Connor’s dog, Annabella … Bella came to meet us Friday night. Connor and his grandma brought her over with the intention of seeing how “the girls” would do together. I wanted to be sure that she and Lucy were compatible before I agreed to keep her. If all went well, Bella would go back home to spend one last night with her sister, Lexie, (an energetic Black Lab who was also going to a new home,) and then come back to us for good on Saturday.
Lucy was excited about this new dog. But try as she might, she couldn’t get Bella to romp and play with her. Nine year-old Dachshunds just aren’t that playful. Bella was a bit nervous, but she allowed Lucy to sniff and kiss her and run circles around her for the couple of hours she was here. When she went home, Lucy was disheartened. But her disappointment was short-lived. Bella came back to us on Saturday morning and has been here ever since.
Saturday was a day for Bella to get used to new people and surroundings. She was really nervous when Connor and Kacey left for a few hours. But by the end of the day, she had relaxed. Lucy, on the other hand, spent the entire day behaving as if she were worried that Bella would go away again. Whenever Bella moved, Lucy had to go sniff her again, lick her ears and herd her. (Lucy likes to herd other dogs. She would have been very good with sheep.)
This morning when we woke up, Bella was feeling decidedly more at-home. When she sensed me waking up, there she was, wagging her tail and offering kisses. Lucy, of course, greeted Bella with a good-morning welcome that, if translated, would say, “YOU’RE STILL HERE! OH MY GOSH, YOU’RE STILL HERE! LET’S GO SEE THE CAT AND GO OUTSIDE AND EAT A CRUNCHY BREAKFAST AND PLAY AND BARK AT SQUIRRELS. OH MY GOSH, YOU’RE STILL HERE!”
I think Lucy will need a few days to get used to the idea that Bella is here to stay.
As for me, I’m in love with Bella already. She’s mellow and gentle and sweet. And I thought that after Shelby, I’d never have room in my heart for another dog! Turns out I was wrong! And I’m so glad. Now Bella has a safe and loving home and the best part is, Connor can still see her and spend time with her whenever he wants.