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Celna Sousa

We remember Stella being very soft and squishy whenever we hugged and cuddled with her! We also miss her loud snoring when she was asleep.  Her personality and the joy she brought into our lives will always be in our memory and hearts forever.  


Stella was a beautiful Puggle X (35% Bulldog, 34% Pug, 15% Bull Terrier, and 18% Staffordshire Bull terrier). She was a rescue that came into the Winnipeg Humane Society on July 16, 2016. The humane society estimated that she was about 2.5 years old when she came in. Stella spent about 2-7 days stray after escaping her owner’s yard to scavenge for food by herself in the rain before someone made a call to inform the humane society about her wellbeing. On August 16, 2016, and on the lookout for another dog to join our pack, we found Stella on and decided to pursue adoption. It was love at first sight. Stella was perfect for our family and immediately she fit right in. There were trials and tribulations we faced together as a family when it came to obedience training, but over the years, Stella was able to conquer her bad habits and became a very good girl. Stella had a friendly and sociable demeanour. She always knew how to bring comfort in the room when somebody was having a bad day or was sad about something. She was the perfect companion anyone would want to have by their side. Stella loved going for walks and the outdoors. She lived a full life getting to go for walks, travelling with the family at the lake, and spending time with everyone at different family events. Stella had a very calm and kind personality. She was always happy about everything and this always showed in her excitement about new toys, food or snacks. Whenever Bronson would become picky either by turning away certain foods or not finish his food, or snacks, Stella will wait for a signal from either mommy or daddy before swooping in to eat his leftovers.

Stella was diagnosed with cancer on August 2, 2023 at the age of 8.5 years old. Two weeks later August 19, 2023 she made it 9, and was able to meet the whole family including Lola, Vavo, Uncle Danny, Uncle Rico, Tito Bryan, Tito Aries, and the rest of the Sousa/Salangsang extended family who showed up and got to see Stella one last time, before she could spend the next couple of months privately with her parents and fur-brother to say farewell and goodbye. Stella is at peace and with God now, and Mommy, Daddy, and Bronson will always remember her in their hearts and minds forever.

When you love someone so much with all of your heart, it is challenging and difficult to heal from the pain of losing them, especially when you are not ready to let them go. Even though our hearts will forever be broken without Stella’s presence in our home anymore, we will thrive moving forward with the good memories we treasure of her. Stella was the best rescue dog we ever had and in her legacy will continue to rescue and love more animals just like her. Stella is forever loved by the Sousa and Salangsang Family. Loving you forever and always from Mommy Celna, Daddy Marco, and fur-Brother Bronson. Stella has now joined her fur-cousins Gerald, Foxcee, Nuno, Leo, and Sheika in heaven. Run free little angels!


Thank you Stella for teaching us compassion, how to love and forgive unconditionally. You will always be forever in our hearts and mind. Tatay and Pai will take care of you with God now, and we will all see each other again soon. We love you forever and ever.

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