Stella has been adopted! (10/14/2014)
Stella was returned to us after being adopted as a puppy because her family had frequent visitors and Stella is not fond of strangers.
Stella's fear of strangers is ignited when they approach her. Her philosophy is to avoid them at all costs unless they approach her.
Stella would do best in an adult only home because of this fear. She would not thrive in a busy household with kids and their friends coming in and out.
Stella knows (pretty reliably, for the most part) sit, down, shake, high five, wait/stay, let's go, go-potty/find-a-spot; Stella also knows (not very reliably) off, leave it, drop it, give. Stella especially loves tummy rubs.
She's good with other large dogs -- it would also be beneficial for her to have a large dog companion who can balance her fears and build her confidence. It is not mandatory, but we have seen a great deal of improvement when she has a confident companion by her side.
While she has been through some obedience training, it is recommended that she continue to work with a trainer so her new family can fully understand her needs.
A potential family should be able to commit to a few visit with her prior to adoption so that she can build a rapport.
The minimum adoption donation for adults is $300 and the adoption donation for puppies is $400 - $500. This amount only partially covers the cost of veterinary care, boarding fees, and other miscellaneous expenses involved in the temporary care and adoption of our dogs and is tax deductible. The adoption donation provides that all dogs will be spayed or neutered, receive current vaccinations, and are microchipped. If not, arrangements will be made on an individual basis ( i.e., puppies who will need to be altered by 6 mos old). Special consideration may be given to those willing to adopt older dogs or dogs with physical problems.