Breed: Great Dane Gender: Female
Date into Rescue: 05/02/2014
Reason for being in rescue : Stella's previous owners surrendered her to the shelter after she developed tumors, likely from being bred too much.
Foster location: Dreamweaver Farms, Pacolet SC
Special Needs? yes - behavior
Weight: Est 100 lbs
Height: Est 30" at the shoulder
Age: We think Stella was born around May of 2010
Although Stella has a past.. We have not had any problems with her the past year, but she does bark loudly at people she is not familiar with or that she may not like.. She really is a good girl, with a heart of gold. It's just a matter of winning her over! Treats are a great way to get her over on your side. You have to be patient but also firm and have a healthy balance of both. Stella will often let you know when she is uncomfortable in new situations or with new people.. she will bark or she will just sit down and not move, it is important to not push her but be patient with her and try to understand why she is nervous. She knows how to sit on command and also gives hugs.
(2014)What can I say about a big spotty girl with lot and lots of attitude. Stella came to CPR because of her health but she's still with us because of her behavior. Stella can't be trusted with people she does not know. That's the key - if Stella knows you and you're a firm and experienced handler, she's your best friend. If not, watch out.
Stella has many good qualities and is a fun dog to be around if she has accepted you. She is stunningly good looking, a large girl with a large heart for those she loves and trusts.
Stella loves toys and she can be found collecting so she can keep them tidy and neat. She's a hoarder but not really for any caregiver can walk in at any time and help themselves to her toy collection and she's happy to share. Leave it laying on the kennel floor and she'll fetch it and put it back where it belongs, in her run. She's a very neat girl.
Stella loves big, fluffy beds but she also has been known to get so excited she eats the darn thing. We go through beds with her. Right now, Stella is sleeping on a big Kuranda bed with a fluffy comforter recycled from Goodwill. That seems to be working for her.
Stella loves to play with other dogs and she'll romp and play just like a standard poodle and she can run and jump, wrestle and roll with the best of them. Stella has never met a dog she didn't like and she especially seems to like poodles and doodles.
It's people that drive her a bit crazy and we don't know why. We've had her checked from top to toe and no physical issues. She eats grain free food to keep her skin fresh and healthy but other than that, she is as healthy now as she can possibly be. Eye sight was suspected but it's just fine. So is her hearing. But there is something about certain people that sets her off and when that happens, Stella uses her teeth.
We've only seen one incident of aggression out of Stella here that was short and did not result in any damage. All the caregivers love her. We placed her once and she came back with a history of biting and biting hard. When that happens we stop, we observe and we try to figure out what happened for there is always a trigger, you just need to figure out what it is. So far it seems to be somewhat resource guarding. For the rest, I don't know.
Stella is adoptable to the person with a ton of experience and a firm grasp of doggie discipline. They must understand that if they give this girl direction and focus, she will give them back a devotion that will be unlike any they have ever seen. If not - then trouble will happen.
If interested in adopting Stella, you must have a fenced in yard prefer 6' privacy and one other large dog. No children under 18 years old. No cats.
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