Bella (formerly Guinivere)

Adopting a Bella is one of the most rewarding things that we have ever done. The experience does not end at bringing your new family member home, it continues on throughout their whole life. When my husband and I decided to get our first dog he really pushed for us to look at adopting one. I was a little reluctant at first as I thought that I would miss not being able to go through the early stages of our new dog’s life. But after doing a little research there was no way I could contemplate not rescuing a beautiful animal in desperate need of a new home.

Bella is our second adopted dog and we found her on Pet Rescue, one of the many websites dedicated to re-homing dogs. Her profile and pictures melted our hearts. We were looking for a dog that loved cuddles just like our first dog did. Within the week she was driven down from Mildura by volunteers and sitting nervously on my knee ready for the trip to her new home.

Bella was so timid of everyone and everything that was new. We don’t know much about her past except that she had been dumped in a cage outside a pound in Mildura with no identification and then, through Victorian Dog Rescue, she was fostered by a lovely lady named Flo. The generosity and selflessness of these people who give up their time and money to help dogs in need is totally admirable.

One thing that I have learned through adopting dogs is that you still experience those “firsts” that I thought we would only get with a puppy, only those moments, I believe, are so much more rewarding. The first time Bella wagged her tail was such a breakthrough – it was a sign that she was starting to feel comfortable. The first time she pounced after the tennis ball was so cute - it showed us that there was a beautiful playful and cheeky side to her. The first time she fell asleep while she was lying on my chest was by far one of the best “firsts” – a sign that she was beginning to trust us (but also finding out that she snores was hilarious!)

I can’t put into words how happy we are that we adopted Bella. Not only have we found our perfect little companion who we love completely, we are also filled with a great sense of pride that we are helping her to come out of her shell and experience a world of love and confidence – something that she otherwise might not have known. I wish that everyone would look at Adopting a Dog in need before buying one from a regular pet shop. I know that for the rest of our lives we will always adopt a dog. I’ve heard the same from other people who have adopted too.

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