Bio: ! I am Bella and I am an affectionate, friendly, loving female Boykin, 8 years young. I have a wavy coat and weigh 37 pounds, and am in good health. I can be high energy and then I can chill out and relax with you. I LOVE to fetch my balls and am a very enthusiastic hunter (although I need to get my hunting skills fine tuned). I had to go to Boykin Spaniel Rescue because of circumstances out of my control. I want very much to find another loving family soon.
I am a sweet, energetic and happy girl. If I am not fetching the ball, I can be very, very calm and look lovingly into your face FOREVER when you want to pet or talk to me or even put a leash on, groom or treat my ears. I have a confident personality but can be submissive when asked. I like all people and I love my toys! My favorite things to do are to fetch, swim and take walks. I love being outdoors hanging out with my canine siblings. Rides in the car are lots of fun too. But I also love being inside with you at night, snuggling next to you if you will let me. As far as training goes, I am walking on a leash without pulling and I wear a little training collar but my foster Mom rarely has to use it. I get along with my foster canines very well. I am crate trained but if truth be told I would rather not go there. I did have one accidents in my foster home and I was very sorry. It might have happened cause I was nervous. When I move to my forever home, it would be good if they would be sure to watch me and take me out often at first. My only bad habit is that I can get a little obsessed with playing ball. I will follow you around with it and keep dropping it into whatever you are doing just hoping you will throw it for me. I do like my food and might eat a little too fast, probably because I am still a little insecure. In my past, I lived with small children and was good with them and I got along just fine with a 6 yr. old visitor recently. We played fetch! So far, I am not sure about cats. I do love to hunt and have a strong drive although my skills are a little rusty. I am not steady to shot, but I am very enthusiastic and will bring the bird back to you. If I didn’t see where the bird fell, with a little direction, I will search and search until I find it. I have a soft mouth. I really need to be with someone who has hunted Boykins in the past and can help me refresh my skills. I have lots of energy and desire. I am very eager to find my forever family, where someone is home most of the day. I really need the company of other dogs and my humans. I am not the kind of dog who will do well if I am left alone. If you have the time, patience, commitment and experience to play with me, train me and take me hunting that would make me a happy dog. A place where I can swim would be awesome too! I am such a loving, playful, happy pup and I want to share all that with you.
January 2020 update:
I applied for Bella August 2016 after being approved by BSR for a couple of years. I wanted a dog that matched my age .I. had just retired and was hoping for a dog with some hunting background.
I had my telephone interview with Rita who was Bellas foster.I think I made a life long friend. She explained to me that to get Bella we would be required to have a fenced backyard. I explained to her that where we lived no fences were allowed but we were in process of moving to a new home with a fenced backyard. She agreed to keep Bella the additional time for us ti move. We moved into our new home on November the 10th and took off to get Bella on the 14th. Due to BSR guidelines we could not have Bella shipped so made the 1022 mile trip and so glad we did we saw lot of places we had only heard of, only regret is being in a hurry to get back and get settled in new house we did littlw site seeing other than out the car window on interstate 10. It was love at first sight. Bella loves everyone she meets and changing as she ages. We had Bella for almost a year before she ever Barked the all of a sudden she started barking whenever someone rand=g doorbell or knocked on door. Now that she has lost most of her hearing that has slowed down unless she sees them approaching front door. Bella ignores all other dogs on walks or while hunting .other dogs run up and start sniffing or barking and she pays no attention with one exception Yorkies. She will drag me across street to greet all Yorkies but as soon as she gets a sniff she then is satisfied that’s not the one she is looking for. Bella love all small children 2-5 years of age and she wants to sniff them also as if she is looking for someone. When Bella first came home she went everywhere I went for first year or so now she prefers to stat home unless I dress in Camo . once she sees me in camo clothing she is out the door waiting at the truck. She still wants to retrieve everyones dove no matter how far away. The joke in the dove club is Mike can shoot 2 times and take home a limit. Bella really excels at Snipe hunting retrieving birds in brush 6 foot tall and coming out with the bird. As Bella ages she has developed new tricks such as guarding the ice box. And barking at her food bowl. Due to age and mobility this was probably last hunting season but I hope to have many more years as best lapdog ever. Thank you Rita,Skip and BSR for letting this happen. Mike and Bella Stovall