Saturday, March 8, 2014

Happy Birthday, Stella!


About this time last year Bill and I decided it was time to add a dog to our family (again). It had been almost a year without a dog in our house, and it was lonely. We talked about options, from a puppy to a "rescue". It was decided when we saw this little bi-black Sheltie on the Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue page of Facebook. I saw her, read her story, and knew she was the one. I showed Bill her picture and told him her story. He agreed. 

She was being treated for heartworm, but we were not deterred. We had been through that with another dog that we had rescued. So, we put in an application with CISR. We were interviewed and approved immediately. We were then asked who we were interested in and invited to meet them. 

We immediately requested Stella, though we had to wait for her to be released from the veterinarian's care. There was no doubt that she was the one for us. We knew we could give her what she needs and deserves, too. It was obvious when we finally were able to bring her home. She belongs with us; we are her forever home. She is ours, and we are hers.

Stella has come a long way this year. Her recent tests confirm she is (indeed) heartworm free. She now has confidence, as she knows she is loved. She has taken over our home, yard, family, and hearts. She makes friends wherever she goes, even in trucking. She is so sweet, well behaved, calm and accepting. She is proud of herself, and we are proud of her. She is amazing. 

Happy 4th Birthday, Stella! We love you! 
~from Mom, Dad, Maggie, Grizelda and Chloe Jo~  

22 comments:

  1. Awww... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Stella, What a sweet story. I'm so glad that Stella has found your home. She couldn't have have found a better home.
    Hugs
    JB

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  2. Happy Birthday Stella!
    I loved this post!

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  3. Awwwww...happy birthday, Stella! She is absolutely beautiful! What a happy story.

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  4. She is just lovely. I love shelties, as you might guess. We found our Kane in a shelter 13 years ago. He has been a wonderful companion. Happy Birthday to Stella. Deb

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  5. What a wonderful story. She is a beautiful girl and looks extremely happy in her forever home. Happy Birthday Stella!

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  6. Happy Birthday to Stella ! She is so sweet :)

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  7. Happy birthday, Stella! This is the first post in my Feedly this morning, and a wonderful way to start my day. Stella found the perfect humans for her and we all wish her many happy and healthy birthdays to come!

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  8. So sweet story and dog. Happy birthday Stella:)

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  9. Oh Stella, darling beloved little girl! Happy birthday sweetheart! Many more dear one.

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  10. I love Stella too ... can't help but love her. She is sweet, adorable and smart. Happy Birthday, Stella ...

    Andrea @ From the Sol

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  11. Happy birthday, Stella! What a sweet and wonderful story of how you came to live with your forever family. Hugs to you all!

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  12. Many happy returns of the day, Stella!

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  13. Happy Birthday 4th birthday to Stella! I don't know any people better to take care of her. I'm glad y'all got her heart worm problem fixed! : )

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  14. Happy Birthday to your sweet Stella. I'm totally smitten with her!

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  15. What a great story! By the way, your Stella looks a lot like my Lilah. She's also a rescued dog and is also part border collie.
    --Woofs and purrs from Life with Dogs and Cats.

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  16. I've been wondering about your anipals while you've both been on the road. Did Stella accompany you? What about the kitties? Happy 4th B'day, Stella. You really are a beautiful girl! XO, Janet and Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  17. She is so gorgeous and special! Happy Birthday Stella!

    P.S - you guys are pretty amazing too. <3

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  18. That is a beautiful birthday card to her...she is lovely!

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  19. OH Stella, sweet girl. I am so sorry I missed your special day. KISSIES!

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  20. MOMMY got here but I didn't. xoxoxox

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