rides and walks nicely on her leash.
Bella has some moderate dysplasia in one hip and a bit of arthritis in the other. Her foster mom gives her Rimadyl to help with the arthritis and this is something she should continue to take. In spite of this, she is a very happy, playful girl who has no trouble with stairs, loves to chase the other dogs and will even play chase with her humans. She likes to romp with the puppy and when they play tug, she drags the little guy all around the room. She also likes to entertain herself with a game in which she selects a toy, tosses it into the air, snaps her jaws and then leaps up, catching it in mid air. Then she starts over.
Bella’s ideal forever home could include other dogs, dog-friendly cats, children of almost any age, and adults who would like to acquire a little furry shadow. A fence is always desirable, but not necessary in all situations. She could also be an only dog, if her family was able to spend lots of time with her.
“One day, when Bella Cinderella was least expecting it, some wonderful people came to her foster home to meet her. These weren’t ordinary people. These were the special people who were chosen to love Bella for the rest of her life. Bella loved them and she knew that she had found her forever home.”