STELLA – German Shepherd/Rottweiler X – Female – 5-1/2 Y



(Yep, this is long but we feel it is worth it … grab a cup of coffee and have a seat! 😛) Many moons ago, RHS got a call seeking assistance in Pryor for three German Shepherds who were in dire straits and required immediate attention. It took the neighbors in their area about 30 days to piece together that the owners had in fact moved away and had basically abandoned these three dogs to their own devices. It was reported that all three were starving, covered in ticks and one of the dogs was deathly ill. Transport was immediately scheduled for the next day and when it came time to load the dogs for their trip to Billings, the sick dog could not be found any where. 🙁 However, the other two made their way into the RHS fold that day and not a moment too soon! One of the dogs was a beautiful male German Shepherd (Jefferson) and the other a female whom we believe to be a possible GSD/Rottweiler mix (Stella). They are both the same age and our veterinarian believed that they could possibly be brother & sister … just had different daddy’s. (It can happen!) We will go into detail about each dogs health, personality traits and attributes on their individual post so please, when you are done reading about Stella, check out Jefferson’s post as well! 🙂

Stella was severely starved and had over 40 ticks removed from her body. She was in full blown heat upon her arrival and it was also noted that she had a large lump on her left ankle. It was decided to remove the lump for further examination during her spay. When it came time to spay her, there were some bleeding complications and we almost lost Stella on the table so the vet felt it best to cut our losses and not go into lump removal at that time! After her spay surgery, Stella developed a low grade fever that our veterinarians could not figure out what was causing it. We tried all different types of antibiotics and even sent her blood off to the university in Washington to see if it was a tick born disease but it all came back negative. Due to the low grade fever, we could not pursue any surgery on her ankel either so we were in a holding pattern. We felt so bad for Stella as you could tell she did not necessarily feel good. All of a sudden one day, she woke up spunky and no fever! We were so thrilled but still do not have any logical explanation as to what that was all about.

Now it was time to remove that lump on her ankle. Our veterinarian decided to do a x-ray and discovered it was lead from a bullet. Her body had totally encapsulated it to protect her from the lead and had formed that hard lump. It was a tough surgery as there is no excess skin there so there really wasn’t anything to stitch together so Stella pretty much had an open wound that we had to treat with lasers for several weeks to help with healing etc. (see pics below) This poor girl had been through a lot. Once that was healed though, then she was good to go!

Stella is so adorable … her ears are her most amazing feature! She is a stout dog with beautiful markings. Super sweet … loves attention but what she loves most is her rawhide “cigar”. Oh we know rawhide is bad for dogs (try explaining that to Stella) but she will not touch anything else. It keeps her calm and is like her pacifier. She is lost with out it quite honestly and will even bark with it in her mouth (harumpf, harumpf)! She is a little bit more nervous than her brother but settles down easily with some one on one attention. She does fine with other dogs and seems oblivious to their existence as long as she has her cigar. We would not place her in a home with cats or other small animals as she and Jefferson both have very high prey drive. We believe in order to survive the month of no care, they did a lot of hunting on their own. Stella is going to make someone an amazing companion. Super smart and such a clown — you really have to meet her to appreciate her! Not been around children while in our care but with her happy go lucky attitude, think she would do okay except for knocking over young toddlers with her exuberance or being protective of her bone.

So, the big question, should these two be placed together? After months and months of observation we believe they would be okay apart but would also be fine together as well (mixed bag). When together, they do feed off of each other and are very competitive for attention, toys, treats etc. Alone you do not get any of that behavior – they are much calmer. Jeff does rely a bit on Stella to cue him in on things like when to alarm bark and/or chase the UPS truck along the fence line etc (naughty!). If she does not get placed with Jefferson, a devoted owner at her side who will work continually with training and trust and lots of love will make Stella into an even more amazing creature guaranteed!

Also, Jeff & Stella have lived a long while in the RHS kennel system. They have a kennel building, soft cubbies to lay in and a large yard for play etc. Because of this we are not 100% sure if they are housebroke but they are very clean about their toilet duties and take their business to the furthest end of the yard. We would prefer to see them as indoor/outdoor beloved pets but they are super acclimated to outdoor living so could be a good shop/barn/garage dog — as long as they had a place to keep them from the elements both in winter or summer and had plenty of human interaction. We are willing to look at all opportunities for them. We do not believe they are good with livestock as their kennel is next to a horse pasture and they do love to chase/bark at the horses. They also bark at deer, rabbits and any vehicles that drive by their kennel fencing (it borders a driveway). It is not incessant and as soon as the vehicle stops or the deer/horse is out of view … they are quiet.

***Jeff and Stella have been living with our President, Sandy Church, and now that she is moving they will be boarded in Billings by this weekend. If we don’t get any active adoptive homes for them, we may be looking for potential fosters so please keep that in mind. :)***

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Additional Information

  • Status: AVAILABLE!
  • Breed: German Shepherd/Rottweiler X
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 5 1/2 Y
  • Date: 7/25/21

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