We got Belle as a 5 week old pup for my oldest son's 9th birthday. I can't tell you how many pictures we have of her cuddled up with our youngest fast asleep. Throughout her long life, her loyalty and devotion never waivered, up to the very end. Her love for her family never waining, regardless of the pain she was in. |
Her furry brother, Doc, was one of her closest companions, even though he is a cat. When I found her this morning, he was curled up next to her. He didn't leave her side. She crossed over sometime in the night, yet, he stayed with her until we found her.
What I will remember most about our beautiful Bella Dona, is how much she loved to play in the snow. When our sons were smaller, they would take her out in the back yard and she would chase them all over, "bouncing" through snow drifts, trying to catch them. We would never refer to her as "the dog", she was my baby girl, her brother's sister and the queen of our zoo, which has included 2 dragons, countless cats, a gecko, and several fish, but Belle...she was always the leader. Majestic, nurturing, faithful, loving and loyal. Nearly 15 years will never be forgotten.
Our hearts are broken, but we find solace in the fact that she is no longer in pain, that she will be free to bounce in the snow as much as her huge heart desires, and that , someday, we will be reunited.
Well, Jellie Bellie, it's been over 2 weeks since we lost you. Your brother, Doc, still looks for you under the kitchen table and goes to the back door to see if you are out there. He is lost without you, as we all are. I still have the bag of clementines that I bought a few days before you left us. I can't bring myself to eat them without you. I know how much you loved them. The ache in my heart is almost unbearable. I hope that, wherever you are, there are rolling hills of fresh snow, clementine trees that you can eat to your big heart's content and a big fluffy blanket under it.
3 weeks today and counting. No a day goes by that I don't see your smiling puppy face,or that Doc doesn't look for you. I just came across some videos on facebook that had you on them. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
7/29/17, Well, My Princess, it's been almost a year since you left us. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. We have added 2 furry babies to the family, I adore your new brother and sister, but nothing will ever take your place in my heart. Sometimes I wonder if there was more we could have done for you. I will miss you until we meet again.
8/11/17 It's been a year today since you crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I still eat pizza and save you the crust. I still can't eat clementines without grabbing one for you. I still can't go in the kitchen without seeing you...and I still can't believe that you are gone.