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We don’t always get what we want – but sometimes we get something even better. Such is the case with Bella. In early 2009, Christina and her parents went to the Animal Humane Society in Woodbury to meet a beagle that Christina saw on the website. By the time they got there, he had already been adopted by someone else.

Christina was disappointed that she didn’t get the dog she wanted, but continued looking at the other dogs available for adoption. She walked down the row of kennels and in the very last one was a miniature pinscher wearing a multi-colored sweater. When she visited with the little dog, Bella immediately jumped up in her lap and started giving her kisses. Christina loved how affectionate she was and knew she had a lot of love to give. Since this would be her first dog, she wanted to be 100% sure this was the right decision so she went home to think about it. It didn’t take her long to realize Bella was the one and was back only thirty minutes later to adopt her!

The first few months with Bella were not without their challenges. Bella experienced some health problems and was not housetrained. With a little patience and a lot of love, Bella is now doing much better and is housetrained. Christina wants to remind others to not overlook dogs with health or housetraining problems. With a little help they can overcome their issues and will give back so much in return. Bella has brought so much joy to Christina and her family. She loves to go on walks, play with her toys, have her belly rubbed, and look outside from her window seat. Christina may not have gotten the dog she came for that day, but now she knows she got something even better in Bella.

Photography courtesy of Laurie Schneider Photography. For information on pet portraits visit http://www.lschneider.com/.

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