Bella, a 4-month-old spayed terrier/poodle/Maltese mix, is a sweet, wiggly toy breed puppy. Toy breeds can be more difficult to housebreak than larger breeds, so Bella will need proper confinement and a patient owner using positive reinforcement to help her. Bella will do best in a home where the humans will give her positive, consistent feedback and help her understand what is expected of her. She doesn’t need coddling, she needs confidence-building! Maltese and poodles don’t usually require a lot of exercise, so they can be good for smaller living spaces, but they can be noisy if untrained. Toy breeds are not recommended for a home with young, rambunctious children. They are fragile dogs and cannot withstand rough play or handling. Bella has a luxating patella, which may require surgery later in life, or she may be fine just living with it. We don’t know how Bella feels about other dogs, but large, exuberant dogs will not be a good match for her. If you have dogs currently, bring them to meet her. She will need daily walks, and frequent grooming by a professional. Most toy dogs are smart and trainable and thrive with good structure and leadership. If you are seeking a fun canine companion who will not be large when grown, come check out this affectionate girl who likes to give kisses. Bella is up-to-date on her vaccinations (except for rabies) and has been microchipped and dewormed. She will be available at 2 p..m. today at the Atlanta Humane Society, 981 Howell Mill Road N.W. Sealed bids will be accepted starting at 11 a.m. if more than one party is interested. Please note that the highest bidder must meet adoption qualifications. Look at all our available pets at www.atlantahumane.org.

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