Wednesday, April 15th will be five years to the day since Bella had to leave this realm, not a single moment of any of those days has Bella not been the forefront of my thoughts, there will forever be that emptiness in our home and especially in my heart and life without her here.
As many of you know I use this thread, Bella’s "My Inspiration" thread to share the fun stories and adventures that Bella provided us over her almost 18 years, with all that is going on in this world today, I thought we could all use a distraction and maybe even a little chuckle with a new “Bella Story”.
I sincerely hope this message finds everyone safe, and I hope this Bella story helps bring a much needed smile to your faces.
We used to have live horse racing here, known as harness racing, one time I decided to take Bella with me to watch the horses race. When we would drive around downtown, Bella loved to bark at the horses that pulled the carriages, I always wonder what she thought they were and what exactly it was she was saying to them as Bella rarely barked, but oh man did she ever lose it when she saw those horses, it always made me laugh to see and hear her bark like that, mostly because she rarely ever barked, so I did have some concerns taking her to the horse races, but took the chance anyways.
We arrived there, I sat off to the side rather than in the middle where most people like to sit so they can see the finish line, but what I didn’t realize about our seat was that the seats were beside the area where the horses came out to the track, so each race every horse would walk beside our seating area. The first race the horses walked by, Bella is in her house/carrier with the front flap/door open, she watches as the horses walk by, comes out of her house a little bit and then barks at this one horse and goes back into her house, I thought this was strange that she only barked at the one horse, but I was more relieved she didn’t go on a barking spree with all the horses, so I’m happy. I go place my bets, no winners. The next race the same thing, Bella only barks at one horse, this is strange, so I take note of that horse's number and sure enough, that horse wins the race, I laughed.
Next race again she barks at only one horse as they walk by...I again take note of the number and sure enough that horse wins it's race....ok, this is getting freaky now...so the next race there is a horse that I like and it's name has Bella's name as part of it...so I know who I'm betting on...but Bella barks at this other horse, so I look it up in the program and it is about a 47 to 1 shot to win...I say to Bella, "not likely Bell, we'll go with my pick here”, so I go up to the window to place my bet (Bella is with me in her little house) and I notice the odds go even higher for the one she barked at, the odds are now over 50 to 1...what the heck, I'll put 10 bucks on it to show, (come third), well her horse wins, my horse doesn't even finish the race, I won about $140 on that horse, but man if I had listened to Bella, it would have been over $500. So the next race, I didn’t even bother looking at the program and went with Bella's pick, her pick had approx. 3 to 1 odds, so I bet $20 to win and sure enough it wins, this went on for the rest of the night, Bella picked each horse for the next 3 races with her barking at that horse and the next one after those three races her picked was scratched for some reason and didn't race. But the last two races, I bet $50 dollars on each of her picks and won almost $800 just for those two races, we made over $1400 for the whole night, some of the people next to us and behind us had noticed Bella’s barking and picking the winners, so they were also betting on Bella's picks, it was so funny, we were high fiving each other every race, a great way for strangers to come together, man was it hilarious, people in the other seats further away must have thought we were crazy, but I’m sure they were wondering how it was we all knew how to pick the winning horse each time.
We only went the one time as the track closed down soon after that day, I would always tell Vera that they closed because they lost too much money due to Bella picking the winners each race. A fun, special day with my sweet little girl, of course I gave Bella her cut, after all she earned it right…….
Oh Bella, I remember that day at the track like it was yesterday, yet here it is, five years since you had to leave, where did those five years go, where did all those years go, the years with you went by so fast, far too fast, you made each and every day so much fun little girl, how you knew which horse was going to win still mystifies me, but oh how it makes me laugh even today.
Bella I truly hope you know and realize just how much you mean to me, my heart feels the emptiness left behind by your absence, it misses our adventures, I miss our adventures, I miss everything about you sweet girl, I love you Bella, forever and always, that I promise. Now go run Bella, run like the wind little girl, run so fast like you always loved to do, don’t forget to come crawl in when you can ok little girl, your blankets are still on our bed.
I love you Bella, for eternity, that I promise, Love your Daddy xoxoxoxoxoxo
"So let the light guide your way... yeah
Hold every memory as you go
And every road you take, will always lead you home..... home"
To my dear friends, I hope you, your family and loved ones are safe and doing well during this unbelievable difficult time, who would ever have thought such a thing could truly happen. While I don’t write as often on here as I once did, always know that you and your precious loved ones are never far from my thoughts, I value each and every one of you that I have had the honour of “meeting” through this beautiful site, I have made wonderful friendships here that I hope to continue and hold for a lifetime. My favorite laptop crashed a few months back, and with it I lost all my contact information, if you haven’t received an email from me for a while could you please send me a quick hello so I have your info, thank you. Be safe and I hope to hear from you soon, your friend always, Don
Here are some photos of Bella through the years, and for those who may not have seen previously our documentary that CBC television did, it tells the story about me and Bella and how she helped me recover from my brain injury, plus links to our website and YouTube channel where you can watch me paint as I tell the funny Bella stories. Enjoy.
My You Tube channel where you can watch short videos of Bella's funny stories, along with our one year balloon release tribute to Bella, be sure to check out Bella's Mexican Hat Dance video, another time Bella put up with my silliness, but she nails her part in one take, such a pro:
My Website, Bella's paintings and the other pet portraits are on here. I wrote the bio from Bella's perspective, making it light and fun, just like Bella: