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.

 

BELLAS BIRDS

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.

 

JACKS MESSAGE

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*

 

BELLA SUMMER SHAVE

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,

Daddy

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Considering a Jack companion

May 1st, 2017

Hey Honey Baby-Bella,

We miss you so much that you can’t believe it. The house is so empty without you.

We want to share some updates with you while you wait for us and play at Rainbow Bridge with all our beloved friends and family.

First of all, Jack says he misses his sister tremendously. I actually had to translate into English because his exact words were something like “ruff, ruff, woof, bark, woof, ruff”. He’s continually searching the house for you, but he obviously comes up empty in his search. It’s sad; frankly. Brandee and I are giving him extra-special attention because he deserves it and he’s being as strong as can be expected. We can tell from the look in his eyes, his body behavior and his overall attitude that he deserves a sibling.

Considering a sibling for Jack is in no way ever meant as an intention to replace you; that is never, ever possible in a trillion years. Rather, as Brandee and I have discussed ad nauseam, a sincere effort to enhance Jack’s quality of life. Also, as you certainly can appreciate, our families love for animals is tremendous. If we can help one other animal to have a better life then we want to do this in all sincerity.

Brandee, Jack and I have been so antsy here without you that it’s unbelievable and we want to focus this energy on doing some good. Therefore, we think adoption of a brother or sister for Jackson is the right thing. No way are we going to rush into any unnatural or unconformable adoption because the correct-match must feel right for all of us.

This all said, we have been to two animal shelters on Sunday and today at PetSmart to see who is available for adoption. Brandee and I are very open-minded as to whether Jack would like a feline or canine sibling and we are still 50/50 on the decision. We simply aren’t sure right now. One decision that we did discover was that it’s clear that he needs a younger sibling that he can play with like he did with you. You two were such a great brother/sister duo. I’ve been busy watching videos and reviewing photos of you two playing together and it’s truly heartwarming in this difficult time. Thanks for being such a purr-fect daughter!

As a quick side note I would like to share this quick mention about Brandee’s beautiful character. A result of visiting the animal shelters the past few days is that she had the great fortune to personally meet and get to know a bit of the background stories for several of the animals. Her compassion for wanting to help these animals to get rescued has resulted in her activism. Now she is sharing her experience with these shelter animals (named QUEEN and ROXY, in this particular case) on social media to share awareness in the hopes that someone will consider adoption. I think it’s absolutely wonderful and I’m sure you would agree Baaaabbbbyyyyy-Furr!

Oh, Bella, this is a very major decision for us because if we do adopt then we are fully committed. There are so many considerations, and almost guilt, even considering this so close to your journey to Rainbow Bridge. Please help guide us to make the proper decision whatever it may be.

We love you to forever and back again!!!

 

Love your forever family,

Kevin, Brandee and Jack

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April 30th, 2017

To: Big Sis in pet heaven at Rainbow Bridge

From: Your Bro

 

Hey Bella,

Disclaimer: This is your Mommy and Daddy writing on behalf of your younger brother, Jackson.

Ya see, I’m not so good on working the computer keyboard because I have paws and not human fingers, just like you, my beautiful sister. I’m sure you can relate even though you are feline and I’m canine, it’s certainly a RUFF situation. Get it, did you like my joke? Are you going to DOG me about it?

Hey sis, in all seriousness, I miss you so much but I have great comfort to know that you are comfortable in our ultimate together-forever heaven waiting for us at Rainbow Bridge. Sissy, you and I had been together for 9 years, if you can believe it or not. We have spent nearly every night together as brother and sister since the day Mommy and Daddy brought me home to live with you 9 years ago.

I wanted to share a few memories with you and ask a few questions while I’m at it.  Why is it that many times you would stand-guard between me and the doorway that would not allow me in the house? You know….like those times you would sit right smack in the middle of the doorway and I would have to wait outside and whimper until Mommy and Daddy would come save me from your terror. Were you trying to keep all of Mom and Dad’s affection for yourself? That was kinda rude Big Sis, but it was funny nonetheless. I hope you are nicer to me at Rainbow Bridge. 😊

Sis, it’s been very different in the house with Mommy and Daddy the past few days without you being here with us. We all so much enjoyed our time with you that we were in certain routines. For example, those times that you would come and rub whiskers with me was very precious moments that I pretended to be afraid, however, and in reality, I truly enjoyed.

Mom, Dad and I have simple Bella-routine items that give us great joy, yet also elicit extreme sadness that you are not here with us now. I’m still in the habit of sniffing around the house looking for wherever you might have hunkered-down but I can never find you anymore, it’s just habit. It’s also just habit that Mom and Dad continually look over to our couch, or your food bowl as if you are still there. It’s very sad actually and we all miss your physical presence immensely.

Sis, I want you to know that I also sincerely appreciate your mature mentorship as an older sister to teach me great values in the life of a pet. Such qualities as always control Mommy and Daddy’s emotions, or pets always eat on-time or play with me when only I want to on my schedule. Big Sissy, you and I had these humanoids trained like nobody’s business! We deserve a high four-pawed/and one dewclaw for that! Never once did they catch on to our language of ‘Bark this’ and ‘Meow that’. These animal code words worked for our effective communication smoothly and kept the parental units oblivious to our true intentions of driving them crazy with their desire to know what we were bark/meow-ing about. Shall we enlighten them finally at Rainbow Bridge?

The crazy human parents also used crazy names for both of us which I never completely understood such as “Jackson VonMunster”, “BellaRingMoskaDoody”, “Bella-A-Jackson” or even “Jack-A-Ringa”. What gives with these Mommy and Daddy-type people??? However strange they might be, I know that Brandee and Kevin always had our best interest, care and love as their top priority. They never spared any time, resource or expense to take care of us and I’m sure you are as grateful of them to be our parents as I am.

I will write you as often as I can with updates and, again, save a nice place for the three of us at Rainbow Bridge. Until then, please enjoy your pain-free, youthful energy revitalization among so many great friends and family until we meet again and cross Rainbow Bridge together.

 

Love,

Your loving Brother, Jackson

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April 30th, 2017

I’m terribly hurt right now. Not by anyone or anything, but rather just circumstances beyond my control. It’s God’s Will and it shall be.

Bella, our lovely feline daughter of nearly 15 years, went to heaven at Rainbow Bridge on April 27th, 2017.

After a long illness, this was not a surprise but this does not make the hurt any less. We do, however, have great comfort knowing that she is no longer in any pain and she is continuing to share her awesomely perfect spirit in pet heaven at Rainbow Bridge.

Bella had a tough life in the beginning as a kitten being a ferial cat, a runt and malnourished before we were blessed with her presence. So, we were truly blessed with her presence as long as we had her in the physical world, although this certainly wasn’t long enough. I will be writing much more about Bella’s beautiful legacy in future blog posts.

Right now, I feel so horribly helpless to do anything. There is nothing to do other than to double-down on my love of family and friends. Therefore, I have made a commitment to even more cherish each moment with my wife and Bella’s younger canine brother, Jackson. Also, I want to share and document Bella’s legacy in writing, photos and videos so that hundreds of years in the future that people can still realize how special she truly was.

I mentioned Rainbow Bridge a few times above. If you are not familiar with The Rainbow Bridge then I encourage you to research this comforting poem and heartwarming story of pet heaven where animals have perfect health, play in vast beautiful fields and wait to cross ‘the bridge’ with their loved ones. Knowing that Bella is pain-free among dearly beloved passed loved one’s including my such as my terrific Dad and Brandee’s wonderful Mother is truly comforting.

Bella, we love you SO much and miss you dearly.

Until we meet again.

Love,

Daddy

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April 27th, 2017

To:

The Rainbow Bridge, Pet Heaven

c/o: Isabella Annamarie Neal

 

From:

Your loving Mommy, Daddy and Brother

 

Dear Bella-Ringa,

You are such a beloved daughter to Brandee and I, as well as a wonderful sister to your younger brother, Jackson. We trust that your lovely spirit has made the well-deserved safe passage to the most beautiful pet heaven one could ever imagine called The Rainbow Bridge.

While we miss you tremendously since you went to wait for us at Rainbow Bridge on April 27th, 2017, we have much comfort that you are no long in pain. It is comforting to know that at Rainbow Bridge you have great friends, family and a peaceful environment while we wait to see each other again before crossing the bridge together to live for eternity as a family.

The [Rainbow Bridge] story describes a bucolic place “just this side of heaven,” where dogs and cats, bunnies and birds, all live peacefully among the gentle meadows and hills, running and cavorting together in the lush green grass.

They are all young again, in perfect health, and want for nothing – except the humans they loved. One by one, they wait for us at the Bridge, and when our time comes their eyes light up in indescribable joy as we join them, to cross the Rainbow Bridge together.”

Baby-Furr, you provided our family with nearly 15 years of beautiful times, great lifetime memories and your unwavering love. For this, Brandee, Jack and I can never thank you enough.

You entered our lives’ as a scrawny, nearly hair-less, wide-eyed baby at roughly 6 weeks of age. When we first introduced you to our backyard lawn and this thing called ‘grass’ you were frightened beyond belief. Do you remember? After a little time then you became very adjusted to the grass and, in fact, in the warm summer days you would go frolic in the lawn and roll around enjoying the coolness of the grass blades.

In your younger days, you spent much of your time sitting on Brandee’s laptop in our office just watching us work. Remember those nice summer days we spent together working hard together? Do you recall your strange interest in sleeping in Mommy or Daddy’s work chairs in your youth?

After becoming a young-adult, you certainly established your independent spirit that is forever your legacy. Did you know that Mommy setup a Facebook page for you where you became an international sensation with so many people that cared about your every activity? Maybe not since computer keyboards aren’t so conducive for your pretty-paws to type, they are much better for pawtograph’s.

The limited details of your upbringing that Brandee and I hardly even know is that you, as compared to your litter-mates, had to always fight for everything. And this you did well! This includes your early days as a kitten just to get healthy and survive at only a few weeks old. Then you had to fight to protect your naturally-instinctive territory (which was our collective home) where you might get it cat-fights occasionally. Lastly, when Brandee, Jack or I did something awful to you like touch your sensitive-tummy, you would lash-out with a vengeance. Mommy, Daddy and Jack have the scars to prove it! Do you feel that you owe us any apologies? Seriously, none needed, and we now wear these battle scars with as forever memories of your beautiful spunkiness until we meet again at Rainbow Bridge.

In your seriously rebellious years, you would disappear from dusk ‘till dawn. Mommy and Daddy will never ask wherever, or whatever, you were doing for all these hours each day because you always came home safe to us which was the most important thing in the world to us. Maybe you will share your secret after we all cross Rainbow Bridge together?

Oh, little-baby-furr-of-all-furrs, I will never forget the sweet sounds of Brandee calling you home because it was getting late and nearing your curfew. As you recall, Brandee would go into the backyard, shake a canister of your cat food and bellow, “Here kitty, kitty. Bella, here kitty, kitty. Time to come home.” And, right on cue, you would come prancing like a little princess and have dinner in the house with us.

Bellaringamoskadoody, did you ever really fight hard when we shaved you down like a little lioness for the summertime? We know that you are completely capable of putting up a significant resistance when you wanted to, but you seemed a little tame on these occasions. It seemed that you put-up a fake resistance to us just so that you let us know that you were still the boss. I hope you know Mommy and Daddy only did this for your personal comfort. In fact, we thought you looked quite sexy in your summer outfits.

In your elderly years, Ringin’-of-Rocka, this was actually the most precious of times for me, personally and selfishly. Although you had slowed down to never leave the yard anymore, Brandee, Jack and I got to spend more time with you which was such a precious prize for all of us. Brandee and you became so close that it was absolutely heartwarming to witness. You also were so “cuddly” with Jack and we loved to hold you so tight, so often. It was these past few months of forever moments that I will never forget and that I cherish most.

Our beautiful Bella, in summary, you are terribly missed because you were, and always will be, such an important part of our lives. We have all these questions posed above for you, as well as millions more. Your loving family so much looks forward to the future where we can be with you once again to ask you these questions to your pretty, furry-whiskery face personally as we often did with ‘bella-speak’. It’s such a refreshing thought that eventually we can spend eternity together! We love you SO much for your perfect companionship, wonderful personality as well as spunky spirit.

 

Love you the most until we meet again at Rainbow Bridge,

Daddy, Mommy and Brother

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