Bella is an adorable 3 y/o female "rednose" pitbull, weighs ~50 lbs., has a love for cuddles and warm comforts, and difficulty containing her excitement. Bella was originally rescued from a "breeder" in Kensington at around 4 weeks old. I thought I would find her a better home at that time, but couldn't give up her puppy snuggles. She has been spayed and well-loved, but it is proving difficult to keep up with her energy needs, and from getting UTIs with our busy schedules. When we are on top of things with extra walks, regularly bathe her and wipe down her lady parts with antibacterial wipes daily, she does great and has a happy bladder, but as the vet says, she has a "hooded vulva" that leads to bacteria getting trapped in there and leading to more infections :( As stated though, with consistent upkeep she does much better.
Bella lives with 2 adults, a 2 y/o human boy, and a 5 y/o female golden retriever. She is crate trained during the day, but if you try to put her in a crate at night she might just die of rejection from not being able to snuggle with you. If that's not your thing, she's been better at sleeping on the floor with an overstuffed posh dog bed and getting tucked in under a blanket at bedtime, it's pretty adorable. Bella really enjoys meeting other dogs, but does get a bit possessive of toys/sticks/clumps of dirt/rocks, etc, so we haven't been to the dog park in awhile. Though I would bet without her equally entitled golden retriever partner in crime, she may chill out in doggy social circles. Bella walks well on leash, but gets a bit excited over squirrels and if she sees a child in a stroller that looks like it might be her boy. She loves children and once she calms down from the excitement of meeting them, she's very sweet. While excited she doesn't seem to understand her size, but with some direction and a little restraint initially, she adjusts pretty quickly. Bella has stayed with our dog sitter with other dogs and cats, I believe there's some cat chasing and play fights, I think Bella would do best if she were the single dog of the house where everyone can dedicate their attention to her.
We hate to reach this point, but we have another baby on the way, live in a very small rowhouse, and things are getting a bit crowded. Our golden retriever also has some extensive health issues and handling 2 high maintenance dogs is proving to be a bit overwhelming.
Bella has had surgery on her right rear leg to correct a torn ACL - she loves to run wild through the fields when we visit family in upstate NY, but doesn't know when to stop and she literally ran herself ragged. Unfortunately, she is prone to this type of injury due to her anatomy, and her exertion needs to be moderated. Playing in the backyard is fine, but running trails is likely to lead to further injury. Bella has completely healed from this and doesn't show any difficulties in range of motion or strength, but should not be allowed to run around like a mad woman for extended periods of time.
We're not asking for a re-homing fee, but we would like references, to meet potential adopters, and to check out the home Bella would be going to. If you want a pup that will always be excited to see you, give you endless kisses, and entertain you endlessly with her dopeyness, please consider this sweet girl.
Also, feel free to check out #bellathebean on instagram for more photos!
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