August 9, 2012  

StubbyDog’s Rescue Dog of the Week is sponsored by Zobo Pet Products, who will be giving away a free collar for every dog adopted through this program.

Ella was found on the street on June 11 in Gainesville, Florida. She had multiple puncture wounds on her neck and chest. A nice person took her to a veterinary hospital, and from there she was taken to Alachua County Animal Services. Since the shelter was very full, there was no room for her to stay there while she was recovering from her wounds. She was placed on the euthanasia list for June 15, when her three-day stray hold was up.

After all this dog had been through, all she wanted was to shower love on the people she met. At the shelter, she gave kisses and charmed shelter staff, who looked hard for a rescue group to pull her. Normally we do not take in a dog unless we have a foster home lined up, but for Ella we went out on a limb. (That underbite was killing us!) We put Ella in boarding for her first week. Of course, the owner of our very rescue-friendly kennel also fell in love with her. For a funny-looking gremlin, she is quite a seductress. She has lived in two temporary foster homes – the first a small apartment and the second a home with two small children. She really loves children and is very good with them. Both foster families kept her past their original commitment because she is so easy to have around.

Ella is now in her third and last foster home, where she will stay until she is adopted. She still gives kisses and loves to cuddle. She is house-trained and well behaved at home. She loves outings and adores meeting new people. When she meets new dogs she barks excitedly, but she has not shown any aggression. She may be worried, as a result of the attack she suffered before going to the shelter. We think that with careful introductions and supervised socialization she will get along fine with other dogs. She has met horses and likes them. She has not lived with cats, but when she has seen them at the kennel and at the vet, she has not shown any desire to chase or harass them.

Ella goes to group obedience classes, which are helping her learn not to get worried around other dogs. Her trainer says she is very smart and a quick learner. (Yes, her trainer fell in love too. What can we say?)

Ella is about a year old, healthy, microchipped, up to date on shots, and spayed. If you are thinking about adding a dog to your family, please contact us at gainesvillepitbulls@gmail.com. Ella’s PetFinder page, and she even has her own Facebook page. Ella is available through Plenty of Pit Bulls, located in Gainesville, Florida.

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