That beautifully marked hound laying on our porch used to be called Hallo Blue Hill, but we're calling her Bella. You can call her fantastic, or perhaps awesome, 'cuz she's both. Bella is a 60lb, very calm and happy 3 and a half-year-old who is adjusting to home life very easily. Bella has unusually good bathroom habits - she's not had one accident in the house since she's been here and she's gone to the door and barked several times to let us know it was potty time for her. She's been eating well, sleeping well and getting along with Coastal, the resident hound. Bella is quick to lay down and we've been so impressed with her manners that we haven't even bothered to use the kennel. That's right, she's earned our trust so quickly that we've allowed her free reign of the house while we're at work. Bella likes the kids and hasn't responded negatively towards any other dogs she's seen so far. She's yet to bother the resident feline, so she may be cat safe. We'll do more testing on that front later and post the results in a few days. Bella has done some steps, and while a bit hesitant at first, she managed to go up and down fairly well, even if the whole episode was a bit gawky. She'll get the hang of them as she gets some more practice. She's also done pretty well on the leash, but hasn't shown an inclination to go potty while tethered as of yet.
She's also pretty good at wagging that tail of hers - which she keeps curled up in the air while she walks - which'll give ya a pretty good thwack if you're not ready for it :-) She's also an affectionate soul with a penchant for wanting to have her belly rubbed. This girl is a charmer and should readily adapt into almost any household. If you'd like to be on the receiving end of some affectionate tail wagging and are easily induced to giving belly rubs, Bella may be your girl. Give Denise a shout if you'd like to meet this gorgeous, happy girl.