Dear Bessie

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Dear Bessie,

I can’t believe you are the 12th dog we’ve fostered! Don’t worry, you’re not just a number to us. We love you soooooooooo much. Isn’t it crazy that we’ve fostered you since January!? So much has happened during our seven months together, and Travis and I have grown to love you more and more each day. I wanted to share with you seven reasons (one for every month) why I love you…


1. I love the way you greet me every morning when I get home from the gym.

IMG_4891 Whenever I try to stretch, you see it as an open opportunity to jump on my lap and lick my face. I’ll never really understand how you interpret stretching as snuggling, but I’ll take it! Bessie


2. You understand my food photography and never dive for my food when I am taking photos.

You are such a good little listener! Bessie Food

Bessie Food



3. You love peanut butter just like me!

Bessie Food


4. I love how you’ve learned to snuggle by living with us.

When we first picked you up from the vet (they were giving you a check-up after you were taken from the shelter), you were very happy, but we could tell you definitely had never snuggled with a human before. Whenever I tried, you just squirmed around in my lap, never finding a comfortable position. After months of practice, I would now dare to say that snuggling is your favorite activity! Bessie Snuggle


5. I love that “you” send me text messages and selfies when I am not home.

They put a BIG smile on my face. IMG_1302   Bessie Text


6. You are always happy. Even at the vet!

I can’t even count how many times we’ve had to take you to the vet in the last seven months. Despite your regular injuries and illnesses, you are always happy as can be! Nothing can bring you down! Bessie Sick (Remember the time the nice veterinarian lady gave you a happy shot and you got reaaaaalllllyyyyyy sleeeeeeeeeepppppppy?) Bessie Vet

I think you are the only doggie I know who actually LOVES going to the vet. Maybe it is because they always give you lots of treats! Look at how fast your tail is wagging!


7. Bessie, my TOP reason for loving you is that you make us (and everyone you meet) so darn happy!

When you pass people on the street you always have a way of making them smile. When you meet dogs in the park, they love sniffing you and playing with you! You are gentle and patient with every toddler who wants to pet you… even when they pull on your tail. Bessie Friend You, Ms. Bessie, are loved. And from what I can tell, I am pretty sure you love us a whole lot, too.   Bessie

So….Travis (your “foster dad”) and I talked. You see, we couldn’t imagine coming home at the end of the day and not seeing you there to greet us. We couldn’t bear the idea of missing out on one million kisses from you every morning. We couldn’t see a life without you in it.


So, we decided to adopt you! You are now officially part of our little family and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Welcome to your new Forever Home, Bessie. We promise to love you forever!


And they lived happily ever after


  • Jan
    August 6, 2014 - 11:14 am | Permalink

    How very sweet when two wonderful people incorporate a wonderful little dog into their family. You are all very blessed.

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      August 6, 2014 - 11:18 am | Permalink

      Thank you, Jan! We feel so lucky 🙂

  • Miriam
    August 6, 2014 - 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Oh, gosh, I wish Bessie could read. This is lovely.

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      August 6, 2014 - 1:24 pm | Permalink

      I wish she could, too!

    August 7, 2014 - 10:11 am | Permalink

    This is so beautiful–made me cry tears of joy! What a wonderful family!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      August 7, 2014 - 10:58 am | Permalink

      Aww, thank you Krissy! We love you!!

  • Linda Alvarez
    August 7, 2014 - 2:36 pm | Permalink

    What a sweet tale! And Ms. Bessie has a sweet tail, too. The three you make a happy family. I am very impressed that she can text. I would love our dogs to text me and send selfies when I’m at work.

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      August 8, 2014 - 9:51 am | Permalink

      Thank you Linda! Yes, she is very tech savvy 😉

  • Nancy
    August 8, 2014 - 12:37 pm | Permalink

    OK I’m a little weepy now. So happy that you guys decided to keep her. She is really a stand out for me among all the dogs I’ve worked with in the last 8 yrs with ML. I think you all hit the jackpot finding each other!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      August 8, 2014 - 3:48 pm | Permalink

      Aww, thank you Nancy! I know Bessie loves you so much! She was always so excited to see you every week 🙂

  • Lauren
    August 10, 2014 - 9:58 pm | Permalink

    I just have to say that I literally wept through this whole thing! Jeeez – it was so perfectly sweet. I adopted my best friend from Much Love 3 years ago and I know the feeling…

    Congrats to all three of you!


    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      August 11, 2014 - 8:32 am | Permalink

      Aww, Lauren! It is the best feeling, isn’t it!? Thank you so much for your sweet comment 🙂

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