For us, dog lovers, nothing hurts worse than the passing of our beloved fur-babies. To help fend off prolonged feelings of melancholy and depression, each of us have our own ways of coping with the loss of a loved one. For Lee Di Bella, her coping mechanism was sharing a bit of her dog’s story with others.

Lee’s precious Pointer, Lab and Greyhound mix, Brian, had been with her for eleven years after being adopted from the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in her hometown of Watertown, Connecticut. Unfortunately, after becoming a huge part of the Di Bella family, Brian died last week. The heartfelt tribute Lee Di Bella wrote for Brian can be read below.

“Brian died peacefully, alongside his mom of nearly 11 years, Wednesday, July 12th, under the care of Stone Veterinary Hospital staff. Brian was adopted by his mother, Lee Dibella, on December 19th, 2006, and quickly became a dog legends are made of. Brian arrived in our home with the ability to not only sit, but also “give paw.” Being able to destroy any crate, gate, door handle or trim and molding in his way, Brian quickly began building loving relationships with all those who came in contact with him, whether it be a new vet, animal control, or whoever’s house he found his way to for an uninvited romp. A lover of couches and blankets, Brian had many hobbies. Some of Brian’s favorite activities included barking at things not there, cuddling alongside you, taking over his mother’s bed, licking his butt, acting like a spazz when it was time to be fed, and trying to figure out who exactly was “the good boy.” In his spare time, Brian dreamt violently, thrashing his legs, presumably chasing dastardly felines or squirrels who dared enter his dreams. The quickest way to Brian’s heart was with a quality scratch of his rear, and a rub of his belly. Brian will be greatly missed by many, but none more so than his mom. Through thick and thin, she loved him with all her heart, and though the pain she feels without him is great, it in no way would compare to having never had him in her life. Besides his mother, Brian leaves behind a sister, Dr. Frigo Delilah, grandmother, Jeannette DiBella; predeceased by a grandfather, David; his uncle, Michael and family; god-mother, Jennifer DeWitt; and many amazing friends throughout the years. At the wishes of Brian’s family, give your dog an extra hug, belly rub, and treat.”

Losing a family member, whether human or another animal, can be a very trying time for grieving loved ones. Lee Di Bella has definitely ensured her pooch, Brian will forever be remembered.

Di Bella’s emotional obituary melted our hearts and we are empathetic to her loss. Please share her story!

Source: Life With Dogs

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