Stella, the 4-month-old labradoodle and golden retriever mix, may still be a puppy, but she’s already more well behaved than her 5-year-old big sister, a goldendoodle named Mambo. “Mambo was not the most obedient, but Stella is the perfect puppy,” owner Ashley McCormick says. The North Stonewall Terrace neighbor brought Stella home from Alabama, and within days of arriving, she knew how to sit and stay. She never chews on shoes, and she loves going for walks. The puppy is learning new things every day. “She found the pool, and she loves it,” McCormick says. “I almost jumped in after her — like, mom instinct — but she figured it out pretty quickly.” Mambo needed time to adjust to her angelic new sibling, but the dogs, both named after alcoholic drinks, now love to snuggle and play. “Stella will grab Mambo’s tail, but Mambo kind of likes it,” McCormick says. Stella’s black fur makes her impossible to see while playing outside at night, so McCormick put a bell on her collar, leading to the nickname Stella Bella. 

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