As our eyes met, my instinct was to hug Bella, but I restrained myself. We remained glued in place, just staring at each other. I told her I want to help her, that she is welcome in our home. Then, I said it would benefit her very much to have some water. Within seconds she looked at the water, back at me, then proceeded to drink a little of the water. I could not believe what happened and that I was able to communicate with her in such a way. Next, I sensed she wanted more chicken.
This was just the beginning of how Bella and I would communicate together. My alertness to her communication became heightened and we established a strong, beautiful connection. This is the beginning of how Bella became part of our family, a story that began over ten years ago.