An obituary for my dog

Bella Destiny {loved up pup, Bella the wonderpup, Belle, honey, sweet pea, honeybun [Love Bug’s favourite of late], buddy, precious, pup pal, fuzzy love, fluff bum, fuzzy soul mate, grand-pup, my heart dog}, 11 years 10 months 4 days. Late of Lilyfield, Leichhardt, Vaucluse and Surry Hills. After a brief battle with a cancerous tumour, Bella died peacefully at home on her mumma’s bed shortly before 3pm AEDT on 16 March 2017 surrounded by those she loved most dear.

Born on 12 May 2015 and abandoned as a 2-week old pup with her brothers and their mumma in the greater west of Sydney, Bella was taken in by a rescue group and fostered until her mumma found her while glancing at rescue sites. Her name at that time was Destiny and she was a little under 9 weeks old. She waited for her mumma to move from an apartment to a house, warding off all other potential adopters, until that fateful day in August 2005 when they became family forever.

Educated at puppy school, Bella spent a great number of years teaching her mumma the important things in life. Get so excited that you pee a little when you see someone you love. Live in the now. If someone drops the crusts of their peanut butter toast act quickly. Furniture can be replaced, so if you feel like snacking on it, go right ahead. Have patience. You are perfect just the way you are, so don’t change for anyone. One outfit really can take you from bed to black tie. {Okay, so maybe that one really does only work if you’re a dog!} Love fiercely and demonstrably. Live every day as though it were the most precious day ever – because they all are and eventually goodbyes must be made. Before that day comes, store as much love in your heart as you can. Breathe your loved ones in. Hold them. Appreciate them.

Bella’s hobbies were many, some of her favourites: knee resting – the perfect skill of placing your snout on someone’s thigh with just enough pressure that they can’t help but look into your pools of chocolate eyes and hand over their dinner; airspace regulation – if you’re a bird or a plane and you’re flying over our home, you’d better know that’s out of bounds; garbage game – if you see trash that’s still tidy in the container, tip it over and have a dig through it – there’s treasure to be found; sleep well – this is particularly important as the dulcet tones of your snores will keep your people calm; bitey face – a rambunctious game of bitey face {or five} each day will keep your blood pumping. It will also remind your baby brother who’s boss. Also leaning is a great hobby if you can master it … lean ever so on the person you love most. Not so much as to topple them, but enough for them to feel your love.

Bella is survived by her completely heartbroken mumma, her human sister Love Bug, her brother from another puppy mother Beary, her doting grandma, aunty Shannon and uncle Kieron and fuzzy cousin Barker.

Having family who are responsible pet owners, Bella had been neutered and leaves no offspring. She does leave behind many many friends – some surprising ones over the years as she became the gentle soul dog for every I’m not a dog person person she ever met.

Bella’s body was taken away by our lovely vets, and her ashes will be returned to us.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local rescue. Better still, go adopt some fuzzy love of your own.

Please watch these pages for a eulogy in coming days.

bella soft

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Chelsea says:

    I’m so sorry 😦 heartbreaking, and I’m in tears for you but just know you gave her the best life and it was her time. She loves you and she will be waiting for you in heaven. You’re an amazing woman and I’m sending my love and strength to you xx

  2. Solo says:

    Im so sorry for your loss.

  3. As shown by your lovely tribute and in MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of other ways, Bella was well-loved and she loved well. She will be greatly missed. Prayers for your family to heal. RIP, fuzzy friend. xoxo

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake and Mom

  4. Clowie says:

    I’m so sorry. Bella was loved very much.

  5. Bongo says:

    We’re so sorry to hear about Bella. I feel like she was one of my good friends – even though we never got to sniff each other.

    1. We feel the same about you 🐶

  6. Becky says:

    Hope you, Love Bug and Beary are doing okay. I know your hearts are broken. So glad you have each other. Kisses and hugs for all of you. 💔💔💔

  7. Matt Blythe says:

    My tears are flowing for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul. I am miles away from you, on a different continent, but I share in your sorrow. I have followed you and your lovely “pack” on Instagram. Thank you for the glimpse into the special relationship you had with Bella. She now runs free over the Rainbow Bridge (and has probably found a few trash cans, too). I’d like to think my Emma was probably there to greet her…. You are in my thoughts, Matt (aka dogmanmatt)

    1. Thank you Matt – I’ve been following your pack for a while as well. We are all a little lost today. Kind of like we can’t believe the world is still turning 😢X

  8. I had been hoping for a different title. Something like… “miracle”, not this. I’m so very sorry. Eventhough I’m pretty sure that sweet Bella is somewhere happy smiling, I know exactly how it feels not having her around. But in time you’ll realize she IS with you, as always, in your hearts. Sending you all my hugs and love.

    1. Thanks Marina. I’d been hoping for a miracle too – with all my heart x

      1. I know… Ultimately I think the miracle is them and the love we share with them: Bella and the love you shared with her. That will always be there. A big big hug.

  9. rumpydog says:

    I am so sad about Bella, but I know that soon we will get to sniff each other’s butts. Don’t worry, we’ll keep each other company until you and Jen get there. Love you guys!

    1. Thanks Rumpy. I really hope for Jen’s sake that you’re not sniffing Bella’s butt too soon. Being the one left behind is utterly horrid. Let DeDe sniff her butt for now. Love you guys too.

  10. Nikki says:

    Such a touching eulogy. Im in tears over this & so so sorry, sending your family all my love. March 16th marks the 1yr anniversary of losing my own furbaby (& also happens to be my actual bday) so i decided to light a candle for him every bday from here on. I will light one for darling Bella also. Her spirit is never going to leave you, bless you for giving her such a loving home after that bumpy beginning. Big hugs & shared tears, Nikki 🌈💜🌈💚🌈💙🌈

    1. Thank you Nikki. What an awful day for your fuzzy love to die 😢 Happy birthday though. I’ll remember you both on her anniversary xx

  11. This is so sad, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your words for her are beautiful, love like that is never lost. Giant hugs from all of us XO

    1. Thank you. I miss her every day. x

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