Blown away by Bella

RACT com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Vince Tasku­nas and his wife Anne- Marie have fi ve chil­dren and two cats, Luther and Daisy, but Bella, their seven- year- old ter­rier cross steals the spot­light to­day.

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - PETS - Luke Bow­den

Why did you de­cide to get Bella?

We have fi ve chil­dren, four girls and Paddy, who in terms of age is smack bang in the mid­dle.

So seven or so years ago, when we got Bella from the Dogs’ Home, we got her in par­tic­u­lar for our son Paddy.

That lasted all of around two min­utes be­fore the girls took Bella off him and adopted her into their “pack” and she be­came more so the fam­ily dog and es­pe­cially Lulu’s, our youngest daugh­ter.

How would you de­scribe her per­son­al­ity?

In short, highly en­er­getic. She loves fi nd­ing holes in our fence and es­cap­ing but then just waits on our front porch to show off that she was able to es­cape.

Ev­ery now and then she’ll go for a lit­tle stroll and we have to go pick her up in the car. If you try and chase her or co­erce her on foot, she’ll just keep run­ning away but if you drive up to her and open the car door and call her, she just jumps up onto your lap straight away.

We don’t know what Bella’s crossed with but we wouldn’t be sur­prised if it was grey­hound. She just loves run­ning and is re­ally com­pet­i­tive as well.

If we’re walk­ing her down to the beach she al­ways has to be that lit­tle bit in front of you and if you sud­denly turn and run back from where you came from and she notices, she just whips around and chases af­ter you.

Do you have any good sto­ries about Bella?

We all went on a hol­i­day over­seas a cou­ple of years ago and put Bella in a ken­nel to be looked af­ter and, from all re­ports, she was a real star.

The peo­ple at the ken­nel loved her and she was a real favourite and so nat­u­rally they spoiled and groomed her. So much so that when we went to get her, there was a mo­ment when I thought she didn’t look like she wanted to ever leave!

Suf­fice to say, the next time we went away we got one of our daugh­ters to look af­ter her.

What’s great about hav­ing Bella?

She’s defi nitely strength­ened our friend­ship with a cou­ple of friends of ours that are also dog own­ers.

No mat­ter what is go­ing on you can al­ways count on her to be happy. Any­one in­ter­ested in shar­ing their best friends’ sto­ries can email luke. bow­den@ news. com. au

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