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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you know a special dog who could use our help to find a home.