Bella first came to MAGSR in July, 2020 as a stray. She was very sweet with MAGSR volunteers and eventually successfully transitioned to a home environment.
Bella is a beautiful and smart girl who loves the company of her primary people. She loves training and has excelled in group as well as individual lessons and is well on her way toward her Canine Good Citizen certification.
She loves car rides and is thrilled to accompany her humans anywhere.
Though she does not want to be left behind, she has handled time alone in the house well as her humans returned to in-person work. She’s an experienced shopper in hardware stores and pet stores and navigates busy boardwalks and streets with no problems, but her favorite time includes running in the backyard, walking on the beach or going on a long hike with her humans.
She has helped foster 8 other GSDs with her humans. She also does well in dog day camp with other dogs.
As a mature dog, she is fully adjusted to living in the house, is calm around adult family members, and has been a calming “co-worker” in Zoom meetings for hours on end. She is a polite eater and does not touch the furniture (unless invited in).
Bella receives A+ for sweet behavior every time she visits the vet or any time she spends the day at a camp with trainers. As is true of many shepherds, Bella tends to be protective of her people, house, and back yard and visitors need to be carefully introduced. There have been limited opportunities to work on this behavior during COVID-19 restrictions and while Bella is an amazing house dog, she demonstrates excess anxiety and barking with visitors to the home.
Her household was recently licensed for foster child care and many new strangers to Bella now come to the home. Out of high caution, Bella is secured in a separate room during child foster visits and the current circumstances are not sustainable for Bella or current and future foster children. Bella has been very much loved by her family.
After consulting several trainers, they made the heartbreaking decision to look for a new home for her, motivated by high investment in her quality of life and positive future without the stress of little children running around. Bella is an amazing girl who will be a loving family member but needs an environment with adults and/or older children.