- ID D220399
- Adoption Fee: $425
- Breed: Labrador Retriever / Australian Kelpie / Mixed (short coat)
- Gender: Female
- Coat Length: Short
- Grooming Needs: Moderate
- Current Weight: 45.0 lb.
- Estimated Birthdate: 4/12/2016
- Reaction to New People: Friendly
- Good with Dogs: Yes
- Good with Adults: All
- Housetrained/Littertrained: Yes
- Obedience Trained: Needs Training
- Likes to Vocalize: Quiet
- Energy Level: Low
- Cratetrained: Yes
- Leashtrained: Yes
Hi! My name is Stilla. I hail from Houston where I found myself moving between multiple shelters for more than half a year before making my way from the Lone Star to the North Star state. I haven’t been able to tell anyone where I came from before I entered my first shelter, but it doesn’t matter because I’m surrounded with love now. I was everyone’s favorite in shelter and made life-long friends in my Houston foster home where I waited until my trip arrived. At the end of April, I made the long trip north and landed in a foster home where I have 3 cat siblings and a big foster dog brother. I have never met a person or animal that I didn’t want to be friends with so I feel I’ve hit the jackpot!
My foster parents will tell you that I am smart, quick to learn, very well-behaved, and easy to love. My foster mom has told me that she’s never met a dog quite like me. I appreciate the sentiment, but it’s just who I am. I follow my foster parents like a shadow, I go to the couch to snuggle as soon as I see them even glance at it, I play with my foster brothers and sister, and I LOVE to go on walks to smell all the smells and greet everyone I cross paths with. When people are around me, I always notice that they smile.
When I first arrived in Minnesota, I was found to have a mass on a mammary gland. Upon further inspection, it was decided that I needed to get it removed. When I was in surgery, however, the amazing Ruff Start vet found a mass on every gland on my left side. She did a complete mastectomy on my entire left mammary chain and also found more masses on my right chain that couldn’t be removed that day. It was really painful, but I didn’t want my foster parents to feel sad or worry about me, so I just continued to be happy, cuddly, and the best dog I could be. Unfortunately, the biopsies came back on the masses and the largest one is a malignant tumor that may have spread. When my foster mom heard this, she cried. But I just continued to do what I do best; I licked away her tears and got as close as I could to her to let her know that it’s okay and we will get through this.
I know there may be some hard decisions coming, but instead of being sad, I am excited to live my best life. I’m grateful to everyone who has gotten me to where I am, and to those who continue to not give up. My new life is just beginning.
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