UPDATE 10/29/2018:

Bella is home! Given Bella’s heart condition that will need to be managed with frequent follow-ups for the rest of her life, the Board has decided it best for her to remain in her foster home permanently. She is in wonderful hands and we trust that she will receive the best care and the most unconditional love from her forever family. We are excited for the adventures they will share and the memories they will make. Stay tuned for more on Bella’s life adventures!

UPDATE 6/22/2018:

An echocardiogram was performed on Bella and was remarkable for right ventricle turbulence with a diagnosis of Ventricular Septal Defect vs. Double Outlet Right Ventricle. A repeat echo is required to definitively diagnose her cardiac condition and will be completed in a couple months.

Bella has experienced setbacks with potty training. She was down to one accident on a pee pad per day, but suddenly stopped going outside and would only use the pee pads inside. She is slowly adapting to voiding outside again. Bella interacts favorably with other dogs and with cats.

Bella remains adorable and is living it up in her foster home!

Please welcome FBV’s newest foster, Isabelliana! Bella, for short, is a 5 month old blue Frenchie who was surrendered to the Village by a breeder after her primary vet suspected a Grade V heart murmur.

Since being with the Village, she has had a consult with a Cardiologist in Richmond, Va, where an echocardiogram revealed turbulence around her pulmonary outlet valve. The findings from this test indicate a Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD), but the Cardiologist has warned that a Double Outlet Right Ventricle (DORV) cannot be ruled out until she has a follow-up echo in 3-4 months. Fortunately, despite her diagnosis, Bella is completely asymptomatic – no one would guess she is anything but a normal pup. For now, she does not require any medical or surgical intervention.

Her favorite activities are chasing tennis balls, barking at the TV, and napping with her Pug housemate. She’s incredibly smart, picking up basic commands like sit, lay, and stay with ease. Her foster parents are looking forward to watching her blossom and hope that she remains healthy. More updates to follow!