Meet Our own deaf
Chris calls Stella, Pearl, because she is
the Center of the Universe (or so she believes). She grew up to
be the dog you predicted she’d be – independent but loving; very, very
(scarily) smart; and highly opinionated. I get told off loudly
when I won’t let her do something she’s not supposed to, or when I make
her do something that she doesn’t want to, but in either case she does
comply. She reminds me of every thirteen-year-old girl I’ve ever
known and if she had a ponytail I just know she’d twitch it at
me. She still likes to box when she plays and, unfortunately, has
remained an inveterate counter-surfer. She doesn’t surf for food,
she surfs for toys and has destroyed many dollars’ worth of Tupperware
that I’ve forgotten to retrieve from the dish drainer before leaving
the house. On one memorable occasion I came home to
the dish drainer itself outside on the lawn. Orlando is also a
counter-surfer so I suspect the two of them work as a team. The
layout of the house is such that I can’t barricade them from the
kitchen, I’m just supposed to be diligent about keeping the counters
clear and there are times when I forget.
This is an old picture but it shows perfectly the dynamic in the
household. Claire is the Grande Dame and she doesn’t take any
crap from the Baby. If Stella wants to share the couch, fine,
Claire will share the couch. But on HER terms, not Stella’s.
Stella’s well-baby checkup was earlier this summer. She came
through with flying colors. She spent so much of her life in a
shelter that she is quite comfortable in the vet office setting where
she quite charmed the vet staff and most of the other patients!
She’s our “teacup” Dane, a whopping 110 lbs but again, the vet and I
agree she’s at a good weight for her frame. She’s a funny, happy
girl, and we love her dearly. Isn’t she just beautiful? I love
the shape of her head and her face which is incredibly
expressive. She is small (well, comparatively), only about 30”
tall, but seems perfectly proportioned.
From Stella: “Dear Marc –As you can
see in my picture, I have grown up since you last saw me. Like
Princess, I also have a job at our house. I HELP. I am a
GOOD helper. No matter what Mom or Dad is doing, my job is to
HELP. I helped Mom before Christmas by taking all that
pesky paper off the presents Mom had stored in the guest room.
She was soooo excited when she saw she I had opened the baby gate and
what good help I had been! Right now I am especially busy helping
Mom do things – she fell off a ladder back in November and still needs
help walking. My job is to bark and nose at her crutches when she
walks. She really appreciates my help with that!”
- Gender - Female
- Age/DOB - 12/5/04
- Height at the shoulder -
- Weight - 80 lb
- Spayed/Neutered - Yes
- Taken in on - 11/19/05
- Available as of - Now
- Housebroken - Yes
- Obedience trained - Yes
- Good with other dogs - Yes
- with cats - Yes
- with kids - Yes
- with the elderly - Yes
got Stella from the SPCA of Northern Nevada in Reno, NV. Here's what they had to say about her:
Stella needs a home where someone is home
nearly all the time. She needs a great deal of attention and a great
sense of security. Stella is unaware of her own strength and should not
be placed in a home with small children. She is very affectionate and
possessive of her people. She is happiest curled up on you lap or
sleeping as close to you as possible.
She is house trained and uses a doggy door with no issues. She is also
trained in the basics of sit, down, etc. and walks reasonably well on a
Gentle Leader -- she does like to pull if she thinks she can get away
with it. She can easily jump over any fence less than 5-6 feet tall.
She also likes very much to dig and can excavate quite a pit in short
Stella would benefit from a home where she is the only pet as she is a
very strong Alpha female; she does tolerate most male dogs and some
very submissive females. She has a constant need to exercise her
dominance and physically force others to submit. She can be physically
aggressive to other dogs and humans she believes she can dominate.
As she can not hear, she is easily startled and will often awake
barking and needs to assure herself that all is well. This happens
anywhere from once to for or five times in any night. Upon waking, she
will not calm down until she has run around the entire house and yard
and is satisfied that nothing has invaded her territory. Close
neighbors do not appreciate 10 minutes of very loud barking several
times a night.
Stella is a very active chewer and requires plenty of sturdy toys and
bones to keep her from chewing on furniture, walls, doors, etc. If left
without human companionship for more than a few hours she will become
destructive, especially attractive to her are paper, cardboard,
plastics, and fabrics (towels are a favorite).
Given all that, we were expecting a project dog, a dog that was going
to be here for quite a while. But something happened on her way up
here. We arranged a ride for Stella with a couple that was coming up
from the Bay area in CA to adopt a dog named Princess
from us. They had agreed to pick up Stella on their way up and drop her
off with us. But the couple
that drove her up here to us, fell in love with her on the way up here
and adopted her, along with Princess. So Stella officially holds the
record for the shortest stay
with us. Now based on the description above, Stella sounded like the
last dog we would consider placing with another female, especially a
Princess like Princess. But it was pretty clear when we saw the two of
them together, that they were going to be just fine.
We will post additional photos of Stella as time goes by, so check
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"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion" - Unknown