I hope everything is well with you. I promised
you pictures of Stella awhile ago, but am just now getting to it.
I have told you before, but I want to let you know again what a
pure joy it is to have Stella as part of our family. Every
morning, she goes with me into the kids’ room to wake them up with
a nose nuzzle. Our kids wake up with a smile (then a groan) each
day. She is spectacular with the kids, and is a hit with all the
school children. I took her to the kids’ school the other day,
and she did great in the face of 7-10 kids all coming up to her at
the same time, wanting to pet her. I was very proud. She knows
her commands and is very obedient. The only problem we have had
with her is that has a tendency to assert her dominance over
unfamiliar adult dogs, which I think is more a gender issue than
it is anything else. That being said, she never bites and stops
immediately when I correct her.
She is protective of our home, but only if
someone unfamiliar comes into the yard or someone who may pose a
threat. For example, one of the neighbors had a crew painting
their home, and when one of the painters came to the border of our
yard, Stella let him know that he was not welcome. But, as soon
as I told Stella it was ok and let the man into the yard, Stella’s
tail wagged and she loved the attention. Same thing happened when
a tow truck driver came onto the property. When a child or a
solicitor comes into the yard or up the driveway, Stella does not
bark. Its really interesting to watch her determine who is
allowed to come to the house and who is a concern.
I have full body pictures on another camera,
and will try to get those to you soon.