Bella (originally named ‘Bubba’) is a Miniature Pinscher who was dumped off by her owners at a Virginia SPCA for reasons unknown. The only thing I know about her life prior to being abandoned is that she spent her days in an outdoor caged area, alone, and was brought inside to another cage at night. She spent five months at the SPCA in yet another cage awaiting her execution date. A day before she was scheduled to be euthanized, Friends of Penny Miniature Pinscher Rescue arranged her release from the SPCA and coordinated a ‘Pony Express’ for her to be transported from Virginia to Sussex County, Delaware, where a foster home was waiting. She would live there until someone decided to adopt her. There was a problem: the foster home had five other dogs. Bella was unsocialized and aggressive and fought with the other dogs. My husband and I agreed to take Bella for a few days to give the foster home people (and dogs) a break.
She was very food aggressive, did not like men, and had never been bathed. Her veterinary records indicated she was about 6 years old.
After several days of hell, growling and attacking our other rescue dog, and generally being mean-spirited and not wanting anything to do with anyone in the house, she was about to be returned to her foster home. Then one morning, something changed.
What started out as a temporary respite for a stressed, malnourished, and frightened dog turned into a forever home. Despite her neglectful first six years, she has blossomed into probably the best dog I ever had.