Bella and Christina's Story
Our story is a little different! I didn't rescue her from a shelter or pound, but from a friend. An acquaintance of mine got Bella from a breeder as a Christmas present. I was in college at this point and I had been an experienced dog owner my whole life. I knew how much time, money and work they could be. The girl was a teenager about to enter high school, and her family didn't have the best track record with taking care of pets. They had already given multiple dogs away at different times in their life because of various circumstances.
Needless to say, I had a feeling that it wasn't going to work out from the beginning. I was actually dating the young girl's older brother when this happened, so I was there the day the family got Bella. I know it sounds silly, but right away the two of us had a connection. Bella had never met me before, but the second I walked into the house, she ran right to the door to greet me. She even tinkled a little out of excitement! Unfortunately this is a habit we have yet to completely get rid of. She still will pee a little from time to time when greeting me after work!
For months I would give Bella attention, snuggles, playtime outside and even filled her food and water bowl from time to time. We would take naps together and she'd follow me all around the house. I would tell my boyfriend at the time, "Doesn't she feel like my dog?" At one point when they first got her I even said, "She's going to be ours one day." It was evident to me right away that they weren't prepared to take on the responsibility of having a dog. She seemed more like a burden than a family member to them.
Fast forward a year and a half, I heard the news that they were giving her away because they no longer had the time. I was devastated. I cried and cried. I had grown so attached to her even though she wasn't mine. I asked the girl's mother to please let me know if it didn't work out with the other family because I would love to take her. The mother was apologetic and upset that she hadn't asked me first because she had a feeling that I'd want her.
Well, things obviously worked out in my (and Bella's!) favor. After hearing the reasons why they were getting rid of her, the family that had agreed to adopt Bella ended up having second thoughts. They traveled a lot as well and realized it actually may not be the best idea for their life.
To say I was ecstatic was an understatement. Less than a week later, I packed up my car and strapped Bella in her car seat to head back up to Auburn University. Luckily, all of this just so happened to occur during my spring break.
I got to finish off college with my sweet girl by my side and I couldn't be more grateful! She's the best companion in life, the ultimate sidekick and my partner in crime. I am so lucky to have her.