Sunday, February 14, 2010
Stella: A Sweet New Addition To Our Family
For several months Evan had been pondering, thinking, trying to decide if he wanted the responsibility of a new dog or puppy. It was understood that feeding and caring for the new dog WOULD BE his responsibility. Accidents, etc., in the house, HIS responsibility. He weighed the pros and cons of puppies vs. dogs but wasn't fully decided when we began our search. We visited Animal Control and the Humane Society. The only dog he fell in love with failed to pass their temperament test :( Jordan and I fell in love with a beautiful lab puppy.....Evan just wasn't interested. Still searching, we started looking online....Craig's List and Pet Finder....and found Stella.
Stella was fur and bones, very skinny. She weighs 50 lbs, but the vet said she should weigh 70. In the nearly two weeks we've had her, she has started to fill out so beautifully. Her ribs and spine were painfully noticeable and bony. She had been adopted by someone else just a few days before. Kelly said she looked even worse before we saw her, that in the few days she'd had her, she'd filled out a little. Kelly already had a bulldog and hoped the two dogs would be companions, but "Tater" wasn't having it so she had advertised her on Craigs List.
When we first talked about the dogs Evan was interested in, Jay and I agreed that with certain breeds (Dobermans being one of them), that we would want to have them as a puppy to grow up with Jessie, being used to her. When I first called about Stella, I misunderstood, and thought she was a younger dog. She is estimated to be 2 to 3 years old. After emailing with Kelly several times, she sounded like a perfect fit for our family and decided to meet her, even though she was older than we'd first thought we wanted.