On June 2nd at 5AM, our tiny survivor Bella finally stopped fighting & crossed the rainbow bridge. She touched so many hearts in her short time here on earth and we will never forget her.
This month we honor the life of Bella, a strong fighter whose life was cut short. Bella was one of the 4 siblings to be rescued by Lucy during her trip to Cartagena at beginning of 2018. While on her vacation, Lucy went above and beyond to spay and neuter twelve dogs on Playa Blanca. Two of Bella’s siblings (Harper and Charlotte) and their mother were spayed during that trip. However, Lucy wanted to do more after seeing the struggling conditions of Bella and her siblings (Harper, Charlotte, Eloise and their brother). She took even more initiative to call Cartagena Paws to ask for help rescuing and fostering them. Maureen went to the pups and took the two weakest to the vet, Bella and her brother. On the way to the vet, Bella’s brother died. Bella, being the other weakest, had many close calls during the beginning of her rescue, but she fought hard to make it through. Lucy fell in love with this determined little girl with the adorable under bite and decided to adopt her.
Lucy then took it upon herself to sponsor treatment for Bella and all of her siblings by having them spayed and provided for in foster at the veterinarian. While at the vet for four months, it was discovered that Bella had a kidney disease and would go into kidney failure in the near future. Even knowing this, Lucy funded treatments for Bella to have a longer life and continue with the adoption. She knew Bella wouldn’t have long, but she wanted the life she did have to be the best possible.
When Bella was finally healthy enough at the beginning of April 2018, she went to live with Cartagena Paws Creative Director, Stephanie Brown, and her dog, Reesie. There Bella began to grow stronger and found a perfect puppy playmate in her foster sister. On May 11, Bella was finally able to fly to the United States and be with her savior, Lucy, in Washington D.C.
Shortly after she arrived though, what was feared most occurred, Bella’s kidneys started to fail. Lucy provided her with the best care possible with the assistance of her veterinarian in the States, but the inevitable had come. Bella was in full kidney failure. Lucy made sure that Bella’s last remaining days were as happy and comfortable as possible and on June 2 she was taken to heaven. While her life of earth was small, Bella made a strong impact on several lives and will remain in the hearts of many.
Cartagena Paws wants to thank Lucy for all of her unwavering efforts with Bella and her siblings and offer our deepest condolences for your loss.