Miss Bella Louise Hughes
2/1/2009 - 1/18/2021On January 18, 2021, I said goodbye to my best friend, Miss Bella Louise.
It was the worst, hardest, most painful thing I’ve ever had to do. I am heartbroken and devastated.
Bella was by my side nearly every day for the last eleven years. She was my world. My angel. My everything.
I miss her so much.
We were meant to find each other, and we had a wonderful life together. I’ll forever be grateful to Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue for facilitating that “chance” meeting at Petco one cold Saturday in February—February 27, 2010. Seven months after I moved to Nashville, knowing barely a soul. And I’m grateful to Nashville Veterinary Specialists and Lap of Love and Dr. Emily for their kindness and patience these last few days.
Despite her 12-ish years, the diagnosis was sudden, unexpected.
Cardiac hemangiosarcoma.
Heart cancer. No cure. No viable treatment. Wednesday night we were snuggling on the couch watching Netflix; Thursday evening, I sat alone in my car while doctors removed fluid from her pericardial sac. Friday afternoon I took her home after an echocardiogram confirmed a mass on her heart. I did nothing for the next 60 hours but lie on the floor beside her bed, offer her food and water, take her out to potty, and sleep a little on the couch a few feet away from her. I researched the diagnosis and spoke to representatives from Lap of Love. And I finally scheduled a vet to come to the house.
Making that decision was awful. Two people’s words helped me: a vet tech at NVS and someone from Lap of Love. The first said to choose one of her good days and remember her like that; don’t wait until she’s suffering and miserable or becomes critical. The second shared a quote: “It’s better to help a friend a week too soon than a day too late.”
Dr. Emily’s presence, kind words, and assurance that I was doing the right thing helped me through those most awful moments.
I wept.
I’ll miss my Bella every single day for the rest of my life.
I hope she’s found her friends in heaven—Townes, Clyde, Tanner, Spencer—and is speed running through the clouds. She loved to run and was so fast.
Words don’t exist to honor her sufficiently. For her goodness. Her sweetness. Her gentleness. Her happiness. Her companionship. For all she has meant to me. My precious, precious girl.
Jodi HughesHermitage, TennesseeJanuary 20, 2021
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Jodi,
I am soooo sorry for your loss, my beautiful Jack (Boston terrier/boxer mix) left me on 12/26/20, and yes I am also heart broken.
My Jack became critical very fast and died on his schedule, 30minutes before the vet arrived at the house.

We are very lucky to have wonderful pets in our lives and they were very lucky to have us (Jack was a rescue).
Again, I am so sorry for your loss... :(

Thank God for wonderful people like Lap of Love...
Antoinette, NJ
Antoinette Pallay, NJ - January 21, 2021
I Love you baby girl! I loved Bella so much too! She was the Best girl Ever! You gave her a Wonderful life and in return she gave you soo much Love! 💜🐾Gloria Kucera - January 21, 2021

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