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Family and friends rally to support Centre Crest volunteer dog

This local dog needs some help for surgery

Stella is a 6-month-old Rottweiler. Her owner, Eliza Weeden, is trying to raise money for surgery to help fix Stella's ectopic bladder. For more information, visit www.gofundme.com/kz39h7-stella-needs-surgery.
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Stella is a 6-month-old Rottweiler. Her owner, Eliza Weeden, is trying to raise money for surgery to help fix Stella's ectopic bladder. For more information, visit www.gofundme.com/kz39h7-stella-needs-surgery.

Man’s best friend needs a loan.

Actually, it’s more like a donation, one that can be made to a GoFundMe page set up on behalf of a Rottweiler named Stella.

At just 6 months old, the puppy has already endured several urinary tract infections as the result of an ectopic bladder, a birth defect that makes it difficult to hold urine.

“We thought that she was just refusing to potty train,” Eliza Weeden, Stella’s owner, said.

The dog has been with the family since she was 8 weeks old.

We thought that she was just refusing to potty train.

Liza Weeden

Weeden’s young daughters wanted a playmate who was a little more energetic than Roscoe, a bullmastiff whose hobbies are limited to sleeping on the couch.

“I wanted someone to play with,” 7-year-old Araya said.

Stella fulfills that requirement and then some. Her interests include playing tug of war and wrestling with youngest daughter, Mia.

But the puppy also pees quite a bit.

Weeden and her husband often come down in the morning to find Stella’s crate soaked with urine.

The GoFundMe page’s $4,800 goal will be put toward defraying the cost of surgery to repair the issue.

Stella’s extended family at Centre Crest is also lending a hand.

Weeden is a recreation therapist at the nursing and rehabilitation facility and brings the puppy into the office every Friday, much to the delight of residents.

She’s so sweet, just her face. Everything about her is sweet. I just love her so much.

Kim Drayton

Members of the staff are also organizing a fundraising event with a raffle and Santa Clause to make sure that Stella gets her surgery.

“She’s so sweet, just her face. Everything about her is sweet. I just love her so much,” Kim Drayton, a certified nursing assistant at Centre Crest, said.

When her husband died of stomach cancer last January, her own canine was a source of companionship and comfort.

“My dog has helped me get through everything. I know how important a dog is,” Drayton said.

Weeden is moved by all of the support that Stella has received and hopes that she will continue to be a part of their family for a long time to come.

“I literally could not imagine even placing her in a rescue. I just feel like she belongs with us,” Weeden said.

Frank Ready: 814-231-4620, @fjready

If you go

What: Fundraiser for Stella

When: 10 a.m. Nov. 26

Where: Bellefonte Moose Lodge, 125 N. Spring St., Bellefonte

Info: www.gofundme.com/kz39h7-stella-needs-surgery

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