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We had just moved into our new home we wanted a dog. We went to the shelter that day but did not intend to bring one home we were just looking...

We looked at all the dogs there were hundreds but we came across this one dog. We petted her through the cage. She was such a happy dog. But she was a full grown dog (4 years old) and we were looking for a puppy. I started to walk away she started to cry and whine just broke my heart but we kept looking at the other dogs. We even took a few into the play yard but I kept looking back at her. I told my Husband let's just take her into the yard and play with her. The people at the shelter told us she had her papers, but that she had a heart mummer and would never be a real active dog and that she did not like other animals and small children. Disappointed we left.

The next day my husband said " you know we should of just brought her home with us" I was so excited because I was thinking the same thing. I told my Husband to go back and if she was still there to get her and bring her home where she belongs. That was more than 9 years ago.

Her name is Bella Merritt but we call her bellbell.

She loves kids, she loves other big and small dogs we have adopted a German shepherd and a Chihuahua and over the years has even put up with our cat.

She is 14+ years old and she has never had a problem with her heart.

The only thing they were right about she has never been very active.

Maria Keller

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