That short-legged creature that greeted you from behind the front-desk counter at The Park on Main®, the luxury hotel in Highlands, North Carolina, was definitely not human.
She’s a female of very few words (in fact, all of them indecipherable by human standards); her gaze appears shifty and her movements unsteady. She possesses an inordinate sense of ebullience – as if she has a mind to lurch at you.
While her motives may appear at times suspect, she means well; she’s good natured and always prepared to explore this planet with extreme enthusiasm. She is, at heart, unflappable.
Her name is, simply, Bella – beloved by her human compatriots at The Park on Main®, the pet-friendly hotel on a ruggedly beautiful plateau of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
Bella is a 6-year-old Box-Retriever-Labrador mix. She arrived at the hotel from the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society Aug. 13. And now she’s gone. She’s flown her luxury foster coop for a permanent home outside of Atlanta.
Clyde Was The Park On Main®’s First ‘Furever’ Foster Pet
The hotel and the humane society launched an adoption partnership earlier this year. Clyde, a 9-year-old Mountain Cur mix, was The Park on Main®’s first. Known for his easy-going style and his laid-back attitude, Clyde was adopted in late May. Younger and smaller, Bella displays a more zealous, outgoing personality – almost bouncy and always cheerful, said Michael Hammond, The Park on Mainv’s general manager.
Hammond said earlier this month that he had hoped Bella would have been adopted sooner: She had been at the hotel for more than two months. However, a bitter-sweet tone to his voice, Hammond added that his well wishes were for Bella’s sake. After all, that is the whole purpose of the partnership – to find good “furever” homes for once abandoned pets.
Nonetheless, both Clyde and Bella, endearing in their own particular ways, became part of the family at The Park on Main®. The hotel serves as a foster home until “the right family comes along.”
Although Bella’s Oct. 20 departure rang with mixed tones in the hearts of so many of her fans and friends at The Park on Main®, Hammond looked on wistfully as the hotel’s second foster dog leapt, tail a wagging, into the back seat of the Hines family’s vehicle.
It was that moment – once again – that etched its way into the sentiments of Hammond and The Park on Main® family.
“They are a very nice couple from an Atlanta suburb, who spent several evenings with us,” Hammond said. “She spent a great deal of time with them during their stay, hiking, going on walks about town and sleeping with them in their suite. When they packed up to go home, she didn’t even look back! She just jumped in their back seat with her tail wagging.”
It was that mix of emotion, comfort and loss – another beloved foster dog finds a good home.
Hammond said Bella got along with everyone – both human and canine. In fact, her curious nature often compelled her to place both front paws on the front desk each time visitors arrive. “It looked like she’s ready to check someone in,” Hammond said with a soft chuckle.
Despite her good nature, her smarts and her outgoing personality, Bella had yet to tame completely her wild side, which was why staff members at The Park on Main® had to keep close watch on the front door. “She just likes to run,” Hammond said.
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