A Stel­lah com­pan­ion

War­rane’s Cindy Her­lihy first dis­cov­ered what beau­ti­ful dogs box­ers are when she bought some as pets for her chil­dren about 25 years ago. So when she fi­nally got the chance to wel­come an­other one into her home, Cindy felt the gods must have been smil­ing o

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When did you get Stel­lah?

I got Stel­lah five years ago af­ter see­ing her ad­ver­tised in the Pets and Live­stock [ sec­tion] of Satur­day’s Mer­cury.

I was house- sit­ting at Forcett at the time and the home where the pups were for sale was only a few houses down from where I was stay­ing.

Why did you choose this par­tic­u­lar breed?

I owned and bred box­ers about 25 years ago be­cause they are a delightful, play­ful breed and are ex­tremely good with chil­dren.

I had a break from them while I owned bull­mas­tiffs for a num­ber of years. But af­ter res­cu­ing a blue heeler cross named Jack, I de­cided he may like a com­pan­ion in his later years – he was nine – so I turned full cir­cle and chose Stel­lah.

I can’t say Jack was im­pressed with Stel­lah at first, he ac­tu­ally kept his back turned on her for the first five days but they ended up “besties”.

How would you de­scribe Stel­lah’s per­son­al­ity?

Box­ers are pups for years and years – they never grow old.

Stel­lah has what I call Canine ADHD. She is never just happy, she’s ec­static … never just play­ful, but over- the- top an­i­mated and for­ever smil­ing.

I take her al­most every­where in the car with me. She brings joy to peo­ple in the com­mu­nity as they pull up along­side our car to point and laugh at her.

What is the fun­ni­est/ naugh­ti­est thing she has done?

Where do I start? In her short five years she has given me more laughs and ad­ven­tures than all of my other dogs put to­gether.

She loves chas­ing the ball in the park but she never brings it back, as she taught her­self to pop it out of her mouth and chase it again.

Her snor­ing is prob­a­bly the loud­est of any breed of dog I’ve had – it’s im­pos­si­ble to hear the TV at nor­mal vol­ume. But she looks so beau­ti­ful and peace­ful when she’s asleep. I of­ten record video of her snor­ing with my iPhone.

She fell out of the car win­dow on the Brooker High­way when she was about four months old. I only re­alised this when I got to my des­ti­na­tion and there was Jack with a stunned look on his face but no Stel­lah.

There was a short mo­ment of sheer ter­ror and panic as I tried to work out where I had lost her and if she would be alive. Thank­fully, the mo­torist be­hind me had seen her fall onto the road and had picked her up and drove around the streets un­til he found me.

Stel­lah was fine but I was a blither­ing mess.

What is the best thing about hav­ing a dog?

The best thing is that her hap­pi­ness is so con­ta­gious that even if I’m hav­ing a lack­lus­tre day, I only have to look at her gor­geous smil­ing face and ev­ery­thing is per­fect. Happy, friendly dogs are a must in peo­ple’s lives – well, cer­tainly in mine.

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