Bella spent six months in the shelter, but she got her second chance when Leslie Galvin saw the Pit Bull mix on Petfinder.
“I saw something in her spirit even from just seeing a photo of her and I called right away to make sure she was still available,” Leslie says. The Lebanon, Indiana, woman had been going through a rough patch in her life at the end of a relationship and, when the children were visiting their dad, Leslie was lonely.
The dog had been picked up as a stray with three puppies, and Clinton County Humane Society in Frankfort, Indiana, had listed her on Petfinder. She was still available, so Leslie arranged to meet her. There was an instant bond, and she went to visit Bella several times while the adoption was being finalized. Each time Bella recognized her, and it was hard for Leslie to say good-bye at the end of the visits.
Finally, the big day came, and Bella got to leave with Leslie. For Leslie, it was a special day, too, because having an enthusiastic greeter at the door each day when she arrived home from work took the edge off of her loneliness. “She made every day a little easier to bear,” Leslie says.
Bella, who is about four, has been with the Galvins for two of those years now. She loves to play and run with the kids, barreling across the yard with her legs tucking up under her with each gallop. She even gets along with the family cat. She is loving and loyal, two traits Leslie wanted in a pet. Best of all, she brings joy to her family every day.