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Hi All!

Its been a while since I have been on here so I thought I would update you all on what's been happening with Bella since I was last here.

Bella was spayed beginning of June and healed very quickly without any problems. By the end of the week you could hardly see the incision and within 24 hours she was almost back to her normal self.

Since having her teeth removed she seems more comfortable tackling different foods. Kibble, dental sticks, bones and even freshly pulled carrots out of the garden! As it was warm in July we got a small dog pool and she loved it and helped keep her cool. Also during this time she has met a number of dogs and seems to be unsure of them all (except the ones at home).

It has taken months to get her used to been groomed and today she went to be professionally groomed for the first time!! She looks amazing and I think she's at her ideal weight.

Bella's also learnt how to play with the other dogs. No where near as snatchy with the ball and she'll also play fight with my bichon! Now she's discovered it, it's like her new obsession and Beau doesn't get a break. She seems to have settled in well and has intergraded nicely into our small pack and obeying Pebble's orders.

Anyone else's pack female lead? Pebbles is alpha, beau is a born follower and bella is at the bottom of the pack...

Also I haven't seen a food index on here so to speak. For those wanting to look for foods, wet or dry. Maybe I could put one together? What do you guys think? List some brands if you'd like for me to include.
 

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She looks great and it is nice to hear she is doing well. As to who rules the roost at our house all I can say is Lily is the queen and the boys are minor lords, definitely not kings, maybe not even princes.
 
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She’s looking cute in her new grooming and it’s nice to hear she has settled nicely into her forever home.
 
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She looks great and it is nice to hear she is doing well. As to who rules the roost at our house all I can say is Lily is the queen and the boys are minor lords, definitely not kings, maybe not even princes.
Haha. I'm glad it's not just in my house. Actually thinking about it I think every pack I've had they've been female led
 

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She’s looking cute in her new grooming and it’s nice to hear she has settled nicely into her forever home.
Thank you. She didn't enjoy the grooming though but that's probably because its something new to her. It seems almost like we've always had her even though its been just shy of 6 months. Also, it makes me quite emotional now watching her play with the others as before when they played she would run and hide and refuse to come out. Its amazing how far she's come. I thought considering she's nearly 5 that she'd be stuck in her ways or that the past was too engrained for her to change like it is with some rescue dogs...sometimes it's nice to be wrong :)
 

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It’s funny, I just thought about you this morning! Bella looks adorable! I’m so glad to hear she recovered from her spay so quickly, and also that she is settling so nicely into your family. Isn’t it wonderful to watch them discover new things? Sounds like you’ve put a lot of good work into her... I’m happy for you!


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Glad she is doing so well, and she looks so cute!! Sounds like she has made a lot of progress.

When my parents' dog Gracie was alive, she was always the pack leader when all the dogs got together. Now it's just Miracle and Jasper, and I would say Miracle believes Jasper to be the lead dog.
 

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It’s funny, I just thought about you this morning! Bella looks adorable! I’m so glad to hear she recovered from her spay so quickly, and also that she is settling so nicely into your family. Isn’t it wonderful to watch them discover new things? Sounds like you’ve put a lot of good work into her... I’m happy for you!
Oh spooky! and thank you. It has taken a lot of work to get her where she is. There are times where its like 1 step forwards 2 steps back but when you sit back and look at them playing or digging up the garden :laugh: its so worth it and its amazing how by changing or helping her adjust to the small things has allowed her to grow so much
 

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Glad she is doing so well, and she looks so cute!! Sounds like she has made a lot of progress.

When my parents' dog Gracie was alive, she was always the pack leader when all the dogs got together. Now it's just Miracle and Jasper, and I would say Miracle believes Jasper to be the lead dog.
Aww bless. Must be difficult for another to fill the role of leader if they aren't a leader. Pebbles is a leader. Beau is a follower, he can't lead a group. Bella however can do both. Im not sure if she was alpha female where she lived previously as she came in and tried (and epically failed) at ruling the roost. Now she just follows no questions asked...I don't think she fancies being bit again in a hurry
 

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I’m happy to see Bella is doing well ! She looks very cute too !

Here Beckie is pretty much the leader, and Merlin is the follower. Poor thing doesn’t have much initiative, so at least he can copy what Beckie is doing !
 

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Bella looks so cute and confident with her red toy and snazzy groom! Kudos to you for all the progress.
 

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Aww bless. Must be difficult for another to fill the role of leader if they aren't a leader. Pebbles is a leader. Beau is a follower, he can't lead a group. Bella however can do both. Im not sure if she was alpha female where she lived previously as she came in and tried (and epically failed) at ruling the roost. Now she just follows no questions asked...I don't think she fancies being bit again in a hurry
It's good that Bella was able to settle in and respect the boundaries of the dogs around her. Miracle did not respect boundaries with Gracie (even though she growled), only Jasper. I watched her respect the boundaries of the animals she lived with in her foster placement, so it was unexpected. The only reason I can think of as to why Miracle constantly invaded Gracie's space was because she knew Gracie had cancer before we did. Jasper put Miracle in her place day 1 and she was fine with it.
 

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Hi Engel, Been thinking of you. Bella looks wonderful and it sounds wonderful how well she has integrated into your family. I had some nice tomatoes & peppers from my little container plants, LOL. Not quite a big as I would have liked so next yer I may put a few into the ground and see how they do. Glad to hear all is going well.
 

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Hi Engel, Been thinking of you. Bella looks wonderful and it sounds wonderful how well she has integrated into your family. I had some nice tomatoes & peppers from my little container plants, LOL. Not quite a big as I would have liked so next yer I may put a few into the ground and see how they do. Glad to hear all is going well.
Thank you! I planted all mine from seed this year for tomatos I did Alicante which are medium size with high yield, great for indoor and outdoor planting, maybe try those? I have some in the ground and they're really strong plants ? as for peppers, I've never managed to grow large-ish ones yet, got some flowers coming so maybe this year lol.
 

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Omg it's been a while since I have been here. Been busy.

Bella is doing really well and is a chunky 4.5kg! She loves her walks and playing fetch. She dressed in her Xmas jumper and elf hat and visited the vet on Xmas Eve with beau and Pebs.

Loving little bean and I can't believe she's been home a year! Where has that time gone?! In the next couple of weeks she'll be going to the vets for her booster so I'll pop her on the scales again to make sure she's not getting too chunky. :D

She's been glued to my side since day one and can't see her changing any time soon.

I hope you all are well.
 

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Nice to see you and Bella again! Great update. Would love to see a photo of her in the Xmas jumper and elf hat! Must be adorable :).
 
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