Bella became Aitch’s most beloved dog of all, eclipsing TC the Original and even Matt the Beloved. It was a tall order to take Matt’s place in Aitch’s heart but Bella did it by winning her obedience classes and by sheer longevity.
She hit sixteen or seventeen years and died just before Aitch. She’s buried at 10 Elston Place, whereas TC, Matt and Bogart are all buried at 7 River Drive.
TC not happy with this newfound nuisance! Not another puppy that’s going to end up bigger than me!
In her final obedience trial she and Aitch got into the finals with a friend and her pedigree Alsatian. They were neck and neck until the time they had to do “go away” things (as opposed to “come here” things). Bella went as told, found what she had to and brought it to Aitch when asked to. Meantime the Alsatian stumbled a bit at that task. Her friend turned to Aitch and said “If you asked Bella to fly she would!”