Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sweet Memories

Today's post is some of my precious memories of my sweet Bella.

To start out, Bella was a rescue dog, however, sometimes I think she rescued us rather than the other  way around.

She was a constant companion for 11 years and an even more companion since John passed away 3 1/2 years ago.  She was constantly by my side. 

And yes, she slept  right beside me every night.

She had her own pillow and most generally slept on John's old brown chenille robe.

When she wasn't in bed, she napped on the red and white loveseat in my bedroom or on the loveseat in my office where she could look out and watch the birds and squirrels in the back yard.

She was known by her perfect round black circle on her rear end.

She was so gentle and kind around the little girls.  When one of them was sick, she stayed right there beside them.


They were always good  at sharing their snacks with her.

This is by far one of my favorite set of photos...

Just watch and  wait....

She  finally won Laynee over to share her ice cream.

She was always supervising each and every project.  The move into the new house didn't phase her.

And holidays...don't think she liked them as much as I did but she always cooperated.

These are just favorite shots...

She loved to ride in the truck.

Just to share her last week with you...

She had a swelling come up under her chin.  Turned out it was a horrible bacterial infection.  We don't have any idea where it came from.

They tried to biopsy it but it was so swollen that they put her on steroids to help the swelling go down.  Everything went downhill so fast.  We were at the vets and/or emergency vets every day that week.  Finally, on Friday, they said they didn't know what else to do and sent us the a veterinary hospital.  They did a few tests and determined the infection had started invading her organs plus she had a tumor that was cancer.  It was causing her to have trouble breathing.  The vet was so kind.  He told me we could do thousands of dollars on test but it was inhumane to do that to her because the cancer was inoperable and she would have no quality of life. Plus,he said she was in a lot of pain,

I stayed and held her until the very end.  I just miss her so much.  I will not be getting another dog.  I can't go thru that again.

I miss her feet on the wood floor coming down the hall.  She was always there the minute the fridge door opened and was so much company.  She was so protective and loving.

Thank you for all of the sweet comments.  It will take a long time to get over this, if I ever do.

I know she and John are having a great time together up in Heaven.  I'm sure they were both so excited to see each other.

Thank you blogging friends for loving her too.


Friday, January 5, 2018

RIP Sweet Bella

Bella went to be with John in Heaven this morning.

Precious companion.


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Change In Plans

To all of my sweet blogging friends:

Due to several unexpected issues with friends, family and Bella, I have postponed - not cancelled - my eye surgery on Thursday.

Thanks for the prayers.

Please continue them.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy NewYear!

Happy New Year from Bella and I!!

We have had a rough few days and would really ask for your prayers.

Bella had a knot under her chin and suddenly, it started swelling underneath really big.  Took her to the vet on Saturday morning. They are assuming it is a tumor that has gone down into the lymph nodes on her throat.

It is so swollen that they have her on steroids to reduce the swelling so they can do a biopsy.  We see the vet again in the morning.

Please remember us in prayer.

On New Year's Day, I always think back to a few years ago,my sister Jeannie and I flew to LA to visit my nieces Shelli and Kris.

We went on New Year's Eve and sit on curb all night to save our good curb space for the parade the next day.  Crazy, eh?

It was fantastic tho.  That year, Paula Deen was the honorary parade marshall.

The really fun part was going to the big warehouses and watching them build the floats.

A wonderful memory.



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