Struggle to adjust without Bella

June 25th, 2017

Dear Sweet Baby Bella,

It’s been two months since you went to Pet Heaven at Rainbow Bridge and our missing you is more painful than ever. We love you.

As you know we have two new additions to the family with Bleu and Gracie, and we love them dearly, but there just isn’t a strong bond with them yet; to be very honest. At least for me personally. I feel this awful guilt and something just isn’t natural at this point. Maybe, over time, we will feel more comfortable together. I just don’t know.

Your bub, Jack, seems to be of the same opinion based on his body language. He seems somewhat withdrawn and stubborn recently. It could be from the summer heat and desire to lounge around in the air-conditioned house, but I truly feel that he misses you as badly as I do. It’s truly painful.

Jack and I spend so many private, special moments together and that’s really wonderful. I sneak him food and give him lots of extra special attention. I talk with him and try to explain things as best as I can. He is such a perfect guy that we cannot love him enough.

Sweet Bella, I’m going to change my Facebook logo today from your beautiful picture today and I feel an awful guilt about doing-so but I hope you can understand. I will rotate images of your beauty in your great honor just as I have with Misty.

Love,

Daddy

Letter to Baby Furr, 05/16/2017

May 16th, 2017

Hey sweet Baby Bella,

We miss you like crazy but know you are in a great place in Pet Heaven at Rainbow Bridge.  Everyone has been so considerate and compassionate since you made your journey that Brandee, Jack and I can’t say thanks enough. I hope you know that you have so many friends that care about you that it’s so beautiful.

The house is so empty without you in spite of the youthful energy that Gracie and Bleu contribute. It just doesn’t feel right at this moment; honestly. Maybe, in time, this emptiness will fade but it’s painful. However, we take comfort that you are pain-free and among so many friends and family at Rainbow Bridge.

Jackson misses you tremendously, and this is still very evident. It’s very sad and I cry with him often. We are trying to adjust and he’s doing his best to be an older brother to his two new sissy’s.  Speaking of which….let me provide an update.

Gracie is a handful. She is full of energy and really a great compliment to the house. She keeps your bubby active and healthy. She’s always very playful and we need to keep a close watch on when she’s playing with Bleu. We don’t think that Gracie would intentionally hurt Bleu but Gracie has sharp-teeth and Bleu is so tiny that an accident could happen. It’s just best to be careful until Bleu grows up a bit.

Bleu is a crazy kitty just like you. Also, just like you, she likes to chill in the afternoon and then stay up all night running around the house! She is a pretty kitten and so small. She’s a good sissy for you and I just wish that you could have met. I want to mention that bubby is especially nice to Bleu. He is such a wonderful Bub! Even when Bleu does one of her ‘flying squirrel’ jumps and lands directly in front of his face, he doesn’t snap, he doesn’t growl nor does he pay her any attention frankly.  In fact, the only time he pays attention to Bleu is when Gracie gets a bit aggressive and your Bub jumps-in to save the day for Baby Bleu.

Overall, we are busy trying to make a modified Neal family but it’s really hard without you here. Gracie and Bleu are wonderful but it’s just not the same. Maybe over time I will feel different but this is just how I feel for you. You were, and always are, the best Baby Bella Furrball of all time! I so miss everything we did together from watching the sunrise, to cuddling together and talking crazy stuff.

 

Love you to the moon and back,

Mommy, Daddy and Buddy

Brandee, Jack and my sweetness girl. Baby-furr!

Introducing Graciela “Gracie” Dawn Neal

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!