Young dog’s breed name Bella has a lot of history

CNY’s Finger Lakes SPCA Special for The Citizen

Every Friday, The Citizen offers a pet available for adoption from the Finger Lakes SPCA in central New York. This week, we’re spotlighting Bella.

BREED: Arboreal Coonhound

COMMENTS: Bella has been at the shelter for about a month. That’s long enough for her! She can’t wait to move on to the next and most important phase of her life.

Bella is an arboreal coonhound. She’ll tell you where her name comes from in her interview, but here’s a bit about her race. Tree coonhounds are affectionate, intelligent, and confident, and enjoy interacting with humans. They make good companion dogs for an owner who understands the characteristics of the breed and is willing to work with their inbred nature as a hunting dog. On the scent, they are tireless, alert and intense. At home, they are fluffy and love comfort.

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Tree coonhounds get along well with other dogs and with children. Like most dogs, they are even-tempered and difficult to annoy or make aggressive towards people or other dogs.

We would recommend Bella for an active family. She needs constant and sufficient exercise to stay healthy and happy. There is a huge amount of valuable information available on the tree coonhound. If you are interested in Bella, please check it out.

Bella is fully vaccinated (rabies, distemper, kennel cough). She will be neutered and microchipped today. After a period of recovery, Bella will be available to meet you.

Q: Who is your best friend?

A: I’m fairly new here, you understand. But I noticed a very nice and charming girl who lived in the condo next to mine. Her name is Darla and sweet Darla needs a best friend like me. Darla is a border collie mix. When she came here, the nice people noticed that she was limping badly. Long story short, Darla lost her leg to her injury. But she doesn’t let that stop her. She runs and plays in the yard as if nothing had happened. Yes, Darla is my best friend. I really like.

Q: How would you describe yourself?

A: I am a strong young girl with a lot of energy. I love running around our playground, but I’m also good on a leash and walk quite well. I love to talk (scream) and I have a very particular voice. It’s part of who I am. I believe you will find me very attractive, but you have to visit me! I’m a low maintenance girl, but I would need the occasional bath if I happened to roll around in a puddle of mud. I am friendly and affectionate. As my canine friends would say, I’m your best all-around dog and you need to check me out!

Q: What has been your best experience?

A: So, I have very good experiences every day. I have balanced meals and fresh water, I can run around the playground with my volunteer buddies, I can walk around and experience all the smells of my shelter neighborhood. But my best experience has not yet arrived. It will happen when my new family finds me and brings me home. Can you help me?

Q: If you could have one job, what would it be?

A: I have an amazing nose and I can follow a scent forever! I’m not sure I would highly value a hunter, but maybe I can apply to become a “sniffer” dog at airports and other ports of entry into the United States. I’m sure I would need some basic training, but I study quickly and would pass with flying colors. But I really don’t want a job. I want to stay home with my new family.

Q: If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?

A: I don’t have an exotic destination in mind. However, my breed primarily developed in the southern United States and primarily in the state of Virginia. I recently heard of a fun place called Lost Dog Café, located in Dunn Loring, Virginia. They actually have a “dog” menu, so while my humans enjoy an adult hot dog and drink, I can order from the doggie menu.

Q: Do you have an interesting fact to share?

A: Let me share some information about my name, and I’ll do it one word at a time. “Treeing” refers to a dog trailing the scent of his quarry until the quarry rushes into a tree for his safety. “Walker” refers to Thomas Walker of Virginia, who in the mid-1700s was instrumental in the development of my breed. “Coonhound” is a dog developed to “port” raccoons. So here is. I’m an arboreal coonhound and I’m proud of it!

Q: Do you have any advice for our readers today?

A: I do! Please get out your calendars and write it down. My Refuge Friends are holding their annual photos with Santa Paws from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 19 at the Hoopes Park Clubhouse. Please see our Facebook post for more information and details. And thank you for supporting our events and helping me and my friends at the shelter. A big thank you, licks and a few screams! Love, Bella and friends.

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The Finger Lakes SPCA of Central New York is a New York State Registered Shelter/Rescue, Registry Number RR-181. Pursuant to Section 26-A, Section 408 of the Agriculture and Markets Act, Declarant is permitted to operate as a registered pet shelter pursuant to that Act.