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Beloved Bella

Beloved Bella  

 With her enduring expression of love, I began each day smiling.

snorting, she arrives bedside

many morning kisses

understanding, unconditional love, and acceptance;

our communication, a language all our own

so special

showing me I can love again.


Looking into our eyes, we saw beyond our hearts, sharing an amazing life

“I see you!”

 I said to her so many times.


The tender touch of her nose on my face;

training together, constant companions

her expressions, her voice, her sounds, her touch, her thinking.


Embracing everything that made her her

forever friends

charming companion

the love of my life, a gift from God

absolutely and always the best

a blessing beyond belief

gifts given of devotion, happiness, love, joy. 


Beside beloved Bella as she took her last breath

 peace and healing now hers,

honoring our commitment, her spirit soars!


 Arrival in heaven

now with God, her creator, the one who made her so special

separated for a time.


A lap ride for her first time and last time home;

my aching heart cries out!

grace given by God.


Our heavenly reunion awaits

moments become memories and

with her enduring expression of love, I begin each day smiling.

                                                                                                                         Leesa A. Wheeler

March 1999 ~ July 2011

Do Animals Remember Us?

Do Animals Remember Us?

Do Animals Remember Us?

There are dogs and cats, and then there are Sam Phinneys. You animal lovers know what I mean. When you look into their eyes, something special looks back at you. Yes, all animals are special, and I believe they all have souls. But Sam Phinneys have old souls. Perhaps they have more wisdom or intelligence, or maybe they are even our pet soul mates. I don’t know which, if any, it is, but I’d like to tell you about my Sam Phinney.

Sam was a Chow Chow. Chows are often misunderstood, because some are temperamental. But I’ve always liked them–especially Sam. Sam’s guardian, Mike, did business next door to my veterinary office. Mike would go do his errands, and Sam would stand outside our glass front door with his joyful tail-wagging, until someone would notice him and let him in. Sam loved everyone, and I mean everyone. He would visit with all of us — clients, other patients, staff, docs — until Mike was finished and ready to leave. He was the hit of the office.

I sold that practice to go back to school for advanced training. A couple of years went by, and I was having a typical neurology resident kind of day — crazy busy. As I was walking through the treatment room at my normal fast pace, out of the corner of my eye I noticed a Chow on a gurney. I heard someone say he had been hit by a car. He had a doc and plenty of caring students all around him, so there was no need for an extra pair of hands. I kept walking until I spotted a small tail wag. I about tripped over myself when I stopped dead in my tracks. Sam? Is that you? The tail went nuts. Sam had recognized me. And what’s more amazing is that even in his pain, Sam showed us what animals are really about. Love. They express it unconditionally, in bad and good times. Perhaps there’s a lesson there.

Oh, by the way, Sam made a complete recovery. No car was going to rain on his parade.

Dr. Susan Wagner is a board certified veterinary neurologist whose pioneering work acknowledges the bioenergetic interaction between people and animals. She is an advocate for change in the area of interpersonal violence and animal cruelty, and works toward a greater understanding surrounding the health implications of the human-animal bond.

(Leesa couldn’t agree more!  Her own creme chow chow, Bella, is featured on Leesa’s website with Bella’s Five Paws Up List!  Enjoy!

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