Thursday, May 3, 2012

Bella At The Ball

On Saturday (April 21) GABR held their annual fund raiser in Morris, IL.  This is one of two fund raisers that GABR does yearly and brings in tons of funds for the hounds.  It consists of a Silent Auction, Dinner and a Live Auction.  Well this year since Bella was on the 2011 Year End Newsletter they asked if Bella could make a special surprise guest appearance that night.  Of course, I had no trouble agreeing to this, then to find out the night before they want us on stage to say a few words.  Oh, yea that could happen, NOT.

Bella got the honor of travelling to Morris, IL with Mom and Dad all by herself.  She was treated like a queen with a limousine service at her beck and call.  Of course, I have been worried for weeks on how she would do in a large building with 300+ people because she is still very timid with these types of surroundings.  As in previous posts I indicated I was taking Bella for nursing home visits to help her adjust to this.  We have to say Bella is much more better with 2-leggers than 4-leggers.  She was timid but so good during it all with all the "Bright Lights" and clapping, and OH How Cute, etc. etc.  She sure did much better on stage then Mom did as I hardly got started talking and started to cry.  This is when my husband went and sat down, what a trooper he was.  Of course, he was in charge of handling the camera while we were on stage and he said his hand was shaking so bad he couldn't take pictures.  WTF is up with that?

Here is her schedule on how we prepared for her big weekend, we take things slow with Bella as not to stress her to much.

Monday - Nails were trimmed
Tuesday - Ears were washed
Wednesday - Eyelashes trimmed
Thursday - Nursing Home visit (fail), trip to the Pet store (success)
Friday - Rest up and pack, teeth brushed
Saturday Morning - Bath time

So without further ado here is Miss Bella enjoying her special weekend like a queen.  Or as the saying goes.....The Bell(a) of the Ball.

Friday Night Packing of her overnight bag

Here is my special bag I got to take

All the things in my overnight bag 


My pawty dress 

I wore the silver bling collar with my dress 

Saturday Morning Bath time

Not favorite thing to do when you have two 4-leggers begging you to get out.

Arrival at my hotel room

You say this is my very own bed
I'll take it! 
Claiming my bed 

Nice photo Mom, you need be quicker with that flashy beast 
Okay a little better

At the Big Event

Here is a not so good picture that my Dad took, he said his hand was shaking to much.  BOL 
Note:  We are still waiting for the pictures from the professional photographer.  We will post them when we get them, we are sure they are 100% better.

After all the Ball festivities they said I had to attend the After Hours Party.  When is a girl suppose to get her beauty sleep.

Here I am trying to understand why all these people make such a fuse over me 

Finally a little break 

Oh, can you see my bling collar I wore with my dress at the ball.  It didn't show up in the other picture of me and my dress.  Everyone just loved my bling collar. 
Please take me back to my hotel room.

Finally some sleep
Seriously, why did she think she need so many pictures of me sleeping

Here I am waiting for Mom and Dad to finish packing to go back home after my big weekend.  I still look very sleepy 

I am not cut out to be a late night pawty hound 

Wow, what a weekend I had.

Sniffs, The HoundDogs


  1. Bella, I'm so glad you had such a good time at the ball! I know that sometimes those late night parties get tiresome, but a girl hates to miss anything, too. I love your party dress and collar, too! Tres chic!


  2. Oh Bella! You were the bell of the ball! What a terrific job you did and you looked absolutely fabulous in that dress! I just love your over night bag. I don't know why we take so many pictures of our babies sleeping, but we do. :) You sure do look tuckered out after all that excitement. You'll be glad to be home and get some much needed rest! :-)

  3. We just know you had to be the Bell(a) of the Ball - you looked so nice. But it is hard work being a diva, bet you slept well.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  4. Simply pawsome, Bella! Mama got all misty just reading and looking at the pictures, so goodness knows how worthless she'd be if ever I got to have such a big moment...

  5. How awesome! I just love her lil dress! And she looks so sweet cuddled up under the blanket asleep :)

  6. Love, love , love this story! Bella, you are a star!

  7. Looks like you had a Fantastic time, Bella.... You were indeed the Bella of the Ball.

    pawhugs, Max

  8. Oh Sherri thank you so much for showing me these pics, oh she is so sweet and I love the bling collar with her dress. What a great weekend she is the perfect girl to be the belle of the ball. Thank you for the sweet woeds on my blog about my health today :)

  9. First, I just luv luv LUV your overnight bag! Fantastic! :D And your outfit? The BOMB! Bella your pooped out passed out in your very own hotel bed were scrumptiously cuuuuute! :D and did I hear you got to ride in a LIMO?!!! WOW! Such a star you are :D

    Waggin at ya,

    1. Roo, we may have mislead you on the LIMO part. Bella thinks that our BUV (Basset Utility Vehicle) is her LIMO and I was her chauffer for the night. It wasn't really a LIMO, but we let her think it was. :) HoundDogMom

  10. She looks beautiful

    Stop on by for a visit


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