When we were children, we both loved dogs; Isabelle’s dogs was called Vania, Pascal’s dog was called Fifi.
When we had our children, we lived in France in an apartment but it wasn’t a good environment to have a dog. We missed having a dog in the family, but it was a good thing we didn’t have one because bringing it to Australia would have been very difficult. They don’t allow dogs unless they are put in quarantine and it would have been a traumatising experience for both the dog and us. Later when we found a house with a fenced backyard, it was time to think about having a dog. Isabelle had fallen in love with Westies a long time ago when she saw a commercial on TV for a famous brand of dog food. Pascal looked forward to having a pair of fuzzy slippers like Fifi was.
When we saw Bella for the first time at her breeder’s house, it was love at first sight, but we had no idea how she would change our lives.
Bella is a very fussy eater so we had to find the best dog food for her. She also loves the pancakes we make ! She is very playful and affectionate and complains very loudly if we forget that it's time for her walk
One day, Isabella started trying some clothes that had been worn by our children when they were little on Bella. She found that they suited her and that she was patient and enjoyed all the attention she was getting when Pascal was taking photographs, not to mention the treats she was getting afterwards. The movie “Julie and Julia” gave us the idea to start this blog and the popularity of the blog led us to publishing a book “Paw Steps to Happiness”.
This book brought a lot of happiness around us, we gave some to the Australian Animal Protection Society, Starlight children’s foundation and some retirement houses.
After Bella’s book, we wrote a book on our country of birth "Dear France, Sweet country of my childhood". It was recently featured in French Provincial Magazine.
We are now preparing another book and we say thank you to Bella for giving us this wonderful opportunity . She is such a wonderful friend for us, we don’t mind that she isn’t our fuzzy slippers, we have found these instead !
"I've got my own fuzzy slippers, they're great for keeping my ears warm !"