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Belle: the TriPawd Rotti

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Belle: the TriPawd Rotti

I went to the Rainbow Bridge today

January 8th, 2019 · 12 Comments · Uncategorized

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I had lost the use of my back end and was crying a lot in spite of all the drugs. Mommy had to make the horrible decision. We were both very scared, as well as Shawn, but now I am able to run and play with my boyfriend, Diesel. I got to meet my sister, Tiffany and all the other pets at the bridge. I promised Mommy that I wouldn’t chase, Bob, Rollo, JR, Charvel, Morty and Theo.

When we got to the vet Mommy told the vet that we needed to put me to sleep because I have been crying every night. Well, Mommy needs to be put to sleep, too, because she cries every night, too, lately. I had never met Dr. Vicente before, but he remembered my cat brother, Theophilus from like 20 years ago. Dr. Vicente was really nice and took great care of me in my final moments. My regular vet, Dr. Andrews wouldn’t be back to work until Wednesday, and I just couldn’t wait that long. Plus, Mommy knows that Dr. Andrews has a dog with cancer, too. She didn’t want Dr. Andrews to be upset.

Yesterday we had a birthday party, because I would have turned 9 on Wednesday. Lots of friends stopped by and I got to eat McDonald’s, Hot Dogs, Cookies and Mom cooked me a Steak for dinner last night. Of course there were lots of furry friends at my party. At one point they were all running around, chasing each other. I really wanted to join in, but my back end didn’t work.

I had a good life up until the cancer. I have been on a paddleboard, and I’ve been hiking and camping and to the dog beach more times than I can count. At one time I lived on the water and I got to chase a dolphin. No joke! Of course, I wound up falling in and that wasn’t so good. Dolphin was my favorite word, followed closely by McDonald’s, Kitty and Shawn.

Mommy and Shawn are very sad, but I know Mommy will get another dog. Next time she’s going to adopt, not buy. I’m glad she bought me, though.

I’d better go…. Tiffany and Diesel are calling me. We are going to chase rabbits. It’s so much fun being able to run again.

Peace Out…. Belle

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12 Comments so far ↓

  • Melissa

    December 21, 2018 we put our Wheels down. He was 12 1/2. For the last 8 1/2 years of his life he was our “three wheeler”. He was hit by a car and lost one of his front legs. My heart is broke over his passing! I miss the thump of his feet in shoes as he hopped down the hall.
    He cried at night in pain also and had all he could do to walk and keep control of his functions. He was a proud and handsome boy and didn’t like to have accidents.
    His last day he had bacon and eggs and a cheese burger from McDonalds.
    He is buried in the back yard, with his shoes and sweater on him and his favorite blanket.

  • benny55

    Okay Belle, I’m crying, crying hard, right along with your Mom and Shawn. I also found myself smiling through the tears though. You ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, write with such wit and so much wisdom. You are a very enlightened Soul Miss Belle.

    I want to come back when I can write a little better, okay? I can’t type very well (to state the obvious), but my typing is waaaay worse when I’m crying.

    I know you are happy though. I know the reunion was so glorious when uou were greeted by your friends!!!💖 Was Flipper (the Dolphin) there too?

    Surrounding your hoomans woth love qnd ligjt and your eternal happy smile

    Sally and My Chunky Spiritual Being Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie

  • hannahbelle

    Thanks Sally! It’s rough around here without the girl. I don’t know what my morning routine is supposed to be. You know, there were a lot of dolphins, manatees and sea turtles at the rainbow bridge thanks to Florida’s mismanagement of environmental issues. Hopefully Belle is swimming with them right now.

  • hester

    Beautiful Belle, I am wishing you many, many bunnies to chase and kitty friends to snuggle with. And dolphins – lots of happy dolphins to cavort with.

    I know your Mom and Shawn are missing you very deeply, but treasuring every moment they had with you in their lives.


    • Anne Barca

      Thank you Lisa! I miss her terribly, but on January 25th, I will be bringing Ziggy home from the shelter. He needed a home, and I have room in my home and my heart.

  • paws120

    I am so very sorry that you had to shed your earth clothes so soon. Like Sally, I saw your post this morning but I just couldn’t get my words together. I know you are young, whole, and happy meeting all of our Angels and of course Flipper and the other beautiful dolphins.
    You write brilliantly and always make me laugh no matter the subject. I will miss you very much.
    You have a very special family and I know they took the best care of you possible.
    Maybe your mom can pop in and share more stories and pictures … tell some tales about you.
    To Belle’s Mom and Uncle Shawn,
    I am so sorry that your girlie had to cross over, but I know you know that it was the right time. I know the house will be empty and your hands won’t know what to do for a while… please lean on us any time for comfort. You were fantastic pawrents and you gave your girl the best of everything. Please take comfort in knowing that.
    Hugs to all of you,
    Jackie and Huckleberry 💖💖💖

  • benny55

    Not sure I’m any more composed than I was yesterday. Belle, I dunno, there was just something extra special about Belle. And her hoomans added to that specialness. Jackie said everything so well.

    Yes, we KNOW Belle is, indeed, free and joyful and smiling and happy and eating and running and, yes, enjoying all the spoils of Florida’s mismanagement! Thing is, all those precious sea creatures are happy and free too.

    I KNOW it’s so hard right now to be here, so hard to be anywhere. We know how gutted and lost you are. We know how your world has stopped. The void, the silence, the brak kn routine after devoting every second of every day to Belle’s well being….yeah, this part of the journey sucks so bad!!!

    I cannot wait to hear how Belle connects with you. It may be something as “simple” as finding a penny that wasn’t there vefore. Or it may be something so Belle specific, so creative and probably quite witty and funny.

    I mean this, it really, really, really has been, and continues to be, a privilege to be 2ith you and Belle and Uncle Shawn on this journey. You have brought us so much joy, so many victories to celebrate, so much inspiration. You continuously made the best out of any hurdle thrown yiur way, Your determination to give Belle THE BEST LIFE POSSIBLE is one for the record books! Your devotion to her is something I’m sure she bragging about at the Bridge! She’s tell them how you spoiled her and how she had you wrapped around her paws…especially Uncle Shawn.

    With all my heart, I send you love and surround you with the happy memories you shared with our beloved Belle💖

    Sally and My Chunky Spiritual Being Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie

  • hannahbelle

    Thank you all for your kind words. I will let Shawn know. I’m making him a book of Belle, mostly with pictures of their time together, but I can’t make this book without some cute baby Rotti photos.

    One of the weirdest things happened after Belle’s surgery. She quit shedding. I don’t know if it was from the surgery, or the organ failure, or the cancer, or the peanut butter loaded with various pills, or the CBD oil, but now I wish I had my old “shag carpet” of Belle’s fur in here. I’m not ready to vacuum. I’m not ready to wash the dog bed and put it away.

    Thank you all again for your kind words.


  • jerry

    Anne, I am so sorry I missed this awful news. My deepest condolences.

    I’m just soooo sorry that her time here on earth ended. She had the life of a real queen, she was so loved and treasured by you, I know you have got to be missing her so much. She had quite the presence.

    We are honored to be part of your journey. It was not easy at all for you two but you stayed strong, so pawsitive, and never once disappointed Belle even when times got hard. She left this earth knowing she was treasured and loved to the ends of the earth. There is no greater gift.

    Please know we are always here for you. When and if you are ready to share more about Belle, we would enjoy celebrating her life with you. She was a real force of nature and will never, ever be forgotten.

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