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Life with Pets @ Home {Meet Bella!}

by | Apr 24, 2014 | Authentic Living, Decorating Inspiration, Jack

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Life with Pets @ Home {Meet Bella!}
Meet Bella, the newest pup in our family.

Life with Pets @ Home {Meet Bella!}


She is an eight week old Australian Labradoodle. She is going to live with our daughter Kylee soon. Bella is kind of like our grand-pup :-) but we don’t like to use that word to describe us heheh. Three of us in our house are really allergic to pet hair so we are happy we’ve found a few breeds we can have in our home! Bella is the same breed as Lily. Jack is a Goldendoodle, you can find his blog here, his Facebook here, and naturally, his Instagram here.  I know.

Life with Pets @ Home {Meet Bella!}

We introduced her to Jack and Lily as their new cousin over the weekend :-). They love her already.

Life with Pets @ Home {Meet Bella!}

My girls and I were working the other day in our family room and we brought Bella in to hang out with us.

Life with Pets @ Home {Meet Bella!}

We really didn’t get much done after she came in. She was busy being cute and we were busy trying to keep her away from our papers.

Life with Pets @ Home {Meet Bella!}

This is how real life is around here. It’s crazy. It’s lively. It’s fun. It’s loud. It’s almost like having many toddlers in the house. Except they have fur.

Our home is full of everything that is meaningful to us. Nothing is ever perfect or left in place or perfectly kept, but at least we can laugh about it. We surround ourselves with what we love. While many people have come to think living with what you love must mean accumulating lots of meaningful accessories, we happen to find a lot of joy being surrounded by these pups. People and pets make our home come alive.

I promise our house is not a smelly place filled with dog hair, we aren’t crazy dog people. Well maybe we are but we do keep our house clean enough and the pups get their haircut and baths regularly. I do have my limitations. And smelly dogs or lots of dog hair would tip me over the edge. Fortunately these dogs don’t smell or shed or drool.

Life with Pets @ Home {Meet Bella!}

We normally block off the big opening to our family room with a bunch of chairs and garbage cans (you know, so it looks photo ready at all times) so the puppy is confined to a smaller area in the kitchen.

Can you see Jack trying to make a break for it over the barricade behind my son’s head? Nobody puts Jack in the corner. Except when he puts himself in the powder room to calm himself down. He has anxiety issues about people or dogs walking down the street. Pups make you laugh and sometimes annoy you but you still love them. And they always love you back.

Life with Pets @ Home {Meet Bella!}

Her face.

Life with Pets @ Home {Meet Bella!}

Life with Pets @ Home {Meet Bella!}

Do you live with pets? Tell me about your sweet furry animals!

Bella came from Mt. Park Labradoodles. If you are able to get a rescued pet and can provide the right home for them, of course go that route! There are many pups out there who need homes and are just as lovable and precious as ours. 


  1. Rondell

    So cute, they are adorable just love this breed and love the part that they don’t shed.

  2. KarenFreemansworld

    Bella is absolutely gorgeous, and you have captured some great images. My friend has a Labradoodle which I have looked after a couple of times, and being a non shedding breed is definitely a plus. I have to say at first glance at Bella I thought she was a Cockapoo which is another non shedding breed and equally as cute. Hope you are going to post a diary of Bella growing up. Before I submit my comment I have just gone back and had another glance at the photos, she really is adorable.



  3. Marie

    Oh my goodness, she is precious!! I want one!

  4. Joy

    Hi Melissa, I love reading about your dogs. We are a dog loving family too! We have two Golden Retrievers and although LOVE them dearly, the hair does put me over the edge on most days :) Next time around, I would definitely consider the breed of either Jack or Lily. So cute. I look forward to your blog every morning. Enjoy your new addition. Bella is adorable :)

  5. Summer

    She might just be the cutest pup I have ever seen!!! I have a labradoodle and I remember when she looked like that :) Such a precious face!

  6. Colleen

    I totally agree with you about Puppy Love. There is nothing like it :-) We rescued a Parson’s Terrier 2 1/2 years ago when our youngest went off to college and was worried we would need someone to take care of on a daily basis. She was right, it was one of the best things we have ever done. She has brought so much joy to our lives. She is actually sitting on the back of the couch behind me as I write this.

  7. Amy

    Maybe my favorite post so far, because it talks about real life with dogs. We have 3 BIG dogs (2 are Great Danes) so I can totally relate to the chaos of everyday life. However, I would not change a thing. Muddy pawprints can be cleaned up, couch covers can be washed, but the joy of owning dogs and the unconditional love they give is something I could never go without. I would like to see more posts about your daily life with Jack and Lily and how you manage to keep the daily clutter to a minimum. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Drew Elizbeth

    Having a dog is the best thing! We started with one…a bichon/shi-tzu boy named Louie. I loved having a little furry baby so much that we adopted our second one from a shelter….a little girl named Millie (still not sure what breed she is)! Your pup is too cute! Enjoy!

  9. Jessica

    Your new pup is so sweet. I would love to have a dog again, but I just don’t think I can in my apartment. I’m not sure my kitty would like it either. ;)

  10. Lisa D

    Welcome Bella!! She’s adorable. We have 2 Cockapoos (non shedding and non smelly :-)
    Lucy and Riky are half brother and sister. We got Lucy first and three years later decided
    She needed a pal, so we went back to the breeder and got Riky. They have the same father.
    We too, love having dogs around the house. They bring so much love and laughter. They are
    A big blessing in our home….I hope Bella doesn’t miss Jack and Lilly too much
    When she goes to her own home …. Maybe she’ll need a pal too :-)
    Thx for sharing her with us!

  11. Cristina F

    I’m in Love with your Bella. I have a Shih Tzu named Bella. My first baby I call her.

  12. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Bella is the cutest little pup ever!

  13. Michelle

    My husband and I never had pets when we were kids and we never consider ourselves as animal people. That is until our youngest son who is soon to be 15 asked every year since he was three for a dog. After a lot of research for the perfect breed for our family my husband gave in five years ago and we brought home our little Maxwell. He is a black and white cockapoo and is such a joy to have. We love that little guy like he is one of our children. The person who enjoys him the most is the person who was the most resistant to get him. My husband. Max really is a mans best friend.
    Jack and Lilly are adorable and Bella is so darn cute.
    Thank you for sharing.

  14. tina

    Oh she is precious!!! I love Lily and Jack – am so happy ya’ll now have a third pup in the family! We have one pup – a sweet little yorki-poo. She is just barely over 10 pounds. I totally adore her, as does my husband. Personally, I do not want a “perfect” home. I want a lived-in home. Our house doesn’t smell either, although I have had people ask me if it does! Some people can’t imagine that you can have a clean house and have a pet too! I can not imagine not having my baby. Pets give you unconditional love. Who else wags their tail the minute you walk through the door???

    Thanks for sharing Bella and I hope you continue to post pix of the pups! I love them!!


  15. Missy Robinson

    Thank you for the reminder. We are a family of seven with just one pup, but EVERYONE is asking for another this summer. I didn’t think I was ready for the additional chaos, but this put me over!

  16. jo

    We have one dog and yes, she is a part of the family. Bella is making me want to get another. It will be interesting to see how she looks as she gets older. She certainly couldn’t be more adorable.

  17. Kelly

    She is just adorable! Congrats on your newest addition! And thank you so much for the shout out to rescue pups!! I have 2 rescued pit bulls, both were scheduled to be euthanized, and they are my world. I love reading your blog during my lunch break; your home is beautiful and gives me lots of ideas for mine!

  18. Marie Lavender

    What a cutie – that face is just precious and she looks like a little stuffed teddy bear! Life with dogs IS chaotic, but so worth every second. We have two – a Boxer and a Corgi – along with three cats, and the tumbleweeds of fur that accumulate in our home everyday are ridiculous and a lot of work to keep under control. But the amount of joy, companionship, and entertainment they provide our family just can’t be compared to anything else and we’ll always have a house full!

  19. Katie martell

    I love your new grandpup, and all your furbabies! We live in the same county, and have a Bichon Frise, 2 cats, a cockatiel and are currently fostering 2 kittens for the Humane Society. Love your blog!

  20. Barbara

    I just saw a pin of Bella on Pinterest and had to come over to say hi, she is adorable!

  21. Cheyenne Renard

    Your fur babies are so adorable.I would love to know where you got your babies , they are beyond cute. I love your blog im new to it. I am going to get your book . Thank you for sharing , i want to move back to the Seattle area and then get a baby like yours they are all cute all 3 of them, Thank you again and Congrats on your new book. Much success to you Melissa. Love to you all Cheyenne from Henderson Nv.

  22. Danielle

    Hi I was wondering how u finished your door to withstand dogs scratching at it? Paint type and did u clear coat over top. Love your home!!!!


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