Introducing Stella

So in completely unrelated, but VERY exciting news (in my world at least!), I want to introduce you to someone. Without further ado, meet my new pup, Stella!

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Stella is a 3 year old Westie mix that I adopted on May 4, so we just passed the 3 week mark! I’d been thinking about getting a dog for some time, especially since I live alone, but the tipping point was when I watched one of my best friend’s dogs, Oscar, for over a week a few months ago. At the end of the 8 days, I expected to be ready to hand him over, but I was so sad to see him go and knew I needed to get one of my own.

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Stella and Oscar on the way back from camping!

So I started the process of seriously looking for a dog, and I ended up finding Stella on (which still sounds weird to say). Even though her name was Shayla, I was totally taken with her ears. I knew I wanted to get a slightly older dog (2-5 years old, ideally),  so I sent an email in on a Monday when I first saw her, and she ended up being home with me less than a week later!

I got her through Homeward Trails Animal Rescue and they were very thorough! The process involved a phone screen from her foster mom, a phone interview from Stella’s adoption coordinator, a home visit through a volunteer to make sure my space was sufficient, and of course, an in person meeting to make sure we were a good fit and that I really wanted her. Even though they have a pretty detailed process, the whole thing moved very quickly, which is important because that’s how it has to work so they can rescue more dogs!

Stella’s “story” is that her owners were moving to a non pet-friendly building, so she was turned into a high-kill shelter in North Carolina when they moved. That’s pretty much all I know besides the fact that she is around 3 years old. When I got her, she was already up to date with shots and spayed, but I still took her to a vet to have her checked out and everything seemed to look good! She was also already house trained and hasn’t had an accident to date (besides the one time that was my fault because I majorly stalled on taking her outside and she just couldn’t hold it!).

Stella is exactly the kind of dog I was looking for. She is very easy to engage and is playful when you pay attention to her, but she is veeeeery chill most of the time and makes an excellent work-from-home companion.


You can find her like this almost all the time:

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Unless someone is outside my door or coming inside – then she gets up and barks. It’s kind of funny because she’s so little and cute, but she thinks she is ferocious so she barks and howls, but she couldn’t do much damage if she tried. We are taking an obedience class since this is my first dog and I don’t really know what I’m doing, and it’s really fun and is teaching me a lot!

I know it sounds so corny to say, but I feel REALLY lucky to have gotten her! The foster mom said she got a ton of applications, so delicately I asked why I was picked out of all of them. The foster mom told me that she picked me because she thought I sounded like someone who would spoil her, and that’s what she wanted for Stella. She is really sweet and smart, but is also very opinionated and spunky. I like to think we’re a pretty good match!

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Our first photo together

15 Comments on Introducing Stella

    • Beth
      May 28, 2014 at 10:38 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks Mindy! 🙂

  1. Susan Klein
    May 28, 2014 at 9:16 am (6 years ago)

    My newest grand daughter dog !!!

    • Beth
      May 28, 2014 at 10:41 am (6 years ago)


  2. Erin
    May 28, 2014 at 9:20 am (6 years ago)

    awww Stella!!! Congrats! I recently adopted my first pup, and I agree with everything you posted! I feel so lucky! Benny is a 2 year old lab mix and his story was similar to Stella’s – side note, it makes me incredibly sad to know that people just turn in dogs to (kill) shelters like it’s NBD – don’t get a dog/animal unless you can commit. grrrr – ANYway, I can’t imagine my life before Benny, he brings so much happiness! Stella is adorable!

    • Beth
      May 28, 2014 at 10:40 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks, Erin! Congrats on your new pup, too! And yes, it’s SO hard to get my head around the idea that someone gets a dog, and then just gives it up! It is part of your family – moving to a non-pet friendly building isn’t an option for me anymore. I get it a LITTLE more if your dog has major behavioral issues and it’s too much for you, but Stella is SO good! It makes me sad to think that someone just gave her away, but I also am kinda happy they did because now she’s mine! 🙂

  3. Lindsay
    May 28, 2014 at 9:54 am (6 years ago)

    Aw!!! I have a 1yr old Westie. Such loyal companions! Have fun

    • Beth
      May 28, 2014 at 10:41 am (6 years ago)

      Aww! She is awesome. Totally sassy, but you are right – very loyal. I never thought I’d go for a small dog (she’s ~16 pounds) but Stella changed all that!

  4. Leah
    May 28, 2014 at 11:13 am (6 years ago)

    What a cute dog! I want to have a dog or (more likely) a cat so much, but it’s not the time yet. We’ll be moving in the next couple of years and pet-owning crosses a lot of places off the list.
    I can’t believe those people just dumped their dog into a shelter for a new apartment. Lame.

  5. Lisa Eirene (@LisaEirene)
    May 28, 2014 at 11:45 am (6 years ago)

    Congrats! She’s a cutie!! I’m glad you rescued. You saved a life. 🙂

    We got our dog, Bella, in October (after talking about getting a dog for 5 years LOL). I also used Petfinder and found Bella through a nearby dog rescue organization. The screening process was super intense! (Which makes me happy, you know the dogs are going to good homes.) It was a lot of emailing with the foster mom, phone interview, she talked to 2 of our references on the phone before we even met.

    I cannot imagine my life without Bella now!

  6. Shannon Tatlock
    May 28, 2014 at 2:43 pm (6 years ago)

    What a beautiful story! So glad you rescued a dog. All of my animals have been from the shelter and they truly make the best pets. 🙂

  7. Sydney
    May 28, 2014 at 9:36 pm (6 years ago)

    Aww so glad you got a dog! Spoil her rotten. 😉

  8. Rachel @ Fragrance, Faith, and Fitness
    May 29, 2014 at 8:05 am (6 years ago)

    This is so fantastic! I have a huge heart for animal adoption, and I can’t imagine life without my rescued cat and dog. Congratulations! 🙂

  9. Deb
    June 1, 2014 at 4:30 am (6 years ago)

    She’s so cute! I think our girls could swallow her whole but so glad she found a home with you. They say we don’t save the dog, the dog saves us. 🙂 I know our Sashi did me.


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