Our dear friend, Michelle, from the Coachella Campus of Care reached out to us about this girl. Bella had recently come in from a boarding facility for military personnel, where she had been for almost a year waiting for her soldier to return for her. Unfortunately, Bella's soldier did not make it home.

The boarding facility was finally forced to turn Bella over to the shelter in an effort to find her a new forever home, and Michelle reached out to us. Once we heard her story, we knew we had no other option ... we HAD to take her. Our soldiers have done so much for us; it's the least we can do for them -- take care of their precious dogs that they had to leave behind.

Michelle send us these videos of Bella.

Playgroup Video ~ Poolside

As luck would have it, when Bella's video came in, we were sitting in Quartzsite with our good friends Chuck and Jon from Husky Camp Rescue, picking up Bambino for transport to Phoenix. Chuck and Jon immediately offered to pick up Bella from the shelter on their way home! Now, how's that for things working out? We couldn't deny that it was fate.


For now, Bella will be taking up temporary residence at Husky Camp and we will be planning another transport to Quartzsite in the very near future. The shelter is guessing her age to be between 5 and 7 years. She is spayed, microchipped and up-to-date on all shots.

UPDATE FROM HUSKY CAMP: "She's fine with cats and other dogs. A little skittish to loud noises but just fine."


Chuck and Jon report that Bella takes her job as a German shepherd very seriously. They took her back to the shelter this morning when they went to pull Nala and Michelle (who had brought Bella to our attention) tried to approach the vehicle to say hello to her, and Bella wouldn't have it! All she knew is that a "stranger" was approaching her car and Bella said NO! Michelle took the hint and didn't push the subject any further. Bella was fine with meeting our staff member in Quartzsite and approached with no issues whatsoever after getting out of Chuck and Jon's vehicle.


UPDATE 12/15: Bella has arrived in Phoenix and will be seeing our groomer on Friday. She is available for introductions and adoption this weekend. She'd love to meet you.

UPDATE 12/20: Bella has been settling in at the home of one of our staff members and feels (and looks) so much better now that she's clean and brushed out of all the hair she's probably been collecting for the past year. She's starting to warm up to people and wags her tail at familiar faces. She had her first introduction to children and another dog this afternoon and did well with everyone.

UPDATE 12/24: We moved Bella into a new foster home with foster mom Wendy this morning. Wendy was going to be alone for Christmas (she'd had an unfortunate COVID-19 exposure and is having to self-quarantine over the holidays), and Bella volunteered to keep her company! It took Bella about 4 days to warm up at her current foster home and we're anxious to find out how she will transition this time.

Are you sure this lady's OK?
Bella is initially suspicious, but agrees to give it a go

FOSTER UPDATE 12/26: "What a Christmas we've had! When I first brought Bella home she laid by the front door for the afternoon and into the early evening. Gradually she moved closer. She finally laid down at my feet when she let me pet her but only if she didn't see my hand coming toward her. Then came Christmas morning! After our walk I sat down and she came right over and put her head in my lap. She loves to be petted and hugged. She's undisciplined on a leash but she learns quickly. Jogging is her speed when walking. She hasn't eaten very much but does a convincing performance that she should have human food. I haven't been able to get her to take a treat from me but if I put it in her bowl she'll eventually eat it. We went on a short car ride today. She was excited about going but sit was not in her vocabulary while in the car. She loves her crate but wasn't sure what her dog bed was until I sat on it. She curled right up beside me and now she uses both."

FOSTER UPDATE 12/28: "I went to work today and left Bella alone all day. When I got home and let her out of her crate she wouldn't come near me. I tried to put her leash on and she laid on the floor and made herself as small as possible and wet the floor. She is fully house trained so this was a real surprise. We went for a walk and she did her business but she cowered when I took her leash off and hid in the corner. It took her about an hour before she'd even come close. It was like she didn't recognize me. Eventually she came to me and put her head in my lap. I don't know why she reacted that way but hopefully it will be better tomorrow."

FOSTER UPDATE 12/29: "Today when I opened her crate she crept out. I got her leash and asked her if she wanted to go for a walk. She stood up and walked right to me and let me put it on. When we got to the door she stood on her hinds legs. This is new. She did it again when we got to the gate. When we got back I sat down and she ran over to me and climbed into my lap. She got off as soon as I told her to but stood in front of me and smiled. After I scratched her ears for a bit, she got her chew bone and we played fetch three or four times. Just like a puppy! She ate just about three cups of food which is the most she has eaten in one day. Bella does know the command 'down' which I now use when she tries to beg. She will sit when told to but the only treat she will take from me is cheese."

FOSTER UPDATE 12/30: "Today was perfect. A greeting that you hope for. I'm taking her to work tomorrow so I'll send an email after we see how that goes."

FOSTER UPDATE 12/31: "Yesterday I came home from work, opened her crate and went to my bedroom to change. When I came out she came right to me wagging her tail. She was happy to see me. I decided to take her to work and give her some socialization.

She does love to go for a car ride. When we got to the office she tried to explore it all. She went right up the stairs to join a meeting. At the top of the stairs she stopped and looked at everyone. Her tail was down but not tucked in. One of the guys tried to give her in some food but she wasn't interested. We turned around and went to my office. She sniffed the room and laid down beside my desk. One of the girls came in and Bella walked right up to her and sniffed her. No reaction. My office mate came in at a run, Bella barked at her and wouldn't go near her. After that I warned everyone to come in slowly. Her reaction to everyone was different. Some she barked at, some she approached, some she backed into me as close as she could get. She only growled once. One fellow she let sit down beside my desk, laid down between him and me and never reacted until he stood up to leave when she barked at him. Just one bark. Maybe she was telling him not to leave?

When the last girl left for the day Bella laid down at the door and stayed there until I was ready to leave. We came home and she slept the rest of the afternoon. Busy day for her. Tonight she ate her whole dinner and even took a treat from me that did not include cheese."


Bella will be moving into a foster-to-adopt home as soon as we can arrange her home visit. Hopefully she has found her forever family.

FOSTER UPDATE 1/16: "Bella had a good first day. She has been VERY active though and has been out all day, didn’t really want to sit still or come inside. So all of us were out. No accidents inside the house, she did her business 3-4 times during the day. She ate/drank well too. Now she is settled in the crate for the night. If she is unable to sleep, Sai will get her inside her room. That’s the plan."

Adoption fee $275.00.

If you are interested in fostering or fostering-to-adopt Bella, please fill out our PROSPECTIVE ADOPTER'S QUESTIONNAIRE. You will be contacted by return email. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please Email Nancy at This questionnaire link is only for Bella or other white German Shepherds on our site. WE WILL NOT CONTACT YOU until a questionnaire has been completed.

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