Bella Letter to Heaven, 06/05/2017

Hey Baby,

Mom, Bubby and I miss you a ton!

We are trying to move-on as a family but it’s just not there without you right now. It’s very difficult.

As you know we adopted two sissies a few weeks ago and I’m glad to provide them a home. Yet, I have to be honest that no matter how much love they bring to this household, they cannot fill the emptiness you left.

I feel so sick for Bubby, in particular. He is not the same person since you left. It’s very painful to experience and Mommy and I give him extra special attention. There is no way that we can replace your loviness for him so we just try to do our best.

 

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We love you with all our heart and please send sweet dreams.

Love,

Daddy

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Hand of Doom – Memorial Day

There is a song by the band Black Sabbath that I’ve always enjoyed because it had a cool jam, but I never really paid attention to the lyrics; honestly, until recently. This song is called “Hand of Doom” from the Black Sabbath Paranoid album.

I write this note, in particular on this Memorial Day, for two reasons. First, heavy metal bands, for the most part are terribly misunderstood. For example, Ozzy Osbourne is NOT the devil, nor anti-Christ or Lucifer. In fact, Ozzy is a nice family orientated person who deeply cares about people and society. Gene Simmons is another ‘fake news’ fabrication. This guy, Gene, who was supposedly the “Devil” but is anything but. It turns out that Gene is actually an educated family man as evidenced in his reality show Gene’s Family Jewels.

Secondly, this particular song entitled ‘Hand of Doom’ and its lyrics are completely anti-drug. Read them for yourself! The lyrics tell a story of sad destruction and an awful death if you use drugs. Hand of Doom is a story about terrible drug addiction in our armed forces and the song identifies the consequences of continuing this behavior.

Anyhow, back to the topic of Hand of Doom, it’s a disturbing (yet honest) reflection on the times during those years of late-60’s and early-70’s. The Wikipedia description is perfect below:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand_of_Doom_(Black_Sabbath_song)

“The song was conceived after the band had observed a growing number of US soldiers arriving in England in the late 1960s from the Vietnam War with severe drug addictions.[1] It’s about them taking drugs to forget the atrocities of war, only to see it catch up on them and slowly destroy them from the inside.”

Share this song if you feel compelled:  https://youtu.be/p1Y9oOusoQs

 

Hand of Doom

Black Sabbath

Whatcha gonna do?
Time’s caught up with you
Now you wait your turn
You know there’s no return

Take your written rules
You join the other fools
Turn to something new
Now it’s killing you

First it was the bomb
Vietnam napalm
Disillusioning
You push the needle in

From life you escape
Reality’s that way
Colours in your mind
Satisfy your time

Oh you, you know you must be blind
To do something like this
To take the sleep that you don’t know
You’re giving death a kiss, oh, little fool now

Your mind is full of pleasure
Your body’s looking ill
To you it’s shallow leisure
So drop the acid pill,

Don’t stop to think now

You’re having a good time baby
But that won’t last
Your mind’s all full of things
You’re living too fast

Go out enjoy yourself
Don’t bottle it in
You need…

 

Love,

Kevin

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The last three weeks have been interesting in the Neal household; to say the least.

Jack, Brandee and I had been leading a relatively normal life just enjoying our freedom. And then we got insane! Yep, we rescued a puppy and kitten from the local animal shelter. Meet Gracie (puppy) and Bleu (kitten).

 

Jackson Update

First of all, my best boy, Jackson, deserves the most credit for being the greatest older bubby to his sissies. Jack was actually a younger bubby with Bella – and she trained him well. Now that Jack is the elder animal he has been such a caring and terrific brother to his two new sisters. Jack, Mommy and Daddy are so proud of you that you can’t believe it!

 

Gracie Update

When Brandee and I thought that we want to bring some energy into the Neal household, we got exactly what we wanted with Graciela. She is every bit of what we had hoped and then-some. Gracie loves to play with both Jack and Bleu but in distinctly different fashions which is interesting to observe.

For example, with Bleu (since she is a small 2 lb. kitten), Gracie is very gentle and cuddly when they play together. It’s amazing to watch these two play together especially since they were rescued/adopted from the same animal shelter on the same day.  It’s almost like they have some sense of a kindred-spirit of sisters. However, when Gracie plays with Jack the ruff-ness (pun intended) is intensified to match his strength. Jack and Gracie love to play tug-of-war with various dog-toys we have. It’s so much fun for us humans to watch but also very healthy for them to play nicely for their body and spirit.

Jack has ‘Gracieusly’ (pun intended again) accepted Gracie as his younger sister well. He has been such a good boy that I can’t be prouder of him.

 

Bleu Update

Our youngest family member, at only seven weeks old, is Miss Bleu Neal. Although she barely weighs 2 pounds and is just a bit larger than the palm of your hand, she is the one person that rules our house for sure.

One of the most heartwarming things to see is when Bleu and Jack play together. You might think this would be an odd-mix with a 100-lb. dog and 2-lb. kitten but they play together so nicely that it’s beautiful.

Bleu is also extremely attached to her sister, Miss Graciela Neal. This is clearly evident in their many cuddle events or the often-playful fake-fighting sessions they enjoy together. It’s very humorous and highly entertaining.

 

Fish Update

We have no update other than we are alive and ignored 😊. However, seriously, I love to pay some extra special attention to our two goldfish, two catfish and one algae-eater and they appear to be doing just fine in their large habitat.

 

Thanks for your time reading this notice from the Neal Family Animal Home,

  • The Neal’s

 

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Today, May 27th, 2017 is a bittersweet reflection for Brandee, Jackson and I. This day, one month ago, our beloved sweetie, Baby Bella, went to Pet Heaven. We are so happy that she is pain-free again, has regained her youthful spirit and is among great dearly passed friends and family at Rainbow Bridge. This is not a sad time; yet it is a time to celebrate a great life and honor the terrific memory, as well as on-going legacy, of our furr-ball cuddly Baby Bella.

This Memorial Day Weekend I know Bella wants to send a special message to all the brave and lovely people that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country lioresal 25 mg. This is a message of a simple “Thank You” for your sacrifice – you are true hero’s.

While we miss Bella-ringa tremendously we’re at-ease that she is now with fantastic veterans such as Uncle Gene, Uncle Carl, my second-father Jack and, of course my lovely father, Floyd. These men all were such great patriots and loved our country.

From the Neal Family (including Bella and Misty) we encourage everyone to have a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend. Enjoy yourself (within reason 😊) yet pause to reflect and give respect to those that have given us this great privilege to celebrate this weekend.

Rejoicing Bella’s terrific legacy on Memorial Day weekend 2017

Rejoicing Bella’s terrific legacy on Memorial Day weekend 2017

Love,

The Neal’s (especially Baby Bella)

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Bella Legacy

May 22nd, 2017

To: Our best daughter and sister

From: Daddy and Jackson

Re: Bella Legacy

 

Dear Sweet Baby,

I write this letter on behalf of Jack and myself because we want to be absolutely clear in our message. While our house is full of new energy and happiness with Bleu and Gracie for sure this, by no means possible, is a replacement for you. We miss you so much.

Ever since you went to Pet Heaven I have been paying extra special attention to Jackson; and he needs it. Although your new sissies provide both Jack and I enjoyment, honestly, it’s still a tough adjustment. It’s clear to both Jack and I that there is no replacing you, and that was never the intention; as you well know. Brandee and I are happy to provide a home for needy animals and so proud to do-so. However, your legacy is strong, as it should-be.

Speaking of your legacy, there are several things that are constant reminders of you that give Jack and I such heart-warming memories.

First, every time Bleu comes flying off of your cat-activity and lands with a thump on the floor both bubby and I have an instinctive reaction to look for you.

Secondly, as often as we can, bub and I lay down on the floor and cuddle together. It’s a bit of comfort knowing that we got to cuddle with you so often. I, as well as Mommy, know for sure that the last few months with you were so very special. It was so great to see you and Mommy bond so closely in such unfortunate circumstances.

Sissy, you are the best and I want you to know that Jackson and I really care for you baby. We miss you but know you are in such a precious place at Rainbow Bridge. Until we meet again; forever.

Love you so much,

Bubby and Daddy

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