I first met Bella when she was just a puppy. My buddy from high school had adopted her when she was only a few months old, and even then she was an energetic, clumsy, and sweet little lady all bundled into one lanky, uncoordinated, young pup body. Fast forward a little more than three years, and Bella has recently moved in with my sister-in-law Chris and her husband, Andy. She now has a brother, Miles (Office Linebacker), and is quickly learning the ropes that he has known for some time. Yet that is only one side of the coin–we are all learning the ropes that Bella knew before warming up to us, too.
Bella has an insatiable curiosity. Whether it be a toy, a large bowl of water or food, or even a box of bran flakes–like the one that she and her three Lab friends managed to recently devour, she is willing to indulge in life’s many treats. She’s also no stranger to a fast paced game of fetch, typically outpacing her brother with Usain Bolt like legs and a bull-in-a-china-shop sort of fearless abandon. As the only female of the group (the group otherwise including Bo, Miles, and Simba), she has quickly made an overwhelming and special impression in the mere months that she has been with Chris, Andy, and Miles.
Bella, perhaps more than any of the aforementioned Labs that we have come to know, simply wants affection. And true to her Labrador demeanor, she will do many things to garner that attention and love, including laying on top of you with disregard for her size, retrieving and showcasing each and every item from the toy basket, and whimpering if you leave her alone for too long. She is undeniably a princess, and since we are still learning so much about her and her emerging personality, we are fondly dubbing her the “Wild Card” of the group, as so poignantly noted by Andy.
Maybe Bella is new to the group, but the group is also new to Bella. We have already learned much from her, and she has brought countless smiles to our lives that will continue to flourish throughout her days. We also know that she will continue to bring smiles to the faces of her Labrador buddies Bo, Miles, and Simba, as they have been more than happy to accept another beautiful pup into their club, even competing for her attention from time to time, but what would you expect from a group of boys? Sometimes a wild card brings out the best in everyone else.
“You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new things.”