Meet Bella ... I had been a volunteer for Midwest Akita Rescue for a few years when I heard of a young longcoat Akita at a shelter in central Indiana, whose time was up and she was going to be put to sleep. I had fostered a few times before so I decided to take this girl in.

I will never forget the first time I saw Bella peek her pretty head out of the window of the van she was transported in. She smelled awful and her fur was matted to the skin. She was very scared, but I could already tell that she was going to be a sweet, special girl. Bella had to be shaved since nothing could get through the mats. It was heartbreaking to see what was under all that fur.  she was extremely skinny and had many, many scars covering her body.  Huge black thorns were coming out of her skin and continued to surface for weeks to come.  Over the next few weeks we got her all the medical care she needed. 

Working at an animal hospital, I brought her to work with me every day where she slowly learned to trust people again.  Everyone that met her instantly fell in love with her. It was soon obvious that she had been abused by men.

A few months after having Bella as my foster, I was told that we had a possible home for her and I felt like my heart was breaking. It was not the same feeling I had the other times I fostered, where I was sad they were leaving, but happy they were getting a great home. I could not imagine not having Bella in my life.  She is such a sweet girl and does not have a mean bone in her body!  She is totally non dog aggressive and is sweet as can be with people and loves to hug and cuddle. She is still nervous around new men she meets, but we will continue to work on that.  Bella is very special to me.  You can say she had me at hello.

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