Monday, March 18, 2013

Pooches: Goodbye, Sweet Bessie-Belle

We are so saddened and heartbroken to pass along the news that our former foster dog Sweet Bessie-Belle passed away.
We are often asked about sweet Bessie-Belle, best remembered for her pretty white eye-lashes, trademark flower behind her ear and sweet disposition.
Our sweet gal was actually marked for the Euthanasia list, but when New Leash on Life, Chicago saw how sad and shut down she was, and how she showed her big grin with even the slightest attention from people, they knew there was no way they could leave this big gal behind.
She was as big as she was sweet, even making our very own Mr. B look tiny in comparison. We feel honored to have been able to have had her in our home.
While it was harder than we expected to see her go, we knew she had found a more perfect mom than we could have ever expected. She loved Bessie more than anything and Bessie was happier than ever going on long walks, meeting new friends and having the best of care. Her mom was diligent keeping us involved and aware of how everything was going on with Bessie. Bessie always remembered who we were. When we would see her out and about, she would gladly greet us with excitement, just because she loved people, but once she realized it was us you could tell how truly happy she was to see us.
Bessie was even chosen to lead the Ruff Haus Halloween parade. She was so proud to be at the front of the pack, and she even came over to our place to pick out the perfect costume.
Unfortunately for all of us, the cancer was more aggressive than expected. Everyone thought she had a more time, though the progression was much quicker than anyone had realized. It was especially shocking to Bessie's mom who had just had her other dog Roxy, Bessie's big/little sister, pass away mere weeks before.
Bessie Belle was such a special dog, and we know she will be missed by so many.
Please let her family know of any thoughts in our comments section at the bottom of our post.
Any donations in memory of Bessie can be made to New Leash on Life, Chicago by clicking here. 

Also:
Remember this?
Bessie & Miss M's Unequal Relationship
Bessie Meets Her New Family

60 comments:

TheQueerBird said...

I am so, so sorry to hear this. My heart aches for Bessie's mom - I can't imagine losing so much in such a short time. I will be thinking of her.

sweetemaline said...

I am so sad to hear this, but take comfort in knowing that Bessie Belle's last months on earth were surrounded by so much love. Thinking of you guys...

Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie
www.ourwaldobungie.com

sooz said...

So sad to lose two sweet souls in such a short time. My heart goes out to Bessie's mom.

HoundDogMom said...

Oh, we are so sorry to hear this about Sweet Bessie Belle. She captured so many hearts while in your care and after moving to her new forever home. Please let her Momma know how sorry we are for her loss. We sure know how it feels when the horrible "C" takes our beloved fur-babies way to soon. Run Free Sweet Bessie Girl. Sniffs, The HoundDogs and Mom

Amy Jo said...

I'm so sorry to hear this! My heart aches for Bessie's mama and all she has endured in such a short amount of time.

Kate said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to Bessie's family.

HP said...

Im so sorry to hear about the sweet girls passing. My thoughts and heart are with her family.

Lar said...

My heart and prayers go to you and especially to Bessie Belle's family. She was so lovely, so sweet, and I always smiled when there was a mention of her in the blog. How wonderful to have memories of her, knowing you were a part of her life, saving her and bringing her to a place of warmth and love.

HP said...

Im so sorry to hear about the sweet girls passing. My thoughts and heart are with her family.

Pauley James said...

Sending big hugs & prayers to all.

Karen said...

This is such sad news. My thoughts go out to Bessie's family and to everyone who helped save this sweet girl and give her the life she deserved.

aheartbeatatmyfeet said...

I'm so sorry to hear this! Please pass on our condolences to her family.

Cecilia said...

I'm so sorry for both of your losses. I know what ot's ike to lose two back to back and just know my heart goes out to you. May you find peace in knowing that you gave them a wonderful life.

aheartbeatatmyfeet said...

I'm so sorry to hear this! Please pass on our condolences to sweet Bessie Belle's family.

Maggie said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. Keeping you and Bessie's mom in my thoughts.

Rachel said...

I am so sorry to hear about beautful Bessie. Thank you for taking such great care of her and my heart goes out to both you and Bessie's mom. There aren't words to ease the pain but my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

harrispen said...

I'm so sorry to hear this for you and Bessie's mom. You all did a great thing by giving Bessie the love and care she deserved instead of the original ending she was slated for. Run free sweet girl!

Cindy

Rebecca said...

Bessie-Belle, may the next part of your journey be filled with love and light. Thanks to Bessie-Belle's person for giving an older dog a second chance.

Regina Hart said...

My heart goes out to Bessie's rescuers and beloved mom. Bessie and Roxy were so fortunate to have been loved and cherished by you.

ohmelvin.com said...

Her life was made so much sweeter because of you and her new mom. Our lives were made brighter just by that lovely smile of hers. Sorry to hear this news.

Debra@Peaceabull said...

While this is such sad news, I am so thankful for you both for helping save her and for her mom for adopting her and giving her a great last year. It was just such a delight to read about her and be a virtual part of her life. My deepest condolences.

Marsali Hancock said...

Fantastic photos. Thank you for loving and caring. My heart goes out to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

adventuresofadogmom said...

Oh no, I'm so very sorry to hear this. She was a beautiful girl. My heart hurts for everyone who had the chance to know and love her.

Christine said...

I'm so sorry to hear this and my deepest condolences to Bessie and Roxy's mom. You can just tell how well loved both dogs were.

Elisa Witkowski said...

I am so sorry to hear this...my heart goes out to Bessie's mom. Keeping Bessie and her family in our prayers!

Liz said...

Run free, Sweet Bessie Belle.

Laura and Hans said...

Bessie was indeed a sweet girl, and she looked so elegant in her tiara. I'm just glad she was treated like a queen during her last year on this earth.

Gin said...

Im so sorry to hear about Bessie Belle and her sister Roxie. I wish their mommy the best of memories of them. I loved reading about her and her adventures. I send my love and hugs to her mom.

thegirlandherdog.com said...

Such heartbreaking news. So sorry to hear it. Sweet Bessie and your fam, you are in my thoughts today. xx

SherBear said...

Such sad news, she was such a sweet girl!!! I particularly loved how she never let Miss M use her as a pillow :)

caragorn said...

What heartbreaking new, Bessie was such a sweet girl. I am so terribly sorry for her mom, having lost 2 beautiful friends in such a short space of time.

Sarah said...

I'm so sorry! Bessie Belle was a sweetheart & I could always see how much she was loved.

Life_With_Alfred said...

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make Bessie's last chapter one full of so much love and devotion. It takes a special type of person to adopt a senior pet, never knowing how much time you will have together, but making every moment count. May she rest in peace. :)

Coultjam said...

My sincere condolences to Miss M, and Mr. B, and to their parents... and to Bessie's Mama, and the loss of her other beloved baby. Bessie Belle was SO loved, and SO lucky to have such wonderful people (and pups) such as you. Our hearts ache with you. Much love, peace and comfort in the coming days.

Bees and Buttercups said...

Very sorry for the loss of sweet Bessie. I hope you find comfort in knowing that she spent the last part of her life happy & very much loved.

Pocket Pittie in the City said...

We know how hard it is to lose a well loved furry friend. She was obviously a sweet lady. Lots of good thoughts and love from California!

Diane said...

I'm ever so sad to read this post. Bessie Belle was special that was evident! Please share my deep sadness for her Momma and my sympathy to you guys too. What a great loss for everyone.
Diane

Hannah@Eriesistibull said...

So, so sad. It's so nice to know her life was extended so she could know what it's like to be loved. Sending good thoughts your way.

Glenna said...

So sorry to hear about Ms. Bessie. She was a beautiful lady, and God bless you all for doing so much to give another change to these dog's that wouldn't have one otherwise.

liliana876 said...

Such sad news. My heart goes out to Bessie's family, much love to all and a big big hug.

Catherine P said...

I'm so sorry to hear the news about Bessie Belle. Lacy and I were lucky to meet her on a few occasions and her sweet disposition and calm demeanor just won us over. My condolences to Bessie and Roxy's mom.

Marji said...

Oh no, I'm so sorry. I'm so glad she had you and her adopted human mom to give her the safe and wonderful life she deserved.

Trissi_V said...

Bessie Belle was such a sweet girl. I am sad to hear that she passed. My heart and condolences go out to her family and friends. RIP Sweet Bessie-Bell

"Don't cry because it's over, Smile because it happened."
-Dr. Seuss

Courtney said...

I am so sorry to hear about Bessie's passing. I'm just glad that Bessie had so much love in her last months.

orange sugar said...

That is so sad. I lost my husky a couple Christmas' ago and I still miss him. I can't imagine losing two in such a short period of time.

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Olya Z said...

I cannot even imagine the heartbreak that Bessie's mom must feel, having lost not only Bessie, but her other baby not so long ago. Prayers and thoughts are with you. Both of them have been reunited over the Rainbow Bridge and are now running free of pain together.

Two Kitties One Pittie said...

I am so sad to hear this, and my thoughts go out to Bessie's mom. I can't imagine losing two dogs in such a short period of time. Bessie was lucky to be surrounded by so much love in the final months of her life-- and everyone who met her was fortunate to have their day brightened with her smile.

Patty said...

i am so sorry to read this. my heart goes out to Bessie's mom. Run free Bessie.

Two Grad Students and a Pittie said...

We are so sad for Bessie...and her family. What a hard time. But she was loved, that means the most.

Corbin said...

I am so sad reading this. We enjoyed Bessie while she was with you and the updates you shared of her in her forever home. She was a beauty that brought joy to us when we read about her. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bessie's family, and you, during this difficult time. Run free, sweet Bessie.
-Corbin & Jenn

Jenn said...

Ah, but what an awesome CODA she had.

Rest in peace, sweet pup. You touched the loves of so many.

My deepest sympathy to Bessie's owner.

mayziegal said...

Sitting here with tears in my eyes. Sometimes life can seem especially unfair and harsh. I am just heartbroken for Bessie Belle's momma. I hope she knows how much love and how many good wishes are coming to her from all over the world. And I hope that she is able to take comfort in the fact that while her time with Bessie Belle was not long enough, Bessie gave her enough love to last a lifetime. And gosh, what a remarkable gift of love and kindness she gave to Bessie.

MayzieMom

Kim @ Yellow Brick Home said...

Bye, sweet girl. Our hearts go out to Bessie's mom - what an amazing person for bringing Bessie so much love!

livierules said...

My heart goes out to Bessie's person. Losing a dog is so terribly hard! I can't even contemplate losing two in such a short time! Bessie's mom please know what a wonderful thing it was that you had Bessie in your home surrounded by fun and love.

Chris said...

So sorry to hear sweet Bessie's passing. Having lost several dogs to the dreaded cancer I know how helpless this disease can make you feel. Take comfort in the fact that you gave her a wonderful life. Run free Sweet Bessie, Run Free.

Two French Bulldogs said...

Run free sweet Bessie
Benny & Lily

jet said...

RIP gorgeous Bessie :(

DJ Francis said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. What a lucky pup to have the best foster and forever Moms any dog could ask for.

Two Pitties in the City said...

Bessie's mom was so touched by everyone's thoughtful words, and she wanted to share the following: "Thank you for the incredible number of comments and outpouring of love and support. These comments showed me we all did the right thing in saving this precious life. She touched so many in so short a time.
Thinking about the follow-up blog post Two Pitties wrote about taking chances, and why we take them to save the animals left behind, in my mind, nothing physical or material lasts forever, so why not take a chance at making today wonderful? Bessie did that for me. Each day was filled with her loving companionship and gratitude for the morning walk. She also helped me develop compassionate friendships, deepened old ones and introduced me to communities of support. My life was immeasurably richer for all of these gifts. Why wouldn't I take that chance?
Before she passed, I thanked Bessie Belle for all she brought to my life. She was more than worth the chance."

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