Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday 20 - The Best Gift of All

Click for larger view - you really should, it's beautiful. :)

Note: This is not my picture. The photo was taken by Michael Bilotta who used to go to the same dog park we did. I added the text by photoshopping the note that came from Bella's rescuer, Nilsa, into Michael's photo. I should add that I then printed it out, framed it and gave it to Jan for Bella's first Christmas with us.


34 comments:

  1. That's so sweet and beautiful
    Dachshund Nola

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  2. Oh my gosh that made me cry!  What a great picture!

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous! I'm with the Basset Momma--it made me cry!

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  4. great photo! Thanks for stopping by our blog. Looking forward to reading more about you and Bella! :-)

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  5. I love it. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Hi Bella! You asked how my food keeps my teeth clean, and I just wanted to let you know. Mom leaves the oats uncooked, so they're rough like dog food against my teeth. Also all the fruits and veggies she uses are raw, so they're crunchy which helps. I also get beef bones (never poultry) twice a month, or sometimes raw hides. Mom also brushes me teeth several times a week, as Dachshunds are very prone to dental problems. I'm not sure if Bella would be ok with this (not sure if you're already doing it either) but Mom's been brushing my teeth since I was 8 weeks old. I really really recommend homemade food, I think it would help Bella's confidence. I was really shy on dog food and after 2 months of homemade I'm well not friendly, but not at all shy. Hope this helps
    Dachshund Nola

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  7. Eva or sometimes PriscillaDecember 22, 2011 at 2:32 AM

    So beautiful!!!

    I just read Dachshund Nola's comment. I started giving Mika raw feeding in early November due to his skin problems, it seems he is getting better and his teeth look really good. His teeth used to have heavy tartar but they are getting sparkling clean slowly. 

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  8. Hi Pauley James! We really fell in love with this photo - Michael's a great photographer and has such a sense of "mood" to his work.

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  9. Thanks Nola.  (Ooh, time to go check your blog to see if there are puppies yet!)

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  10. Thank you Bassetmomma.  Jan tells me I have to stop making people cry.  I tell him sometimes tears are a good thing. ;)

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  11. (Shhh, don't tell anybody but it made hu-dad's eyes leak, too. ;)

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  12. Hi Patty!  Thanks for visiting! I look forward to the same now that I've found your blog, too.

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  13. Hi Finn, thanks. We thought it was kind of special. Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Thanks Kim. The picture was like my best gift idea ever but Bella is still our favorite gift of all. :)

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  15. Thank you so much for all this good info Nola!  Bella has a toothbrush but she's not very good about letting me use it which is why I was asking. She's really fussy about kibble (we have to coax her to eat - and we don't get the cheap stuff, either) but I give it to her to help keep her teeth clean.  If I can feed her something healthy, that she likes AND will keep her teeth in good shape, well yahoo!  (ella also gets things like bully bones and greenies to help keep her teeth in good shape so all together we might be in business. :)

    Thanks again - this was really helpful!

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  16. Thanks Deccy. Bella used to 'check in' with Jan whenever she was getting a bit overwhelmed at the field. I think Michael captured the feeling behind that check in perfectly.

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  17. What a lovely photo!  Happy holidays!

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  18. Thanks for the info. Bella's got good teeth now but she's really fussy about her food (this from the dog that eats slugs and poo - wth?) so I was looking at what Dachshund Nola's mom has been feeding her.  I like the idea that a home made diet might help with Bella's emotional 'issues' but wasn't sure if there were ingredients in Nola's home made recipe that could help keep her teeth healthy. 

    Now with your input as well, it sounds like we have several options to help with that. :) Thanks a bunch!

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  19. Happy holidays to you, too, Rumpy!!  Thanks for stopping by!

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  20. Hi Y'all!

    Truly a wonderful gift...a warm wet nose and soft fur...or in my case...lots of hands to scratch my head or rub my back.  

    Y'all have a very merry Christmas!

    Hawk aka BrownDog

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  21. That is a most pawsome gift! Gorgeous photo :D

    Happy Holidays to you!
    Roo

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  22. Merry Christmas, Hawk, to you and your family!
    (I don't know if you can tell from this photo but Bella's favorit-ist thing ever is to have her back end scratched as her hu-dad is doing here. I think that's all she wants for Christmas. ;)

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  23. The photo is gorgeous, isn't it? Michael's very talented. (I planned to link to his website but it's not there any more. If I ever find it again, I'll direct you all over to him because he does some amazing work.)

    Happy Holidays, Roo, to you and your crew. Thanks for all your Pet Fiction Theater efforts - it's really wonderful.

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  24. Priceless. :) Bella is one very lucky girl! 

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  25. wow! this is an incredible picture. not just the photography, but what you turned it into. beautiful!

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  26. Thanks. It made Jan's eyes leak, so I knew I did okay. ;)

    (FTR, I may be Bella's favorite, but Jan is her protector - right from the start.)

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  27. Michael Bilotta's website is now at www.arcadiaimagedesign.com. He can be reached through the website contact form..

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  28. Hi Michael.  Thanks for the info.  I have updated my post to link to your new venture.

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