Collared - Baltimore Sun readers' pets [Pictures]
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PET: We're interested in cats and dogs, but also hamsters, hedgehogs, turtles, horses, chickens -- the whole pet gamut.
Email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org: pet name, owner name, how you met, pet's age, hometown, breed (or best guess), favorite activity, favorite food, funniest moment or sweetest story. Feel free to add your own creative categories, too -- anything that will shine a light on your pet.
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Bella( Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun photo / September 9, 2013 )
Bella the American pit bull terrier had a rough start to life, spending 12 hours a day tied to a door. By the time Colleen Rose and Dave Hepner rescued her, she had Parvo -- a virus that infects the intestinal tract -- and a severe case of separation anxiety. Thankfully, her story has a happy ending.
"Bella is now extremely spoiled with no cares in the world," says Rose, who lives in White Marsh and works at Celebrie Animal Hospital, which enjoys weekly visits from Bella. "She swims every day with her favorite orange bone, gets play dates with her dog friends of all shapes and sizes, and loves to do everything her mom and dad do, whether it's sliding down the slide, hiking, or riding a wave in the Outer Banks."
The dog has also started giving back to her community as a blood donor for sick animals. She loves sweet potatoes and venison sticks, and sometimes seems to have a bit of an identity crisis.
"We always joke that she's part pig," says Rose. "She rolls in mud and other stinky stuff, her skin turns pink if she is tired or excited, and she has a pig-like tail."
Now 5 years old, Bella is a very happy part of Rose's family, and her humans have her on a bit of a pedestal that makes up for her rough beginnings. ¿Bella,¿ says Rose, "is awesome."
To have your pet -- including hamsters, snakes, horses, guinea pigs and the like -- considered for Collared, email information to email@example.com.