Monday, November 24, 2008

Goodbye little Belle . . .

July 22, 1993 - November 24, 2008

Our little Belle was a sweet dog. Always gentle and agreeable. She was the only real character in my books, and she was just as sweet as I wrote her.

Can you spot her in the above photo? The kids fell asleep after a movie night, and she curled up with them. (I was upstairs on the landing.)

She loved being with her family. Here she is inside a blanket tent with the girls.

She really loved going for walks.

Her favorite napping spot was on the stairs in the sun... or on winter days, in front of the fire.

She would poke her head out of the rail on the bridge above the family room and play catch with a tennis ball. Sometimes we'd be sitting there, and a tennis ball would drop down at our feet! When we looked up, Belle would be waiting to play.


This was the day daughter # 2 had her braces removed.

When she got older, she got pretty gray.

We knew she couldn't hear or see much lately. This morning she fell down the stairs. She seemed to rally, but late in the afternoon she stumbled a few times, and daughter # 1 and I took her to the vet. She was 15+ years old, and when the vet told us she lived in a quiet, lonely place due to her lack of vision and hearing, we knew we couldn't ask her to stay with us any longer.

She fell asleep in our arms . . .

14 comments:

tonya said...

Oh, Megan, I am so very, very sorry. My prayers go out to you and your family.
Hugs...

Ruthie said...

I am so so sorry. It makes me cry. We lost our little dog a few years ago and it was so sad. I'll send you a poem that is special to me.
With tears and prayers for you and the family,
Ruthie

Jan Parrish said...

Megan,

what a wonderful dog she's been for so many years. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

Shocking that it's so sudden - yet I think God started to prepare you for it.

Love you,
Jan

heather said...

Oh, I'm so sorry! Heartbreaking.

Kay Day said...

This is so sad. I'm so sorry.

lynnrush said...

I'm so sorry!

Robin said...

I'm so sorry. I'm reading Searching For Spice right now and I enjoy Belle's character so much. I didn't realize she was real-life.
I hope your many happy memories of her will sustain you in this hard time.

D. Gudger said...

What a beautiful post full of poignent memories.

Joanna said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll keep you in my prayers.

Momstheword said...

Aw, Love those terriers. So sorry. Have been there a time or two. No fun.

Angielpoole@gmail.com said...

Meeg,

I am so very sorry about y'all all losing Belle. She was a sweet girl and very friendly. She had no qualms about hanging outdoors with a smoker! I loved how she barked for her treat upon returning indoors. I'll miss hearing about the things she ate and seeing those events turn up in your stories. You must miss her so much.

Best regards,

ALP

Robbie Iobst said...

Megan, I am literally crying for you. Having become a dog person just the past year, I have such sympathy for you. It is amazing how our little dogs can paw their way into hearts so deeply. I am SO sorry for your loss.

Marion Kelley Bullock said...

I cried, too.

Marion

CatMom said...

Oh Megan....I'm so sorry about Belle (it's Dec. 6 and I'm just now reading this post). My heart goes out to you...pets are part of our family. It sounds like you all gave Belle a wonderful home, so you can have that peace and also know she's not suffering.
Blessings, Patti Jo