Well, this is a little embarrassing. I’ve been asked to tell you about myself, and really I am quite shy. I’m not prone to bragging. The beautiful brown-eyed blonde smiled impishly at her visitor. But, since you asked, well, here goes.
When I was a tiny little baby I had five brothers and sisters. Our mother was taken from us quite suddenly so we never knew her.
I was so tiny I would fit in the palm of a person’s hand. Bella’s feathery tail swished softly as she warmed to the idea of telling her story. One day just after the loss of our mother, a tall woman picked me up in her arms.
The woman whispered to me: “You are going to be safe sweetie, don’t worry. I know exactly who is going to love you forever.”
|I am only 1-year-old in this photo|
The next thing I knew I was being handed to a very pretty blonde-haired woman. “Oh, she is so beautiful. I love her to pieces! She will be my very special friend.”
Well, that made me very excited and I must admit I acted just like a very young puppy would, licking her face, and wiggling ecstatically. It’s all a bit embarrassing, really, but I was so happy to have someone love me.
She is the person who named me Bella, which means “beauty” in Spanish and since we were living in Mexico it just made sense to have a Spanish name. One of her many friends thought that my name should have been Sandy, as I blended perfectly with the beach sand floors of their outside living area. I am very happy she stayed with the prettier name. I think it suits me perfectly, don’t you? She smiled, coyly.
|After my operation , one ear up, one ear down|
My female human was so very patient with me, carrying me down in the morning, back up for an afternoon nap, down for playtime, and up again for bedtime. It really was a nuisance for her as she was also operating a busy resort. She kept telling me she loved me, and it was not a problem. Lucky for me she loved me so much!
Her handsome male human was away a lot of the time working in another city, so we were good company for each other. Now, happily, he is here all the time and I love him as much as I love her. Well, maybe I love her just a teeny, tiny bit more because she carried me up and down the stairs.
When I was learning my manners, my special treat was a few Cheerios, those little round crunchy circles that people float in a bowl of milk. I adore them. I will do anything for Cheerios. Learning my manners wasn’t a problem at all, it was quite fun, actually. I have also been told that I am very smart, so smart I even learned to love cats including my first friend Luna, and now my friend Peek-a-Boo. Luna taught me many secrets that only cats know. Peek-a-Boo and I have become good friends, and we patrol our property together. We keep an eye on our humans, and make sure their house is safe. Any strangers must pass our inspections, especially if they are working at the resort.
|Where's the fish? Where's the fish? Pounce!|
Some of my favourite activities include a game I invented – I call it pounce. It’s an exciting game. My humans take me down the path, through the dark, cool caves, and onto a smaller quiet beach. In the shallow tidal pools I watch very carefully for small fish. When I see them – I pounce! I wait, and I watch; then pounce again! I have been told that I look like a fox pouncing on a mouse when I play this game. I could play for hours. Peek-a-Boo would like to play with me, but she’s afraid to walk down to the beach with us.
I also enjoy running on long sandy beaches at a place called Tulum. I’d run for miles, dash into the surf, roll in the sand, and then clean my face on a fluffy beach towel. It was a delicious treat. I am quite a bit older now, so I don’t do the long runs and hikes that I did when I was a much younger dog.
Sadly I have had a few health problems in my past. The first problem occurred when I was about two-years old. I had a large tumor in my head that required surgery. The doctor did a fine job of removing the tumor, but as you can see from the photos both of my ears used to be perky, like wings. Now the right one is perky, and the left one is relaxed. It makes me much more interesting to look at, I think.
I was such a scrawny, lanky
teenager – all legs and feet. Now that I
am a mature woman, I have settled into a fuller, Rubenesque-body type. I do have other health challenges including
skin sensitivities, digestive issues, heartworm, and Ehrlichia, but I won’t
bore you with the gruesome details. And
of course as I age, I am gradually losing my eye-sight to cataracts. It is such a challenge getting older. I miss the carefree days of my youth.
|Playing in the tidal pools on Isla Mujeres|
With such a rocky start to my life, being adopted has been a blessing for me. I gained a loving family, who feed me, care for me, and let me share their lives completely. And I’ll tell you a secret. She leaned closer to whisper. I have my own private closet filled with beautiful jeweled collars; collars for Hallowe’en, or Christmas, or Thanksgiving, and for my birthday. I have collars to match my female human’s dresses, and my male human’s shirts. I am spoiled.
They also let me share their
bed for part of the night. I like to get
into the bed first, kiss both of my humans good night and then leave to sleep
peacefully in my own comfy bed. Part way
through the night I will sometimes sneak into bed for an hour, or when my male
human gets up in the morning I’ll make a warm nest with his pillows. Those extra few minutes of sleep are
delightful, full of wonderful dreams and memories of being young again.
|And here's our recent family portrait !|
I love my life. Bella looked away, a film of tears in her eyes, thinking how she had aged so much in the last year or two. I hope I can stay healthy and happy, sharing my life with my people for a few more years yet. I love my people. But her life was too perfect to be sad about anything for very long. Softly thumping her tail on the floor she grinned happily at her visitor. I wish every dog could be as fortunate as I have been!
Cast of characters:
Bella – is Bella who lives at Villa la Bella Bed & Breakfast on Isla Mujeres http://www.facebook.com/groups/20100905736/
The tall woman – Alison Sawyer Current who founded the non-profit organization Isla Animals dedicated to helping animals in need. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Isla-Animals/169657606676
The pretty blonde-haired woman – Ashley Margilyn Blogin co-owner of Villa la Bella
The handsome male human – Curtis Blogin co-owner of Villa la Bella