May 13th, 2017


Dear Sweet Baby Bella,

We miss you more than ever.  The emptiness of missing you is like a kick to the gut, frankly. Mommy, Daddy and Bubby Love you forever until we see you at Rainbow Bridge again.

My honey-baby, we have rescued two younger siblings for you.  By no means are these two animal-rescue babies meant to be replacements for you. No way!  Brandee and I felt that some younger sibling(s) would be good so, of course, we rescued two babies from the local animal shelter.

Your new younger siblings are named Bleu and Gracie. Bleu is a six-week-old kitten and she’s adorable.  Gracie is a seven-week-old puppy and she’s also a bundle of joy.

Your lovely Aunt Tammye sent Brandee and I a lovely story that was really emotionally sad, yet wonderfully inspirational.  It was a story about some poor rescue animals that, unfortunately, never get saved and go to Rainbow Bridge with you.  These poor animals have no one to cross the Bridge with until The Rescuers come to be with them.  It’s a wonderful feel-good story and I’m so grateful for Tammye to share this with us.

Nearly everything I do to this day is still in your routine. Every morning I go out into the backyard like we used to do together and pray to the lovely sky for peace, happiness and respect. That was my favorite activity of every day with you. I miss that soooooo much and I’m starting this new tradition with Bleu in your great honor. Every morning, noon and night I hope that you can send me a message that you are in peace and comfort.

The outpouring of sentiment for your journey to Rainbow Bridge is amazing and people love you so much.  Everyone has been so supportive of Brandee, Jack and I that we cannot express our gratitude enough. You, our beautiful baby-orange-furr, were a fan favorite of FaceBook for sure.

So, until I write again, your spirit is in-tact, your legacy is strong and you will never be forgotten. Bleu and Gracie are a new generation but you, my sweetness, are the best forever.

Love you forever,


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Brandee wrote this wonderful introduction of our new baby at the Neal home, Gracie Neal.

Hi, folks!

My name is Gracie and I am 6 months old. I am part Dachshund and part Chihuahua. Mom says I am all doxy except for my amazing ears and long legs. A nice lady found me wondering in East San Jose, and called the ASPCA. They picked me up, took me in for a health check and tried to find my people. When no one claimed me, I was taken to the Silicon Valley Humane Society where I was again examined, spayed, had all of my shots and the next day, this crazy lady sat on the floor in front of my cage and said, “You’re the one. I’ll be right back!”

The next thing I knew, I was in her lap giving her kisses and she had all this wet stuff running down her face. I did not care. I liked this lady. She took me up front, signed a bunch of papers and introduced me to this man- she says he’s my Daddy and they are now my parents! Can ya believe it? Just like that! I gots me a new Mom and Dad!

Anyway, I have a big brother now. His name is Jack. I also have a tiny little sister named Bleu. She was in a cage just across the hall from me. Wait until you hear her story. Mom says Dad is sucker for a pretty girl. I don’t know what that means, but I sure love my little sister! I adore my big brother, Jack. He shares his food, bed and toys with me. He is not happy about sharing Mom, but he is coming around. I’ve been here 3 days now, and he is playing with me! PROGRESS!

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Bleu Neal

Brandee wrote the below beautiful article introducing the latest addition to the Neal family household, Bleu Neal.

Hello world! My name is Bleu. I am a 5 week old Striped Tabby. As of this morning, I weigh 1 pound and 4 oz. Mom is making sure I am gaining normally and my stitches are healing properly from my spay surgery. Daddy is spoiling me, and making sure I get plenty of exercise on him and a 7′ kitteh activiteh tree. Oh! And the toys I have. It’s posh!

Two children found my sister, Georgina, and me last week. We were taken to the Silicon Valley Humane Society where they provided us excellent medical care. The next day, this man came in and played with me through the glass. I was lonely because someone adopted my sister earlier that morning.

A man came to see me. He left and came back with a lady. This lady told the man he should visit with me. Turns out she is my new Mom, and he is my new Dad. Mom says she was adopting my sister, Gracie, when she looked up and saw Dad pass by the window with a box in his hand. In case you were wondering, it was me who was in the box. Mom said she cracked up because she knew I was their baby when she saw the look on Daddy’s face as he was playing with me though the glass. He adopted me in less than 10 minutes!

My favorite activity is playing Race Track Daddy. I do the Kentucky Derby up his body, and take the Daytona 500 back down. What a rush! I also do some amazing acrobatics just to add interest. Mom says I am a true Silicon Valley kid because I love Dad’s computer. I’ve caught a mouse like 526 times! It has a fun cord to swing from and everything. And Mom gave me a fire tablet so I can chase ladybugs and butterflies. I… love… that… thing!!

Alright. I’m bored. Gotta go!

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May 6th, 2017

Friends and Family,

Brandee and I know that our beautiful canine son, Jackson, is in mourning over the loss of his wonderful feline sister, Bella, a few days ago. Bella and Jack were such a perfect match. They loved each other so much.

Since Bella left and went to Pet Heaven at Rainbow Bridge on 4/27/2017, living in the Neal House has been painful (to be very honest) because we are all missing Bella so much. Brandee, Jack and I loved (and still love; and will forever love our perfect baby), Bella with all our hearts and it really hurts not to have her with us now.

While I can feel my personal pain, and Brandee can express her feelings in words I understand, unfortunately Jack cannot express his feelings in words. All we can try to do is take note of his body language and attitude. Both of which are pitiful recently. He certainly is mourning and missing his sister; without a doubt.



While we know that Jack has always been treated well in the Neal household, Brandee and I have made a commitment to dedicate extra special attention to Jack. We are showering him with compliments and more generous heaps of special loving. He deserves it because he’s always been such a good boy and we know that these past few days have been especially difficult for him without his Sissy around the house.

In fact, this afternoon I took Mr. Jackson Neal on a Saturday afternoon car ride just for the heck of it. I made some excuse to Brandee that I was going to pick up take-out sandwiches for dinner at a local shop but, the truth of the matter is that, I just wanted to spend some time with my most best son ever, Jackson VonHeffington (which is our affectionate name for him). He was so excited to get in the car for the ride. I rolled down all the windows, opened the sun roof, cranked the music and then we headed out on our journey. He stuck his snout out of the right window first, then the left window next and then alternating left-and-right windows for the rest of the trip. It was so much fun Daddy and Son time! I think he really enjoyed himself.

So, it’s Jack’s World and he’s in charge know matter what. We will spoil him rotten and this is just how it’s going to be.



Mr. Jackson VonHeffinington Neal has always been the epitome of a perfect son to Brandee and I.  We could not ever imagine having such a perfectly handsome dude and we are so grateful for him. An exceptionally wonderful character-trait of Jack is his instinctive care for cats. It’s a strange behavior for a large dog, typically, and maybe I think that living his whole life with Bella gave him perspective that the feline species wasn’t all that bad. In fact, Brandee and I know for a fact that Jack and Bella were the best of friends. They were, and will be, the best brother and sister combination, eventually, at Rainbow Bridge forever!

Jack and Bella shared so many wonderful memories together that are absolutely beautiful. He misses his sister immensely but I’m sure that he has some comfort knowing that her broken body is now pain-free and she is frolicking and playing among great family and friends waiting for him at Rainbow Bridge.

When each of our time comes (and it’s God’s will), one thing that I will seriously look forward to is having Jack and Bella reunited as Bubby and Sissy – like it should be forever and eternity.




Jack and Bella sleeping together, April 2017

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14 years of Bella Summers

May 4th, 2017

Dear my sweetest forever daughter, little-itty-baby Bella,

It’s not even been a week since you became pain-free and went to Pet Heaven at Rainbow Bridge, however, it feels like you’ve been away for infinity. Brandee, Jack and I miss you to pieces, selfishly, yet we are at-ease knowing that you are in such a wonderful place among so many long-lost family and friends.

I have some updates that I wanted to share with you.



First of all, that crazy bird that comes back every year at this time has returned.  You know, the one that chirps incessantly starting at something like 3am every morning? Yep, it’s THAT one!  As you know I think the reality of the situation is that this is likely either a mating call or that this is a mommy that has just laid some eggs. Because for some miracle after a few months we not only hear this one mommy-chirp, yet rather a whole choirs of little baby-chirps indicating a nest full of tiny birdies.

You see my best orange-fluff ball, I consider these morning times listening to that bird chirp like crazy, and the resulting babies, as “Bella’s Birds” because that is an absolutely beautiful memory of your wonderful spirit. You know; like the morning times when we would always go to the backyard together and pray to the sky of peace and happiness for everyone for every morning.



Honey baby furr-ball-essence, as much as I would like to report that your brother is handling your trip to Rainbow Bridge well, I simply cannot in good conscience. While he is certainly at ease to know that you are pain-free and in such a beautiful place among so many friends and family, the fact of the matter is that he badly misses your physical presence; as do Mommy and Daddy.

Brandee and I are trying to make an extra effort to give bubby more attention but he just seems kinda lethargic overall. I think this is a feeling that not only Jackson, but also Brandee and I are going through this past week where we are simply ‘going thru the motions’. You have been such a positive influence, and central theme, of our family for nearly the past 15 years that Neal Casa is simply empty of energy right now, to be very honest.

Jack wants to send you a message (and please forgive any loss in translation as I’m not fluent in dog-to-English translation).

Hey Sissy!!! Miss you a ton!!! *bark, bark*. Summer time is coming and at least this year you get to avoid your annual shave from the parental units. *bark, bark*

I’m really sad right now without you simply because you are such a great sister and I miss seeing you each day. The house is lonely. The most important thing is your comfort though. Enjoy your time at Rainbow Bridge until we meet again. Daddy will deliver this letter to you in Pet Heaven so that you can get updates on the crazy chirping-birds and other crazy activities here.

Love ya bunches,

Bubby *bark*



Ohhhhh furry-mop of BellaRinga! I peeked-in on bub’s message to you and saw the part about you getting to avoid your annual summer shave. Hopefully you realize that Mommy and Daddy only did this for your personal comfort. Although I have to admit that you always did look so beautifully perfect regardless after your summer-shave after your Summer Shave is did take nearly 5 pounds off of your appearance. Most people would do nearly anything to look as you did, girlfriend!


Overall, and speaking very personally, the absence of your physical presence is most painful for us in the house right now. This is YOUR house and it simply does not feel right without you here. We will be fine in the long run I’m sure and we will move forward, but it will be done in your honor and spirit. Just like the mystery of Misty has a legacy in her own right; you certainly have established an everlasting legacy of Baby-Furr. It’s the most perfect of legacies and I promise to uphold and share your story forever.


Love your perfect purr’s forever,


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