Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bella's Smile


A triangular hula-hoop doesn’t do its thing. Miss Bella knew something was terribly, terribly wrong.

With hands on hips, we watched her struggle with that hoop and thought about her dilemma for weeks. She had the only hula hoop in town and it was decrepit.


The stores didn’t have a decent hula hoop for sale. I searched for new, sturdy ones all summer long as I knew the day of reckoning was approaching when sweet Bella would be completely and totally hula hoopless. Then what?


It don’t hula and it don’t hoop no more.


I’ll just sit here and wait for Christmas…or forever…and I get hungwy and die.



Chloe never, ever enjoyed or shared Bella’s fun and fascination with hula hoops and always finds it incredibly boring and annoying.


What a stupid little dope. Let her sit there overnight or for a year. Woman, where’s my teeny tiny violin?

There is something about our pets that makes us forget they are only dogs, cats, birds, lizards, snakes, fish, horses, gerbils, rats, and guinea pigs who all adapt quite well with whatever their small lives lend them. If you care to look into their eyes long enough you can see their little souls inside full of joy or fear or sadness… I often examine my compassionate feelings towards animals who are facing death or harm’s way versus my more casual feeling towards humans facing the same circumstances. It doesn’t seem right, but it is what it is.

Bella would probably forget about her hula hoops in a few days or weeks if they were gone for good… But we’ve kept her in supply of hoops for five years because we love to see her eyes sparkle. I’d miss the hula hoop fun, too.

A few days later,


Her Daddy placed an order. I couldn’t wait to tell Bella she had a special delivery on the front porch.


Open da box.


She didn’t know what to do.

She didn’t know what to say.

It was all soooooo dazzling…


She mustered up some whimpers.

Then, her torso lifted by the sheer excitement and strength of her WROOOOO!


I'm on base! Throw the hoopie!



Woman, I know you’re in there. Please. Get her away from me.


What a gal. What a smile.


Susan Gets Native said...

Oh, Mary! A whole PASSEL of hoops!!!!

*grinning with glee at Bella's windfall*

Susan Ellis said...

Rainbows of hoops! She's gonna be happy forever and ever! Great post...

nikkipolani said...

Don't we all live for the smiles of our loved ones? Great hoop story, Mary.

Shelly Cox said...

What a sweet Bella she is! I love the look on her face at the sight of ALL those colorful hula hoops. She hit the jackpot for sure!

RuthieJ said...

Oh Mary, that's such a cute story and Bella and Chloe are such cute little doggehs! Personally, I don't think you can ever love a dog too much!

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

All those No-Kink Hoopies for Bella!!!

This post choked me up.

eileeninmd said...

How cute! I just love dogs!
I enjoyed your blog.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Now that was a shipment of hula hoops! She is one happy dog!

Cicero Sings said...

What a happy dog. Love the smile ... 'nuf to melt ones heart ... and supply hoops forever. I wonder if my Mingus would like a hula hoop? Do you have a video of her in action?

Anonymous said...

Great dog, great smile. Who wouldn't buy her a box of hoops to get that grin?

KGMom said...

Awww---nothing like a doggie smile.
I hope you plan to give her a hoop or two at a time. Keep a few back for rainy days, or whatever.
Poor Chloe--not wanting to play. Actually she sound just a bit jealous of Bella's gleefulness.

littleorangeguy said...

I like Chloe's attitude.

Balisha said...

Oh, Mary...This post lifted my spirits. Our pup is ill and not doing well. I just had brain surgery and the two of us are recuperating together. Love those puppy pictures.

Jayne said...

What joy on her face!! What a great daddy. ;c)

Beth said...

My smile while reading this post is almost, almost, as big as Bella's.


Rose said...

Oh, I've missed seeing the girls! What fun--you can see the excitement in Bella's eyes as the box is opened up. Dad deserves a special treat, too, for being so thoughtful.

Peg Silloway said...

As usual, Mary, you have given me a morning smile by sharing Bella's joy (and Chloe's curmudgeoning). But mostly, you've articulated what I feel when I look into my two cats' eyes and see their delight in a sprinkling of catnip or a game of "chase the snake" (a long shoelace), or just a good head scritching. I know exactly what you mean about that feeling of concern for a furry companion, too. We care deeply about our friends no matter how many legs they have or what language they use to communicate.

Karen Hargett said...

Loved your story and love that smile! Made me smile too. Thanks for sharing.

Julie Zickefoose said...


one to be savored over and over. Thank you for the dose of Boston magic, Mary dear!

Julie Zickefoose said...

I'm baack...

It don't hula and it don't hoop.


Our doggehs speaka the same language.

Minerva said...

The Boston cuteness. I can't take it. I'm a sucker for that smushed face!!

Anonymous said...

this post was AMAZING. the pictures, the captions, everything. You are truly a gifted individual to share this story

Kathie said...

I LOVE this, Mary, thanks so much for writing it!!!

Marvin said...

Great post, Mary. Gotta love that smile!

jason said...

That is just beautiful, Mary! She looks overwhelmed by the delivery, so excited that she can hardly breathe.

A New England Life said...

All those hula hoops will surely keep a gal in good shape! Bella must have a hard time choosing what color to play with next! LOL!

Little miss dignified Chloe. I hope she's doing well. It's tough dealing with those young upstarts.

Sharon : )

*nice to see you are back now and then.

Anonymous said...

She is hysterical! I suppose you could have joined Curves and bought one there. I can't do it, but perhaps Bella could. How did you ever discover her unusual fetish?

The last picture made me laugh out loud.

gretchen said...

Oh, Mary, what a great post! I smiled my way through the whole thing!

The Quacks of Life said...


I saw this tomb and thought of you!! It will make sense when you look at the photos.

Anonymous said...

Too cute! Thanks for starting my day with a smile. Mine and Bella's.

Tina said...

We all love to keep our children, even the furry ones happy! Wow a ton of will be interesting to see if she has a fav. I bought the same shape ball for our dog but in two different colors.. blue with orange spots, and light purple with yellow spots..he chooses the purple/yellow one every time..has NEVER touched the blue/orange one. If you take the blue/orange outside and throw it, he will follow you outside and watch you throw and it..only to go inside to get the purple/yellow one.

SaraG said...

Awwwww, that is so cute.
She has to be the happiest gal in town now with all those hula hoops!!
Take care and awesome photo's!!

DaveABirding said...

Found your site while googling "lesser goldfinch molt", glad to have done so! Those are some great hummingbird pics.

Appalachian Lady said...

I loved the photo of her carrying the hoop. She looks so happy.

I just bought a hula hoop for exercise. My dog just looked like I was nuts.

Sherry at the Zoo said...

You can truly see the joy in her little face. What a hoot!

Maria said...

Best post ever.

Gaelen said...

Dear heavens a depwessed Bella is a terrible sight! Must make her smile!!! LOL

I think you and your husband are awesome dogie parents to have bought her a WHOLE BOX of hula hoops!!

Mary I so love your story posts, you suck me into it every time LOL!

I have to agree with Julie Zickefoose it is indeed a post to be savoured over and over again!

Like Margaret I'm a sucker of the smushed faces too from bulldogs to pugs there is just something about that look that I find so adorable.

Thanks Mary

p.s. I finally figured out how not to be anonymous! LOL

Kathie Brown said...

Mary, you make me laugh! Gus would totally understand this! Talk about puppy love! You love her so! It made ME smile to see all those coloful hula hoops!

JeanMac said...

Mary, your dogs are "human". I guess all our pets are/

Julie Zickefoose said...

And I'm baaaack again. So adorable. So, so adorable.


Anonymous said...

So sweet and dear! Y'all have got my mind leaping through hoops. Would my dog like a hoop? Would my waist? Would my parrots?

Kathy in Delray Beach

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