About Bluebell the Blue Mama
- Status: Adopted! | View Bluebell the Blue Mama's Success Story!
- Adoption Fee: $150
- Species: Dog
- General Color: Blue/Silver/Salt & Pepper
- Color: Blue and white / Bicolor
- Current Size: 42.6 Pounds
- Current Age: 4 Years 3 Months (best estimate)
- Microchipped: Yes
- Housetrained: Yes
Bluebell and her 8 babies were rescued from a high kill shelter right before their time was up. They were initially brought to animal control after being taken from a hoarder. Bluebell is a sweet girl who walks well on the leash. Her color is blue, not her personality! She has been a great mama to her eight puppies, and now wants a home where she can be loved.
Volunteer Update: As an employee of our shelter, I've decided to start taking some of the dogs home with me to observe them with our family pets (cats and dogs) and work with them one on one. Bluebell has always caught my eye and so she and Mr. Valencia (see Mr. Valencia profile) were this week's chosen dogs. I have a pit bull mix, a dachschund and 2 cats, not to mention my recent acquisition, Dora (terrier/beagle mix). Knowing the terrier and pit breeds, I was slightly hesitant on the intro of Bluebell to my pets but she was always so sweet and even included in the play group at the shelter so I had to find out how she would act. Well.... WHAT A SWEET, CALM DOG SHE IS! A brilliant ambassador for her breed, BB did nothing but soak up love, play well with our dogs and even licked the cats a couple of times. She came from a kill shelter as a pregnant mom and was probably just used for breeding before that. She was not ever worked with and you can tell when trying to put a collar on or even her Frontline, she was hit often as she cowers, bracing for an impact on her little body. It took only minutes for her to come out of her shy shell and show the sweet love that she truly is! Not one fight, not one bite, not one pet mess accident! She took to the home environment very well and acted like a lady the whole time. We could tell she had never been trained or worked with much, but within minutes was executing the commands we were giving her including Sit, Stay and Lay Down. THIS DOG IS EXTREMELY SMART!! It will not take much training to get this girl to perfect pet status! I actually want to get her CGC (Canine Good Citizen) certified as she will be a brilliant representative of her species and breed!
The only extra care that Bluebell needs is not for her temperament, but for her skin. The blue skin gene has a tendency to have allergic reactions to the environment and insects. We have begun routinely washing her and applying treatment so that her allergies, (barely noticable to us, but definitely affecting her) go away. Usually Frontline or another flea/tick preventitive and Benadryl are effective in this treatment. Once she's shiny and new, you may not have much time to adopt this beauty because she is amazing!
Bluebell's Update: I thought it would be another typical Saturday. All of the people would call or stop by the adoption center to inquire about adopting the cute little Pet Rescue by Judy puppies. Meanwhile, I would quietly sit there hoping that each of the puppies got their forever homes. I would patiently wait until a potential adopter inquired about an adult dog. You know...one that is housebroken, good with dogs, cats, and kids, and is absolutely adorable...something like me! That Saturday, a volunteer offered to take me to the Orlando Pet Expo with her and her dog. That's when my day changed! Soon after we got to the event, I met Shorty the Pit Boss!! He's is an ambassador for Pit Bull-type dogs. I got my photo taken with him! As we walked around the Expo, a lot of people were commenting that I was beautiful and so well-behaved. Later on, Shorty was speaking on the center stage. He pointed me out to the crowd. He told everyone in attendance that I was looking for my forever home through Pet Rescue by Judy. Thank you, Judy, for taking a chance on me and my eight puppies. I hope I made you proud at the Expo.
Volunteer Update: Bluebell was wonderful at the Orlando Pet Expo event. She got a lot of attention. People loved her size. She is smaller in stature than you would think. I walked her along with my Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix and they were great together. I can't say enough good things about Bluebell. Nothing seemed to make her nervous at the event. The shelter staff say she gets along good with cats, dogs, and kids.
Foster Update: Bluebell is doing very well. She has been accepted by my dogs and my pit mix Harley has decided she has a new partner in crime. She has loved everyone who has walked in the door, 2 legged and 4 legged alike. She been good in her crate and hasn't had any accidents in the house. She does need to learn how to play with people without treating them like a litter-mate so we will work on that.
Like many dogs in the South, Bluebell is heartworm positive, but don't let that stop you from adopting a great dog. We are treating her with monthly heartworm preventative, our preferred method. Many heartworm positive dogs go on to lead long and healthy lives.
PRBJ treats ALL of our dogs with monthly Heartworm preventative. HW+ dogs are treated with the recommended slow method, using monthly HW preventative as it is gentler on the animal’s system than the more invasive, injection method. Most dogs that are Heartworm positive can lead healthy, normal lives if the disease is caught early and treatment began. There are different options to treat HW and new owners may choose to redirect their type of treatment with direction of their vet. All HW+ dogs have a HW slow treatment info sheet in their adoption folder which will be provided to new owners.
The Terrier is a good-natured, amusing, extremely loyal and affectionate family pet, which is good with children and adults. Almost always obedient, it is always eager to please its master. It is an extremely courageous and intelligent guard dog that is very full of vitality. They are highly protective of their owners and the owner's property. It is usually very friendly, but has an uncanny ability to know when it needs to protect and when everything is okay. Excellent with children in the family, they have a high pain tolerance and will happily put up with rough child play. As with any breed, they should not be left alone with unfamiliar children. Used as all around working farm dogs, they were referred to as "the poor mans horse". They are strong and generally weigh between 40 and 70 lbs. They have a life expectancy of about 12 - 14 years.