Sweet little Stella came into HAART at 15 months old with medical issues, underweight, anxious and frightened and totally shut down. At such a young age Stella has already had quite a life and needs someone who is kind, patient and understanding. Whilst in foster care, her medical issues have been resolved and she has gained weight. With time and patience over the last 2 months she has slowly started to show her foster carer her true personality!
Eager to please and a quick learner, it didn’t take her long to work out cheese treats are the best (a guise to give her medications).
Stella is a super goof ball, and with time will show this to people she knows. She has no idea how to catch a ball, or even to play with toys, but she tries. She loves to chat with waaooo little howls greeting you when you get home, when you wake up and when she is excited. Several times she has tried to smile, and it’s the sweetest silliest face you have ever seen.
She isn’t sure about cuddles but LOVES affection and will often come over, lay a paw on you to ask for pets and kisses. She often seeks reassurance and I am happy to oblige.
She has some training, and sure knows what sit for treats is and she will come when called if she is outside or roaming the house.
Her foster carer is always greeted with huge excitement when she gets home, jumping around wanting to be touched and fussed over, “chatting away telling me about her day, and welcoming me home. We have a routine and she will follow this routine even if I have to stop to put milk in the fridge. She is off expecting the routine no matter what. She loves going on long walks too; being a young girl she has plenty of energy. She is a little all over the place on the lead, but never really pulls. She will now sit and wait while her harness is put on.”
She still battles with her fears sometimes and likes to retreat into her crate, which has been her secure and safe place from the first day she came into care. She needs to be given time, love and most of all patience. Structure for her is very important. At this stage, we believe Stella would be best suited to a home as an only pet, but could possibly live with a relaxed male dog, or cats, in the future.