This goofy English Springer Spaniel is Bella, a.k.a. Arabella, Bellakazoo, Petal and Girlfriend. She keeps me company wherever I am – she’s a Velcro dog and loves nothing more than being with her people, except maybe being ON her people!

My family adopted her when she was 18 months old, and she appears to have had a bit of a rough go before we got her, so she’s a work in progress like all of us. She’s got a sense of humor, which I never thought I’d say about a dog, but she loves to play and make people laugh. She also has a thing for fabric and will eat strips of the raw silk I use to coil vessels, and she loves to steal towels from the bathrooms and kitchen so someone will chase her.

Because of her springy legs, we have a new verb and command, “boinga!”