In Memory of Isabella

206055_964899916138_1012914437_nIsabella was the most animated, funny, loving, and protective baby I’ve ever had. She was precious and has a place in my heart like no other before her. She was the runt of her litter and the only girl. I had to have that little thing. The first time I saw her eyes weren’t even open. I knew, though, that she was the one for me. Her smooth red coat was offset by a black stripe on her tail. She was adorable. Isabella was the best Christmas present ever – even if I had to wait til after Christmas to bring her home. I remember the night I got her. It was cold and she got underneath my hair on the back of my neck and rode home – only a 10 minute ride. I tried to keep her in a crate that first night, but she was not having it. She slept that night and many of the following nights under my chin on my neck. She slept all night and never whined. As she grew, she LOVED sleeping in the crook of my knees or in the hollow of my stomach. She would get as close as she could. I let that little girl do whatever she wanted. 🙂 She brought me so much happiness. When I was ill she would just lay with me – never asking for anything in return – just to be close to me was all she wanted. I would put her in these adorable sweaters, which she would promptly tear off. LOL! I remember one time, I bought her some booties to wear so her feet wouldn’t get wet or cold when I would finally put her down to use the potty. She was a mess! Shaking those things off – looking at me like I was crazy. She was definitely a tom-boy. She ruled our home, demanding attention by talking to me or by kicking me with her back foot. She even tried to say momma. It was precious. Our big dogs couldn’t eat or drink unless she said it was ok. She was an 8 pound bully! LOL! But, everyone, including those big ol’ dogs loved that little thing. She protected me from everyone and marked me as hers. Everyone knew it, too. I can’t believe she is gone. No more snuggles. No more kisses. No more refusal to get down when daddy said, get down, isabella. She was funny. The more he said it, the closer she got, flattening her body against my shoulder and burying her head under my hair, as if no one could see her there and make her get down off her momma. I miss her everyday… I love you, Isabella. You made my life even better by being here. Daddy and Grey miss you, too. They have cried for you and can’t stand that you are gone. But, your buddy, Dean…he misses you so much. He slept with us last night – not to replace you, but to be close to you and us. We all miss you little girl! Nothing will ever fill the hole in my heart that you have filled. Nothing will ever fill your absence in our now quiet home. You were a very special little girl and I will miss you as long as I’m here. I love you…
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