For all of us at CVAS, it is stories like this one that make what we do so very rewarding! Here is Karen Shill telling her amazing dog Bell’s Happy Tail…
“Bell was about nine months old when we adopted her in June 2011. Nancy and Pat told us that she, her brother Whiskey and their mother had been found by the Sheriff on a snow bank near Colville when the pups were just a few months old. I saw her on petfinder.com that spring and fell in love with her picture. We weren’t ready to adopt yet, so imagine my surprise and delight when she was still on the site that summer!
Our only concern about Bell at first, was how she would get along with our Black Lab mix Hannah. We thought that Bell might try to become dominant; as we noticed a bit of body language during their first walk together at the Sanctuary. After some normal ‘getting to know eachother’ behavior, they became best play buddies, as the pictures show. Bell also gets along great with our older Weimaraner, Zooker. She likes to herd him, but has learned to just run and play alongside him.
Bell loves action! She runs; hikes, boats, swims, does agility, tricks, travels, plays with toys, plays with us and the other dogs, she visits our friends and my elderly parents, and is up for a good time wherever and whenever. She is also very good at relaxing when it’s time to wait; in the car, for her run at an agility show, or while we’re doing other things. She is soooo intelligent! She learns new things very fast! She does very well in her obedience and agility classes.
She is such a well-mannered girl; sitting and waiting for her meals, waiting at the door for permission to come in, letting me bathe her and generally doing what she is asked. Dave is training with her in agility, and her next show will be the Spokane Dog Training Club’s AKC trials at East Valley Middle School – August 25th-26th. Her AKC name is “Ballerina Bell” because she is so graceful, beautiful and athletic, just like a ballerina!
A more gleeful, loving and charming dog could not be found! Her antics make us laugh every single day!!!
Thank you to everyone at the shelter for taking care of Bell until we could find her, and for taking care of the hundreds of other animals who have found, or are waiting to find, their forever homes!!!”
Karen & Dave Shill – Summer 2012
**If you have a Happy Tails story you’d like to share about your CVAS adopted pet, send me an email for more info.