Special Dog Seeks Special Home: Bella the Dutch Shepherd Mix

Editor’s Note: Inspired by our founder Ali Jarvis’ love for her “lemon” dog, Luc, this series is dedicated to local, special-needs pups who are looking for loving “furever” homes. Please consider sharing this post — you might help Bella from Safe Hands Rescue find her human! 

Bella 1

Photo: Trixie Longstocking




Breed: Dutch shepherd mix

Age: 6 months

Gender: Female (spayed)

Size/Weight: 30 pounds

Foster: Dee Dee Dhein, Minneapolis

Time in Foster: 5 months




SWD: What’s this lovely lady like?

SHR: Bella’s a sweet, independent girl. She can be shy in the beginning, but with the right motivation (i.e., treats!), she warms up quickly. She’s very food-motivated and super smart. Bella loves playing with other dogs, big or small, and can keep herself busy by chewing on bones for long stretches of time — this girl’s got focus! She’s also going to a training class where she’s learning some new skills and playing with some other new friends. She’s kitty-neutral (curious but not interested), and crate- and puppy pad-trained.

Bella 1

Photo: Trixie Longstocking

SWD: So, what are her special needs?

SHR: Bella has been blind since she was born. She gets around just fine, and once she learns a space, you’d hardly know she can’t see! Like most blind dogs, Bella has an amazing sense of space—she creates a map in her head of where things are and can navigate without issue. She has a great sense of smell and very acute hearing, which help her too. The only thing she hasn’t figured out yet is stairs, so some lucky forever family gets to help her learn.

SWD: Obviously, puppies are wonderful. What’s one of Bella’s most adorable moves?

SHR: Bella loves to climb. On the chair, on the sofa, on top her crate in the dining room — she’s an adorable little mountain goat!

To learn more about Bella or give her the forever home she’s been searching for, visit her adoption page.

You can also see more pictures of her day-to-day life here, in her public photo album.

Our Special Dog Seeks Special Home series features local, special-needs pups in need of loving homes. You can help, too: adopt a dog we’ve featured (see Special Dogs, Special Homes), share their stories, and email submit@sidewalkdog.com if you know a special dog who could use our help to find a home.

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8 Responses to Special Dog Seeks Special Home: Bella the Dutch Shepherd Mix

  1. Kath says:

    Very interested in a sweet girl puppy joining my family of “rescues”; two kitties and a wonderful nearly eight year old male named Teddy. When/where can we meet?.

  2. Diana Birtzer says:

    We are also very interested in meeting Bella! I work from home and have ample time to devote to this special little girl! We have other dogs in our family that would love to a have another sister! Please let us know if she is still in need of a forever home!!!

    • Bri says:

      As of last night, she hadn’t been adopted yet, so there’s likely still time for you to meet her! Get in touch with Safe Hands (you can use the link to her adoption page above to find out how), and set up a meet and greet!

      Good luck, and let us know how it turns out! :)

  3. Kelly says:

    I’d love an update on this pup! So many people were cheering for her!

    • Bri says:

      You got it, Kelly! We’re doing an update on some of these Special Dogs in a couple of weeks, and I think you’ll be really excited about the way life is turning out for Bella… 😀

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