Bella

Breed: Kelpie X B.C.
Age: 1 year
Bio:

Hello! My name is Bella, I’m twelve months old and I’m a kelpie x border collie. I have been desexed, microchipped, vaccinated and heartworm treated. I also have had a dislocating patella repaired so my dodgy leg is no longer an issue, but I have a tiny bit of arthritis because of it, so I take a supplement in my meals. I don’t need any other treatment and it does not slow me down at all, but sometimes when I wake up it’s a bit stiff and I can limp for a few steps. I love to race around and my energy levels are boundless.
I don’t want you all to feel sorry for me but I would like to let you know why you’ll need to be patient with me. When I was four months old I had a broken leg. I don’t know how to tell you how I got it, but my human didn’t get me treated properly. I was lucky that the lovely people at Animal Aid Gippsland took me away and fixed my broken leg and my patella. I had to live in a crate for months and I missed out on training and socialising. Some damage was done to my confidence and I’m nervous of people. I don’t want you to touch my legs and I’m scared you’ll hurt me – I want to love you, but it takes me a while to be sure if I can. It will take a while for me to be confident with you. Because I’ll get scared and run off, I can’t be off lead in public. I am toilet trained but I sometimes do a little wee when I get excited, scared or am feeling submissive. I should grow out of that as I grow in confidence & maturity.
I love dogs, especially a dog who will play with me. I can be too rough sometimes, and some dogs won’t like that but I usually won’t annoy them. I like toys but I’d rather run and play. I like to do a bit of digging so I’ll need some guidance – my training has begun with my foster family and I hope that you’ll want to continue to train me. My training helps me gain confidence in the world around me and in you, my handler, my family. I like cats and I’m really curious about them but they find me a little intense. I’m not aggressive with them but I think it might be fun to chase them if they run but foster mum won’t let me.
I can sit & drop when you ask me to and I know how to stay. I won’t recall to you until I really trust you but once I trust you I recall really well. When I know you better I’ll be really keen to come when you call. I walk well on lead most of the time but I can be a bit naughty trying to take my halter off sometimes. I won’t drag you down the street though. Sometimes I jump up when I get a bit overexcited but my foster family have been teaching me not to do that and mostly I get the idea. I don’t steal stuff but I am a killer of toys; I like them but I like to pluck them and deconstruct them.
I love to jump in the car and go for a trip with you, and I travel well. You’ll be able to crate me if needed as I have plenty of experience being crated. I would not be ok to hang around a campsite off lead, as I’ll be too nervous, but on lead would be fine if you help me get used to it. I would probably love activities like camping, hiking, running or biking if you teach me how.

Can you please be my family? Send an email to my foster mum at caninelifeline@hotmail.com and she will send you an application form.

Rehomed

The adoption fee covers vaccinations, desexing, micro chipping and flea and worm treatments whilst the dog is in our care.