Happy Spring Stella! From Kirk, Beth, and Goldie #13-252
Keep taking good care of your sister Stella. Enjoy the spring! From Beth, Kirk, and Goldie #13-252.
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Please join us in welcoming Stella to the RAGOM life! Stella is a vivacious girl, very outgoing and eager to meet people and other dogs. She's a *very* big girl weighing in at 119 lbs when she entered RAGOM's care, but she's already dropped 2 pounds and we all know that's hard to pull off this time of year! Stella is 8 years old and entered RAGOM with her sister Molly (16-277). Stella has officially retired from the puppy business and is ready to be spayed after getting up to date on her vaccinations.
For such a big girl, Stella is extremely gentle, yet also very playful. She has enjoyed running in our backyard and sniffing every corner of the yard with her sister Molly. They are inseparable -- they are very attentive to each other, seem to have some special games and are an absolutely delightful pair. Stella is the more outgoing of the two and although it's hard to picture, she's very bouncy. Yep, bouncy. She is a happy girl, eager to be petted and loves to chew on dog toys. She's also partial to chewing on newspapers, so we've learned to keep those out of reach. Stella does not have perfect house manners yet -- she's had a few accidents so we're watching her closely and being more diligent about getting her outside whenever she wakes up, after she eats, and when she's been playing. She's had a lot of changes in her life - new home, new pack of dogs to live with, and new routines. I'm confident she'll get this figured out but it's a work in progress right this minute.
Because Stella and Molly are so connected, we're looking for a very special home that is willing to welcome the two of them and keep them together. We'll post more updates as we get to know these girls better -- they are such a joy to behold!
- Stella is now microchipped
- She's current on all her vaccinations
- Her tests show that she has antibodies for Lyme disease and anaplasmosis but her bloodwork values are all within normal limits, so that's very good
Stella (left) and Molly
Stella (left) and Molly (right) on their way to their weekly weigh-in at Tender Care
Stella shopping at our favorite local pet store, Leash on Life
In honor of our boy Tonka (#15-209TD) and his first Christmas with us. We are so grateful to RAGOM!
Another pound lost! Stella is looking good and getting slimmer and trimmer every day. She spent a few days separated from her sister Molly and really wasn't her usual happy self except when it came to time to eat. That girl is a happy eater for sure. She has a *lot* of bounce in her step at meal time and shows some pretty fancy footwork on her way to her food dish. Now that Molly is back home (Molly spent some time at the vet hospital this week) all is back to normal and the two girls are once again inseparable. Where you find one, you find the other. Seeing them together and happy just warms your heart. Here are some pictures of lovely Stella from this week. In both pictures, Stella is the one in the back. As you can see, the sisters like to be together!
Stella is doing great on her diet -- she's dropped another full pound, and you can tell this weigh loss feels good to her. She is still loving her car rides as well as any snack you'll give her, but it's clear that her favorite time is with Molly. Last night, Molly was outside and somehow Stella missed that opportunity, so they were on opposite sides of the sliding glass door and Stella was trying to lick Molly's face. They were both doing power sniffing, trying to locate each other's scent. They are adorable. The other exciting thing that happened is that they were introduced to the vet's cat to see just how friendly they really are with a cat, and it turns out that cats just aren't that big of a deal to these sisters. The cat and dogs did some serious sniffing, and then the dogs turned to the closest people they could find for some petting and the cat jumped up on the copier. I think they're good with cats! I've included two pictures -- one where Stella is watching TV -- actually barking at animals on TV, and the other where she's playing with our youngest dog. Stella is twice as big as Winnie, but they are fast friends!
Happy Valentine's Day, Stella. From Beth, Kirk, and Goldie #13-252
Stella is one of the happiest dogs we've met -- she is just perpetually joyful. For such a big girl, she is incredibly bouncy -- whether it's time to go outside, maybe go for a ride in the car, or enjoy a bowl of dog food, this girl bounces with joy. You just can't help but smile when you see how happy she is. Her sister Molly spent several days at the vet this week, and that did dampen Stella's spirits; you could see she missed her routine with Molly, but a ride in the car can do a lot to put a smile back on that dog's face! And how about this -- Stella is down to 105 -- she's lost 14 pounds since she joined our household back in December. Her only bad habit is snoring -- and I can't help but believe that losing a few more pounds will help that too!
If you've been reading Stella's story, you know that she and Molly are truly a bonded pair of sisters. And, unfortunately, right now Molly's health status is uncertain. While we learn more about Molly's health and work to keep her comfortable and happy, we are going to keep Stella and Molly with us. They are devoted to each other, and having Stella close by will keep Molly happy.
Please continue to check in on The Sisters.
The lovely Miss Stella had a busy week. As she continues to excel at weight loss (down to 103 pounds), she is much more agile and joining in with the rest of the pack. In the morning, our resident dogs all thunder out of the house first thing with the idea that they might get to see a deer or something on the other side of the fence. Stella now thunders along with them, although maybe not quite at the same speed. Still, if there's something exciting going on, she wants in on it. She is very engaged.
This week, we put out some antique metal dogs, maybe around a foot tall. We put them up on the bookcase and thought nothing more about them. Stella, however, could not take her eyes off them. She got up in the chair to get closer to the bookcase and was thrilled when we took the 3 dogs and put them on the floor so she could see that they really weren't all that interesting. That only worked for a few minutes - once they were back on the shelves, she did everything but go on point for them. They're the last thing she looks at before she goes to bed and the first thing she checks on after breakfast in the morning.
Stella's sister had a pretty good week, actually a very good week until this morning when she woke up sick. Stella moved into Big Sister mode and was on watch, staying close to sister Molly until Molly perked up after some medication kicked in. To see the relationship between these two sisters is really one of the most heart-warming experiences in all the time I've lived with dogs.
Here are some pictures of Stella from this week.
Stella is down to 101 pounds! She has been such a good girl -- although she *really* wants to eat Molly's food, she has allowed me to distract her easily until Molly is done eating by just by talking to her and petting her. I can't say enough great things about this girl. She is loyal to her sister and takes good care of her. She is continuing on her thyroid pills - one with each meal -- that she eats easily if I just put it in her food dish with her meal. The pills are cheap. It could be that as she continues to lose weight, we may adjust the dosage down. Stella is looking so good, so trim, that occasionally I get the dogs confused if I'm just looking at their facial expressions. Molly's weight loss has given her a waistline and a much sleeker profile altogether. Here's a picture taken on the way home from their most recent weigh-in. I'm really hoping that next Friday finds Stella under 100 -- that would be great although we'll celebrate anything!
Stella and her sister Molly have found a very special forever home - one that will be able to keep these two bonded sisters together and to help them both as Molly requires ongoing hospice care. Molly's medical condition is uncertain but she is now experiencing cognitive decline along with hearing loss. Stella, ever the diligent sister, watches over Molly and the two cannot be separated -- Stella counts on taking care of Molly and Molly now needs her sister to help her keep order in her world. These sisters have been a joy to take care of and we are so pleased that they have landed in this experienced and loving home. Thank you to all who helped these beautiful sisters.