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Bella the beautiful

Bella and her courageous journey

Bella the beautiful

Bella earned her wings

July 22nd, 2017 · 12 Comments · Uncategorized

We sent our sweet Bella off to the bridge on Thursday.

We adopted Bella from a rescue shelter in Lebanon, TN and brought her home to Rhode Island on November 5th 2010. They thought she was about 3, but I think she may have been closer to 5. She had been horribly abused and was extremely fearful of people – especially men. I bonded with her on the ride home (we brought a freshly baked soup bone) and so began my journey with this beautiful creature. The book, On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals, by Turid Rugaas really helped us bring Bella around to trust us and open up. But it was a long slow process. Bella’s sweet gently soul made quick friends with our black lab Diamond and soon she became part of the family.

Bella was not an excitable dog, but there were a few things she really liked. Fetching balls in the pond and swimming really far out, cozying up in front of the wood stove, getting her haunches rubbed, schnuffies around her nose, trail walks, and meal time. She used to do this goofy Stevey Wonder movement when we were preparing her meal. She would pace from leg to leg on her front legs and move her head side to side. I was worried she wouldn’t be able to express herself like that anymore when we took her left front leg away. But I was wrong. As a tripawd, she found a way to do her little movement with three legs just fine. She was never a vocal dog – and rarely barked. She gave a deep throated moan whenever she was happy. At first I thought she was growling – but soon learned this sound meant contentment and pleasure. I would moan right back with her and she would wag her tail in agreement.
Always happy to be in the background, unnoticed – over the years Bella’s sweet, goofy, independent, personality slowly came through. She had a unique grace I’ve never seen in an animal and probably never will again.

I’ll miss her forever. The vacancy of her loss is incredibly overwhelming. She was my best friend and loved being part of our pack. I was worried she might be shy making friends on the other side of the bridge, but we had a little talk about it before we sent her off and I think she’ll do just fine. I asked her to remember me and send me a sign from time to time and she wagged her tail. Bella had a fine dinner, some ice cream and a bone stuffed with peanut butter on her last day. With the help of our vet Molly, Bella passed so gently and peacefully. There was a little smile on her face as we kissed her good bye.

Thank you Tripawds community, we couldn’t have made it through the past several months without your support.


Love the Tripawds community

June 14th, 2017 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Wish I had more time to read and respond to so many posts on these blogs and forums. I try to explain to friends and acquaintances how impactful this site is and how courageous and loving the members are. I don’t think they understand unless they experience it. Don’t get me wrong, I would never want any affliction to come to anyone’s dog or cat, but if it does happen, I hope everyone finds their way to Tripawds. I just wanted to send out love and hugs from the humans, Bella and our other fur friends here at the Ketner compound and express my gratitude. I don’t know how I would have made it through the past few months without this site and the encouragement and support from so many. Bella is the toughest most loving soul and has really changed our lives. I think she worries more about me than I do about her. Not tonight though. As you can see, she’s pretty chill.


We’re back!

June 4th, 2017 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

A little over two months post op and Bella is loving spring and looking good. I’m so grateful for this site and all of the help and support it offers. We are blessed.


Bella is 3 1/2 weeks post op. Love her frosty face and smile!

May 6th, 2017 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized


Bella having fun

April 29th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized