Woman's Best Friend-My Life With My Dog

My MiraBella with her squeaky bone.
My MiraBella with her squeaky bone. | Source

Humans love dogs and have for centuries. They have been trained to work and help us in our daily activities and to assist disabled persons in tasks that are challenging. Many of us feel incomplete without a canine companion in our lives. That is the case with me.

Sweet Bella came to live with us 4 1/2 years ago when her first owner passed away from surgery complications. She was frightened, trembling and her hair had been shaved to the skin, leaving razor burns on her tummy. She weighed nine exactly pounds and was 18 months old. She is a Bichon Frise. They are usually a bit larger so she is a petite little girl.

It only took her a few days to feel secure with us and Bella became my constant companion. She sits on the sofa beside me, goes with me on my daily walks, and sleeps on a pillow beside me at night. I cannot imagine life without her.

This little girl barks if someone is outside or if the doorbell rings. She even barks when a doorbell rings on the television! She never begs for food, just sits beside the table hopefully when we dine. She is playful and energetic but not hyperactive or a yapper. All in all, MiraBella is the perfect dog.

But she is so much more. She is my friend who is thrilled to see me come home and she gives me comfort when I am sad. She kisses my face when I cry and laughs with me when I am happy. I know if everyone else in the world should forsake me, my Bella will remain by my side.


Bella disguised as a lamb.
Bella disguised as a lamb. | Source

Why am I telling you all this? Because my own experience has shown that a dog friend will help us fight depression, loneliness, fatigue, stress and many more issues that appear in our lives. People who have dog friends live longer than people without one. But choosing the right dog is crucial for everyone. The breed, size and temperament of dog must be greatly considered before choosing a dog friend as well as other issues.

Are you in an apartment or in a large house? Do you have a place to walk your dog and are you physically able to care for him/her? Owning an animal can be expensive. Are you prepared to spend money for shots, grooming, food, etc.? If the answer is no, you should not get a dog. Find a human friend that will not ask for anything in return. Oh! Those don't exist, do they?

Consider getting a dog from a shelter. People who insist on purchasing dogs are supporting puppy mills and dooming other animals to death. There also are many strays that can be rescued and loved. Any animal, no matter where it comes from, should be seen by a qualified veterinarian. They need to be inspected for ailments, parasites, given shots, etc.

Mutts make wonderful pets and best friends. If someone rescued you from abuse, homelessness and desperation, you would love them forever. Dogs are the same way. God designed dogs to be inherently loyal and loving. Bringing a lost dog into a place of security creates even more love in him or her.

Bella Gets a Bath
Bella Gets a Bath | Source

Caring For Your Canine Companion

People get dirty and need to bathe. We feel great after a warm bath or shower. Dogs are the same way. They spend time outside, roll in the dirt, play with their people and collect dirt and insects in their fur. Every dog should be bathed on a regular basis. Many people take their pet to a professional groomer and there is nothing wrong with that. My Bella is very mild and gentle. She becomes frightened if I take her somewhere and leave her so we bathe and groom her at home.

Whatever choice you make, just take care of your dog. Dirt, fleas, matted hair and other neglect can cause pain and irreparable damage to your furry friend and shorten his life.

Purchase good, nutritious food for your pet friend. He needs to be fed the best food possible and on a regular basis. I am not a proponent of feeding an animal once a day. Humans get hungry several times a day. Dogs do too and should be fed when hungry. They will be healthier and better behaved. When an animal is hungry, he looks for something to eat just as we do.

Exercise is important for our dog buddies. Take yours when you go for a walk, let him ride in the car when you run errands if the weather is nice. NEVER leave a dog in a hot car. Follow the link below to read a Hub for information on that issue. Many dogs die every year because they were imprisoned in a car that became a death trap.

Bella knows she is secure so she is relaxed and can nap peacefully.
Bella knows she is secure so she is relaxed and can nap peacefully. | Source

Think about getting a dog for a best friend. They never talk back, always support you, believe every word you say and love you without condition. A dog friend will run to the door to meet you when you come home, no matter how long you have stayed away. She will not nag you about where you have been or over how much money you spend. You can let him outside to do his business then go back to bed and lay for hours while he sleeps happily at your feet. He will give you sloppy kisses when you do not deserve them and forgive any impatience or mean words.

The love of a dog is very similar to the love of God-unconditional. Go love and be loved!

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Awww Bella is beautiful. Dogs are so special and so loving. Don't know what I'd do without my 2. Enjoyed reading about your Bella.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

So cute,enjoyed reading about your dog.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great story, Bella is so cute. Voted up and awesome, Joyce.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Bella is so sweet..Is she a Havanese? Great hub!!


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SopranoRocks 4 years ago from Upper Peninsula, Michigan, USA

I wish more people felt for animals as you do. My dogs are my babies and people who aren't animal people don't seem to get the extent of a pet-human connection. My brother makes fun of the fact that I chose to have pets and not children. The pictures of Bella are lovely and the obvious connection between your daughter (I assumed) and Bella will no doubt make her a more caring empathetic woman.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Aww this is so sweet and touching Hyph. Bella's a cutie. Her nearly hairless friend in the tub is cute too. She's a lucky girl. Hyph do studies show cats having the same benefits to folks as dogs do? Well, great advices and observations. That's pretty interesting you don't believe in feeding them at least once a day.


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Sky9106 4 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

So great to hear you put out some strong and meaning ful words for your dog and the canine population as a whole I can easily place my vote where is belongs in this rather cruel world.

IT's a great job Hyphen.I can see that bone was meant to double as an useful bow tie.

Thanks for caring.

Bless.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thank you Susan. She is my little love and I adore her. I shall pass your compliments on to her. She will be pleased.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thank you moonlake. She is my precious baby and friend.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thank Joyce. I am happy to share her love with you.

PS-Joyce is my middle name.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello always. Bella is a Bichon Frise. I meant to put that into the Hub. Thanks for the mention. I will Edit right now to include that information.


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Faithful Daughter 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

MiraBella is so precious! You and I speak the same language when it comes to our canine children. There aren't enough words in my vocabulary that will express the joy, rewards, and unconditional love our furry little ones bring. Great tribute to our best friends in your hub. Give Bella a big hug and kiss for me.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi SopranoRocks. I also wish more people were compassionate toward animals. Once we bring an animal into our home, they are family. Even strange animals are loved.

I cannot understand how some people don't bond with animals. Thank you for your wonderful comments. I appreciate your time.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Alastar. Yes, cats also add to the quality of a person's life. Any animal that can be held, petted and interacted with does so. As far as feeding dogs once a day...I think it is cruel. In the wild, animals eat several times a day. That is a hotly debated subject I know. Thanks for coming by to read and comment on my sweet babies.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello sky. Yes, it does double duty as a toy and a bow tie. lol

Thank you for the kind words. This world is indeed cruel to animals and they need all the love we can give them. I wish I could rescue every single one of them.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Faithful Daughter. I will give her a hug and a kiss. She will love knowing she is an internet sensation. Our love for our animals is something I wish everyone felt. The world would be changed, wouldn't it? Thank you for reading and sending love to our part of the world!


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lilyfly 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

OH! What a gorgeous doggie! We must be on the same wavelength, check out my new poem. Dearie I will join that Yahoo thing, when I have a cell in my brain. Oh! How I agree with you! My Athena id my lifeline! Love yaz, lily


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b. Malin 4 years ago

What a Wonderful uplifting Hub Hyphenbird. The joys of owing a Pet are such a Win, Win, situation for both. Bella's adorable as is (I believe) your Grandchild. Pets are such great Companions. I get such a kick out of their personalities...and Love to Hub about them!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Oh Brenda this gem brought tears to my eyes;and yes you speak volumes of truth also.

From a little girl when my Beagle Lassie was my very best friend to all the dogs we have been so privileged to have them in our family have left us with mounds upon mounds of beautiful memories.

The name Bella is also precious to me ;but I will tell you that story in a hub maybe.

Your Bella is truly beautiful and so lucky to have adopted you also.

Give her a big from her Aunty Eddy all the way from my little corner of Wales.

Up up and away my very dear friend.

Take care

Eddy.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Hyphenbird, i have falling in love with your dog she is so beautiful. Dog are the best friend you will every have,they are so loving and trusting and caring.

Vote up and more !!!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Lily my friend. Yes, we both love our precious furry friends. Your new poem is amazing and powerful. Don't worry about following me at Yahoo. I know how busy you are. It is a different type of writing there. I will seldom publish creative or inspirational articles. I am reserving that for my beloved HP.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Oh my friend this was so so so so beautiful..very warm and loving. Bella is such a cute girl and I can tell has brought so much joy into your lives. Everything you said about having a pet is so true. They also deserve much love and care as they give unconditional 24 hours a day. Thank you for making my heart full today with this hub.

Lots of love,

Sunnie


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

So touching. I feel the same way about my little guy. He's a lovely shih tzu/pekingnese/terrier mutt who actually looks a bit like Bella. He is my best little buddy. But what do we do when they pass away? That frightens me. I can't imagine being without him. He has a carseat booster that I strap him in when he goes with me in the car! I guess when the time comes I will grieve and in time go find another dear creature to save from the shelter. Wonderful hub about precious Bella. I'm glad you took her in. Voted up and just about everything else!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Hyphen, this is a beautiful story of your baby. She is so pretty and soft looking.

Dennis has fallen googly over our current dog. When we first got married, he had not had a dog, his mother didn't allow them and he did not feel connected to them. He had never gotten one. I was raised with a couple at a time and always had at least one.

Dennis has finally learned about the friendship with a dog and this one follows him around. I think it is great because Dennis is always petting on him and playing with him. He needs the health benefits of a dog. Since the dog is also a little timid, he doesn't yell as often because then the dog comes and hides under my desk.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

H--- this was amazingly beautiful loved it


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Bella lives up to her name and is a beautiful, loved, pampered little dog. Sounds like Bella and your family were made for each other and are a perfect match!

Enjoyed this positive hub about the pleasures/benefits of finding the right canine companion.

Voted up across the board except for funny.


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Oh Hyphen: What an uplifitng hub to read! Bella is just that - beautiful! You are so fortunate to have her. I agree, pets give the unconditional love we need each day, and dogs, especially, are so loving. Bella is fortunate to have you, too.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Awesome pictures Hyphenbird. They are really stunning. And the story of your little Bella touched my heart. I don't know how I would manage without my constant companion who also likes to share the bed. But he is 90 pounds. My own personal heater! Hahahaa.


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

What a darling! I'm a cat person, but I love pets in general. I'm certainly much happier with a pet to love me. I used to live alone in a condo. Now I live at home with my cat. :)

Of course, she is boss...


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agreenworld 4 years ago from CT-USA

One of the cutest dogs ever! I really like the black and white photo. Pets bring such joy to your life.

Like the points you made that having a good pet helps with what many people contend with everyday, stress, fatigue, depression etc. Nice article!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi b. Malin and thank you so much for your wonderful comments. Our animals are so important and I wish more people cherished them. You obviously love them and shall be rewarded with love that never ends. How precious! I do appreciate your visit to my Hub for Bella and other doggies.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Eiddwen. Bella has received love and hugs from across the world. Thank you. Aren't those memories of growing up with animals wonderful? Some people never had a dog. They missed special friendships. Thank you for loving my girl and your own furry babies.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi kashmir. She is a beautiful and loving little friend. Thank you for loving her. She deserves all the love she can get. They all do, don't they?


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thank you Sunnie. She looked at me so sweetly and I knew I had to share her love with others. It seems others also see her the way I do.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Victoria Lynn. You have a heartfelt question. I once had another dog who died at age 13. It took me over 15 years to fall for another dog, Bella. I had others and loved them but that special one is like having a soul mate. I am so happy that you have your little guy and he has you. My heart feels full for you.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Becky. It is very touching that Dennis' concern and love for the dog helps him control his outbursts. A dog's love will do that for us. Thank you for letting me know that. And thanks for reading about sweet Bella.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thank you Frank. I appreciate your kind words.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Haappyboomernurse. She sure is loved and spoiled. She is my sweet baby. sigh

Thank you very much for reading and commenting on this tribute to Bella.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Suzette. Bella and I have a mutual love affair going on here. We needed each other. I do believe God brought us together. Thank you friend.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

I Peg. You certainly have a big friend. My friend Beth has an Old English Sheepdog who hogs the bed. Those guys are funny. We have special love don't we?


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Flora and thank you. I also love cats but my heart is still grieving for the last one that died. Cotton was special to me and I miss him dearly. You are right. Cats are the boss and want everyone to know it.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thank you agreenworld. I love your moniker and shall go visit your profile. I am happy to share Bella with you and others. She really is a lovely little girl with a gentle spirit. Thanks for the great comments.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

Hyphenbird-Bella is precious and I am so glad you rescued her. I have two black labs that me and my family rescued and it's a win win. They give us so much love and loyalty and we do the same. They have made us all so happy through the difficulties that have come up in life. I agree with you that they give unconditional love that you can't get from people. I hit many buttons.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Hyph,

Oh, that MiraBella is one of the sweetest pooches. I can certainly see why she is your very best lady pal, just as my Aunt Baby is to me.

Your photography captures the love and joy, most evident and most unconditional. I love her pose 'disguised' as a lamb, I was quite fooled!

Voted UP and all the way across the board. Hugs, mar.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello M. Twin. Thank you for letting me know you liked the Hub and for loving your own furry friends so much. Animals deserve more than a cruel world gives. I am glad yours have love.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Mar. That Bella is quite the trickster dressed to fool. lol Isn't she precious? Perhaps one day, Aunt Baby and MiraBella can meet and play together. Thank you, thank you for reading about my little girl.


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pezoogle 4 years ago from USA

Goes to show how our pets can be our best friends and part of the family too.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello pezoogle. They sure are best friends when we allow them to be. Thanks for dropping by.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hellow Hyphen, MiraBella looks like the perfect companion. What a sweet looking pup. The joy you have having such a good friend is evident.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello mckbirdbks. She is SUCH a sweet girl an I love her dearly. I am glad my enthusiasm for her came through. Thanks for reading this Hub about here.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Such a heartwarming hub Hyphen. Bella looks just the cutest little thing.

Dogs are such loving and loyal friends and deserve all of our love and attention. She is obviously a great joy to you


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi Rosemay. Thank you. Bella really is adorable and sweet. Some days I do not know how I would smile without her. Dogs are indeed one of God's great gifts to us.


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Suzie ONeill 4 years ago from Lost in La La Land

It was so nice to "meet" your Bella! I chuckled when you said she barks when a doorbell rings on TV-- my black lab used to do that! :)


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Suzie. Isn't she precious? You must miss your Lab very much. They are great dogs. I always laugh when Bella barks st something on TV. The silly girl has my heart. Thanks for coming by to read about my friend.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Oh my Brenda, I just love MiraBella. What a sweetie. Makes me miss my Buttons. That unconditional love is like no other. Thank you for this awesome hub. I hope many people read it to remind them of all the important tips you shared.

Sharyn


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi dear friend Sharyn. Thank you for loving my baby girl. She really is a precious little friend. I sure hope this inspires others to give a dog or cat a loving home. The return rewards sure are amazing. Thanks for reading my Hub about my darling and leaving such sweet comments.


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thebluestar 4 years ago from Northern Ireland

Hi Brenda, thank you for writing and sharing this beautiful hub with us. Bella is adorable. I am very lucky that I also share my life with a dog, my beautiful J.P. He is not everyone's cup of tea being an ex racing greyhound, but he brings so much love and company into my life. I am reminded every day of how lucky I am that he chooses to be my friend, and give me so much joy and a friendly home to return to. Net:)


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello bluestar. We are really blessed to have such loving furry friends. I used to live in Tampa Florida and longed to rescue a greyhound from those awful tracks. You are right. They choose us as much as we choose them. It is so great to see you today. I appreciate your visit and comments.


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Voted up and awesome. I rescued a retired racing greyhound, who will be 12 in May. She is my best friend.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello aviannovice. I adore my Bella. Rescued dogs are so loving and make such wonderful friends. I wish more people would give them a chance and stop buying from breeders. Thank you for coming by to read about my precious girl.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Thanks for sharing, Hyphenbird!! Bella is really charming!! And you are so right......when we are down, dogs are sometimes the only ones who know how sad you feel and will be your unconditional listeners. Glad you have her in your life!! All the best with Bella!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello midget38. She is so sweet and loyal. Everyone who meets Bella falls in love with her. You are right, they never ask questions but just listen and love. Thanks for the well wishes. Bella and I appreciate you.


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eddy4me 4 years ago from Wales.

Oh Brenda what a beautiful friend you have.

Dogs are indeed man's best friend.

Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

Eddy.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Eddy, how lovely to see you! I will come follow your new profile. Yes, mo Bella is very precious and sweet. I bless the day she came into our lives. You have a great weekend also my friend.


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Very well done and a great tribute to the dog. Nothing like a friendly face to come home to after 5 minutes or 5 days, you get the same greeting!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

aviannovice, you are so right. A dog always is happy to see us arrive at any hour or time. If humans had the loving, serving hearts that dogs have the world would be a kinder place. Thanks for reading about my Bella.


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Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

I loved this! My daughter adopted a dog from the Humane Society last year, but she has become my best friend since my daughter is not home that much. I wrote 2 hubs about her. She also goes on walks with me and licks my face when I cry. She is an amazing presence in my life and I am so grateful she is with us. Voted up, awesome and beautiful!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Karen Hellier. I am so happy for you. Finding a doggie friend is a gift indeed. Rescued dogs usually are even more loving. I suppose like humans, they are grateful for that second chance. I will come over to your profile and learn about your friend. Thanks for reading about my darling MiraBella.


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

Oh, what a beautiful dog! The idea that she had been shaved to the skin is so very sad - her little face is just the cutest thing. There is nothing better than a dog - we have a Golden Retriever who absolutely makes my day every time he greets me with his wagging tail. I love our canine friends!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thanks leahlefler.She is asleep beside me right now. When God gave us dogs, He really did give a best friend. Your Golden sounds so sweet. I feel badly for people who don't know the love of a good dog.


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billips 4 years ago from Central Texas

What a beautiful Hub - I love the picture of Mirabella with her squeaky toy - it sounds like she has the kind of life every dog deserves - you are absolutely right about the virtues of dogs - dogs never judge - they love unconditionally irregardless of your wealth, social status or beauty(or lack thereof) - they forgive in an instant, sympathize when your grieve, celebrate with you when you are joyful, and give you love, loyalty, and devotion without asking or expecting anything in return - regards - B.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello billips. I am so happy you came by to meet my MiraBella. She truly is a wonderful dog and a great friend. You are right about a dog's love, it is pure and true. I do appreciate the visit and comments.


Karen 3 years ago

I have a Shichi and her characteristics are exactly like Bella's! She was missing for 45 minutes the other day and I cried even after we found her! She is my heartbeat!


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Karen. You must have been so frightened. I am so in love with my Bella that I cannot imagine going through that. I am so happy your little friend turned up safe. Enjoy her and hug her for me. Thanks for your wonderful comments.

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