It Takes a Village
(The Story of Miracle Bella)
It was the fall of 2012 and Bella sustained a traumatic brain injury at 5 months old. She was paralyzed, deaf and blind. Her paperwork said “Humanely euthanize.” But then angels stepped in. Pet Tails Rescue received the following message in our mailbox from a rescue in Georgia: That was just the beginning of the story of this sweet girl we called “Miracle Bella.”
The challenges for Miracle Bella were considered insurmountable. The challenges for Pet Tails Rescue were nearly as difficult. Initially we had to consider her safe transport to NH. The shelter was in a very remote area of Georgia and an army of volunteers would be needed to transport and foster this girl along the way to bring her to NH. Since Pet Tails Rescue is a foster-based rescue, we also needed a local family who would care for her, drive her to countless vet appointments, work within her disabilities to uncover her “abilities”, love her, hold her and reassure her that everything was going to be okay. The world was a pretty scary place for this girl since her only senses were smell and touch.
Medical visits with specialists stated that Miracle Bella’s disabilities were not likely to get better although there could be some minor improvements as her brain swelling continued to decrease. We held onto those words like a ray of hope. We explored holistic options and Miracle Bella had multiple reiki, physical therapy and massage sessions.
There were numerous challenges. The weeks turned into months of walking in circles and more circles and always in the same direction. How do you handle that? Where is the reverse button when you need it? And then, when one’s patience and heartache are at the breaking point, when you think you have done everything you can and are about to throw in the towel, Miracle Bella began to straighten her circles. And started walking into walls. But that we could handle. A small and relatively appropriate “halo”Â was attached to Miracle Bella and she soon learned her surroundings.
There were baby steps with each measured goal and we rejoiced in each and every single one. We chronicled every step of this girl’s journey through social media and told her story. Finally she was ready. It was time to find a special family to love Miracle Bella (all 7 lbs of her) just the way she was.
Miracle Bella, now known as Tabitha, lives a happy life with Melinda and her son Marshall in Vermont. She regained her hearing within the year following the adoption. She now runs with the wind at her back, dances for her food and loves her visits to the local ice cream shop for her frozen doggie yogurt. Mom Melinda states you would never even know that Tabitha is blind; her circles are now speedy runs all around the house. Every one of her other senses has compensated for her loss of vision. Nothing stops this girl! She is simply amazing and truly a miracle
This was a journey of love and compassion for this little girl. It would not have been possible without the generosity of a multitude of many giving hearts along the way. The gratitude we hold in our hearts for the many who held and comforted her, transported her, cared for her and loved her every step of the way is overwhelming. Our cup runneth over and our village rocks!