Bella and her Nemo

So last night Bella was standing there petting Nemo. She’s getting much better at actually petting him vs. patting him or pulling his fur. After a minutes or two, she leans towards him, wraps her arms around his neck, puts her head on top of his and gives him a huge hug.

R and I were so happy to witness this, especially since 5 months ago, we almost had to find Nemo a new home. Every time that Bella would get too close to him, he would snap at her. I was petrified that one day he would make contact and my beautiful baby would be scarred for life.

We tried a few places, but since he isn’t a pure-bred border collie or shetland sheepdog, they wouldn’t take him. So we put him up on pet finder and were extremely vigilant whenever he and Bella were near each other.

Over the months, the snapping attempts lessened and a month or two ago, they disappeared completely. It was such a relief. We hated the thought of having to re-home a dog we had rescued ourselves.

By Christmas, Nemo was rolling over on his back to solicit belly rubs from Bella just like he does to everyone else. I am so glad that Bella will have a close relationship with Nemo, he is a wonderfully loving dog, neurotic in his own ways. I never had any animals in my life as a child and I am so happy that things will be different for Bella.

Now we just need to work on Chloe (who seems to have been through much more mistreatment in the year before we adopted her than Nemo was before we adopted him). But Chloe is a loving, goofy dog as well and we’re at the critical point now where we can transition from making sure Chloe never gets too close to Bella unless we’re holding her, to slowly introducing them to supervised time together. It has been a week or two since Chloe last growled at at Bella, so I am very hopeful we are on our way. In our minds, R and I had figured that by the time Bella was in a toddler bed, the dogs would be sleeping with her in her bed and on her floor instead of ours… her constant companions.


About snarkysillysad
A former marketing professional with 15 years of experience in the technology industry. Through her blog she has shared her journey through pregnancy and motherhood as well as her struggle with migraines, depression, and chronic pain

One Response to Bella and her Nemo

  1. icanhasdiary says:

    I am SO HAPPY to read that Nemo has come around!! It’s funny because I was recently wondering about him and if you were still looking to rehome him. It’s so great it didn’t have to come to that. And it sounds like Chloe is starting to get it, too… I’m hopeful it will all work out wonderfully and you will have that vision of the dogs sleeping in with Bella come true before you know it. Growing up with dogs and cats around is AWESOME. I have so many happy memories of hanging out with our pets when I was little. Bella will have that, too… yay! 🙂

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