The Rescue of Bella

Beautiful Bella was Failing Fast

Bella was rescued from a bad situation. The owner could no longer properly care for her and she was failing. Bella was a 2 year old St Bernard that looked and acted like she was 10 years old. She was 30 lbs. under weight and horribly scared, her legs bloody from chewing due to fleas. Bella was the sweetest most docile girl we had ever seen. Because she was not properly socialized she was very fearful of strangers.

30 lbs underweight, Bella was failing.

30 lbs underweight, Bella was failing.

 After the rescue, she went to the groomer to get the dirt and any remaining fleas off her poor body.  Plans were made that she stay with the groomer (Country Paws Resort) which also is a boarding kennel.  Because Bella was used to being inside her previous home Country Paws Resort could accommodate her in a private room.

A trip to Pacific NW Veterinary Hospital  immediately followed.  Due to Bella’s poor condition it was not advisable to give her vaccinations at that time.  Because of the lack of proper nutrition Bella’s muscles had atrophied and she would need slow steady exercise to rebuild her strength and stamina. She was put on the best dog food available, multiple vitamin supplements and lots of love.

Due to the fleas, Bella had chewed her legs raw.

Due to the fleas, Bella had chewed her legs raw.

The following week Bella went back to the vet for her second check-up.  Her hair coat was slowly coming back and she had gained ten pounds, however now Bella was limping. X-rays were done and it was confirmed that Bella needed surgery on both of her back knees. Because Bella is a large, heavy dog only the expensive TPLO (actually sawing the bone to reposition it) would work.

WAG did fund raisers for months to pay for Bella’s surgery.  Our newsletter with Bella’s story touched the hearts of the local citizens who were very generous.

 Bella is now a healthy, happy, beautiful, physically fit St Bernard living the good life with her adoring owners and her two golden retriever sisters.