this is Bella. we lovingly refer to her as our “hemophiliac-dwarfed-airplane eared-thyroid deficient-dog” but truly, she’s the best dog ever. her ears are up in this photo but she often has them straight out to sides, making her look like she’s about to take flight.
my whole life i had always wanted a dog. always. so, as soon as john and i moved out west, we got Bella. she was just over 6 weeks old at the time, and very much a rescue dog, what with her hemophilia and all (which we discovered when she snagged her ear on a rose thorn and took weeks to finally clot). but this dog is our family. she’s been with us so long now – all through our dating, our engagement, the early years of marriage, all the moves, the new jobs, the traveling. we even took her on our honeymoon. she’s in all the family photos. and yes, she’s allowed on the couch and the bed – life’s too short i realized (eventually). and her favorite things are: her sock monkey – we find her all snuggled up with it almost every single day. the beach. sticks. our couch. wide open spaces. and black labs.
more portraits over here.