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BELLE

09-30-10

  • Adopted: 09-30-10
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 10 yrs
  • Size: 44 lbs
  • Color: Blue
  • Cats: No
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Traits: Lymphoma

Imagine you have a family, someone to love and care for you, a warm bed, good food, and a yard to romp, play and bird watch. Then the unthinkable happens. Your person loses the ability to care for you. You spend most of the day alone, inside the house in a crate. Your coat loses its luster and your eyes lose their twinkle. You dream of someone coming along to care for you and to love you again.

That's what happened to Belle. Belle is 9 years old and for most of her life, Belle was a well-loved family dog. In the past year, her owner developed very serious health problems. As a result, Belle was neglected because her owner could no longer care for her. She was left in her crate most of the day and rarely even walked. Belle was in need of much TLC when a kind dog-lover stepped in, took her home, and notified ACES.

Shortly after being welcomed into the ACES family. Belle was diagnosed with cancer, which had spread to her lymph nodes. Belle saw a specialist and several treatment options were considered. Belle’s prognosis is guarded; there is no cure. Consequently, the decision was made to keep Belle comfortable with conservative medical treatment for as long as possible and Belle will remain with her foster family. Thankfully, the latest reports are good:

Belle continues to be very enthusiastic about life. When she realizes on Saturday or Sunday morning that it's a "farm day" she gets VERY excited and lets me know without a doubt that she is ready to go. Once in the car she sits in the front seat with her seatbelt on and loves to look out the front window and of course the passenger window (weather and conditions permitting) when I open it. When we pull up to the farm, she begins quivering with excitement and can't wait to get out of the car. She has learned the difference between the farm chickens and other birds and just watches the chickens with great curiosity. There are lots of other birds at the farm that she can watch and chase and she does it with great enthusiasm. I think if we measured how fast her tail wags when she is watching the birds, that it would register at the speed of light!

When my husband or I arrive at home in the evening, Belle gets the award for showing the most enthusiasm. We have large windows by the front door where we enter, and as soon as she sees us, she gets incredibly excited and her whole body starts to wag, not just her tail. I have 4 other dogs in the house that also get very excited, but I think she takes the cake on expressing her excitement!

Belle has settled in nicely at our home. She doesn't really like other dogs too much, but has become more tolerant with time and has settled in well. The medication that she has to take sometimes makes her a little anxious, so we try to give her lots of exercise and love. She is doing well and loving her life!

We love Belle and she is welcome to stay with us always.

UPDATE 04/08 

Belle is doing really well.  Look how happy and healthy she looks in the new photos below!  No one would ever know about the cancer, as the prednisone really does its job. 

UPDATE 11/07

Belle is doing really well! No visible signs of tumors etc. The medication makes her have to urinate and drink a lot and it also makes her think she has never eaten, but other than that she is doing great. I did not expect her to still be doing so well! (It's been over a year since her diagnosis.) Yay for Belle!

UPDATE 05/07

Belle has had some trouble holding her food down. The vet believes her medication was upsetting her stomach. He recommended some anti-nausea pills which I give her at bedtime. The pills are working ... no more vomiting! Belle does have an ear infection which is being treated. Otherwise, Belle is doing well.

 

BELLE'S FRIENDS

Dear Belle and Foster Family,
We know what you are going through as we just had to experience this with our beloved Toby who was only 4. Belle soon you will be free to run and play without any more suffering. Until then let the love of your Foster Mom and others soothe you and give you peace. Be full of joy and show your sweet soul in living your life to the fullest as much as you can. Foster family, courage. It is so hard but we send you our love and support during this time. God bless you for all you are doing for Belle.
Michelle, Roger and our "rainbow" setter Toby

This small donation is for Belle, in Memory of my ES, Zeke, who would have been 6 years old today. I hope this helps Belle live the rest of her life comfortably! Keep up the GREAT WORK!
Patti Murdock

Hi, sweet Belle,
We are sending you love and light and prayers for your continued comfort. You are a brave girl . Much love to you and much appreciation to your caring mom.
Michelle, Roger, Toby and all the Sedona setters and springers

For Belle:
From one ACES girl to another...you've got a friend, Belle.
Much love,
Grace Griffith & her family (aka KS Princess, adopted July 2006)

Many thanks to the Warfields: Heidi, Bonnie, Carmen & Mike