“I rescued Bella from the Humane Society when she was eight years old. She was one of two dogs relinquished, and her pet brother or sister was adopted right away. Bella had been there for a month. We bonded immediately, and even though my son wanted a puppy that was at the Society, I convinced him that we needed to take Bella home. She was so happy on that ride home with us.

She was a great dog. She was so well-behaved. I really didn’t want to get a dog, but I knew my son wanted one. I had just bought a house with a huge fenced-in backyard, so I decided to go ahead with the adoption. I never imagined the bond I would form with that dog or how much I loved her.

I still miss her horribly and believe that the decision to say goodbye to her was one of the hardest things I’ll ever do in my life. I miss you, and I love you, Bella. I can’t wait to see you again.”