- Name: Hero Dogs Stars and Stripes – “Stella”
- Breed/Color/Sex: Spinone Italiano, brown roan, F
- DOB: August 10, 2016
- Current Status: Skilled Home Companion
- Donor: PennyLane Spinone (Karen Thompson)
- Puppy Raiser: Stacy N.
- Puppy Sponsor: Chesapeake Collision
- Puppy Scholarship: ProAssurance
Stella is a 2 ½ year old, 70 lb., spayed female Spinone Italiano. She is a very low-key, mellow dog who is extremely loving and affectionate with people in her family. Stella does not have the necessary confidence to become a service dog. Stella can be shy around new people and takes a minute to warm up. She is nervous on slippery floors and sometimes on stairs. A lot of busyness and chaos can be stressful for Stella.
Stella’s coat requires regular grooming, and she needs an owner that is willing and able to keep up with her grooming needs. She must be brushed daily to prevent painful mats from forming in her coat, and requires frequent trimming, particularly around her face, paws, and rear.
Stella’s exercise needs are moderate, but she is a young and healthy dog. She needs a long walk and a chance to romp and play every day. She likes to play fetch with toys. If you give her adequate exercise, Stella is quite calm and quiet indoors, and is usually found snoozing. Stella loves cats and gets along with other well-mannered dogs. Being from a hunting breed, Stella is very interested in birds and easily distracted outdoors.
Although our foremost concern for Stella is to find her a loving home which can meet her needs, priority will be given to a military, veteran, or first-responder family who is seeking a Skilled Home Companion. Stella has basic skills that could aid a person with physical or mobility limitations. Her quiet and affectionate nature is also ideal for a person seeking emotional support.
Requirements to adopt Stella:
- Adopter lives within approximately 50 miles of zip code 20833
- Older children (8 and up) only in the household
- Fenced yard not required, but strongly encouraged (invisible/electric fences NOT permitted)
The adoption donation for Stella is $1,000. Adoption donations are waived for veterans and first-responders.
It has been too long since I have shared anything about my progress. My raiser refers to this time as “Stella’s Sleep Away Spring". She is grateful to all of those who stepped up to help when she was out of town or taking care of her husband after his surgery. We was to say thank you, so here goes! Thank you, Meyers, Lusk family, Kelly H, Vanessa V., Bantleys, and Dr. Xu; thank you for exposing me to new people and places. Thank you for loving me and caring for me and for helping me work towards my goal of being a true Hero Dog!
Summer is here and that means hot weather and summer fun. After class several weeks ago some of us Hero Dogs went to play in Jennifer’s field; this is always fun. This time was especially great because I met the new golden retriever puppy, Raymond. I also was able to demonstrate to my friends my cooling off in the bucket trick. I stick my head in the water bucket, blow bubbles and then come up and shake my head back and forth. I love it ! I still have not figured out why all the two legged critters seem to run away when I do this.
The grand babies came for a short visit during the July 4th week end. The boy one that used to use four legs to move around now only has to use two of his legs! It was fun to have them both here; we went to the tennis court and the playground together. I am getting better at remembering that the girl does not face licks; I practiced sitting calmly near her. She’s not so good about sharing her toys with me. Stacey seems happy when I pick up something and bring it to her; grand baby girl makes a loud high pitched noise when I try and share her toys. She has a lot to learn.
On July 4 I went with my family to a picnic at Lake Needwood. It was fun; but I was in my vest so it was not exactly “a walk in the park”. They were grilling burgers, hot dogs and ribs; sadly, for me it was kibble only. Stacey said she was so proud of me. She said leave it and I did; I stayed quietly under the picnic table. We took a walk past all the other groups of people eating and playing; there were lots of kids and other dogs. It is not easy for me to ignore other dogs, but I am trying. I like children; I like them to pet me but I also know that it is important that I not play with them like I would play with a four legged friend. Sometimes I lay down for them to show them that I will not hurt them. I play with a boy who lives next door and his dog Ginny; I never have to wear my vest there. I can run and play freely and I have learned how to “trot” beside him calmly.
Last Saturday I went to Damascus Motors for a fun event that also benefited Hero Dogs; Hero Dogs Zeke was there as well. There were lots of noisy cars and loud music; sometimes I could not even hear what Stacey was asking me to do. Stacey spoke about Hero Dogs, Zeke and Charlie demonstrated some of the awesome things we HD puppies can do. I confess I found it difficult to ignore two dogs who were close by in the “audience”. Stacey did say I was very brave and she was pleased that the loud car noises did not scare me. I was also willing to do paws up on several very strange looking vehicles.
Every Sunday, I go to church with Stacey and on most Sundays we do children’s church together. I love the kids and they love having me there. I am doing very well at sitting quietly while Stacey talks and laying down nicely even when the kids are doing art projects right next to me.
I go to HD class once and sometimes twice a week; I love the class. Despite the fact that I do get very excited to see my HD friends and its hard for me to concentrate, I know that I am learning important new skills! The journey is fun and the goal is important.
Until next time,