ONE of Bathurst’s most well known identities has finally become a mother.
Bella, the three-year-old purebred British bulldog is a familiar sight outside Belly’s Bikes on Russell Street and also on her daily commute to the store aboard a specially-built dog trailer that is attached to the bicycle of her owner Greg Bell.
But, her days of being a young single girl about town came to an end in late 2017 when she became the proud mother of a litter of eight puppies.
The puppies, which were born on December 5, are now five weeks old, full of energy and fighting fit, Mr Bell said.
“She was mated with a Blayney boy, he’s a local, it was planned,” he said of the father of the litter.
Mr Bell, who describes Bella as his best mate, said the new mum had been doing very well.
“I’ve bred Bella and raised her since she was a pup,” he said.
“She’s been a really good mum … even when she was sick for a couple of days, she’s still fed them.
“She’s really protective of them, even when I pick one up she walks over to take a look.”
The litter of eight pups is made up of two girls and six boys and Mr Bell said three had already been sold and he was keeping one of the males.