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Bella of Hickory Grove   

In shelter Dog

Pacolet, Spartanburg County, South Ca...
Pet name:
Bella of Hickory Grove
Labrador Retriever
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Thank you for your interest in dog who needs a new home.  Adoption can be one of the most fulfilling experiences in your life and especially in the life of your new canine companion.

A note to those looking at CPR.  We have no perfect dogs - but many of our dogs have proven to be perfect for a certain someone.  Our job is to find those someone's.  Our most successful adopters come to CPR not because they want a dog.  They come to us because they want to give a dog a home.  We urge all of our potential adopters not to fall in love with a picture.  While we like to know what you like in looks, a dog is more than a pretty face.  Our goal is to match you with the best possible pet for you and your home.  We want to create furever families. 

Our descriptions contain all that we know about this dog today.  We'll update as more information is known. 

Are you looking to adopt within the next 30 days?  If so please visit our webpage at and complete the application.  You'll find it in the menu on the left hand side.  You'll also find a total listing of all our dogs available. 

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the CPR Adoption team

Date into Rescue: 9/14/2020
Reason for being in rescue: Bella was found as a stray by one of our caregivers
Foster location: Dreamweaver Farms, Pacolet SC
Special Needs? Bella is one lucky girl! She was found by one of our caregivers after being hit by a car. Thankfully (and luckily) her injuries were largely isolated to the rear part of her body. She did have hip and rear leg damage and required emergency FHO surgery. Bella is amazingly resilient and has recovered beautifully. 
Weight: 40 lbs
Height: 20 in
Spayed/Neutered: Yes

Adoption Fee: $200

Fence needed? Yes

What kind of home would be best for me? Bella is seeking a home as the only dog with experienced owners. She requires owners committed to leash walking. Bella is not a dog that can be let out in the back yard to potty - she will dig out from the fence. Bella has plenty of energy and exercise, but needs a family that understands what she can physically do is limited due to her hip and leg injury. Bella will not be placed in a home with young children. She can be snappy about her food and this could cause an issue. We'd love for Bella to choose a home with another dog whose company she enjoys. This will be up to her.

What is my personality like? Bella is a tough, lucky girl. She survived being hit by a car and, thanks to the community of supporters at Carolina Poodle Rescue, had major surgery to put her hip back into place. Bella is strong and resilient and healing beautifully from a major injury and serious surgery. She does not apply pressure to her back rear leg consistently, but can and will walk on it.

We have no idea what circumstances led to Bella wandering in the road, but she'd clearly been on her own and fending for herself for a while. When she was found Bella was emaciated and covered in fleas and ticks. It is no surprise that she absolutely loves food and is very food motivated now that meals are consistent and plentiful. 

Bella has likely lived most of her life as a loner. She is living in a cottage with other dogs and generally gets along fine with them, but does not like other dogs in her space. She can be snippy with other dogs that sniff the rear half of her body - this may be related to pain or may be about her personal space and territory. Regardless, given this, we do not recommend Bella for a home with other dogs.

Bella must be a strictly indoor dog with walks outside. She can and will dig out of fences and is considered a flight risk. She needs regular exercise, but nothing too strenuous given her leg injury and ongoing healing. Bella has a wonderful demeanor and a strong spirit that we admire. She's going to make an incredible companion and pet!

How do I act when I first meet new people? Friendly

Other tips and tidbits: Bella's estimated birthday is  9/14/2016 

House trained? Dogs can be house trained if they are in the right environment and are allowed to follow a schedule as long as a physical reason doesn't keep them from being trained.  A dog house trained in my home may not be in yours. We will help you teach your new dog this necessary skill and based on your schedule.

Please note - we do not ship dogs.  If you are interested in adopting, please take a look at the distance between the foster home location and your location and make sure you are willing to make that trip.  Most of our dogs are at our farm in Pacolet, South Carolina.  

To apply, please visit our webpage at and visit the tab on the left that directions you to the online application.

Please note that when screening applications, we look at the entire home and then make suggestions based on what would be a good fit for your home.   You are not being screened for a specific dog although we are looking to see what type of dog interests you - poodles or non poodles, color, age, etc.  Others here may be a better fit for you.  It is very difficult to get to know a living animal from a picture and a short description.  Since we are constantly getting in new dogs, this may be a  dog not in our listings yet.  We want you to be very happy with your new companion and will make suggestions based on what you tell us about you.

Thank you for considering CPR.


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