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I knew from the moment I gazed into her eyes that I would be going home with her; she didn’t know it yet but, after another couple of visits, she knew I was the one she wanted to take home with her to join the family.

 

My fur mum told me this was going to be my big day. I was excited and nervous when my human mum came to pick me up. As happy as I was going with her, I was confused and sad to leave my mum and siblings behind. I took one last look at my fur mum, brothers, and sisters; off we went to what would become my new home and new family.

 

I met my new brother, Oscar, almost immediately; I was so glad to have a new sibling; I couldn’t wait to snuggle up with him on his bed.

 

Oscar, though, had other ideas; none involved snuggling then or now. I would learn very quickly that he is very different from me, but he is still my brother, and I love him most of the time.

 

So here we are almost nine years later, and I’ve been saving up my ‘Pawket’ money so that I could become a Paw Patron for Team Bella. 

 

You see, Oscar is famous because – mum shared his story in Bella’s Dash. Bella’s Dash is a book about rescue dogs and their humans. 

 

If you didn’t know already, my brother Oscar’s a rescue pup, and even though sometimes he bugs me – I would not have it any other way.  

 

What I do know is if I’m scared, I know I can always hide underneath him (literally) or behind him; he’s my protector in my eyes; he’s my big brother!

 

We have had some great adventures together -some my mum wasn’t so happy about – but that’s a whole other story! 

 

From time to time, I like to remind Oscar that I don’t take any guff. I show him my teeth and growl some days to make sure he knows. Most days, we play, ignore each other, or get into scraps – which mum tells us off for – we are family. 

 

Without the love and support of Rescue Societies, Oscar probably wouldn’t be here right now, so please become a Paw Patron (lots of different levels to choose from) or donate to Team Bella. It is so very important to my human parents and me!

 

Submitted by Rachel Dyer – Hank and Oscar’s Mom

 

As we jump for joy, celebrating the adoption of each rescue dog, it’s bittersweet knowing that there are more dogs and pups need.

The truth is dog rescue never stops. There are always dogs needing help. That said, those who work in animal rescue remain hopeful and dedicated to the day the shelters are empty.

There is hope with the help and work of S.N.A.P. (Spay, Neuter, and Prevention).

Spaying or neutering is the first step in preventing the overpopulation of dogs and cats, who become strays. Sadly, unwanted and cast aside.

This graphic tells the story of overpopulation.

FACT
One female and male dog and their offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in six years! Those adorable puppies become adults and continue to reproduce, and tragically, many are abandoned or, worse, abused.

Awareness and control of the animal population are crucial steps in animal rescue.

Here’s where we all come in.

Team Bella, a legacy project that raises funds for S.N.A.P., a phenomenal organization that is an independent, non-profit organization in Los Barriles, Mexico, performs FREE sterilization clinics for dogs and cats to the Mexican Community.

Volunteering at SNAP clinics is one of the most rewarding experiences we have ever had. Knowing we are helping to reduce the animal population and, therefore, the abandonment of unwanted animals does the heart good.

With every purchase of Bella’s Dash, we donate 20% to our worthy causes. Please join us in supporting this critical work.

Together we can paw-sitively make a difference.

Why Bella’s Dash? What does it mean?

Many have been asking me why the name Bella’s Dash?

What’s in a name? Everything: titles matter; they matter a lot. Ask any publisher how important the title and cover are, and they will rate them right up there with the story itself.

I knew the title before I completed the book. The poem, The Dash, inspired me.

 

The Dash Poem by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak

At the funeral of a friend

He referred to the dates on the tombstone

From the beginning…to the end

 

He noted that first came the date of birth

And spoke the following date with tears,

But he said what mattered most of all

Was the dash between those years

 

For that dash represents all the time

That they spent alive on earth.

And now only those who loved them

Know what that little line is worth

 

For it matters not, how much we own,

The cars…the house…the cash.

What matters is how we live and love

And how we spend our dash.

 

So, think about this long and hard.

Are there things you’d like to change?

For you never know how much time is left

That can still be rearranged.

 

If we could just slow down enough

To consider what’s true and real

And always try to understand

The way other people feel.

 

And be less quick to anger

And show appreciation more

And love the people in our lives

Like we’ve never loved before.

 

If we treat each other with respect

And more often wear a smile,

Remembering this special dash

Might only last a little while

 

So, when your eulogy is being read

With your life’s actions to rehash…

Would you be proud of the things they say

About how you spent YOUR dash?

By Linda Ellis, Copyright © 2020 Inspire Kindness, thedashpoem.com.

 

Bella’s life was far too short – but it was a meaningful dash.

For what mattered most was how many lives Bella touched and how she lived. She lived her dash with such passion and purpose she affected all who knew her.

Bella changed our lives and healed our broken and missing pieces.

Every purchase of Bella’s Dash means a donation to Team Bella, our ongoing legacy project.

With you and your support and paws-abilities are endless. Together, we can change and save more lives.

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