A shining light went out last night when Bella Pomeranian, one of our celebrity models, suddenly crossed the bridge.
Bella was sassy, darling, powerful, and a pure delight. She found the spotlight when she became the 1-800 petmeds.com dog, and she used her power wisely. She spread kindness in every picture that her mommy & Daddy posted. She was the pom rescue ambassador, helping to re-home so many poms in peril. She helped her mommy make blankets of love to further help lost and forgotten dogs.
Bella charmed us through the love she shared for Teddi B Kori. She recently travelled to Canada for a week of wedding and honeymoon festivities. Their wedding album, as well as their love letters were the finest example of kindness and friendship. I looked forward to each day’s simple accounting of their days. It took me back to simpler time, a time when letter writing was an art. Bella and Teddi reminded me of the kindness that our high-speed world is forgetting.
And then there was Bella’s tenth birthday party! On August 30th, fifteen doggies and their parents joined together at Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant, PUMP, in West Hollywood, for the grandest of soirees! The food, the wine, the company! It was the event of the season, and Miss Bella was the most gracious of hostesses. These wonderful events that Bella, her Mommy and her Daddy shared with us burned her memory on my heart, and I thank them for that.
A while back I read a story about a little boy who lost his beloved best friend. The family was heartbroken, but the boy took it pretty well. He had a great understanding of his doggie pal. When asked why he was so calm, he said, “People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The six-year-old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”
Dogs teach us. Mine teach me every day. Our world moves so fast. Dogs instinctively know how to slow it down. Bella showed us that in every cute smile that she shared. She knew love. She knew kindness.
She knew the code of dog:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Never pretend to be something you’re not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love the people who treat you right. Think good thoughts for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of LIFE…Getting back up is LIVING…
Have a great life. And thank you, Miss Bella, for the lessons you taught us all. Run free, Sweet girl! You left your mark on the world!