Happy Birthday, Bella

by Teresa Smith on October 24, 2012

So I’m the kind of person who celebrates birthdays of their pets. At Christmas, I have stockings with goodies for my cats hanging near the fireplace. I totally admit it… my cats are my family! For seven years, there was just Lorenzo. I never thought I would have another cat. Lorenzo seemed to like having all of the attention. Truth be told, he still does.

Last year, on October 23rd, my brother and I were 25 miles north of here near the small town of Norris. He was hiking and I was taking pictures of the foliage. We were hanging around the grist mill and my brother decided to go check out a path up on the hill.
Knowing I love cats, he came back down and told me that there was a kitten on a bench. I went up to check it out.

Many people had been at the grist mill while we were there. Many people had passed by this cat. She seemed to come alive when we stood there. Something told me she had been abandoned. She was so small. She was very loving and seemed as though she had been around people. She followed us down the hill and got in my car. She sat in my brothers lap the whole way home, not a peep…or meow. My plan was to take her to the animal shelter, but they were closed. The next day I started calling around and couldn’t find a place to take her that was a ‘no kill’ shelter.

One day turned into three. Three days turned into a week, weeks turned into months and months have now turned into a year. During her first week with us, a friend had me take her to a vet to check her out. She thought about taking her. Turns out this little one was almost 2 years old. She was also very sick. The vets scared me with all of their talk, they gave me a med, and told me I must act quickly to save her because she was so ill. In less than a week, I had become attached to this green eyed little girl. They were the voice of authority. I was afraid… I did as they said and gave Bella the meds. Two days later I rushed Bella to the animal ER because she was having trouble breathing. After several hours of testing, the doctor gave me the option of trying the meds again or having him administer a mega dose. I decided against the mega dose. Good thing, because I found out later that many animals die when given that protocol.

I went to a friend/former boss. I didn’t know what to do. She calmed me down. She told me we needed to get Bella stronger, more nutritionally sound before tackling the pathogens. I purchased some organic baby food, sweet potatoes and chicken. She loved it. I started giving her vitamins and probiotics. I also gave her a Bach Remedy for animals called Rescue Remedy.

A year later, Bella is much better. She rarely coughs, her eyes are brighter. She’s a beautiful little girly girl.

I’m thankful for people who can calm me down. I’m thankful that I’ve found a vet who believes in nutrition and alternative therapies. I’m thankful that I found a chiropractor that works with animals too. I’m thankful that I have friends and know others that care about their pets and want to do what’s best for them, who feed them quality foods and treats.

I’m not against traditional vets. They are doing what they were trained to do. They believe what they are doing is correct, however it just doesn’t work for me.

Life is going to have it’s ups and downs. There are going to be people in authority that tell you what they believe to be true and want you to agree with them. There are going to be people in your life that work from a fear based perspective. Stay calm, stay centered, find a good group of supportive people to have around you. Believe in yourself. Believe that God created you for a reason, maybe to even entrust you with the life of a precious animal. Happy Birthday Bella!

Blessings in the coming week

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