My name is Bella and Blanca!

Terrier (Unknown Type, Medium)/Dachshund Mix Dog for adoption in Sterling Heights, Michigan - Bella and Blanca
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Facts about Bella and Blanca

  • Breed: Terrier (Unknown Type, Medium)/Dachshund Mix
  • Color: White - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: Foster: Gina
Approx. birthdate: October 2014. The following story and description of Bella and Blanca were written in the form of a letter from their original rescuer and foster person in Puerto Rico to the head of Precious Pets.

Meet the twins--Bella and Blanca.... They are inseparable and have been since the day we first met them.
These two have had an extremely hard life and lived on the streets for who knows how long until they found us. They still have ligature marks on their necks from being inhumanely tethered at some point.
They are reserved, but loving and easy to care for. I am heartbroken at having to let them go. My circumstances don't allow me to keep all 20 of these precious animals who have become my children. I need more than anything for them to be safe. They would certainly die if they stayed here in Puerto Rico. They deserve to be loved and nurtured.
Gina, if by some chance you cannot find a home together for them, please know that I will pay to have them shipped back to me. They would be lost without each other and I will figure something out.
Giving these two away is a heartbreak I cannot explain. Especially Blanca--my little tubby girl....
These two would show up on our block off and on for 3 months looking for food, and I honestly thought something was wrong with their legs because they were always crawling on their bellies submissively whenever we or our pack approached them. They were desperate for affection. And they were never, ever aggressive, even on first approach. Never.
Blanca was so desperate to be a part of our pack and would sleep under our truck on the street side. One night we heard her yelping in pain. When we ran out to see what was wrong, we could see that a car had run over her front paw. We took her in and she has been with us ever since. She is my little Buddah. I love her so much.
Blanca chortles when she is excited, and in the mornings she jumps up on the bed to say hello! hello! She is not a kisser but both Blanca and Bella will show their love and gratitude, once they feel safe. They are reserved but they wag their tails to let you know how they feel!! They eat out of your hand without ever snapping and Bella LOVES blue organic tortilla chips.
Bella is much more reserved than Blanca but she lets you know she is happy by her tail as well.
Blanca will growl if she doesn't want to be bothered by someone (one of the pack) and doesn't like anyone else eating from her plate (except her sister). They wait for their turn when we hand feed everyone, and do not jump up or snap. They wait for their name to be called and then move forward. They respond to gentle voices and loving confirmations that they are safe. They understand when they do something wrong.
They are not chewers or physically destructive. They love bully sticks, chicken tenders and love to chew on bones. We feed them chicken, liver, hot dogs, pork and gruel made from dog food, chicken stock rice and dry dog food. Dry food is out all day and Blanca and Bella many times prefer to eat that.
Cute warning....... They are very, very, VERY stiff when you pick them up they turn into plump little statues. It makes them more endearing to me...
They are cooperative when getting baths and will not fight or fuss. They like to stand up with their paws on the lip of the sink.
Blanca usually sleeps alone on a mat at night apart from all of us (in the living room), where Bella likes to sleep in the bedroom with all of us but prefers a quiet corner to herself. They don't jump on the bed like the rest of the crew, but they will come up when invited. I love the mornings when Blanca does come on the bed and snuggles into me to say she is grateful for another day.
They love, love love the beach! and are trained to come (when they feel like it) to a whistle. When at the beach they separate from us and explore for hours. We usually have to wait for them at the truck but they always come back happy and covered in mud!
They know their names and will come from another room when called. They both use the doggy door and are 100% house broken. They did grow up on the streets so they should not be left unsupervised with cats. We have 8 kittens roaming freely in the house now and another 10 outside and they are fine when we are home, but they have chased cats here when they first came to us.
These two need each other and always wind up doing everything together. They play tug of war, lay together and will always seek each other out for assurance that the other is close after they have been apart. Bella seems to be the older sister here.
They need a mellow, loving and patient household that will be impressed by their small gestures of love and appreciate that for them their small gestures are gigantic.
Please, please pass my contact detail on to their new family as I would love to know how they are and would be happy to answer any questions about my two special girls. I hope they will let me know how they are.....
My dream was to keep Blanca and Bella.... I love them so much... so very much. Now my dream for them is that they find safety and love with kind and loving people and that they somehow remember where they came from so they can appreciate more fully where they land.
Thank you Gina, for everything...
I will never be able to articulate how grateful I am for the kindness, devotion, compassion and stamina you demonstrate in helping these forgotten innocents. I am forever indebted to you.
Thank you Gina. thank you.
love, hugs and respect

About Precious Pets Adoption League

About Our Rescue Group...

Precious Pets Adoption League is a small 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to finding suitable homes for companion animals. We rescue and place animals of all ages. We are unpaid volunteers. Love for animals and your tax-deductible donations keep us going.

We do not have an actual shelter, so our animals stay in foster homes until adoption. We have no limit on how long we hold onto an adoptable animal--we have had dogs and cats that remained in a foster home for more than a year before finally being adopted. We could always use more volunteers willing to foster dog or cats, as there are so many more animals in need.

We believe that homeless and abandoned dogs and cats deserve a second chance at life. Most of the animals we rescue would not have much of a chance if we didn't take them. Many of them came from animal controls that would have put them down or even sold them to research if we hadn't intervened. Still others were found stray or abandoned and would likely have died on the street or wound up at an animal control where they would have little chance of being adopted. Some of the dogs we have taken in were Pit Bulls found stray in Detroit--if we hadn't taken these dogs, they would have faced a bleak future (i.e., certain death at animal control or most shelters, or starvation or worse if left stray on the streets).

We feel it is vital that we cannot turn our backs on companion animals that have been thrown away by people. Right now, animal rescues are needed more than ever, given the state of the economy. Sadly, people are losing their homes, and have to go live where they cannot keep their dogs or sometimes, even their cats. Thus, we will continue to help as many animals as we can.

Come Meet Our Pets...

We hold adoption shows on [most] Saturdays from 11 am - 4 pm at the Sterling Heights Petco, 13701 Lakeside Circle (next to ToysRUs).

The Sterling Heights Petco is South of Hall Road (M-59) and East of Schoenherr Road, off of Lakeside Circle, by Lakeside Mall. For more specific instructions, you may call the Petco directly at (586) 532-8794.

See our homepage for information on periodic special events:

Finally, if you are interested in one of our dogs and cats, we may be able to arrange a private meeting between you and the foster person, depending on the foster person's availability. To arrange a meeting, call us at (586) 405-5741 or (313) 537-9723.

Our Adoption Process...

Meeting our animals:
People interested in one of our animals or who just want to see what cats and dogs we have available, are welcome to come to one of our adoption shows (we show at the Sterling Heights Petco most Saturdays--see the event section for more info.). If you are interested in a particular dog or cat, we recommend that you call us during the week to make sure that this animal will be at the show. We may also be able to arrange a private meeting between you and the animal's foster person on another day or time.

Adoption process:
People interested in adopting one of our animals are asked to fill out a short adoption application. We review the application and decide whether the applicant is a good match for the dog or cat. If we approve the applicant to adopt, we have the applicant read and sign our adoption contract. We generally do 'same day adoptions'--adoption applications are reviewed on the spot and the adoption process is completed all at the same time.

Adoption fees:
Since we do not get a large amount of monetary donations, we depend on the adoption fees to cover veterinary and other costs. Adoption fees may vary from animal to animal depending on breed, costs incurred, etc. The following are the adoption fees generally:

Kittens - $125 ($25 refunded when adopter provides proof of spay/neuter)
Cats - $100
Puppies - $175 - $500 ($25 refunded when adopter provides proof of spay/neuter)
Dogs - $175 - $400