I posted on Facebook looking for folks to help with transport and then my college roommate from 20 something years ago called and offered her assistance with transportation since she is an airline employee and can fly pets with her for free. So we had transport, and the BNB folks had found a foster home and then they discovered that Bobbi and the Strays had pulled her. They called and tried to convince them to let the dog come to us but they already had an adopter lined up in Canada. That extra effort would make such a difference in the weeks to come.
We were very disappointed but figured maybe we weren't meant to adopt her, just buy her enough time that she was able to be pulled from shelter and avoid the fate that would have otherwise awaited her.
Once Bella was healthy enough to travel (she had kennel cough) two more great volunteers stepped up to help Bella make her trip. On Thursday, August 19th Lyndsay Messina drove Bella from Nick's place into the city despite having a sick toddler to deal with and handed her off to Lesli VanSchaick who housed her and took her to the vet for her health flight check on Friday afternoon. Her boyfriend broke his arm that evening and she barely made it back from the hospital in time to pick Bella back up and drop her off to Lisa Shafer at the airport at 4:30am Saturday morning.
She has seen the goats and the chickens and cats and so far has been easily redirected from paying too much attention to them. She and Izzy are about the same age, full of puppy energy and a little unsure of each other. So we are following the advice of the rescue to take introductions slowly in order to build a firm foundation of trust and friendship between them.