Even though they are considered man’s best friend, one well-known Newport dog is doing what she can to help out her animal friends.
Bella, a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, has become the face of a fundraising campaign for the Potter League’s 23rd Annual Heart and Sole Walk with lots of help from her “roommate” Gretchen Thor.
“My family, we’ve always been animal lovers so this hits home,” Thor said.
Thor, who works at , said if people have a dog, she likes to adopt them as her own. Bella, who is Potter & Co. Owner Chafee Emory’s dog, has been taken under Thor’s wing. Bella can often be found at Emory's store on Thames Street.
“Some people just come in to see Bella. We get calls to see if she’s in,” Thor said.
This is the second time Bella has teamed up to raise money for the Potter League.
For last year’s walk, Bella’s team raised $598, surpassing her $500 goal. This year, the team has raised $270 of their $600 goal.
On Saturday, May 26, and Saturday, June 2, ten percent of all sales at the store will go towards Bella’s cause.
To sponsor Bella, donations are being accepted at Potter & Co. or online here.
The Heart & Sole Walk will begin at 12 p.m. on June 3 at Glen Park in Portsmouth.