Bella has been coming out of her shell slowly, but in my home she has spent the vast majority of her time in the corner of my bedroom. The experts I have consulted have all felt that another dog is the best way to go. She needs canine companionship and leadership. She needs to learn to be a dog.
I tried her with a puppy, and with 3 adult Bernese boys. She did the best with the adult Berners. Yesterday, I packed up her bed, her medical records and her food and let her go to her new home with Joan. Joan kindly brought her friendly boy, Ozzie so that the two dogs would begin their bonding in the car ride back to her home.
I shed a few tears, and held Bella's face in my hands as I said good-bye. I am hoping that this sweet dog will continue to heal with her new friend.