There’s no one Stella won’t snuggle – she loves everyone! Her smile comes out and her tail wags at everything (more about that later). Given her past, it’s amazing she’s so sweet, and really, who knows for sure what all she’s really seen in her short 7 years. Stella had multiple homes before she came to Grey Face, and the word is she was likely seized from a drug bust – but through all this, she never turns down affection. She loves hugs and giving kisses and craves stability with a loving family more than anything.
Stella has moved foster homes a couple of times while in our rescue, due to situations that were not her fault. At one point, she ended up in boarding – a place where pitbulls in general don’t do well. During that stay, Stella developed “happy tail,” which is not actually happy at all. :-(It happens when a dog wags its tail so hard that it hits objects such as walls, tables or doors and the tail breaks open and bleeds. It’s really painful and requires veterinary intervention to heal properly and to keep the dog from reinjuring it over and over. But as it goes, Stella got the best of herself – as her tail was healing, it became really itchy, so she picked and pulled at it on more than one occasion – and ultimately one night she ended up chewing part of her tail right off!! Back to the vet she went, this time for an emergency partial amputation. Just a short time of her gnawing at it had caused about 4 inches of her tail to die and more to become infected. That surgery alone was almost $400 – and it left her tail just long enough that we prayed she would leave it be and not nibble at it again. Multiple vet visits and tail rewrappings followed at $20 a pop for several months. She was on her way to healing and was finally on her last wrap – but then, things took a turn … her tail suddenly enflamed again and looked to be dying.
We scheduled her for a complete amputation, hoping that would keep her from making it worse. Removing a tail is not to be taken lightly, since there are nerves in the area that control more than just wagging – among risks are possible incontinence issues (both urinary and fecal) and permanent nerve damage. Luckily we have some amazing partner vets skilled in specialized care. Dr. Nancy and the team at Companions Animal Hospital talked with us about some options, and we decided to give laser therapy treatments a shot. Stella would go in every three days for treatments, paired with a longer and more intense course of antibiotics. We had a plan – and this time, we prayed harder for healing. Today, we’re happy to share that Stella’s hair is starting to regrow (a great sign!) and she hasn’t tried to chew her tail in several weeks! While she isn’t out of the woods, she is back on the path to healing! We don’t want Stella in any more pain – we only want her to keep that goofy pittie grin going for when she finds her forever family!
Please consider making a small donation to help keep Stella smiling! Working together, we can continue her healing, find her a home and help her put those anxious days behind her. Stella can't do it without you.
If you’d like to give a gift of $5 or more, please go to http://www.greyfacerescue.org/5-fridays
If you’d rather send by mail, our address is Grey Face Rescue, P.O. Box 7072, St. Cloud, MN 56302
To help Stella in other ways, PLEASE SHARE HER STORY – this grinning beauty NEEDS A HOME. You could BE THE ONE who connects her to her future family! She’s been waiting for them for far too long. To read more about her or to adopt, visit http://www.greyfacerescue.org/available-dogs
Stella and the team at Grey Face THANK YOU!!