Sunday, November 20, 2011

Miss Bella

Are you ready for the whole story?
Here it goes .....

On Halloween night I was here alone passing out candy...and I'm usually okay being alone but for some reason it just got to me.  I brought a chair out on the porch to pass out the candy so I could visit with the kids a little easier  .....and during the slow times I was on Facebook (using my iPad).

One of my friends had posted a darling picture of her dog in a Halloween costume and it started the water works.  It made me think of my Fluffy and Sissy and I couldn't shake the sadness.  So, I turned off my lights ... got my laptop and spent the next few hours looking at dogs online.

I found a cool website that allowed to you enter what you wanted in a dog and then it would make suggestions.  The King Charles Cavalier Spaniel was the 1# choice for our house.  Cocker Spaniel was another ...along with a Bichon Frise.

I kept looking ...because I wasn't a fan of having dog hair in the house ....and preferred a non shedding dog (we have horrible allergies ... Brooke & I and Dave is allergic to cats).

I then put the puppy search on the back burner ... decided now was not the time for a new pet.
Until .... I was looking out the front door and saw my neighbor with a dog that look like a Bichon Frise (that's what Fluffy and Sissy were) except it was half white and half black.  It was so stinkin cute I had to go over and pet it ...and then I had to ask "what kind of dog is it" and she said it's a mix breed ...a Bichon and something.  It was one of her friends and she was dog sitting it.

That's it ...the trigger that started it all ....I couldn't get to my house fast enough ....I wanted to Google King Charles Cavalier Spaniel mix breed.  As soon as I did the Cavachon came up.  They are half King Charles Cavalier and half Bichon Frise and I spent the next three hours looking for a Cavachon to adopt on Pet Finder.  And I found a few but they were not going to be a good match for our home.

I then decided to google Cavachon in the state of Kansas ... or a Breeder in Iowa (not that far from here).  I never found a breeder in either state but I found some in  ..... Washington, Tennessee, Ohio and a few other.   I choose Tennessee because it's my home and I just felt at ease.

Some of my friends were concerned about:
  1. I was buying a puppy I had never met.
  2. How did I know I could trust the breeder?
  3. She's too little to fly on a plane.
So, my answers were:
  1. I too have an online business and I sell to people that don't know me ...but they trust me.
  2. I spoke with the breeder and it just felt right.  Also could I resist Bella ...she is sooo beautiful!
  3. I'd rather take a chance of her flying ...than buy another dog that would result in me being told she'll never live past three or four years old.  When you go through an experience like that forces you to look at other options.  I felt this time I had to do a better at finding a good breeder.   Now after saying all that it makes me sound like I wish I had never had Fluffy & Sissy ....and that's not the case.  I loved them with all of my heart. I just want to have a healthy dog for once in my life!!  If it doesn't work out ...then at least I can say I did everything I could.
After I talked to the breeder I told her to pray for me was my 20th anniversary and this puppy was what I wanted....but I had to convince my husband.

That was the hardest because I told everyone I was never having another dog...and I meant it.   So, it's natural that Dave would want to protect me and say NO.  But .... when it was time to go to the Jewelry store to pick out a new ring ...I said no .... I wanted the puppy.

As you can see I won .... he gave in :)

After we paid for Bella I was a little worried about the potty training and all the work.  But I think God knows this year almost did me in and it was time for some good things to happen.

Bella has slept through the night every night and she goes potty every time I take her outside.  She has been the best experience I've ever had with a new pet and I love her soooo much!  She's just what the doctor ordered!!!

Stay tuned ...
p.s. I hope you all like animals .... this blog may turn into a blog about Miss Bella.


Kristi said...

What a wonderful story! I'm so glad you found Bella. You two are a match made in heaven and I am so happy for you!

Valerie said...

She is such a cutie and I'm glad you found her. We to bought our dog from a breeder in WV when we lived in VA. a complete stranger but our dog is wonderful. I hope you have many happy healthy years with her.

Anonymous said...

Angie...YOUR puppy is adorable. We have decided not to get another dog because of our ages.... but after seeing Bella it's made me think twice about that decision. :-)

People who are negative to you are poops... you have helped so many people and are such a positive influence (via internet) in my life.

Have lots of fun, love, and enjoyment with Bella.

Chris in CO

Diane said...

I'm a huge fan of you and your stampin up business. I'm happy you found the puppy of your dreams but as you purchased that dog 100's of just as perfect puppies will be put to sleep in our pounds. I work in rescue and could have found you a wonderful dog that wouldn't have cost you an arm and a leg. PLEASE PLEASE in the future consider adoption, it's the right thing to do and the puppies in the pounds will thank you and you'll go to bed knowing you saved a life.

dorism6220 said...

She is so cute! Congratulations on finding her.

Marie said...

She is so cute!! I've never heard of that breed before but it's a really nice mix. I'm glad that you have some company again and I hope that this helps with your healing.
I bought both of my dogs from the same breeder 8 years apart and they were flown to me by cargo too!

Candi said...

So precious and I am pet Mom to 3 older fur babies I can so appreciate what you have been through I too lost a fur baby way too young and nothing heals the heart like a new fur baby to love It isn't replacing it is just continuing to love ! God bless you and your new family member!

Anonymous said...

Hi Angie, I'm one of your Australian fans and am so glad to hear about Bella. A few years ago after losing our much loved pet, a new puppy unexpectedly came into our lives. She has been such a blessing to us and I trust Bella will be the same for you.

Debbie said...

Awe... I wish you so much love and happiness with your new baby. What a doll.
I wanted to say my newest kitten (nearly 6 months old now)is named Little Bella. She makes us so happy. She is a rescue. She showed up in our yard when she was barely 4 weeks old, starving and very sick. After taking her to the vet she grew so fast it's unbelievable. She has 6 toes on each front foot and they look like little baseball gloves. She runs around with things to hide under a rug to play with later. Too funny!
Enjoy your new little baby.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Devina said...

There is nothing about the unconditional love of a four-legged baby, congratulations

Kathynruss said...

So glad you found time and energy to fill us in on how you came to find this little bundle of love. We lost our Miss Lady in 2004 and I am about ready to replace her. Next up, though, is finding a home of our own. No pets in this rental. We need a non-shedding dog, too. It's a pain going to the groomers, but so worth it.

vdoyle8 said...

I follow your stamping blog and my heart ached for you with all you've gone through this year. I,too, love my dogs - so I totally understood your heartache. I am thrilled you found your new sweetie - enjoy every minute!

Gabby said...

Bella is a beauty! I'm so glad she is sleeping for you and well-behaved. I hope she will continue to bring light and love into your lives. I also hope your health will continue to improve, Angie. Regards, Gabby

Linda Callahan said...

Miss Bella is gorgeous and is just what any good doctor would order! I am sure she will speed your recovery! Wishing you much love and happiness with her :)

lisa said...

Wishing you good health and happiness as I just found you and now seems like all I do is watch your utube channel and read your blogs. So, please stay in good health. I love all of your ideas! And, you are a master at explaining things!! Good Luck with your precious new puppy.