The three of us were out in the Kayaks, Vera in hers and Bella and I in ours, they are what are called "sit on top" kayaks, not the type where you are inside it, but you are on top. Bella's spot is at the front by my feet, I fluff up a towel for her to sit on, she has her own little life jacket, she loves to sit there and watch as we paddle around. We would go out in the ocean, staying in the cove as these aren't really the type of kayaks you go out in the open waters with. Seals would always come right up to us, pop up and see what we were up to, Bella loved them. They would pop up on one side, Bella would get right to the edge of the kayak and look at them, she never barked at them, Bella would do this "hasping" or "husping" thing, she would slap her feet on the edge as she "husped" or "hasped" at them, kind of like a sneezing motion without the sneeze (if that makes sense). The seals would go under the kayak and pop up on the other side, Bella would spin around and do the same thing, it was a fun game they would play, I always wondered what Bella thought they were, she never showed fear, but liked to "play" with them.
Anyways, this day we were way out there, about a 1000 yards out, but still in the cove, staying close to the shore. Vera said she was getting tired, so I said, "OK, Let's go out a few yards this way, out into the middle and then ride the waves in." Something we have done before. Vera tells me to lead, she'll follow. I start paddling towards the middle of the cove, the waves are a bit bigger than we have had before, so it should be a fun ride in. I look over my shoulder and Vera is going the other way, she is about 100 yards away from me, I call to her, but I can't hear what she says, so I turn around to go to her. Just as I turned around, Vera's kayak flips and into the ocean she goes, it was one of those, "Did I just see what I saw ???" moments, I quickly paddle over to her, I still can't believe what I saw. We get there, Vera's hat is floating , sunglasses floating, paddle is floating, kayak is upside down (floating), Vera is bobbing in the water, all you can see is her head poking out of her life jacket. Bella sees all this and then sees Vera, well she gets up and starts to jump into the water, I am yelling "NO!!! Bella Stay" I put my foot up to stop her, I am laughing now because I really can't believe what is happening is really happening, this is making our kayak rock. I am telling Bella to stay, Bella is trying to get to Vera, I know she is thinking, "I need to rescue Mommy" I am trying to keep Bella in the kayak, I know the best way for me to help Vera is by staying in the kayak, we don't need two of us in the water......and the last thing I need is for Bella to be in the water also, because then that means I am going to have to go in after her and the LAST thing we need is all of us in the ocean. I could just see the headlines, News-Flash: "wife flips kayak, dog jumps in to save "Mommy", husband jumps in to save dog, rescue teams are still searching for the wife" I didn't want to be that guy we have all read or heard about, the one who saves his dog first, oh come on....we ALL know who I'm going to save first.
So I finally get Bella settled, she is still at the edge, reaching her tiny paw out to Vera, like she is going to be able to pull her in. Even though it is summer, it is the ocean and the water is cold, and I have no idea as to how deep it is, but there is no way for Vera to touch bottom, seals are gathering around to watch this episode. Vera goes under the water and flips the kayak upright, a feat in itself as they aren't the lightest kayaks, never mind having to do this in the ocean. Bella is trying to jump in again, our kayak is rocking so far to the side, I am yelling at Bella to stay. The seals are popping up everywhere, they must be enjoying this show. I hold Vera's kayak steady, as I am keeping my kayak upright and fighting Bella with my foot, I'm still laughing and Bella is insisting on being a hero to save Vera, Vera climbs onto her kayak, again not an easy feat as you have no bottom of the ocean to boost yourself from. Vera gets in, she is exhausted, I collect everything from the water, Bella is trying to get to Vera, I am fighting Bella so we stay upright. I get her in my lap, so she is able to see Vera and Vera pets her, to let her know she is alright, this calms Bella down and Bella then sits beside me so she can see Vera. I get the rope out, tie it to Vera's kayak and tow her in, she is too tired to paddle. The seals follow us all the way in, like they are making sure we are alright, (or maybe the seals are hoping for a part two of the show), Bella is "playing" with them the whole way. I am laughing at Bella and the seals, Vera is cursing me out.......just another day of adventures with Bella.
Bella never showed fear, it always amazed me how she would act in such situations, she was never worried for her own safety, she would do anything necessary to protect us. Hard to believe that such a tiny, little girl wouldn't be afraid of anything or any situation, she just wanted to be sure we were always safe.
You are such an amazing little girl Bella, you did more for us than I could ever imagine, your fearlessness was something to admire, everyday you taught us something about life.
Thank you Bella, you made life so much fun and we shared so many fun adventures, you made it so easy being with you.
I love you so much little girl, I miss you even more, thank you for making me laugh every day.
I love you Bella, Love forever, your Daddy
Bella riding in our Kayak, bottom one she is in her spot at the front, you can just barely see her head.