THE staffordshire terrier was originally bred in the United Kingdom in the mid-1700s as a small, fast fighting dog, But its role has changed radically since then. Staffies now make excellent family dogs and are sweet natured and playful.
We had the good fortune to care for Bella, a six-year-old staffie, in Brill, in Buckinghamshire, England. Bella was one of the most calm, friendly and good natured dogs we have looked after. When we were out on walks, she was popular with kids, adults and other dogs. People just found it impossible to resist her smiling eyes, her one white sock and wagging tail when they met her.
The UK is very dog friendly. Dogs are welcome in many pubs, cafes and other public places. While we had coffee and a meal Bella would sit quietly, wagging her tail when other people passed our table and inevitably attracting numerous pats and compliments.
Bella awaits her hamburger at the The Pheasant, Brill.
Six-year old Bella came to live in the UK early in 2019 with our hosts Mark and Virginia. Previously she lived with Mark and Virginia’s daughter in Spain. The Spanish love noisy celebrations and fireworks. This was just too much for the lovely Bella, who found her noisy environment extremely distressing.
Bella joined us for car trips around the countryside and to Oxford, Thame and Aylesbury and walked around happily on the lead. She was really in her element at nearby Wotton, where we had access to walks on a magnificent property complete with a lake and a great variety of birds. Chasing ducks, swans and squirrels and rolling around in the grass are Bella’s idea of heaven. We can only hope she maintains her zero success rate at catching other animals and birds. Birds slide slowly into the water while keeping an eye on her and squirrels scuttle up trees leaving her looking up hopefully.
Bella gazes wishfully out after those elusive ducks.
We were sad to say goodbye to Bella and Brill, but hopefully we will get another chance to visit.