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Remember Bella? I took a drive out to Toronto Animal Services West on the weekend to hang out with her for a bit. I haven't seen her since she was transferred from TAS South.

Jennifer, one of the staff at TAS West has been working with Bella and wanted to show me how much she's improved. So, check this out:

Bella's transformation is nothing short of amazing. Given the limited amount of time Jennifer has had with her, Bella's walking, sitting and attentiveness are so vastly improved. Bella was always a smart girl who just needed someone to guide her and Jennifer has done an amazing job of doing just that.

Now check out what a great fetcher Bella is. She drops the ball at Jennifer's feet every time - well, almost every time, except when she gets a little confused and doesn't know which ball to fetch.:

It's lovely to see her enthusiasm and energy directed into a fun activity for everyone.

Bella's training is not perfected yet, of course, but it's plain she's capable of being a fantastic dog with some continued effort. All she needs is her very own person in order to learn what it is to be a great dog and you know she'll put in 110%, just like with everything else she does, to be the best companion for that special someone.

The best way to check on the adoption status of Bella (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call 416 338 6271 for the Toronto Animal Services West shelter. If Bella is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because she's been adopted already.

7 Comments to “Bella Revisited”

  1. anna says:

    thank you Fred, TAS and the very talented dog trainer Jeniffer for putting in such an effort to get the ever loveable Bella a forever home!. If that special effort doesn't work I will be really surprised. Good work all and good luck to Bella

  2. What a great pup! I love the videos too! Makes your heart warm knowing there are people like Jennifer caring for these poor guys!

  3. CP says:

    Thanks for posting this - I'm a voluteer at TAS West and walk Bella on the week-ends. She's come a long way!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Please let us know when this fabulous dog has been adopted. I wish I could adopt her myself. My heart breaks thinking of this lovely girl without a home.

  5. Unknown says:

    I am interested but this would be my first pet, I'm not sure if I am ready to provide the care necessary for the dog to be happy....

  6. Fred says:

    Hi Stark, if you're interested, I think the best thing to do would be to go visit Bella and talk to the staff at TAS West about her ( . Experience is great with dog ownership but more important is a connection with the dog and a willingness to put time and energy into one's pet. Cheers.

  7. CP says:

    Hey folks, I'm a volunteer at TAS West - Bella was adopted last Friday! I was sad that I didn't get one final walk with her on Saturday (she'd come such an incredibly long way!) but thrilled she finally found a home of her own.

    Stark, did you adopt her?

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The public still too often associates shelter dogs with images of beat up, sick, dirty, severely traumatized animals and while we definitely sometimes see victims such as these, they are certainly not the majority and, regardless, even the most abused animals can very often be saved and made whole again.

Pound Dogs sometimes discusses the sad histories some of the dogs have suffered. For the most part, though, it tries to present the dogs not as victims but as great potential family members. The goal is to raise the profiles of animals in adoption centers so that a potential pet owner sees them as the best choice, not just as the charity choice.

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