Bella, The Wonder Dog! Dec. 24, 1998 - Oct. 3, 2014If you've visited La Belle Amie Vineyard before, you've probably thrown the ball for Bella...
Bella was not just the vineyard's mascot, she has been our major attraction since the vineyard opened in 2000. She was a super friendly, full-blooded border collie. Because of her color, some would say she was albino. We prefer to call her "pigmentatiously challenged."
For years she greeted visitors (especially children) with tennis ball in mouth ready to play. As the years passed, she slowed down (as we all do) and she reached the point where her mind was willing, but her body was too frail to run. Nonetheless, her eyes always sparkled if a tennis ball was rolled her way and she loved for you to pet her "hello."
Our sweet Bella passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday October 3, 2014. She was a wonderful companion and brought joy to so many. We're quite sure she is already chasing a field full of tennis balls in her afterlife.