Why I Spayed Bella And What I’ve Been Doing While Caring For A Sick Dog

by Sherry Riter in Bella {a dog's story}  ,Family,Grain Free,Health

bella resting and sleeping in the morning

There were several reasons that I decided to have Bella spayed and all of them are meant to lead to better health for her in the future. Did I really want to do it?


The last thing I wanted was to have her in pain. During my PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) struggles, I could always depend on Bella to comfort me when no one else was there for me. Animals love so unconditionally. I’m sure there is a huge lesson for all humans to learn from our pets. But I really didn’t want her to be in pain and yet I knew it was best for her to have the surgery.

bella resting in the afternoon

Anyway, this experience has not been easy for Bella or me. All the sweet little dog has wanted to do is sit on my lap. Shocker, huh? Bella absolutely hates the cone thing that they said to use around her head to prevent her from licking or taking out her stitches. Instead of making her wear it, I have watched her every minute. Then when we went to sleep, I just swaddled her in a thin blanket and we slept. I didn’t sleep soundly, so I have progressively gotten more tired.

bella sleeping in the afternoon

Today things changed.

I woke up with an idea, so I created a little shirt for her to wear instead of having to wear the cone. The shirt is loose enough to be comfortable while it covers her stitches and still gives her free access to potty without messing herself up. Yay! While Bella lounged, slept and watched me from the recliner or couch today, I was able to do all the things I’ve needed to get done. I was like the Tasmanian Cleaning and Cooking Devil!

sleeping Bella in her Flash Dance shirt

Yep, my freezer now has individual servings of homemade soup, chili, spaghetti sauce, spaghetti noodles with spaghetti sauce, meatloaf, and carrot soup. I’ve also made hard boiled eggs,

hard boiled egg on heart healthy bread 2

hard boiled egg on heart healthy bread 2 great crust

two different kinds of grain free bread,

heart healthy bread 1

heart healthy bread 2

grain free granola bars,

granola bar

grain free granola balls, chicken broth, chicken, chicken salad,

chicken salad on heart healthy bread 1 with granola bar

chicken salad on heart healthy bread 1

mashed potatoes, and flavored gelatin which is the healthy replacement for Jello. That was just the cooking part. Today I vacuumed, cleaned the baseboards, washed/dried/put away laundry, cleaned the bathroom, scrubbed the floors (hands and knees), rearranged the furniture in the living room and cleaned out things which meant I also had to take out five bags of trash.

I have been busy!

It’s been a long day.

Bella slept through a large portion of the day. With her pain medication she looks a little drunk. LOL

groggy Bella in her Flash Dance shirt

Reasons To Spay Your Dog

Now back to the spaying issue. There are definitely great reasons to spay your dog.

  • Pyometra Bacteria – This bacteria can infect the uterus of a female dog and actually kill her. About twenty-five percent of unspayed female dogs will get pyometra by the time they become ten years old.
  • Ovarian and Uterine Tumors – Older dogs are at a greater risk of developing tumors in their female organs.
  • Breast Cancer – Dogs do get mammary cancer, but spaying greatly reduces the risk of this occurring.
  • Birthing Injury – Having puppies is physically demanding and is not only stressful, but dangerous for a dog.

Those reasons were enough to convince me to have Bella spayed.

Although she is as cute as she can be in her quickly thrown together “Flash Dance” type shirt, Bella doesn’t like it. She just wants to lick and tug at her stitches. Tonight I will actually sleep great because I don’t have to worry about Bella getting to her stitches or have her wake me up because she is uncomfortable in a cone.

I can’t hardly wait to go to bed!

By the way, I listed the laundry as washed, dried and put away because we all know that just saying “laundry” doesn’t do it justice. Laundry definitely constitutes three separate chores and possibly four if you have things to iron too. Just saying.

Yes, I iron.

And I like ironing.

Actually, I like ironing naked.

I am obviously sleep deprived.

At this rate, the next thing I might tell you is that I will strip for a mango.

Bet you didn’t see that one coming.


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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Skip_D November 7, 2014 at 2:22 am

hehehe… what a picture – Bella in her Flash Dance shirt watching you iron naked! 😛

I’m glad you were able to figure out that costume for her – much better than the cone, I’m sure… how much longer before her sutures can be removed? in the meantime, you can get more comfortable rest after such a crazy busy day!!! 😀

did you hear me??? rest – that means sleep!!! & not at the computer, either – no QWERTY face allowed!!! 😛


2 Sherry Riter November 10, 2014 at 4:53 pm

😀 I’m glad it gave you a chuckle, Skip! {{{hugssss}}}

Rest? What does that mean? 😛


3 Skip_D November 11, 2014 at 5:46 pm

ummmm… good question!!! 😛


4 Sherry Riter November 25, 2014 at 12:56 am



5 Megan November 30, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Awww…I hope little Bella is back to feeling better soon!



6 Sherry Riter December 1, 2014 at 1:14 pm

She is doing so good!!!! Thank you Megan!!!


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