Although most people associate February 14 with something very different, in this
household, we refer to this date as Bella's birthday. This is the date on which we found the formidable Hell-Hound destined to become this blog's mascot. We believe that she was less than a year old when she bounded into our lives that rainy night back in 2001.
Not long ago, Bella suffered yet another illness which I thought would be...well, very serious. Extreme lethargy. A hideously swollen stomach. Worst of all: Complete lack of appetite, even when presented with her favorite foods. Over the course of two weeks, she ate almost nothing. The medicine prescribed by the vet seemed only to worsen the situation.
And yet she rallied, and has returned to near-normality. Alas, she is no longer a young dog. Stairs pose a greater challenge than before. Walks aren't as long. She seems unsteady in the dark. And this rather harsh winter has pissed her off
. She seems to blame me
for all of that annoying white stuff covering the nearby park which she considers her sovereign realm. A lot of perfectly lovely grass been rendered un-piddle-able, and she is not amused.
Nevertheless, every night, she curls up on a pillow next to my head. Why fret about the fragility of our blessings? It is best, simply, to be grateful.
Speaking of gratitude, I'd like once again to thank the readers who helped us out when Bella needed surgery some months ago. Have a superb Bella's birthday.