Handsome Onie, adopted in 2013, has passed away. His dad says Onie was the perfect collie companion – loving, smart, a great friend. He loved routines, our early morning walks in the neighborhood, day trips to the local hills and lakes. He was great friends with all the local store cashiers who handed out treats. He loved people and their dogs. He always kept me in sight from under his bushes in the yard. There’s a big emptiness here.
Today is a very very sad day for me; my girlfriend Bella crossed the rainbow bridge. We adopted Bella with her best friend Barron in August of 2015 (they were on the September, 2015 adoptions list). They were inseparable, where ever one went the other was not far behind. When Barron fell ill, Bella stayed with him until the end. After Barron crossed, it was a while before she got her spark back, but I don’t think she has ever forgot him.
Bella was my best girlfriend, she went everywhere with me. If I opened the door and Katie ran out without her, she would whine at the door until I let her out as well. Then, looking at me like “how could you forget me”! She was also my “truck dog” as she loved riding in the truck where she could stick her head out and smell all of the sniffs along the way.
She has had a good run of years out on the farm. She was a little too dainty to be a true farm dog, as she did not like to get her paws dirty. She loved the horses and cats, but she had the most fun chasing the 4-wheeler or snowmobile. For whatever reason, she loved to run, bark and bite at them. When I would work out in the barn with the horses, she would find a nice hay bale to curl up on and keep a watchful eye on the situation, making any adjustments that were necessary and keep the riff-raff out.
She had developed a cough over the last couple of months, nothing alarming, but none the less it was there. She had her regular checkup in June and the vet said that she was in great shape. But I could tell that there was something wrong. I took her in, and my vet felt that it was a heart issue, as Bella was around 12 at that time. She took some X-rays and came back and said the good news is her heart is perfect; the bad news is that she has canine lung and mammary cancer. She gave her two to six months. Bella was given some medication to help her breath better, but the side effects were not good. Her health steadily declined, leading up to today.
It is hard for me to grasp that it has only been three years that she has been in my life; it feels like we have been together forever. We have adopted many older dogs throughout our lives, and each time a little part of me leaves when they cross the bridge, Bella has left a large hole that will take a long time to heal. I thank God for the opportunities that He has given me to enrich my life with these gentle creatures.
Rest in peace my friend; keep an eye open for Mattie, Buddy, and Barron, as we will all be together again someday. – Bob & Nancy Boecher