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About Stella Marie (goes by Stella)

Stella Marie is a rescue pup from Puerto Rico. She was 3 days old when hurricane Maria struck. Rescued by a shelter there, she was flown to Denver around 5 weeks old and came to live with me at 8 weeks old. In her short life, she has faced a natural disaster, separation from her parents, and an international flight, and she still is so loving and curious. Sometimes her curiosity is bigger than she is though! She loves to play fetch, tug-of-war, and to smell EVERYTHING. And sticks, which I do not want her eating. "Drop it" usually works to get her to leave them, or "Leave it" if she's in the process of obtaining a stick. Good grief, the sticks. Going for a walk is one of her favorite activities. We are currently working on properly greeting people and animals, manners related to barking, and heel/loose leash walking. I love it when I can find someone willing to support these efforts. Though she may bark at first sight of a dog, sometimes, she can smell the dog out and ease in to greet the dog. Stella has not been exposed to young children except for one occasion, and she reacted with anxiety and fear (which isn't a good combination with a small person who moves quickly and unpredictably) so I ask that she not be around them for everyone's benefit, including not allowing children to approach or pet her; she and I need work on this one on one. She loves to meet new dogs, but it's best to watch her body language to know if it's a positive or tense situation for her (if the hair on her tail or between her hips are standing up, create distance between her and the other dog.) She has the most expressive EARS! Check out some of her pics to see what I mean!

  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 2 years old
  • Weight: 26 lbs
  • Breed: Mixed
  • Tracking Chip: Yes
  • Spayed: Yes
  • House Trained: Yes
    Unless it is cold outside, she is housetrained in her own home. However, in other people's homes, she does best when taken outside every 2 hours.
  • Gets along with children: No
    She has not been around them at all, please be cautious. I don’t expect her to bite, but she’s also a dog and that’s what they do when they are scared.
  • Gets along with other dogs: Yes
    Stella is learning to love other dogs! Follow her lead- if her ears are back or she’s cowering, she isn’t ready for that encounter. Walk away and give her encouragement.
  • Gets along with cats: No

Special Requirements

Walker must be patient and adept at reading dog body language. As a puppy who has experienced trauma, she is fearful even in situations where she is excited and eager. She may enjoy a dog park, but I'd like for her to know you and for you to know her well before taking her to one because of her fear issues.