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Please note: The dogs in ODH's Final Refuge care are not adoptable due to medical reasons and all are in permanent homes. Your sponsorship supports the veterinary expenses for these dogs - and we thank you!

From her Final Refuge Mom:  Sweet Bella Mae, We knew you were a special girl when we first saw your pictures, but meeting you for the first time we knew we already loved you.

Bella Mae has been the best addition to our family. From the moment her transporter handed over her leash to me I think she just knew she was home. She happily jumped up in my car and neither of us has looked back since. The introduction with our other two dogs couldn’t have gone better and she has very good manners and loves to be a good girl.

When Bella was first brought to our attention she was thought to be around 13 years old. There wasn’t much history on her, but when we went to pick her up we were told she might be more like 10. We had her checked by a vet quickly after we got her and the veterinarian was very impressed with her overall condition. She is very mobile, has great teeth and doesn’t even need a dental, and she sees and hears really well. She did have a very gross looking mass dangling from her left front leg. It started bleeding on and off and it caused us great worry. We didn’t want Bella to be in pain or be uncomfortable so we quickly scheduled her mass removal. She did so well under anesthesia and thankfully the mass came off easily. We sent it off to the lab and it came back benign. We were so relieved once we heard the wonderful news.  We are very thankful to all the ODH donors who make this all possible.

Bella does have very itchy skin that we are thankfully able to get her some relief with a Cytopoint injection. Before that, she was rubbing herself on anything and everything. It was so sad because she just couldn’t stop itching.

Bella loves to chew on elk antlers, occasionally play fetch, but loves nothing more than to be right by our side. Bella loves to cuddle anywhere at anytime- she is very affectionate and we love that. She is a total bed hog and doesn’t leave much room for us or our two other dogs and we have a King size bed!

In the ODH system Bella is known as BellaBBD due to not knowing her breed and there being many Bella’s. BBD stands for Big Black Dog, BUT! We recently submitted a DNA test and we are anxiously waiting for the results because we have so many guesses.

Bella Mae could not have been a better fit for our family. She has seamlessly transitioned into our care and we are so happy about that. Bella Mae is such a sweet girl with an unknown past, but her future will be filled with so much love and happiness.

Really happy lap dog

Hugs are Bella Mae’s favorite thing

The couch is pretty comfy!

Bella Mae and new pack mate.

Bella Mae is sponsored by:

  • Kira Anderson of Kirkland, WA
  • Katharine Mayerschoff of Snohomish, WA in honor of Joann Zanan - Lifetime Sponsor
  • LuAna & Ricky Boykins of Kennesaw, GA with love for our 3 boys, Buster, Casey & Gunner! - Lifetime Sponsor