I just wanted to give all of you a quick update on Belle, the dog who was abandoned following the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan and who later found a new home with my parents in Canada. Belle has been enjoying her new forever home—she loves exploring the backyard, going for walks as long as her short legs can handle, and getting lots of cuddles on the couch.
Our family vet said that Belle seemed to have never been exercised as she had very little muscle tone. We suspect that she also spent very little time outside because every whiff of grass in my family’s backyard seems to generate endless excitement for her. Overall, Belle’s health has been very good, although she’s still adjusting a bit to her new no-chew diet after having almost all of her teeth removed.
Belle and I bonded during our trip from Niigata to Surrey, and I was really sad to leave her when I returned to Asia. When I was home with Belle and my family, I was delighted to be Belle’s favorite and the one she always begged for cuddles. But I’m even happier to report that Belle is not missing me too much because it appears that I was quickly replaced by my mom as Belle’s fav human!
If you want to help dogs like Belle, please donate to PETA U.S.’ Animal Emergency Fund. And please don’t forget to make plans now in case disaster strikes. Planning in advance for the worst—even if it may be difficult to think about—will help ensure that your animal companions are never separated from you in the event of a natural disaster.
Posted by Ashley Fruno