STELLA - 10 WEEK OLD FEMALE
STATUS: IN FOSTER CARE
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INTRODUCTION - December 14, 2021
It’s very rare for a rescue to take a brand new puppy into foster care but Stella is the exception. Three pounds of adorable puggy-ness in a 10 week old body, Stella is an example of why not to buy a dog online. Her surrendering owner had the best of intentions but lost a lot of money in a very short time.
After the purchaser had Stella only a few days, her vet gave her the bad news. The left side of Stella's head is caved in, probably caused by a birth/congenital deformity rather than trauma and her left eye is microphthalmic and non-visual. Her “good” right eye is misaligned such that she views things on the side rather than face-on. The vet believes that the sight in the right eye will fail sooner rather than later and Stella will become totally blind. She recommended that Stella be trained as though she were blind now to make life easier later on. The surrendering owner, recognizing her limitations, with great sadness asked us to find a home where Stella’s impaired sight and eventual blindness could be better accommodated. On the positive side, Stella is apparently otherwise in good health and is a bouncy, happy little girl.
In the four days that this little cutie has been in foster care, she has adapted well to her new environment. She doesn’t cry when I put her in her playpen for bed. She's currently using puppy pads and uses them 60% of the time.
Stella is a typical puppy with very sharp teeth. I call her a little piranha. We're working on different chewing toys but she seems to enjoy my pants or socks while I'm wearing them. She'll attach herself to my pants while I’m cooking. She plays well with foster brother and isn't afraid of yelling at him when he doesn't want to play. She loves to sit on my chest and quite often falls asleep there. The resident cat hasn't had much interaction with her (resident cat isn't impressed and is a bit of a snob) but so far she doesn't chase the cat or terrorize her. Stella does so many cute things which I will share in the future but for now, picture this - she lifts one of her back legs when she drinks. It’s a hoot.
Since Stella was already at the vet this week, we’ll wait until the end of the month to take her to the foster vet where she will get her second puppy shot (DHPP) and have blood work done. She’ll need a third DHPP shortly after that, a rabies shot and then be spayed. We will probably also have consultations with a couple of specialists. So if you are already in love and think you can give the best possible home to a blind puppy, you’re just going to have to wait a while.