Meet Bellamy (aka, “Belly”)! Belly’s an adorable year-old-ish, 74-lb shepherd mix goofball with a li’l sashay in his walk. When excited, he jumps about in what’s now called the Belly Bop Hop! Most importantly, he loves everybody! More on that later.
When Bellamy came to us about 6 months ago his situation was dire. A wonderful young woman in our building had adopted him from DAS based on information that he was over a year old, housebroken, fully grown and totally healthy. Upon taking him to a vet, she learned he was eight to nine months old, not trained much at all and worst of all, heartworm positive. The young woman has a demanding job – she could not handle this. In tears, she told my wife she had to take him back to DAS – almost assuredly a death sentence. My wife & I talked and, although we are in our 70s, we have experience with large shepherd breeds, and I had successfully brought a dog through heartworm before. We agreed to foster “Belle Ami” through heartworm treatment and basic training.
Now Bellamy is neutered, chipped, totally up to date on all vax. He is a total clown of a healthy, heartworm free, fundamentally trained dog. Belly loves to do well. He loves to get things right!
Belly is very much a high-energy dog. He is very playful, absolutely loves the park and especially the dog park. Bellamy is very good with other dogs and he seems to have a natural sense of adjusting his behavior to the size of his playmates. Bellamy has met elementary school children quite happily, even allowing them to rub his belly. He really needs a yard to call his own, where he can play ball or frisbee with his people or – if he is lucky enough to have doggie siblings in his new family – plenty of room to romp at will. Because Belly is all about ROMP!
Bellamy is crate-trained, understands house rules and obeys them. He knows some basic commands and is always learning new stuff. Belly is very much a gentleman on leash and always well-behaved when meeting new people. He has had some professional training on long-lead, as he is being taught to obey critical, life-saving commands at a distance. Bellamy does like his “quiet time,” and will just be a lay-about sometimes. He loves his chew toys but he understands the difference between his stuff and ours and is not destructive.
Bellamy learns quickly, like most shepherd breeds, and he is very eager to please. Also like many shepherd breeds, he is not particularly cuddly, but he is very affectionate. He lays at (or on) my feet when I am writing, and stretches out on the floor beside my wife when she is on the couch. He is protective of our space and alerts (with good judgment) to suspicious sounds but is unfailingly friendly to all the people he meets. As we said earlier, BELLAMY LOVES EVERYBODY!
Honestly – if we could keep Belly we absolutely would. He is a delightful, bright, loving dog. But he’s only a year old and, frankly, he will need a new home before too long in every foreseeable future. We stepped up to save this exceptional pup – but are physically unable to give him the life he richly deserves. Please help save Bellamy one more time.
Apply to Adopt Bellamy Now!
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If you have a specific question about Bellamy, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in applying to adopt this pet, fill out the application at the link above.
Bellamy is participating in the Dallas Pets Alive rehoming program. All of the medical, behavioral and other information about this pet was provided by the pet’s owner. Dallas Pets Alive encourages all adopters to verify the information prior to adoption. Please note that Dallas Pets Alive (DPA) is acting as intermediary to connect prospective adopters with individuals wanting to rehome their pets. DPA is not liable for any information provided about this pet and the adoption transaction is purely between the pet owners and adopter. DPA is not responsible for any damages, injuries or adoption returns as a result of any adoption transaction. DPA! is not responsible or liable for any animals involved in its New Digs program. DPA! acts solely as a facilitator of adoption between the animal’s surrenderer and potential adopter and makes no claims as to the accuracy of the animal’s medical or behavioral history provided by the surrenderer.