MEET STELLA. This sweet petite baby is Stella. Stella just came from the shelter and unfortunately has come down with kennel cough. As if that’s not enough, she is also heartworm positive and we just discovered that her left hip has an old injury and is completely dislocated! Stella now finds herself in need of surgery (FHO) so that she can walk pain free and will need to undergo treatment for her kennel cough and heartworms. This precious girl is only about 3-4 years old and is already going through so much, yet she is still the kindest soul and has taken everything in stride. She doesn’t like to show she’s in pain and even tries to still chase after a ball, then give kisses when she’s done playing!!
Stella’s surgery is around $1000 and heartworm treatment will be about another $1000. She doesn’t deserve the hardship she’s already had in life, and we would love to help make the rest of Stella’s life as comfortable and happy as possible, but we need your help. Covid has hit us hard as a small rescue, and we would be eternally grateful for any all possible contributions to help Stella get to feeling better. If you can donate to her care, please click on the button in this post or go to https://labradorfriends.com/do
UPDATE 2/23/21: Stella’s incision from surgery is all healed up and she was able to have her stitches removed a couple days ago. She is using the leg more and more each day and has blown us away with her recovery so far. Stella is ready to move to a foster (or forever) home with a family that is willing to continued controlled exercise to help her continue to build back the muscle in her left hind leg. She needs to stay pretty low key until the end of her heartworm treatment, but she is doing great so far with the first stage.
Stella is a sweet girl with a happy-go-lucky personality. She has been friendly with all people she’s met so far, including a couple small humans for a short period of time. She has shown us that she is a more dominant dog and would do best either with a more submissive companion or as an only dog. She has shown us that she is protective over food and should be fed separately than other dogs. We do not know how Stella is with cats.
Stella is kennel trained and knows how to sit on command. She is working on learning not to pull on the leash, but she has already gotten a little better. Stella rides well in the car and would be a great copilot for someone.