I’m Bella. I heard that in Italian, “Bella” means “beautiful.” Ha! There’s no doubt that my name fits me! I live with Susan and Susan’s grandson, Christopher. They love me a lot, which is understandable.
I’m only a year old. Susan says I’m still a puppy. Susan feeds me all the good doggie food, and I enjoy it. But you know what I really love to eat? Dog beds. I ate 2 of them already, and I’m not getting another one soon. At night when it’s time for bed, she gives me a delicious treat, a Milkbone. I love Milkbones!
Susan and Christopher eat, too. As soon as Susan sits down with her dinner in the living room, I keep her company. I go over to her and look deep into her blue eyes with my gorgeous, big brown eyes. I put my head on her lap. While she’s eating, I’m looking deeper and deeper into her eyes. When she can’t stand it anymore she gives me some of her dinner. She’s so warm-hearted.
Susan loves to crochet and do needlework, which is fine with me. I love yarn. I don’t eat it, I just unravel it. Christopher really doesn’t own anything as exciting as yarn, but he does have socks. When he takes his socks off at night and forgets to close his bedroom door, I run in there fast and grab those suckers! I love his socks so much! He used to have slippers, too.
We have a lot more people in the family, and they’re all lovable. But we also have Shaggy and Buddy, and boy are they characters! Shaggy spent some time with us last week. Poor Shaggy is blind, but he gets around pretty good. He’s getting old and crotchety and didn’t want to play with me. We get along OK, but he’s such an old fart.
Buddy thinks who the heck he is. If anyone’s hugging and kissing and petting Shaggy and me, suddenly this black nose pops up like bread in a toaster, BOING!! right in the middle of us. I think he’s jealous and a little needy!
Just one more thing: Susan and Christopher, if you’re reading this, I love you, too!
And now, I’ll give YOU a treat – feast your eyes on this beauty! (me)
Drool: What you do when your owners have food and you don’t. To do this properly, sit as close as you can, look sad and let the drool fall to the floor or better yet on their laps.
Dog property laws:
1. If I like it, it’s mine.
2. If it’s in my mouth, it’s mine.
3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
4. If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.
5. If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
6. If I’m chewing something up, all the pieces are mine.
7. If it just looks like mine, it’s mine.
8. If I saw it first, it’s mine.
9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
10. If it’s broken, it’s yours.
“Drool” and “Dog Property Laws”
Bella’s Story written by: Bella and Merillion
Photography by: Susan