When Alyssa proclaimed, “I want a puppy,” I knew that I was doomed. I’ve always had a very hard time telling my daughter “No” if it wasn’t something that wasn’t harmful.

It didn’t take long before she saved the money herself and found a dog she wanted to purchase. After taking a two hour drive one Saturday, we arrived at the breeder’s place. When we left, Bella was with us.

Everything in our home immediately became a toy to the puppy. My slippers first lost the bow and then seemed to become her constant companion.

Unfortunately, she was very inquisitive and chewed on things that she wasn’t supposed to like Alyssa’s laptop and everything else she could confiscate.

I couldn’t help myself and although I tried hard not to care for Bella, the puppy, I fell in love with her.

In November 2010, Bella chewed and swallowed Alyssa’s bra strap with the metal clips still on both ends. Because she is just a Toy Poodle and quite small, the clip on one end passed through her stomach. However, the other clip remained in her stomach causing her entire digestive tract to begin knotting up and was killing her. After emergency surgery, lots of money, many prayers and a long recuperation, Bella lived.

With that horrible experience behind us, we are very vigilant in keeping everything up and away from the reach of her might teeth.

Bella is quite smart and very loving. She spends a lot time sleeping in my lap while I blog and bringing me a great amount of peace.

We have our own little routines, Bella and I, but she is still full of surprises. When I go into my bathroom, she always jumps up and sits on the toilet lid to keep me company. Of course, I talk to her all the time, so she is attentively listening to every syllable. I’m sure she understands each word I say. (wink)

Anyway, I had a tissue in my hand and so I walked into the bathroom with the intention of throwing it into the toilet instead of the trash. Why make more trash, you know? Bella was hot on my heels as usual. Upon entering the bathroom, I reached down and lifted the toilet lid at exactly the same moment that Bella leaped to get on top of the very same toilet lid.

Instead of landing on the lid, Bella dived head first into the toilet, bonking her head against the inside back. It kind of dazed her for a second, but I was pulling her out before she even realized what was happening. Needless to say, it scared me terribly!

After a few seconds, she was intent on running all over the place like a wild jungle animal, so I knew she was still fine.

It only reaffirms my belief that all redheads, be it human or animal, must have the same klutzy gene and we often dive head first into things. I guess I should be proud…at least I haven’t dazed myself by hitting my head on the inside of the toilet…Well, not yet.

The Redhead Riter



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1 BeaderBubbe April 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Where on earth did you get a dog that color? Just gorgeous and so easy to fall in love with. I remember puppy days….we went through the same thing…he even "ate" my wood coffee table…but we had him 14 years and he was part of the family (got into trouble as much as the kids did).I remember by father in law tripping over him and breaking his leg (my father in law that is, not the dog's leg) ..enjoy him and dont forget to feed and walk him or did your daughter promise to do that? like my kids…but guess who fed and walked him? lol

How do you fix a chewed laptop?


2 Le'Ann Ruggles April 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm

I can just picture that head-first dive into the toilet… because my cat has done the same thing. LOL!


3 Patti Hanan April 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I like the way you talk to Bella and she "understands" every word. I feel the same way about my animals. They are very good listeners 🙂 Pets become like family. I am glad you and Alyssa have sweet Bella.


4 Suzanne McClendon April 24, 2011 at 11:44 pm

David says there still hope, Red. haha

What a cute puppy Bella is. 🙂


5 Katherines Corner April 25, 2011 at 11:48 am

I adore bella what a cute red headed pup. Head first in the loo, well…that just shows you she has the comedic gene, giggle. Hugs!!!


6 Bev May 2, 2011 at 2:57 am

Both you Red-Head's are adorable. I laugh with you and not at you!


7 The Redhead Riter May 2, 2011 at 3:32 am


Who would have ever guess that Poodles had fur that would match my hair perfectly!


8 The Redhead Riter May 2, 2011 at 3:32 am


I was afraid she had a concussion and was going to drown!

I won't ever forget this experience, that's for sure.


9 The Redhead Riter May 2, 2011 at 3:33 am


I could easily be Mrs. DooLittle.


10 The Redhead Riter May 2, 2011 at 3:33 am


Thank you! LOL


11 The Redhead Riter May 2, 2011 at 3:34 am


I love her red coloring too. It is nice to have "someone" match me finally.


12 The Redhead Riter May 2, 2011 at 3:34 am


I know you…You laugh AT ME! LOL


13 Jan July 27, 2011 at 8:17 am

One of my favorite memories of my cat Festus who is twelve now, was when he was just a small kitten. I went to brush my teeth one morning and he came hurtling into the bathroom and tried jumping up on the toilet lid, which, to his sudden, shocking dismay was up. I wish I had the video camera because you should have seen the shocked look on his face when he hit the water. He spun out and took off for safer areas of the house. Lol. It was awesome. : )..


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