The day the cuddle was born, it was a little early.
It wasn’t long before we were looking for the perfect pet for my sister and me, and we knew we had to find a puppy or two.
We picked up a puppy named Bella, a cross between a Labrador and a Yorkshire terrier.
It was cute, and she was a bit shy, but we were happy to have a companion in our life.
We knew Bella wasn’t going to be a companion for long.
Bella is now 7 years old, and her life has been full of trials and tribulations.
The day she was born she was taken from her family, and placed in a foster home.
She was born with a medical condition called microcephaly.
It causes a birth defect called microcysticercosis, which can cause developmental delays and learning disabilities in babies.
Microcephale means ‘little head’ in Greek.
She had the tiny head that looks like a cross-section of a head.
When Bella was born at home, her family was so worried that they were leaving her in the care of the foster carers, they sent her to a hospital.
They didn’t know what the baby would do or how long it would take her to develop normally.
After a couple of months, her condition improved, and Bella was released back into the foster home, but the conditions continued to deteriorate.
Over the next few months, Bella was diagnosed with a serious medical condition that required hospitalisation and that was a sign that she wasn’t ready to be home with us.
The staff at the foster centre we visited were great, caring and kind, but they weren’t always available for us.
Bella had a rough start in life, and that started to affect her mental health.
She would wake up crying, and it wasn’t always an easy time for us, because we were so concerned about her.
It was a big worry to us, but Bella was an absolute sweetheart and she would come to our rescue whenever she needed us.
She would sit next to us on the couch and play with us, or just lay on her side and play.
She was a sweetheart, and so was she, she just needed a little bit of love.
At first we were really upset about it.
I remember one day I was in my room crying, when I saw Bella sitting on the bed.
I thought, Oh my God, I need to cry, but I kept it down.
She’s not like that.
As time passed, Bella started to grow more confident.
Her confidence was improving, and the staff were very kind to Bella.
We were very thankful for that.
Bella would go on walks, play, and hang out with us for a while.
When Bella finally was ready to go home with her family and we were able to reunite with them, I was happy for Bella, because I knew she was safe.
She is a sweet little girl.
We were happy for her to be here, but it was hard.
Bella’s health had deteriorated, and I knew it was time for her home.
We decided to move her to an adult foster home when Bella’s condition improved enough to allow her to go back home.
It’s been a year and a half now, and everything has been going well.
She loves to play, eat and nap.
She has been very well since we moved her in, and now she’s ready to start kindergarten.
We’re happy to see Bella on the way to becoming a happy, confident, independent child, and hopefully she will grow up to be just like her brother.
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