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Adopted 11/20/05!!

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 find 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
  • Temperament -

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We 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 order.

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 back often.
And if you have any questions about Stella or any of our dogs, email us or call us at 541-782-2242
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