For those of you who do not know, Bella passed away on Monday. I am sure everyone thinks their cat is the best… but in Bella’s case she really was remarkable. She made everyone love her, by loving them first. She would instantly purr when you looked at her and would rub on you until you took the time to pet her. She loved to play. She would fetch her ball every single time you threw it, and she never allowed you to untie your shoes without her help. She loved to make Elvis chase her, and she would sit on top of his water bowl and watch him drink and play with his ears. We called her Bella Smella because of the horrible gas she had when she was a kitten, but she actually became our smell detector. She would try to bury anything stinky or anything that smelt like food. She even tried to bury her food bowl. After going to the litter box, she would stick her head out and scratch at the tile floor to pull in pretend dirt to bury her mess. Mostly, she just loved to be with you. She would sit on the bath tub as you brushed your teeth and follow you from room to room as you cleaned. She would allow you to pick her up and lay her on her back like a baby and pet her belly. If you needed to be somewhere the next morning, you couldn’t let her sleep in the room with you. She would wake you up in the middle of the night by laying on your chest and purring as loud as she could. I am positive I will never know another cat quite like Bella Smella. She will always have a piece of my heart. May she rest in peace.