I promised all of my wonderful donors a chance to see Bella post-surgery AND settled in with her new family.
So, today I have a message from her new dad and new dog-sitter, as well as photos to share. YAY!
This is a message I received from Bella’s new dog-sitter, Varee:
“…I want to give you an update from my perspective. I have Bella day care at my house on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, plus she visits on the weekends. So not only has she learned her house, she has learned my house too. One thing I did for her was to mark with orange room spray (from Trader Joe’s—it’s natural with no chemicals it says) at the entrances and steps. She learned her way around on the first day. She knows the commands “step up” and “step down” and doesn’t seem to mind taking a chance stepping down, especially if we have her lead attached. She loves the car, and will step up, but she likes a little hind lift as her little legs are so short; of course, we love to help her. She goes out by herself in the fenced yard, and she finds the door back inside by touching the fern in the flower planter with the side of her face. She is an inspiration to everyone who meets her, and she gets extra ear rubs because she is so adorable.
Bella is the first Basset I’ve known, and she is the most affectionate and resilient dog ever! She’s doing extremely well. I tell people that she’s a dog who just happens to be blind. She meets every new situation with a wagging tail, and she has really bonded with her daddy, Chuck. She doesn’t mind to meet strangers, but she likes to check them out before being touched. The only time she is skittish is when there is more than one dog.
Thank you so much for the work you do. Reading about Bella on your blog brought tears; I hope you have a way of letting those kind people know that there is a happy ending to Bella’s story and that she is well loved and cared for.”
And this was a message I received from her new dad, Chuck:
“I just want to let you know that I adopted Bella, she is now very happy on my little farm in Orangevale, Ca. She is a lovely dog, and no problem at all. Everyone that meets her, and there has been a lot, simply love her.
For me I have already gotten much more from her than I have ever expected.
She will be with me forever and ever.”
To everyone who helped; whether you donated, shared the post, tweeted, or took the time to read and tell others about Bella’s amazing story, you can pat yourself on the back today because you saved a life…