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
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.