Friday, January 21, 2011


Bella Ready for bed.

A lot of people  believe that when a animal dies that they cross over the "RAINBOW BRIDGE" and wait on the other side for their human to pass in their own time. I like that idea!
This morning at about 11 o'clock, Bella crossed the bridge. She was so sick and had not eaten anything for over two weeks. And the only water she had taken voluntarily was from rain puddles in the yard (she wouldn't drink water from a bowl in the house). She went to the Vet twice over the past few weeks to be hooked up to IVs to rehydrate her and to try different medications to kill the infection she had. But nothing worked and she was surviving off the reserves she had in her own body.
This morning she was barley able to get off the couch and make it out side. she stumbled down the stairs and then just lay down in the grass. She picked a spot in the sun and didn't get get up. It was at that point that I called the Vet and made the decision that she couldn't go on this way any more. So I took her to the Dr's office and said my last good-by.

You know,  I think all animals have a talent all their own, you just have to spend some time with them to see it! Well Bella's talent was SMILING. She is the only dog I have ever had that was able to do this. And she had different smiles, for different situations!
When I would come home at night from work, she would be standing in the kitchen and as I came Thu the door she would lay her front legs flat on the floor, butt in the air and her tail going 90 MPH! She would wag that tail so hard that her whole back end would get to going! Then she would do a low bark and rumble in her chest and then she would SMILE! Roll her lips back and put her teeth together and SMILE!
Bella was what I call a "Horizon Dog", If she got out of the house and was not on her leash, she would take off for the horizon. Running full out, chasing birds, rabbits or just a piece of paper blowing across the yard. And she had the biggest SMILE on her face!!! But this was a SMILE of "I know that I'm not suppose to do this, BUT SO WHAT? I'm glad I did it and can't wait until I can do it again"! SMILING the whole time!
I have had a lot of dogs and cats in my life, and they have crossed the bridge too. There was "NICK", the golden retriever (Who died of bone Cancer), and "Bandit, the border collie, who lived to a ripe old age of 14. And "Maggie, Sam, and many cats that have been a part of my life. They are all on the other side of the bridge, So Bella has lots of company and will not be lonely while she waits for me to cross.
I want to thank all of you who have been pulling for Bella to get better!! She had a lot of people who love her and will miss her. Thanks for the comments and the support! It made it easier for me to deal with all of this.!!
And lastly, Good by Bella. I love you and I'm sorry that you had to go!!! But Wait for me on the other side of the bridge. I'll be there, I PROMISE!!!!!


  1. Oh Tom, I am so sorry. You have a beautiful outlook on Bella and her Bridge. Thank you for sharing her stories with us. I am very certain she is giving you a big "Smile" right now.

    Take care my friend. Hugs

  2. Tom, I am so, so sorry. I too love the Rainbow Bridge idea and have had several beloved critters cross it in the past year. Maybe Rascal and Charlie were there waiting for Bella.

  3. I am so sorry for you! Your Bella sounds like a wonderful old girl and I know she's running across the horizon like crazy up there right now. Hang in there!

  4. We once had a dog that smiled,he was so cute. Sorry about bella,maybe Toby,was waiting for her ,and they are smiling at each other!Blessings jane,I am following your blog, you are welcome to follow mine as well

  5. No matter how many times a dog owner goes through this, it's never easy. We have two 15-year-old dogs, and they're large dogs, so I know that bridge is soon to be part of my future. Thanks for sharing your story.