Jessica contacted Gracie's Bark to Spotlight her beautiful dog Stella. We are very excited to share their story.
"Stella is a rescued Portuguese podengo mix, and is currently about two years old. When my boyfriend and I decided it was time to adopt a dog into our family, we spent hours scouring on Petfinder for the perfect pooch. It turns out I didn't need to look any further than the Town of Swansea Animal Shelter, where I was volunteering. After a weekend of looking at pictures of adoptable dogs, I walked into the shelter on Monday and there was a new dog in the very first kennel. The second I saw her I knew that she belonged with us.
We counted down the days we had to wait in case someone claimed her, and on day 10 she went in to get spayed. From that day on, Stella has been a member of our family. We have a senior cat with epilepsy, and Stella has actually predicted when her seizures are coming, which has helped us to make these times easier for her.
Stella has also helped us in fostering kittens. We began taking in kittens without mama cats or homes last spring, taking care of them until they were old enough to be adopted. We were initially worried about how our dog bred to hunt rabbits would react to these tiny animals. Turns out we had nothing to worry about-- Stella loves mothering all the baby kittens that have come through our home, and has even picked out a couple she wanted to add to our family!
I can't imagine how Stella ever ended up in a shelter-- she is a loving dog, a great friend, and a valued member of our family. The second I saw her, I knew it was meant to be-- and boy, was I right about that!" ~Jessica
Please email your entry (short story) with a photo to GraciesBark@gmail.com and tell her about your favorite pal! Additional pictures and video welcome, space permitting.