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3309 Tributes to Bella

October 14, 2014
Poor little baby dog. You will cross over Rainbow Bridge and meet many new friends. You will always be the hearts those who knew you especially Tarra. You have been a good and loyal buddy. RIP Bella. :(
Sherri, CA
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October 14, 2014
Little Bella, I'm so sorry to hear about what happened to you. You were so close to Tarra and I know she loved you very much as you did her. I know that you waiting at Rainbow Bridge where one day you and Tarra will meet again and cross over it together. Rest in peace, little one.
Nancy Nortell, Buffalo Grove, IL
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October 6, 2014
I am so sorry to hear what happened to beautiful, loving Bella. You can see how clearly they love each other, and people say animals have no feelings. The ones who say that apparently have never been so unconditionally loved by one. I hope Tarra will be alright. R.I.P. Bella, you will be missed.
Donna, United States
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October 2, 2014
To all , since no witnesses of the incident are available humans might assume that Tarra could have possibly been invoved somehow in Bella's death .
To answer that look how softly Tarra uses her massive foot to gently rub Bella . Or Tarra waiting for Bella when she was sick .
No Tarra was her best friend no doubt , and she grieves in ways we can't fathom .
Gianfranco Fronzi , Sault Canada
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September 21, 2014
Tarra, I am so very sorry for your loss of your beloved Best Friend Bella! I wish I spoke elephant and could help you through this. I have experienced this same loss and I still don't understand why.
Bella, You are a good girl! Be Tarra's guardian angel as you were here on earth. You will never forgotten because Elephants never forget nor will the people that were fortunate enough to be touched by you. You are Loved and will be missed!
Yvette Torres, Riverside, CA
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September 13, 2014
I was so overjoyed to see your story on CBS Sunday morning. I have watched every video of Tara and Bella a hundred times and shared them all on Facebook. Your story has inspired me to get even more involved in saving the elephants from poaching.

I was on YouTube watching your videos yet again and was so deeply saddened to learn that Bella passed away. She was so full of love. It is heartbreaking when a pet who is so loyal and devoted passes. It's like a big chunk of your heart that was once closed off to love goes with her. It's the hardest part of life, in my opinion. Bella was an incredible dog, a one in a million and Tara was blessed to have her to help each other heal from past wounds.

May your spirit continue to ignite love and inspire goodness in all mankind, beautiful Bella.
Danielle Ruysschaert , California
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July 19, 2014
Rip little sweet bella. My heart hurts, but I'm happy to know you had such a special friendship. Terry will go on and remember all the great things about you. Many humans will too, you are a legend sweet bella.
ninni f, San diego CA
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July 19, 2014
Hey Bella, I was just watching a show about your amazing friendship with Tarra. I feel so badly that you and she were separated far too soon and in such a way. I am so worried about Tarra as I cannot find any updates on how she is doing. Please watch over her from heaven
Shannon, San Diego, CA
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June 22, 2014
Although I never met you, sweet angel Bella, I love you! Hearing the story of you and Tarra makes me cry but also makes me so happy that you found each other and had such a great life together! The love between you and Tarra can teach us all. Rest in peace, Bella, and continue to watch over Tarra.
Gina, New Haven, CT
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June 9, 2014
I am saddened to find out after Bella's recovery and her and Tarra being reunited after Bella's back injury that Bella met such an awful death. This was such a sweet story.
Sarah Nelson, Dallas TX
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June 7, 2014
I was devastated to learn of Bella's death!!! Tarra and Bella were such a beautiful inspiration to us all. I'm so, so sad to hear to hear Bella died in such a horrible way...by a gang of thugs!
Please give Tarra extra hugs!
Joan, San Diego, CA
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May 30, 2014
dear tarra and bella i watched the show yesterday on you tube and i cried because it really touched me to know that two animals and a connection with each other i love you tarra and i miss you bella

amber , saginaw michigan
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May 19, 2014
Dear Sirs Good afternoon!Just read this interesting article regarding Bella and
her best friend Tarra.I am sad that she passed away,but thank God she had a wonderful time with her at your Location.Animals are wonderful.
Kind regards Solon Lechonitis
Solon Lechonitis, Bad Sachsa -Germany
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April 25, 2014
bella and tarra were lerning about you in shared reading and iu know how tarra is felling without you its very sad and i always wish i was a dog like you and send this to tarra too ok now were was i oh ya im years old and i hope i get on your page and if i were there i would pet your tummy bella and give you an ice cream love
7 year old Breanne and 1 year old Bianca
Breanne and Bianca, El Paso, Texas
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February 28, 2014
This was so cute story poor tarra she lost her best friend Bella how is tarra now has she found another friend please tell how she is now 2014
christa, cape cod
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February 14, 2014
Happy 40th Birthday, Tarra!
Love, Tom Picchi and Malissa C. Vavra, Clarksburg, WV
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February 14, 2014
Tarra, my gentle giant,
Turns 40 this Valentine's Day;
And although I can only watch from above,
Special birthday wishes are on their way!

Now living at the Rainbow Bridge,
I can only be there in spirit.
But, let me say, "Happy Birthday, dear Tarra!"
Listen closely and you will hear it!

A friend called the wonderful people at TES,
To order a special treat;
A 40th birthday surprise from your BFF,
For you and your ele-sisters to eat.

However you want to celebrate,
Whatever you choose to do,
I hope that you remember,
That I am right there next to you.

And since today's your birthday,
This chance I will not miss;
To wrap my angel wings around you,
For an elephant-sized hug and a kiss.

Happy Birthday, my sweet valentine!
Though today we are apart;
Memories keep me going,
You are forever in my heart!

Happy 40th Birthday and Happy Valentine's Day, Tarra!

I LOVE YOU!

XOXO

Love, Bella, Your Little Dog , The Rainbow Bridge, just this side of Heaven
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January 10, 2014
I think of you two often. Bella and Tarra showed the world how unlikely pairs cannot only bond in friendship but flourish. You have touched so many lives with your love.
I pray Tarra you will find friendship again and your heart will slowly heal. You touched the world with your love. I hope you can feel our love for you.

Forever in our hearts.
D Newman, Thousand Oaks, Ca
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January 4, 2014
Dear wonderful Bella,
You and Tarra hold such a remarkable friendship that can never be broken. You continue to be loved and greatly missed by Tarra. Please watch over her, will you? You have made her so happy in the past. Even though I found out about the sanctuary only months ago, I miss you. At least you and Tarra got to spend lot's of time with each other, after all, you were an inseparable pair. Although you were an unusual pair, you were still an amazing pair.

Rest in peace sweet Bella.
Sree Namboothiri, Lexington, KY
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December 31, 2013
still missed and always remembered.
linda, toronto, canada
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December 8, 2013
What a beautiful story!
Thank you for sharing! :-)
Ash, UK
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December 5, 2013
God Bless you sweet girls...animals are so amazing. There are no words to describe how deeply touched I am because of the unconditional love and devotion these two had.
Angie Edbrooke, Tampa, FL
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November 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving Bella.
Mike, San Diego
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November 15, 2013
What a story of devotion that was. I am so glad to have Carol's book Tarra & Bella with its wonderful photos.
Shirley Green, United States
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November 1, 2013
Tarra and Bella...Thank You.

Unique is your story,
Unlikely was your friendship.
United by love,
Universal is your message.



Kathleen Zarnosky, USA
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October 31, 2013
It is hard to believe that two years have gone by already.....it just seems like yesterday that we heard Bella's story....how she was first spotted guarding an old piece of equipment on Sanctuary property. The friendship between Tarra and Bella was such a special and loving experience....you are missed little Bella
Susan, British Columbia, Canada
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October 31, 2013
God bless you Bella you were an extraordinary dog, I wish I could have know you in this life.. R.I.P my sweet Bella I will always remember you and your heart warming story of two unlikely friends Tarra and Bella..
Teresa Noisette-Lundy, Columbia SC
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October 30, 2013
Bella has been inspiration to so many of us. Watching her interaction with all her elephant friends - especially her BFF Tarra has taught us ALL so much about true love and unconditional loyalty no matter the differences between two. The day Bella passed my heart sank but always she will be a ray of sunshine highlighted within my memories.
Angela, New York
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October 30, 2013
NAMASTE DEAR BELLA.
shirley walter, ocala, fl
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October 29, 2013
Dear sweet Bella. You have truly taught us all a valuable lesson!
Susan Dunn, Nashville, Tennessee
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October 29, 2013
Bella, a perfect name for a beautiful girl. I wish dogs could live as long as they are good, because then they would live forever.
Arlene, CA
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October 29, 2013
I can't believe that it has been two years since Bella's passing !This will
always be a reminder that we all should
get along as well as Tara and Bella did !


louise baranick, pleasant valley new york
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October 29, 2013
You are very much missed Bella & what an inspiration you are too many.
Beth, Springhill, Florida
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October 29, 2013
Dear sweet Bella. I know you passed away on Oct.26th and I know it was a very sad day for your best friend Tarra. I know you are in dog heaven looking down on Tarra. You are surely missed by the caretakers and Tarra but I hope you had great days on this planet with Tarra. GOD BLESS YOU BELLA.
Pamela Kaczynski, Pittsburgh, PA
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October 29, 2013
I can't believe it's been 2 years already. Much LOVE TO Bella and Tarra!!! You had a one of a kind friendship!! We could all learn from that.! Run free Bella! You are missed!!!
Michele, Ontario, Canada
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October 29, 2013
The best thing about friendships is, they can't be broken even when separated by death! Love and miss you, sweet Bella!! Your story was such an inspiration!
Judi Oliver, Texas
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October 29, 2013
Your life inspires in so many ways although you didn't intend it.
You had no home, and found one.
You had no friends,and Tara found you.
You had no love, it was given to you and continues from your story of friendship.
Thank you Bella for reminding all about the depths of love.
Cindy Wilson, Roswell, NM
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October 29, 2013
Oh Bella, you are missed! You were one of a kind and I know your caregivers and your sweet Tarra think of you daily. This world has learned so much from your unusual friendship and you will be remembered by generations to come.
georganna, virginia
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October 29, 2013
The story of Tarra & Bella is a beautiful story ! The world would be a better place if only people could see beyond differences !! Humans could learn alot ! Run free Bella !!
Tammi , Holiday, florida
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October 28, 2013
Hey, Bella! It is hard to believe you have been gone two years. I think of you and Tarra often. I love you both.
Your friend, Liz
Liz N., Oshkosh, WI
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October 28, 2013
Sweet sweet Bella..my dog is also named, Bella, (such an honor). It is difficult for me to read or see photos of Bella and Tarra without becoming choked up. Run free, Bella.....you are so very very loved and your purpose here on Mother Earth lives on more and more each day....Pure love and truth...You and Tarra have such a powerful message...We are all here to help each other and to love....Love and light <3
Debbie Foray, Horseheads, NY
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October 26, 2013
Two years have passed since Bella was
taken from Tarra... I think of both of
you often...

What a very special friendship... thank
you for all you have taught all of us
about the real meaning of friendship...

Know you are loved by many...

Dr. Susan P. , WA
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October 26, 2013
Thanks to the internet this wonderful and beautiful story of two loving hearts who crossed animal kingdom borders and loved and trusted each other, is still being shared. Bless little Bella's heart and Tarra's big heart...I hope Tarra finds a new friend to share more of her life with...as I am sure Bella would have wanted her to....blessed are the innocent...blessed are all who are loved...and blessed are we who share their stories so they can live on forever
Suzie Pelt, Ontario Canada
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October 26, 2013
Two years! And, I still cry when I remember your sweet, loving nature. Bella, you are still in Tarra's heart and with those that loved you.
Debbie Blankenship, Hornsby, TN
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October 14, 2013
I just can't stop crying. We, as a species, can learn so much from these true friends.
Patricia, Toronto, Ontario
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October 7, 2013
In memory of a beautiful trusting girl, run free little one.You were very special.
Geraldine , Calgary ,Canada
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September 27, 2013
In memory of Bella.
Becky, Maryland
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September 23, 2013
I just found out about this amazing friendship. I'm crying because I love Bella, although she died almost 2 years ago and I didn't know her before. R.I.P. sweet dog
Svetlana, Russia
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September 6, 2013
Our 3rd grade class just watched the Bella and Tarra video, and we were reminded to appreciate each other's differences. We love Bella and Tarra. We wish that Bella was still there to play with Tarra. We are sorry that Bella passed away. We loved Bella because she was a good dog and great friend.
Ms. Seymore's 3rd Grade Class
Rockwall, TX
WE LOVE YOU TARRA AND BELLA!
Ms Seymore's Class, Rockwall, TX
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August 30, 2013
I think of this pair often and hope Terra has mended and is living a happy life! Such a beautiful story of the friendship they shared!
Beth Stout, Sunset Beach, NC
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August 13, 2013
Dear sweet Bella, your beautiful story touched my heart as it has millions who have heard it. It is a shame that such beauty is not shared everyday by the humans that share the earth. I am broken hearted for Tara and I pray that another special bond will help her heal . Perhaps we can all learn from our animal friends and this world will become a better place. Bella, you lived up to your name. You were a beautiful soul!!
Jody , Illinois
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August 6, 2013
Tarra & Bella... you were a prime example of evidence that animals DO have feelings, that they can show love and compassion, if not the same, but greater than humans can. RIP little bella, and my best wishes for Tarra <3 much love
chloe, united kingdom
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July 27, 2013
I feel like I just lost a beloved member of my own family. I pray that you will be together again someday, and I hope I can be there with you.
Patricia , Lexington KY
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July 25, 2013
A sweet angel has her wings...and our hearts. That one so big and one so small found such peace together here on earth blesses us all with hope that goodbye's are only temporary, and that we will be together again in a much greater place!

Run free, little one...and know you are loved!
Janie D., Laguna Hills, CA
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July 25, 2013
July best wishes and love to you and all of your friends.
Mike, San Diego
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July 15, 2013
Bella, R.I.P. You will never be forgotten. You were an amazing friend to Tarra and it never went unnoticed. I felt heart broken when I heard of your passing. I hope Tarra can heal of a broken heart until she reunites with you. <3 sent your way!

Tarra, I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot begin to imagine the pain you have felt, but it hurts to know what you must be going through. I hope one day your heart heals and that you will find peace until you are with Bella again. As you waited for her at the gate until she was able to come home, she will now wait for you at the gate until you come home. <3 sent your way!
Sharon R., Charlotte NC
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June 23, 2013
I am sad now, I posted a pic of a Elephant and a Dog walking together, As you know I Love Elephants and Dogs, Not knowing this is a wonderful and Very Sad Story behind the Picture. And to the ones who say Animals do not have Feelings. Once again you have been Proved Wrong.

Brad Putnam, Ohio
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June 13, 2013
I was very touched when I first heard OF THEIR FRIENDSHIP.It was tuely amazing to see them together. I cried the day I heard the news about Bella. I can only imagine what poor Tarra went through.
Rest in peace Bella, know that you were truely loved by both man and beast.I hope when I pass and go to the rainbow bridge to collect all my fur-babies that I get to see her.
Rick Terhune, Pittsburgh Pa
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May 18, 2013
Simply beautiful! Rest in peace, Bella!
Margarita, Berlin
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May 2, 2013
Goodbye sweet Bella..you will always be loved in our memories of you :)
AnnieSamantha, Southern Maryland
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April 17, 2013
My young children (ages 7 and twins, 5) have been enjoying Terra & Bella's books for a couple of years now. We pulled it out last night and my twin boys insisted that we all go to Tennessee to see Terra and Bella. They felt so compelled by this that they reminded us after school today and we did some research about your sanctuary online. We were SO sad to hear about Bella's passing and my boys are simply devestated. They have been crying all night long and are so sad that Terra has lost her best friend. The whole family did a prayer for Bella tonight. My boys have found solace only in knowing that they will be able to meet Bella in heaven someday. Thanks for writing such a beautiful story- one that will be read hundreds of times more.
Jura Slattery, Pasadena, CA
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April 15, 2013
I remember seeing Tarra and Bella's story a few years back when one of my sisters sent me the link. It was especially poinent. My name is Tara, and I have a niece that I'm close to, who's name is Bella, but the coincidences don't end there... As the story goes, my biologically mother went to the circus when she was pregnant with me and saw the world's only roller skating elephant, Tarra, which is how I got my name.

It breaks my heart that she lost her best friend. I hope someday I can meet my name sake. :)
Tara, Eugene
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April 5, 2013
Bella I am really sorry you had to go. Tarra must be very very sad. I hope Tarra finds a new friend but no friend will ever be as special as Bella!
Fred Beaton, Frankfurt KT
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April 3, 2013
So I did a little research on Bella's death. Some of the things I read almost made me cry. It said she was most likely killed by coyotes. If Tarra was there when it was happenning, oh my gosh what was she thinking! I am so sorry for Tarra and I hope she finds a new friend!
Jack Souza, Denver, Colorado
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April 3, 2013
Yesterday I found out Bella died. I was devistated! I could only think about what Tarra was thinking when she passed. Bella was truly a gift from God and brought happiness to all our lives!
Ryan Nappi, RI
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April 1, 2013
Bella, only now I knew you passed away. I'm so sorry for your life have been taken. But, I'm so glade you brought happiness for many and specially for Tarra.

You'll never be forgotten.
Edvanir Lins, NYC
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March 27, 2013
I'm brought to tears every time I watch this. What a miraculous little dog...with a huge heart and never ending love. Your separation from Tarra is only temporary...you will be reunited one day never to be parted again. Until that day arrives I know you're with Tarra in spirit all over The Sanctuary.
Kel Hatt, Womelsdorf, PA
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March 26, 2013
I first saw the story of Tarra and Bella last year, and had no idea about her tragic death. The story of their friendship brought me to tears, but I was absolutely heartbroken to hear about Bella's passing. I hope that Tarra found a new friend at the sanctuary. Please, could someone please update this feed for all those concerned about Tarra's well-being? Thanks so much!

TES reply: Laura - be assured that Tarra is doing fine. She has even found a new friend with Virgil, another Sanctuary dog. It has not developed into the extremely close relationship she had with Bella, but Virgil has allowed Tarra to actually "pet" her! Thanks for writing.
Laura, Chicago, il
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March 16, 2013
Tara...... I just found out you lost your best friend. I can't find anything online about how you are dealing with Bella's passing. Maybe someone at the Sanctuary could give us an update with information on how you are. Do you have a new friend etc. Your friendship with Bella was a precious one and touched the hearts of so many people. I am so sorry for the loss of your little best friend. Please be well and I so hope you have started to bond with a new friend. When it is your time to leave this earth you will be reunited with Bella again and I wish I could see that reunion. I know we will hear your trumpeting and Bella's barking with joy all across the universe!!!!! :)
Linda Pfaff, Maryland
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March 13, 2013
I CRIED Love and kisses to Tara
Alana, Athens GA
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March 8, 2013
Dear Bella~ I remember, like it was yesterday, that I discovered your beautiful, heartfelt, friendship. At the time, I was writing my first children's book, about another unlikely duo. My heart grieved for you, and all at the sanctuary, the day I learned of your passing. I think of you often, and your compassionate friend. Friends truly do come in all shapes, sizes, and species. Because of you, and your kind open heart, you have healed and encouraged a world. You encouraged me to keep writing my story, with a message of love, friendship and peace.
I will always cherish you and the gift of friendship; we humans were fortunate enough to have had a glimpse...Thank you from the bottom of my heart. All my love, Lisa Fleming, author, Cat & Crow: A true story of friendship.
Lisa Fleming, Naples, Florida
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February 15, 2013
I have been touched by the remarkable story of the relationship of Tarra and Bella. I can't think of how many people that I have shown it to. I was touched by the love that was demonstrated by these two creations despite their differences. It reminds me of God's Commandment to love your neighbor, despite how different your neighbor may be. I pray that Tarra will be comforted during the loss of her special friend and that someone new will come into her life.



Craig White, Kansas City
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February 14, 2013
Dear Tarra,

Happy 39th Birthday!!!

&

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Love, Tom & Malissa, Clarksburg, WV
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February 14, 2013
Today's your birthday, Tarra!
And Valentine's Day, too!
So lots of hugs and kisses
Are on their way to you!

Have a wonderful birthday
And enjoy your birthday treats!
Delicious fruits and veggies,
Ready for you to eat!

Each day you should be celebrated
But especially today!
You're a very special elephant
And I just want to say . . .

I love you and I miss you!
By your side I'll always be.
Together still, in spirit;
Best Friends Forever, you and me!

Happy 39th Birthday, Tarra!

XOXO

Love, Bella, Your Little Dog, The Rainbow Bridge, Just this Side of Heaven
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February 13, 2013
R.I.P. Beautifull Bella, and be reunited with your dear friends..<3

Mary Anne Halsall, U.K.
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February 11, 2013
It's been said before...but if they can do it...why can't we?
Andrew Swink, Greenville, NC
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February 6, 2013
Dear Bella, sleep well and don't worry about Tarra, she will be looked after. I wish that more humans had your compassion and ability to love unconditionally. The world would be a far better place. Sleep little bella.
Always remembered, always loved.
Jude, New Zealand
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February 1, 2013
Dear Bella at the Rainbow Bridge
We wish you the absolute best 2013 watching over your wonderful friend Tarra...

Keep her safe and comfortable in your heart as you are in her heart and thoughts.

Help her dreaming sweet dreams of you until you meet again.

Tarra we know you have a warm heart filled with loving memories of Bella, and that wonderfully infectious smile she had...

We keep you both in our thoughts and prayers...
We smile as you both smile when wee tank of you.

Thanks for being Bella's soul mate for life, and forever.....



Val King, Ontario, Canada
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January 21, 2013
Bella was the best friend Tara ever had. But what made me cry was when Bella was killed by wolves. Bella& Tara did lots of things together. Even though they were different they played with each other like they were the same. Please the people at the sanctuary, I want you all to make sure every elephant at the sanctuary to have a friend like Bella.




Troy, Bartlett, TN
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January 13, 2013
Oh dear Bella, you are a amazing creature and a loving spirit. I am sure you will be missed by Tarra and every person and 4 legged friends. Send your energy down to comfort Tarra, until its time for her to see you again. with love Debbie
Debbie , phx,az
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January 13, 2013
THESE TWO CREATURES HAVE SHOWN THE WORLD THAT LOVE CONQUERS ALL. TEARS COME FREELY WHEN I WATCH THEIR STORY AND ITS SAD END. IM SURE THEY WILL ONE DAY BE REUNITED. A BOND LIKE THEIRS NEVERS DIES.
CHRISTINE EDKINS, BIRMINGHAM ENGLAND
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January 8, 2013
this is how life should be. all animals getting alone that well. hope all is well. all animals need someone in there lives to stand beside them and be there fore them and love them, i hope she will find another friend. it is so hard not to have a friend im deeply sorry.lee
lee adams, hurricane utah
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January 1, 2013
Dear Bella,

HAPPY NEW YEAR at the Rainbow Bridge!

Love, Tom & Malissa, Clarksburg, WV
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January 1, 2013
Dear Tarra & Everyone at TES,

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I wish you ALL the BEST in 2013 and always!

Love, Bella, Tarra's Little Dog, The Rainbow Bridge, just this side of Heaven
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January 1, 2013
Dear Bella,

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Love, Tarra, Your Best Friend Forever, The Elephant Sanctuary, Hohenwald, TN
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January 1, 2013
Dear Tarra & TES,

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I wish you ALL the BEST in 2013 and always!

Bella, Tarra's Little Dog, The Rainbow Bridge, just this side of Heaven
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January 1, 2013
Dear TES,

We wish you ALL the BEST in 2013!

Love, Tom & Malissa, Clarksburg, WV
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December 28, 2012
This is one of the sweetest and most beautiful stories I have ever heard about. God bless the sanctuary and its workers and all that come there. RIP Bella.
Kathryn C. , California
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December 25, 2012
Dear Bella,

Merry Christmas at the Rainbow Bridge!

Love, Tom and Malissa, Clarksburg, WV
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December 25, 2012
Dear TES,

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Love, Tom and Malissa, Clarksburg, WV
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December 25, 2012
Dear Bella,

Have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS at the Rainbow Bridge!

Love, Tarra, The Elephant Sanctuary, Hohenwald, TN
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December 25, 2012
Dear Tarra and TES,

I wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS 2012!

Love, Bella, the Rainbow Bridge, just this side of Heaven
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December 17, 2012
My heart goes out to Tarra in her time of grieving. Losing a loved one is never easy,
so my prayers are with her at this time. To Bella, what a wonderful friend you were!
She now resides in heaven as an angel looking down on her friend. Rest in peace Dearest Bella.
Kim, Medicine Hat, AB
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December 14, 2012
Sweet little angel! I only saw the video of you and your ele-friend the other day, and today I read that you are actually gone. I am so sad..especially knowing how you had to leave this world...so unfair...I don't understand why you were not protected, but I pray for you to be re-united soon, time is different in Heaven then here, and so it will be soon for you Bella to see your Buddy again, until then Tara and her sisters and friends will have you in their hearts as we all do...You Beautiful Spirit you!
debbie ciolli, melbourne fl
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December 12, 2012
I know that God allows us to keep out pets for a season and then he calls them home, just as our human loved ones are called. God would not give us such a great capacity to love and then destroy our hope of seeing them again.

I hope that Bella has found my sweet little dog, Nughie, and they are playing and waiting for us.
Lois Pulliam, Zachary, Louisiana
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December 10, 2012
Tarra, Bella
Even Argentina has come the story of this beautiful friendship. Sad end, but every end is a beginning.
Luciana J Barrera, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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December 9, 2012
What a wonderful story! How precious! Glad the other elephants are helping her in her grief!!!
Mary Ann Landis, Sarasota, Fl
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December 6, 2012
i as an animal lover exp DOGS think this is shows us all that no matter what diff color size race or in this case species can get along bella you were an ispiration too many showing us no matter what anyone or any animal can get along with another rip bella you beutiful angel
duane harper, summerfield fl
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November 22, 2012
Dear Bella,

I hope you have a nice Thanksgiving at the Rainbow Bridge.

I miss you!

Love, Tarra, TES, Hohenwald, TN
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November 22, 2012
Dear Tarra and TES,

I hope you have a nice Thanksgiving!

I miss you and continue to watch over you all.

Love, Bella, the Rainbow Bridge, just this side of Heaven
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November 22, 2012
Dear TES,

We wish you a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Love, Tom and Malissa, Clarksburg, WV
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November 20, 2012
What an incredible and truly moving story.
When i'm feeling down I always love to look at animals and realize what valuable lessons we as humans can learn from them.
Bella, you may be gone...but you will forever in Tarra's soul,and now mine.
Kat., California
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November 8, 2012
Beautiful, precious Bella. Bless you.
Suzanne McKee, North Carolina
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November 5, 2012
Bella, thank you for your huge heart and for sharing your love so freely; your relationship with Tarra and the Sanctuary staff is an awe-inspiring example for all of us to strive for in our own relationships with the all the world's creatures.
Lyn Benson, Richmond, VA
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November 5, 2012
I miss you, Bella. You were such a beautiful, loyal, caring, friend. I don't cry anymore when I read your tributes or see videos or pictures of you. Instead I find myself smiling. You will never be forgotten.
Sabine Zell, Simsbury, CT
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November 4, 2012
Bella, You were a wonderful friend to Tarra, and to all who knew you. I believe there was a reason why you choose to make the Sanctuary your home, and become such wonderful friends with Tarra. The friendship the two of you shared is sonething we humans search for. Thank you for teaching us how important love is. God Bless you, Liz
Liz R, Milwaukee, WI
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November 4, 2012
Dearest Bella,
One lonely little stray dog who loved and was loved by an elephant named Tarra. You knew how much Tarra loved you to the end, but if only you knew how many other hearts you have touched with your dedication and courage to love a elephant named Tarra. Even in death, your passing has called attention to the plight of these gentle giants and because of you, Tarra and her friends will not be forgotten! You will live in our hearts forever!

Pika, Honolulu, HI
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November 3, 2012
Through my tears I pay tribute to Bella, a wonderful, wonderful dog who obviously found so much joy in being a friend of Tarra's at the Elephant Sanctuary.
Shirley Venente, Kitty Hawk, NC
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November 3, 2012
Bella I'm so sad to watch your tribute video. Why you left so soon? I hope you're enjoying great life running with your friends up there and why not some ele-friends too.

Miss you

Mixa.

m.Borg, Malta
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November 2, 2012
It's been a year and I still can't watch the videos without shedding tears. Bella wasn't a stray. She belonged to everyone, especially her life companion Tarra.
B.J., Raleigh, NC
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November 1, 2012
Dear Bella,
I, and millons of others. will always be eternally grateful to you & Tarra. The pristine unconditional acceptance & simple, pure joy are some of the most important lessons of existence.You & Tarra easily accomplished this! You are a wordless gift to those of us who still have a chance to get what we are here for.

You are in our hearts forever.

With Deepest Gratitude,
Tara


Tara, Marin County, CA
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November 1, 2012
Dearest heart, Bella,

We miss you and mourn your loss with Tarra especially, and the other girls. How special you were to our world.

We love you and remember you always. Visit often. Our hearts are always open to you.
Sky ANN , Redwood City, CA
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October 31, 2012
Just watched this beautiful video and it brought me to tears! The story of Tara and Bella will never be forgotten, those two creatures are pure love and energy! Little Bella is now at the Rainbow Bridge running through fields of flowers and chasing rabbits, and Tara will always keep Bella well alive in her elephant memory and in her heart! Bless the Elephant Sanctuary and all the elephants in the world and bless every single dog and animal on this planet! NAMASTE !
Ingrid Reagan, Denver, Colorado
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October 31, 2012
I am so grateful that the Tarra and Bella story was there for all of us to be a part of. The videos, the postings and, of course, that wonderful book "Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends" all made their love so much a part of the lives of millions of people, ME included. Thank you Sanctuary, thank you caregivers.




Shirley Green, United States
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October 31, 2012
How can it be a year since our dear Bella's passing. Reading the message from October 26 EleNotes gave me goose bumps. Who could have believed two such different species became inseparable friends. I believe that Tara does know the anniversary of Bella's passing, and that she was at her gravesite to commemorate her dear friend and shed a few tears for her loss, for our loss. Rest in Peace, Dear Bella, for your will always be loved.
Barb Pate, Olathe, Kansas
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October 31, 2012
How can such a story make such a large impact on my soul. Bless you all.
Bonnie Schmidt, Rockford,mn
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October 30, 2012
It doesnt seem to be possible that a year has gone by since little' Bella's passing over the bridge. My heart still hurts immensely for her and I can't really explain why except that she was maybe the symbol of all that is good and innocent. Say hi to my beagle dog Harley and my chowchow Shenzi, run a few laps with them, and let them know I still miss them terribly.
Brenda Keefe, Atlanta
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October 30, 2012
How touching to see the both of them enjoying a free and happy life together, instead of at the end of a chain. The Elephant Sanctuary gave them both the space and freedom to enjoy each day and choose to live it as they wished. What a special place. What a beautiful and loving relationship Tarra and Bella shared. One day may they be reunited.
Donna, Pennsylvania
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October 30, 2012
Amazing Love! Thanks for sharing.

Kathy, South Philadelphia, PA
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October 29, 2012
Still missing you..
"If there ever comes a day when we can't be together,
Keep me in your heart I'll stay there forever.
Denise Guevara, Parkland, FL
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October 29, 2012
Dear sweet Bella, to know you are in a happier place where it is always warm and sunny, running with your old friends: Bunny,Ned,Tina and someday your extra special friend Tarra will join you, but not too soon we pray. Namaste
Whitney, Illinois
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October 29, 2012
Thanks so much for the video w Bella and Tarra. Such a beautiful story, but one that makes me cry buckets.
Phyllis, West Hills, CA
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October 29, 2012
I haven't seemed as interested in Bella as I have Sissy and Shirley, but I just saw her and thought about Tarra bringing the dog back to the barn and I almost cried. Elephants and all animals are so wonderful and inocent!!!!
I love Tarra and Bella even though Bella has passed on. Tarra has such a precious kind face. She must have so much love in her heart. I know how much she must have grieved over her little friend.

Janet Cope, Dunca Oklahoma
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October 29, 2012
Dear Sweet Bella, I still miss you as much today as I did the day you said good-bye. My heart still breaks for Tarra loosing her best friend. Bella, you will always be alive to me, in my memories of you.
Rena', Maynardville, TN
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October 29, 2012
Bella, think of you (and Tarra) often. The friendship and love that you two shared just melted my heart. Tearing up as I write this. I am sure that Tarra misses you terribly, but she will be fine and will always hold a special place in her heart for you. RIP, sweet, sweet, Bella.
Yours and Tarra story will never get old with me.
Cris Ratliff, Elgin, Illinois
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October 29, 2012
What a very inspiring and heartfelt act of caring from Tarra. I just had to put my 15 yr old black and tan dachshund down, and I also saw tears in the eyes of her 13 year old daughter, whom lived together. I can only imagine the bond of love that Tarra and Bella had, but I sure can BELIEVE it !!


Thank you for sharing this story. Much love to Tarra....Bella too......xx Sue
Sue Ver Voorn, San Diego, Ca
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October 29, 2012
BELLA

What a lucky lucky dog!!
She got to protect Tarra

She is truly an ambassador for
The Elephant Sanctuary.
Nancy, Portland, Oregon
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October 29, 2012
A year later and my heart still literally hurts for Tarra (and Bella). I don't think that anyone who knew of this pair will ever forget.
Doreen Moran, Westminster, VT
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October 29, 2012
There is nothing so pure and full of goodness as the love that these two shared with one another.

If only people could take these lessons and learn from them. There is so much the animals can teach us.
Karen Key, Monticello, GA
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October 29, 2012
This is such a touching story, I think about Bella and Tarra often. Everytime I see an elephant this is the first thing that comes to my mind. I cry everytime I read things about them. I am a animal lover, and elephants are one of my favorites. Dogs without saying are my favorite. In mermory of Bella and Tarra!
Gayla Edwards, Manhattan, Kansas
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October 29, 2012
I cried when I watch the video... Thank you Bella for the LOVE that you bring to my heart. I will nver forget you...

With love


Danielle Clossey, Montreal, Quebec
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October 29, 2012
What a precious gift these two had. It makes me cry all the more to know that she is gone. Thank you to all at the Sanctuary for caring for these wonderful animals.
Sherry, Williamsburg, VA
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October 28, 2012
I can hardly believe you've been gone from this earth for a year Bella! I'm sure your Tarra misses you, but believe your spirit still lingers to keep her and the rest of the girls safe from harm.

Anyone who is loved is never really gone.
MyKinKStar, North Central Florida
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October 28, 2012
Bella, you lost your life one year ago, but the memory of you still lives on in my heart. Even after a year, I still cry when I read the stories of you and Tarra. I am sure Tarra still carries you in her heart and will never forget you. Someday you will be reunited with Tarra again. Until then, God keep you safe.
Carolyn Anderson, Tucson, Arizona
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October 28, 2012
A year already! Darling Bella, you are missed by all, especially by your dearest friend, Tarra. It's so tragic that you died such a violent death but so moving how Tarra carried your body back to the barn. We love you, dear one.
Caite York, Milton Freewater, OR
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October 28, 2012
Bella was a beautiful little dog, and her friendship with Tarra was a beautiful form of love. I hope and pray that as their story becomes more widely known and appreciated, more and more people will come to see that sentient animals such as these, with a wisdom and virtue of their own, deserve to be treated with high moral regard. Let the image of Bella be a saintly icon, saying: No more suffering for animals at human hands!
Mark Caponigro, New York City
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October 28, 2012
It was the story I read in a magazine that made me aware of these two special friends! It opened up a whole new world of the elephants and the sanctuary, that I never knew existed ! I cry when I read about their friendship and thank Bella for bringing me into the sanctuary world ! If it weren't for her, I never would have known about this amazing and caring place !
Thanks Bella ! I will miss you !
Louise Baranick
Pleasant Valley New York

louise baranick, pleasant valley new york
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October 28, 2012
Animals can teach humans so much if only we would listen. Bella picked an unlikely friend and had an amazing friendship. Tarra was a true friend to Bella, carrying her back to the barn after her death. It must have been painful for Tarra, but also somehow healing.
Terri Keppler, Dexter, Mi
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October 28, 2012
Dearest Bella, I am so grateful for all the joy you brought to this world. You were such an amazing creature and you continue to bring smiles to many when they think of you. It's still very sad to know that Tarra is without her best bud, but she has you as her personal angel, of course, and all her sisters at TES. Continue to rest in peace, dearest Bella.
Margie, Georgia
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October 28, 2012
I do love animals especially elephants and dolphins. I cried when I read the story about Bella dying and Terra caring her back to the barn for the caregivers. I wish I could come over there and see them in person. I have a dog and the love the dog gives me is something Tarra truly misses.
Jodie Bassett, Crossville, TN
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October 28, 2012
I believe in my heart of hearts that elephants know the same kind of emotions that humans do and Tarra and Bella knew those emotions - love, caring, happiness in each other's company, sharing and unfortunately for Tarra: grief at Bella's passing. Dogs know when you save their lives and I believe Tarra saved Bella's life and shared her life with Bella, even at the end when she carried Bella's body back so everyone would know what happened to Bella.
Janice A. Stephens, Pennsylvania
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October 27, 2012
My heart breaks everytime an animal passes. It is especially heartbreaking when it is in violence. Bella & Tarra'S relationship did not surprise me. I have never believed that animals are dumb. This love between Bella & Tarra was every indication of what I believe to be true. God love them all!!
Teri Ferguson, Wilmington, MA
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October 27, 2012
Bella had a mission to do and she did it;no one can say what it was except her and Tarra,but I am sure she did it well.
Dee Osborne, Clinton Ms
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October 27, 2012
First thing that came to mind was the words to my favorite Disney story "beauty Ann the beast"..my heart swelled up for the loss of Bella and how Tarra was with her till the end..elephants are known to carry bones from other deceased elephants in their paths out of pain and sorrow and Bella was just that ..an elephant thru Tara's eyes...god bless the sanctuary.
Denise, Manchester, Tn
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October 27, 2012
It is hard to believe you have been gone a year. It still breaks my heart to think you are gone & I know Tarra's heart is still aching for you. You brought a beautiful love story to life between you & Tarra. There is no doubt to me that God has you now & that you are as fiesty as ever. You were/are loved by many.

Dea George, Mt. Sterling, KY
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October 27, 2012
It is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all. I know you are watching over your beloved Tarra. Nameste sweet Bella
Deborah VonAlt, Cleveland, Ohio
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October 27, 2012
It's hard to believe it has already been a year since Tara had to say good-bye to her beloved canine friend, Bella. My thoughts are that Tara and Bella have been friends for many lifetimes. The appearance of her as a stray was not accidental. I believe that Bella is very much present in Tara's life. They will meet again in physical form. God speed, Bella. You graced this world with your beauty, inside and out.
Monique, Madison, AL
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October 27, 2012
This is such a beautiful story... I cannot believe the bond of friendship that existed between beautiful big Tarra & adorable little Bella.

Watching the video of Bella & Tarra brought tears to my eyes. What an amazing girl Tarra is to have lifted Bella in her trunk & brought her back home.

We can only hope that the tear stains under Bella's eyes will one day be dry. However, Elephants are so like humans... and many times we never forget either when we lose a loved one.

What an amazing friendship... I love Bella too.
Love, June



June S. Cuddy, Palm Desert, CA
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October 27, 2012
Each time I read your story it brings me to tears. You were certainly very special, Bella as is your dear friend Tarra. We humble human beings could learn so much from the amazing creatures that share our world. I shall always hold your story in my heart. Bless you and Tarra both.
Carolyn Smith, Auburn, WA
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October 27, 2012
Bella and Tarra have shown the world that despite our physical differences, we can get along in peace and understanding. May God continue to bless Tarra and everyone at TES. Namaste, dear Bella, we will never forget....
Marie, Salt Lake City, UT
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October 27, 2012
Even one year later as I read and watch stories of Tara and Bella I still cry. Their hearts may have been small but the amount of love and the bond they shared went beyond the universe. As Laure stated in the October 26th, 2012 Ele-notes, "Tara is somber this morning and has extra tear tracks." That doesn't surprise me. They say elephants never forget, and to witness Tara's tears is understandable considering it's Bella's anniversary. Tara knows. Rest in peace Bella now that you've crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Someday you and Tara will be together again.
Lori Zimmerman, New Jersey
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October 27, 2012
I'm so glad you two were able to put your differences aside and grow such a beautiful and amazing friendship. You are missed by all, especially Tarra. Rest in peace Bella.
Julie Workman, Newburgh, IN
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October 27, 2012
Dear Bella you was a amazing dog and u and Tarra was best friends and still are in heart there wont never be anything else like the both of you tarra and bella will always be special the relationship you both have even today is special <3 bless you Bella
Toni Jane Craig, scottsville ky
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October 27, 2012
Wow, Bella you were an amazing special being who was created with a beautiful soul. Thank you for teaching us that special bonds can be so strong and the love overflowing between different species. Tarra and Bella your adventures, time enjoyed together and love are a blessing from above. You still share that bond, death doesn't diminish it.
Lynne, South Africa
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October 27, 2012
You were a blessing to Tarra and to all of us who came to know your story. I believe your spirit will always be present to guide and teach us how to care for each other. Thank you, Bella
Cathy, Florida Keys
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October 27, 2012
It has been a year and I still miss seeing the little white spot in the pasture. As Tarra got closer to the cam you would come into view and the white spot would transform into a beautiful white dog. You bonded with Tarra, our beautiful ele girl and we followed suit and loved you to. I miss you and will love you forever.
Edna Bowman / DD, Baxter, TN
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October 27, 2012
I will forever remember the stories and
videos of Bella and Tarra and how they
touched my heart! Like an elephant, I will never forget...
Tish Ray, Knoxville, TN
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October 27, 2012
Dear Bella,

I'm so sorry you had to leave too soon. But you and Tara are now one year closer to being together again. Until then, please watch over her.

Love,
Marcia
Marcia, Spokane, Washington
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October 27, 2012
What a beautiful friendship. We all can learn a lesson from Bella and Tarra.
Christine, Toledo,Ohio
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October 27, 2012
Dear Bella,

I am sorry for what happened. You are no longer suffer and you are rest in peace. I am still thinking of you and for Tarra, someday she will meet you in heaven. Bella, you were the most beautiful white dog I've ever saw. I cried every time I see you in the pictures. I could not forget you. I am still grieving for my cat I lost a year ago. He was so special to me. It hurts that he is gone.
I love you Bella and Tarra too.xoxoxoo

God bless,

Becky
Becky, Wyoming MI
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October 27, 2012
man should be so kind and faithful as our animals big and small.
Isabell Coile, Gulf Breeze Florida
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October 27, 2012
It still brings tears to my eyes whenever I think of Bella not physically here with us. She will never be forgotten and their story will be one that lasts forever.
Faith Connolly, Canaan, NY
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October 27, 2012
Still Missing You Sweetie, We Always Will.
Dana Icenhour, Defuniak Springs Florida
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October 26, 2012
It's hard to believe that it is a year since Bella's passing. I can remember receiving the email and having tears in my eyes because Tarra lost her best friend. Bella and Tarra's relationship shows that there are no boundaries to friendship between animals of different species. I think of Tarra all the time and only have happy thoughts for her and hope that she is doing well and happy again. If it wasn't for The Elephant Sanctuary, Tarra and Bella would never have found each other and had a loving friendship. Thank you to all of you at the santuary for the love and care you are giving the elephants.
Susan Clark, Phoenix, Arizona
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October 26, 2012
I have not yet been able to see the videos or read the stories about you and Tarra without tears of sadness and joy mixed together for the richness you brought into each other's lives and the memories with which you have left her. I think of you two all the time and continue to pass along your stories to others. Rest in peace, Bella.
Gail Katz, Winnipeg, Canada
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October 26, 2012
Dear Bella, I can't believe it has been one year already since you transcended to the Other Side. I believe wholeheartedly you are in good hands getting all the tummy rubs you can stand while patiently awaiting that magical day when you and Tarra are reunited...only this time it will be for eternity never to be separated again. Please give my spiritual wife, Lori, a big hug for me. Can't wait to meet and join you on the Other Side.
Kel Hatt, Womelsdorf, PA
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October 26, 2012
Bella, you & Tarra had such a special relationship. You brought much joy into Tarra's life. I love watching the videos of you two. RIP Sweet Bella & know Tarra will never forget you. To Tarra, Bella an angel now, will always be watching over you & walking beside you in spirit & much love.
Susan Wheeler, Canada
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October 26, 2012
A very sad anniversary.
J. Wood, WA state
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October 26, 2012
Dear Tarra,

It is hard to believe that it has been a year since the loss of your little dog and best friend, Bella. Although you miss her dearly, Bella will never be far away, the memories of her forever in your heart. You will feel her spirit, as your special guardian angel, walking next to you as you wander your habitat, and lying beside you as you take a nap in the warm sunshine. One day, Bella will run to meet you at the Rainbow Bridge, where you will be together again. You will be able to look into Bella's soulful eyes, and once again give her a tummy rub with your foot and caress her with your trunk, as she showers you with long-awaited, happy kisses. Then, together, you cross the Rainbow Bridge, to swim in the ponds, explore new paths, race across the fields, and rest side by side under the sunny, blue sky in the green grass of Heaven, never to part again. Until that day, may you continue to find comfort with your elephant sisters. <3


Dear Bella,

It is hard to believe that it has been a year since your untimely passing. We know you have been watching over Tarra and keeping her safe, all the while faithfully waiting, and longing to be with her. Although deeply missing Tarra, may you be happy, content, and comfortable running around the meadows and hills in the warm sunshine at the Rainbow Bridge. The memories of Tarra will be forever in your heart, until, one day you stop, look off into the distance, and then fly over the green grass, as fast as your legs can carry you. You and your best friend, Tarra, meet again in a joyous reunion. You shower her with long-awaited, happy kisses, and she gives you a tummy rub and caresses you with her trunk. Then, you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, to swim in the ponds, explore new paths, race across the fields, and rest side by side under the sunny, blue sky in the green grass of Heaven, never to part again. <3

Namaste, Bella. Rest in peace, dear, sweet, little one. May He raise you up on eagle's wings, and hold you in the palm of His hand.


We want to thank The Elephant Sanctuary for sharing the heartwarming story of Tarra and Bella with the world. More importantly, we want to thank both Tarra and Bella, for showing us the meaning of true, unconditional love. Tarra and Bella and their journeys at The Elephant Sanctuary have truly been an inspiration. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all as you celebrate Bella's life and mark the one-year anniversary of her passing with fond memories, smiles, and tears. <3

Love, Tom Picchi and Malissa C. Vavra, Clarksburg, WV
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October 26, 2012
Dear Bella, My Little Dog:

As the first resident of TES, I'm why it was founded.
With my new lease on life, my spirit rebounded.

Wandering the grounds freely, in the warm sun to bask;
Experiencing freedom and peace, for what more could I ask?

Then in 2003, you arrived on the scene;
Loving you instantly, not knowing what that would mean.

A dog and an elephant, an unlikely pair;
Inspiring the world with the unconditional love we would share.

It took you some time to accept without stress,
A tummy rub with my foot, and with my trunk, a caress.

Exploring our habitat, where would we go?
Take a nap in the sun, swim in the pond, or romp in the snow?

In 2007, when you injured your spine,
I went to the rehab office balcony, to make sure you were fine.

Under the rehab office balcony, I patiently hovered.
After many daily visits together, you completely recovered.

We lived life to the fullest, running wild and free;
Just being ourselves, isn't that how it should be?

Then you ran off by yourself on that tragic night,
To investigate possible trouble, to keep us all from fright.

I found your little body, broken, battered, and bruised.
How could this have happened? I was so confused.

In my trunk I tenderly cradled you and slowly began to roam,
Back to the barn that we called home.

I placed you gently on the grass by the pond,
Saying goodbye to you in private, of you I was so fond.

I visited your grave, to lessen my hurt;
And left just one footprint, in the soft dirt.

For just one more tummy rub, one final touch;
Just to let you know that I missed you so much.

It has been a whole year since you were taken.
You went away far too soon, my whole world was shaken.

Being an elephant I will never forget,
The fun that we had, the day that we met.

And in my daily journeys, wishing you were here;
If only in spirit, I still feel you near.

Memories of us and the games we would play,
Have helped me get through each passing day.

Thanks to my elephant sisters I've been okay;
But deep in my heart, I long for the day . . .

When at the Rainbow Bridge, reunited we will be;
Then we'll cross into Heaven together, just you and me.

Only once in a lifetime, do you find love so true.
My life was made whole, Bella, all thanks to you.

Dear, sweet Bella, loyal to the end.
Rest in peace, my little dog, my forever best friend.

I love you, Bella.
XOXO

Love, Tarra, Your Best Friend Forever, The Elephant Sanctuary, Hohenwald, TN
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October 26, 2012
Dear Tarra, My Best Friend Forever:

Alone and abandoned; then in 2003,
TES took me in, providing a wonderful home for me.

I enjoyed my new life, without a care;
Hoping to make friends with that gentle giant over there.

At first I was careful to maintain my distance,
But learned to accept your attention, thanks to your persistence.

From that moment on we were always together;
Exploring our habitat, in all kinds of weather.

Dubbed the "animal odd couple" right off the bat;
Unconditional love and acceptance, what's so strange about that?

In 2007, when I injured my spine,
You came to the rehab office balcony, to make sure I was fine.

Under the rehab office balcony you patiently hovered.
After many daily visits together, I completely recovered.

We lived each day to the fullest, free to play and run,
Would we take a swim in the pond or simply nap in the sun?

Then on one fateful night in late October 2011,
Something happened to end the "match made in Ele-Heaven."

I heard a noise in the distance, which set off my alarm.
So I ran to investigate, to protect you from harm.

It was determined that coyotes were most likely at fault,
With my untimely passing the eventual result.

You carried me home in your trunk and laid me to rest,
In a place near the pond, much like a warm, soft nest.

We said our goodbyes to each other that day,
Our sweet life together should have never ended that way.

You visited my grave, to lessen your hurt;
And left just one footprint, in the soft dirt.

For just one more tummy rub, one final touch;
You stopped by to tell me that you missed me so much.

As of today, a whole year has passed.
I have longed for you greatly, since I saw you last.

I'm still your guardian angel, forever near.
Always remember, you will have nothing to fear.

In your travels around The Sanctuary you'll feel my spirit;
Whispering "I love you," in the gentle breeze you will hear it.

While gazing at the stars twinkling in the night sky,
Picture them as winks from my ever-watchful eye.

And in the winter when the snowflakes fall from above,
Think of them as tender kisses, symbols of my undying love.

Then one day in the future, our new life will start,
When we cross the Rainbow Bridge into Heaven together, never again to part.

Only once in a lifetime, do you find love so true.
My life was made whole, Tarra, all thanks to you.

Fond memories still sustain me, and in this my epilogue,
May I say that I was blessed and honored to have been "Tarra's little dog."

I love you, Tarra.
XOXO

Love, Bella, Your Little Dog, the Rainbow Bridge, just this side of Heaven
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October 26, 2012
Dear Bella,

I can't believe it's been a year
Since you went away from TES;
And even after all this time,
I don't miss you any less.

With the start of each new day,
Your spirit I sense nearby;
While walking through the tall green grass,
Or when in the sun I lie.

Dear Bella, my sweet little dog,
Fond memories give me hope
That somehow with each passing day,
It will be easier to cope.

My ele-sisters keep me busy,
Exploring and roaming free;
But it's just not quite the same,
Without you here with me.
I'll try to be very patient,
Until that magic day;
When we are together at last,
Again, to run and play.

Together in Heaven,
A new life we'll start;
A dog and an elephant,
Never again to part.

I love you, Bella.
XOXO

Love, Tarra, Your Best Friend Forever, The Elephant Sanctuary, Hohenwald, TN
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October 26, 2012
It seems like only yesterday,
To the Rainbow Bridge I went;
I'm always watching over you,
A guardian angel, Heaven sent.

It's hard to believe
I've been away for a year.
I miss you so much,
And shed a frequent tear.

Dear Tarra, my best friend;
I think of you so often.
Thanks to our sweet memories,
My heartache, it does soften.

Stay with your ele-sisters
As long as you must.
I'll be near you in spirit,
In that you can always trust.

I'll try to be very patient,
Until that magic day;
When we are together at last,
Again, to run and play.

Together in Heaven,
A new life we'll start;
A dog and an elephant,
Never again to part.

I love you, Tarra.
XOXO

Love, Bella, Your Little Dog, the Rainbow Bridge, just this side of Heaven
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October 26, 2012
All animals are special, but Bella was especially special. I know you're at Rainbow Bridge now, playing with my companion felines who are there.

Charles
Charles Wukasch, Austin, Texas
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October 26, 2012
It's been a year since the passing of Bella and I am still saddened by the loss of Bella. I know that Tarra still has Bella in her memory and I hope the hurt isn't too deep anymore.
Christopher Williams, Neptune City, NJ
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October 26, 2012
In memory of a beautiful soul and loving, dedicated companion. Bella and Tarra are two souls that bonded in spite of their differences. That love will continue to live on.
Kathy Koenig, Sun Prairie, WI
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October 26, 2012
A year has passed.... Tears in my eyes even now.... Tarra and Bella... such a special pair... Bless you all at the ES
Jean, NJ
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October 26, 2012
The author of an essay titled "ANGELS" could have been thinking of Bella when she wrote: "When angels visit us, we do not hear the rustle of wings, nor feel the feathery touch of the breast of a dove; but we know their presence by the love they create in our hearts. Oh, may you feel this touch...: it is a spiritual idea that lights your path!" (Mary Baker Eddy)

Bella, who not only lit Tarra's path but paved the way of inter-species love for all the world to follow, was -- and still is -- a gentle expression of Love. She is, in a word, an angel. An angel we shall always feel in our hearts. As will angel Tarra.


Olivia, Houston, TX
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October 26, 2012
So small in size yet large in love and trust and smiles. Thank you Bella for those gifts which you gave freely and happily to Tarra. She adored you and remember, you are always in her heart.
Holly M, Portlnad OR
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October 26, 2012
Bella you are forever love, the best kind of love and friend anyone or any animal could hope to have. You and Tara have taught us much. Be kind, be gentle, be a friend, share, and always love.......
-E
Elizabeth, Stillwater, MN
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October 26, 2012
Tara will always love you Bella, and we all know elphants never forget xoxoxo
Alex Allen, New York
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October 26, 2012
Remembering you, Bella, and your friendship with Tara still brings tears to my eyes, but warms my heart with joy. Your beautiful friendship is an inspiration for mankind. Thank you, Bella, and thank you, Tara, for being who you are. Thank you, caregivers, for sharing their rare, wonderful story, with pictures, over the years and again today. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Vickie Smalling, Sorrento, FL
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October 26, 2012
Bella,
You have shown the world what true love and devotion are. You and Tara together were the best and for that I will always be thankful to have known you through the loving people at the Elephant Sanctuary. Your story makes me cry every time I think of you and now Tara without you, but somehow, they turn to tears of joy for having known that such a wonderous relationship is even possible. There is hope for the rest.
Be at peace.
Betsy
Betsy, Minnesota
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October 26, 2012
Such a sweet relationship Tarra and Bella shared, true love :) May you be at peace Bella. You are missed. I am sure you are watching over Tarra until you meet again.
Bonny, Massachusetts
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October 26, 2012
Truly miss you, Bella and hearing all
about your antics with Tarra.
Dianne, Pittsburgh, Pa.
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October 26, 2012
Bella, you were my introduction to the Elles. After watching your friendship with Tarra it just solidified my belief that we all can get along, not matter how big or small, how similar or different. I know Tarra misses you, as we all do. I hope someday you will greet her over The Rainbow Bridge so your friendship can last forever... With much love from Colorado.. Tobi & the pups.. Nellie, Happy, Iris & Murdoch.
Tobi, Colorado Springs, Co
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October 26, 2012
I have been thinking about Bella for a year since her passing. I am still heartbroken. she is forever in my heart. she almost look like my first dog named Missy.
I hope Tarra is ok and pray everything for her.
God bless her, Give her my love..

Becky
Becky, Wyoming MI
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October 26, 2012
I can not express how touching this relationship has affected me. I love dogs and elephants, but never expected to see a relationship between the two so powerful. I too have tears every time I am reminded of this beautiful relationship.
Linda Moore, Franklin, Tennessee
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October 26, 2012
Bella is / was LOVE.
Raili, Canada
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October 26, 2012
what a wonderful tribute. what a wonderful dog and relationship. bella touched thousands of hearts. i sure do miss her and tarra together. werent we lucky to witness such love.
michele resnick, san diego, california
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October 26, 2012
une belle histoire que la votre bella et tara.
repose en paix bella
rogez bernard, Lens,France
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October 26, 2012
Bella,

A year has passed... you still have a
very special place in everyone's heart.

Special memories and thoughts allow us
to continue on without you...

Wouldn't it be a better world if all of
us had a Bella in our lives?
Sue, WA
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October 26, 2012
Bella and Tarra...
Today marks... one year since Bella transitioned/passed through that oh so thin veil... to Paradise.
I've oftened hoped... the attack was quick... so you didn't suffer... long
Only Tarra knows... how difficult the past year has been without her best friend
The following poem has given... me... much comfort when someone 'special' leaves... this world

Ascension

And if I go,
while you're still here...
Know that I live on,
vibrating to a different measure
--behind a thin veil you cannot see through.
You will not see me,
so you must have faith.
I wait for the time when we can soar together again,
--both aware of each other.
Until then, live your life to its fullest.
And when you need me,
Just whisper my name in your heart,
...I will be there.

Ascension copyright ©1987, Colleen Corah Hitchcock


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Best Wishes
Soppy, California
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October 26, 2012
Sweet Bella, It's been a year since you passed. I still miss you. I know Tarra remembers you and thinks of you often. RIP
Kaitland, Essex Junction, Vt
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October 26, 2012
Beloved Bella,

The loving friendship you shared with Tarra will always be a precious gift and . . . endeared by many throughout the world.

Forever in Our Hearts,
Judy, Orange, CA
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October 17, 2012
Oh sweet Bella.. I still cry when I see your face and think of the wonderful friendship between you and Tarra. You have both touched my heart in so many ways. Animals are the most wonderful gift God has given us. I hope to help as many as I can as long as I can. And I pray there are many more animal connections like yours and Tarra's to show people compassion and how love goes beyond any boundaries. My heart still goes out to those who cared for you there at the Sanctuary and to Tarra who will never forget.
Melissa Martin, Chattanooga, TN
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October 16, 2012
Bella, What a wonderful friendship you had with Tarra...if only people were fortunate enough to find real friendship like that the world would be a whole lot better off. I'm sure Tarra misses you greatly.
Sandra, Memphis, TN
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October 7, 2012
What a remarkable bond between Bella and the elephant. I saw the first video and it made me weep with happiness

Such a sad ending for Bella and one wonders why she at her age with spinal injuries was left to wander alone. She would not have been able to defend herself. It saddens me when such tragedies occur. This time I weep with sadness.

Rest in peace now Bella, you share the name with my beautiful black cat.

Gwen Ferry, Australia
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October 6, 2012
Such love should be the way the world should work. There is another place where all the animals will unite and continue their friendship. Bella, you will have your friend at your side again. Thank you for helping the world notice that none of us should be lonely when a heart can be filled with love. Elephants never forget.
kathleen simmons, Massachusetts
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October 6, 2012
Bless your heart Bella…please be Tarras' Angel now. May Tarra find peace and maybe a new friend to ease her grief.
Kat., Indiana
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September 28, 2012
RIP beautiful dog. May your friends find peace...
victoria kitchens, Piru, ca. USA
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September 28, 2012
Ruhe in Frieden Bella,
eine der schönsten und wunderbarsten Freundschaften ...
Der beste Beweis, dass Tiere eine Seele haben.
Alles Liebe und Gute für Tarra.
Reinhard Kraus, Germany
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September 27, 2012
Rest in peace little Bella..You were very much loved by everyone...You have gone on to a much better place!
Norma Teen, Las Vegas Nevada U.S.A.
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September 7, 2012
I was heartbroken to learn of the devastating news of Bella's passing. My 4 1/2 year old daughter loves elephants and has a stuffed elephant she is extremely attached to since the age of 3 months. Her auntie gave her the Tarra and Bella book for Christmas two years ago. It was the loveliest story ever. My daughter loved the book. That was how we learned of Hohenwald. I had not kept up with visiting the website until a month ago when I started an elephant paper mâché project with my daughter. I went to the Hohenwald site to try and find a picture of Tarra to use as a model. That was when I saw in disbelief the news about Bella's death. I was so sad and am still heartbroken about this. I have been reading through all the stories about the incident and just shed my own tears tonight.I cannot accept that this is true and continue to read whatever I can about the two friends. It helps me feel that Tara and Bella are still together. It was a goal of mine to take my daughter to Hohenwald to meet Tara and Bella :( I don't have the heart to tell her Bella died. Their story and love is inspiring and so touching. Thank you for the memories Bella.
Kim, Portland OR
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September 5, 2012
Bella, your name says it all. In Spanish it means "beautiful". Rest in peace beautiful angel. You will always be in our hearts.
Alejandra, New York
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September 3, 2012
Bella:

Your loss will be felt by Tarra for a very long time. It's amazing that two species can love each other as you and Tarra did. I'm crying as I write this and I know Tarra will shed many tears and cry over your not being with her. You gave her so many joyful days and great companionship and she will love you forever. God Bless you for giving her the love you gave her. Why things like this happen can never be explained when it leaves one in such agony. But, one day you will both be together again when Tarra crosses over the Rainbow Bridge to spend eternity with you under God's arms. You are a great loss to Tarra and know that she will never find a friend and companion like you.
Lynne Jones, Lake Forest, CA
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September 2, 2012
So very sad, hopefully her spirit is always alongside Tarra. One of the most beautiful friendships and trust ever. RPI Bella
Audrey, London (UK)
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September 2, 2012
rest in peace gentle Bella. Tarra will always remember you. God bless you both.
karen bartle, Swansea, Wales, Great Britain
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September 1, 2012
Dear Tarra,

I hope that Bella lives forever in your dreams, and maybe a feeling of her presence somewhere along the trails you visit every day

It must seem like yesterday since she's been around, we know the feeling of losing loved ones.

Thinking lovingly and lightly of you and Bella

Warm regards,
Imke
Imke Stevens Swaak, Baarn, The Netherlands
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September 1, 2012
This is so touching and makes us want to help animals even more to enjoy the life they deserve!!!
judy tavares, france
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September 1, 2012
What an inspiring video, poor little Bella RIP
diana, Lanzarote, Spain
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August 31, 2012
I have only heard of Bella's passing today. It broke my heart that Bella has died and I pray that Tarra is not mouring too badly any more. This is a wonderful story that humans can learn from. Animals are our teachers if we would only listen,look and learn. Tarra and Bella will be reunited one day because all dogs go to Heaven and so do elephants and all animals.
I. Yamachika, Nevada USA
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August 31, 2012
Beautiful little Bella, rest in peace.
Barbara Ruffino, Torino, Italy
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August 31, 2012
what an adorable story, poor Bella RIP little one. Tarra hunny big hugs
sue pilling, England
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August 31, 2012
I watched the video about the special friendship between Bella and Tarra years ago and my heart broke when I heard about Bella's death. What a special couple. Rest in Peace Bella.
And I hope Tarra can find a new friend to fill her loneliness
Lisa, Pennsylvania
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August 31, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. Until you both meet again.

Rest in peace Bella. You will always be in Tarra's heart.
Miyeko Homma, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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August 31, 2012
rest in peace sweet bella! you will be missed! tarra loved you so!
Jean, Tampa
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August 31, 2012
Rest in peace beautiful Bella, you will always be an example to mankind.
Pat and Len, Australia
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August 31, 2012
Im growing tears of love and admiration for Tarra and Bella again after watching the video once more. I was having a tough day and I needed to see what I want to be like. Loving and kind like you, Precious Bella.
Chofie Su, Spain
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August 31, 2012
The story of their friendship touched the world... xoxo
Erica, Michigan
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August 31, 2012
Où que tu sois Bella sois heureuse et continue à gambader comme tu le faisais ici avec Tara, quel exemple vs ns donnez à ns les humains
Delbrouck, Sprimont
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August 26, 2012
Bella and Taras story is beautiful. One of the best love storys told. R.I.P. Bella. You will see Tara again. Love you both.
vicki bunn, brmingham, alabama
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August 23, 2012
Dear Tarra,
You will forever remember Bella your special little friend. One day you will meet again and have more good times. We as humans sure could learn something from you both.


lynne, Greenbrier, Tn
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August 22, 2012
Dear Tarra and Bella,

I wish your beautiful story of love and friendship didn't end this way. But even though it is hard for me to accept, I'm sure you both had many perfect days and nights together when it seemed everything was all right in the world. When you have a friend like each other by your side, nothing can ever be too bad.
Liz, San Diego, CA
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August 15, 2012
To Tarra and Bella,
You had a wonderful friendship...may humans one day learn what true love and friendship mean.

Your forever fan,

S.L., Georgia
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August 15, 2012
This unlikely friendship still touches me today. I'm sure everyone is wondering how Tarra is doing now. Please post an update!
Susan Baker, Troy, MI
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August 11, 2012
She was the best friend any elephant could have. A truer friendship could not have existed. R.I.P.Bella and lost of strength to her elephant friend. She will be sorely missed
Ingrid M. Beyer, Enschede, The Netherlands
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August 10, 2012
I am heartbroken for Bella and Tarra. They shared a special friendship and love for one another, that is an example to to all of us. I hope that Tarra finds peace in her life without Bella. I have no doubt that Tarra will never forget Bella, and perhaps her memories will sustain her.
Teresa Cambridge , Indiana
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August 7, 2012
We can all learn from you...
Bennie, Texas
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August 7, 2012
RIP little girl. Tara will meet you someday at the Rainbow Bridge.
C.E. Gac, ny
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August 7, 2012
You will be missed forever!
Kris, Delaware
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August 7, 2012
Bella is in Heaven now. Someday she will be reunited with her buddy. I hope Tarra finds comfort in having her sister around. God Bless
Jess, Virginia
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August 6, 2012
Quite simply, a beautiful, beautiful love story. We, as humans, can only aspire to be as pure of heart as Bella and Tarra. Oh to live in their world! Thanks for the joy, inspiration, and memories.

Rest in peace, little Bella.
Barbara, Las Vegas, NV
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August 6, 2012
R.I.P little Bella, and may Tara's tears dry.

Human animals have much to learn from other animal species...unconditional love, acceptance of the differences that exist, and compassion.

Knowing that elephants grieve, I pray that Tara's sadness will ease and, perhaps, in time, find another little friend to welcome into her loving and gracious heart.
Dove Shientag-Betts, Phoenix, AZ
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August 6, 2012
God Bless you little Bella, such a beautiful story, but the ending ever so sad, I hope she finds a friend.

B
Barbara Dalton, Kingston Ontaro Canada
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August 6, 2012
To: Bella

With much love and kisses---you will be missed. Sincerely,
Melissa and Laurie Jarvis
Melissa Jarvis, Bloomington, MN
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August 6, 2012
I AM SO SORRY FOR THE LOST OF BELLA

I HOPE TERRA CAN FIND ANOTHER PLAY MATE

OR ANOTHER DOG TO PLAY WITH I LOVE ALL

ANIMALS AND BELLA IS UP IN HEAVEN WITH

GOD
SHERRYL HUGHES, PELHAM, ALABAMA
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August 6, 2012
What a beautiful friendship you and Tarra had and will have again when you meet at the Rainbow Bridge. Your presence is sorely missed by everyone who knew you and knew of you. My sincere condolences to Tarra and everyone at the Sanctuary.
Dianne, Columbus, OH
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August 1, 2012
Tarra and Bella are the true example of what God sent us to this world for, to love and care for each other without looking at appearances...rest in peace Bella. Some day they will meet again.
Yadira S, Omaha, NE
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July 27, 2012
it is sad that Tara will be separated from Bella forever since Bella died and Tara may have missed her so much now since Bella is gone Tara will miss and remember Bella for a long time and Tara will also remember all the fun stuff they did together.

Bella will be missed
Mark Galloway, New York
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July 27, 2012
It is devastating to me to lose any animal. Bella and tarra were such a beautiful pair. My heart goes out to Tarra, for her loss. I have to believe there is a Rainbow Bridge and I know that Bella will be there waiting for her friend. Rest In Peace beautiful girl!
Teri Ferguson,
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July 27, 2012
May you rest in peace Bella. You are an angel!
Gina, Houston, TExas
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July 26, 2012
Dear TES,

It is hard to believe that it has been 9 months since Bella went to the Rainbow Bridge. It seems like only yesterday. We think about Tarra and Bella all the time, and hope that Tarra is finding comfort with her ele-sisters.

We hope you are all having a nice summer!

Take care, Tarra! We miss you, Bella!

Love, Tom and Malissa, Clarksburg, WV
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July 25, 2012
my heartfelt sympathy goes out to the staff an Tarra .My love for animals especially. elephants is strong . may. you find a new. friend. for Tarra. is my love wish.
Kelley. Mccarthy, salt lake city Utah
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July 20, 2012
così meravigliose entrambe, un amore infinito e commovente da lasciare senza parole ... è difficile accettare che sia andata davvero così ma loro non saranno mai davvero lontane ... un abbraccio
silvia, Italy
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July 9, 2012
I don't know much about this story, but from what I saw from some of the images they were close. This was an amazing friendship between two differnt animals. These are true Forever Friends
Michelle , California
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July 1, 2012
Bella you were one of a kind and you will be truly missed by all that knew you or knew of you. But you will be missed most by your best friend and companion Tarra.
Rest in peace youe sweet girl.
Jaira, Orlando FL
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June 26, 2012
RIP beautiful example of animal love.
C. Beard, Bristol, UK
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June 24, 2012
la vera amicizia non conosce limiti...la vera amicizia dura per sempre.
sara, italy
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June 22, 2012
Bella will waits for Tarra for ever but this such a beautiful,sad,story...
Siria, Italy
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June 18, 2012
I am so very saddened by the loss of Bella. I have been following this story for quite a while. I hope Tarra finds comfort with the other elephants. Bella has now crossed over to RAINBOW BRIDGE where she will be joined by Tarra when her time is due.
Carol Dailey, Santa Barbara, CA
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June 17, 2012
It was so much happy to see Bella and Tarra together. But now it runs into deep past. Yet the memories survive with us forever. The entire globe shares the memory of bella and Tarra because the entire world knew about them. Rest in peace Bella.

Tharindu Muthkumarana, Sri Lanka
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June 13, 2012
Beautiful, beautiful Bella,

I am so sorry to hear that you have left this world and therefore your best friend Tarra.
We should all watch the video of Bella & Tarra together to understand true unconditional friendship & love & empathy which many of us humans could do to learn from.

I hope that Tarra's broken heart will mend in time & I'm sure she is getting spoilt rotten as all our beloved animals should..

Rest in peace beautiful Bella
Xxxxxx
Tanya, Melbourne, Australia
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June 5, 2012
Bella you will undoubtedly be missed by so many, yet no one will miss you more than your beloved friend Tarra. The friendship the two of you had is an inspiration!
Leann Frizzell, Englewood, FL
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June 3, 2012
You live forever in our hearts, most-precious darling Bella!
Nini , Philippines
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June 3, 2012
RIP Bella..... I know you will find many new friends in heaven to play with. And one day your friend Tarra and you shall be reunited. Thank you for providing me with such loving memories of you. My heart only wishes that more humans could learn from you and Tarra.
Cindy Gross, Allentown, PA. USA
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June 2, 2012
Was für eine wundervolle, einmalige Freundschaft!!!!!!!!!!
Edelweiss, Germany
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June 2, 2012
Bella, run with the elephants and dogs in heaven. Being a best friend is as important as having a best friend. You were both. Love you and love Tarra. xo
Maryanne Jensen, Meredith, NH
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June 2, 2012
Dogs and elephants are two of my favorite animals and it is really amazing that you two had found each other.

Bella - you will be missed, very dearly. But you have been unconditionally loving and a true friend. God bless!!

Hugs ...
Arun, San Jose, CA
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June 2, 2012
Hello,

This video is so sad and unfortunetly so true. Those who pass to heaven will meet their loved ones at some point.
What an amazing video and story. My sympathy to all those who were in bella's life.
I believe in angels and i bet bella already has her wings.
God bless to all.


Tammy, Newport, N.H.
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June 2, 2012
Godspeed, Sweet Bella. Your trust and kindness shared with Tarra is a beautiful lesson for us all. Thank you for your important work here on Earth. Rest well, and watch over your faithful friend Tarra until she meets you again. Much love and many blessings.
Debbie, Nashville, TN
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June 2, 2012
Such a bittersweet story. Bella loved her friend and didn't care they were different. Obviously the love was returned. Bella must lived such a happy life there. So sorry she's gone. She's a good example of adopting a rescue.
Mary Ann , Palm Coast, Fl
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June 2, 2012
RIP Bella u will be missed,,,Tara to have another pup like Bella your owners should get u another friend.
Kaleigh, Utica,NY
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May 30, 2012
What an amazing, loving relationship!! If only humans could teach, learn, and practice such compassion and unconditional love for one another....what a wonderful world ours might be! So inspirational.
Karen Meere, Cincinnati, Ohio
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May 24, 2012
Bella brought so much joy to people all over the world. Thinking of her at the Rainbow Bridge.
Jennifer Shuemaker, Cape Cod, MA
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May 24, 2012
La historia de Tarra y Bella me ha llegado al corazon. Pequeña Bella se feliz donde estes.
Nati, Spain
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May 17, 2012
Rest in peace Bella, and thank you for the love you gave to Tarra. The earth has been graced by your life and by Tarra's. No one can replace you, but could the sanctuary try to find another potential cherished friend for Tarra, either elephant or dog?
Sunny
Sunny, Connecticut
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May 15, 2012
Bella, Faithful and loving, God bless as you cross the rainbow bridge - the day will come when you will meet Terra again on the other side until then rest peacefully and may you journey be one where you play all day long!!


Shar Valesh, Chicago Illinois
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May 15, 2012
Rest in Peace dear little Bella. May the angels carry you in their arms and guide you to Heaven. I know that you are in a happy, loving place and will watch over your friend Tarra. Someday the two of you will be together again, and at peace always and forever.
Amanda, Farmington
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May 15, 2012
This kind of friendship between species is so rare and special. Both of these animals are an exceptional example for all of us ignorant humans who can't seem to get along. I'm so so sorry for the loss of Bella in such a horrible way. I grieve with you Tarra. No one will ever replace Bella, but maybe you'll find a new friend to help you heal. I am grieving myself for the recent loss of my beloved cat of 17 yrs., Sammy. I know what you are going through.
Marge Post, Dover, NJ
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May 3, 2012
Bella the beautiful. So sad to find she has passed on. Poor Tarra, she'll be so lost. A beautiful video xx
Sharon, New Zealand
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May 3, 2012
Oh this is so Beautiful!!!! i am a certifiable animal lover of all kinds and when i saw this picture my heart was filled with joy this is so BEAUTIFUL


TRACEY
TRACEY, NASHVILLE
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April 30, 2012
Dear TES,

It is hard to believe that it has been just over six months since I went to the Rainbow Bridge.

I miss you all, especially Tarra!

XOXO

Love, Bella, the Rainbow Bridge, just this side of Heaven
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April 28, 2012
Tarra, You are a beautiful elephant. No one deserves to lose a friend and your story of trying to save her broke my heart! I almost cried. My heart goes out to the sanctuary and I hope to visit this summer!
Allison, North Carolina
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April 25, 2012
Tara..

I am so deeply saddened to hear of Bella's passing. My heart goes out to you. I know that Bella is still around keeping you company. Maybe you can still hear her or feel her wagging tail tickling your tummy when she is near. I know that you feel like your life has lost all its color. But soon, you'll be able to remember Bella and smile. Maybe, Bella will come back to you. Be on the look out for another little stray dog.

Hugs..


Lorie, Virginia
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April 25, 2012
What a sad day for all of us. I'm sure your hearts are broken. I would like to say thank you for all of your hard work
and devotion to these beautiful animals. You are in my prayers and dear
Bella RIP.
Patricia Webster, Lynn, Massachusetts
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April 25, 2012
We could all learn a few things from Tara and Bella about trust, unbiased and unconditional love.
Lisa , Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
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April 25, 2012
Dear Bella,
Your friendship is forever. And you'll meet again. I believe that;
Thank you for your inspiration.
Sok, The Netherlands
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April 25, 2012
R.I.P. Bella! I hope Tarra finds another lovely friend!
Judith Meienberg, Switzerland
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April 25, 2012
Rest in peace, Bella. The task that was given you had come to an end.
However, I would hope that the way you have passed will not have served people as a pretext for killing (even more) coyotes. I know you would not want that, and neither should we. Fate works in mysterious ways, and we are all - these coyotes included - in the hands of a power much great than us. Albert Schweitzer once said, "we are life surrounded by life that wants to live".
Your friendship with tarra reminds me a lot of Albert the sheep and Tempa, the elephant baby. Sadly, it ended the other way round for these two: Tempa passed away at a young age, on the eve of being returned to his herd in the wild. Sad and unfair as such losses and fates always appear to us, there may, after all, be a greater wisdom behind it all, which we must strive to accept and learn from. Thank you for teaching us, Bella, about love, about life, and about letting go.
Diana, Germany
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April 16, 2012
A very lovely example...we must only learn to you...
Sara, Italy
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April 15, 2012
Per l'ennesima volta i nostri fratelli a 4 zampe ci hanno dato una lezione di amicizia e di fedeltà.
Mino, Italia
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April 15, 2012
May God keeps you in His hands. Love on you dear friend.
Roberto, Italy
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April 15, 2012
love to you...little Bella , now you are free on the bridge of rainbow ...Be happy until Tarra will came to you...Kisses
maria grazia, Italy
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April 15, 2012
This is LOVE.
Cioa Bella,rest in peace and have fun with my KOs...
Manuela, Italy
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April 15, 2012
Animals are morally much better than human beings,they can teach us how to live in a peaceful and aware way.
Linda, Italy
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April 15, 2012
What a beautiful story...With no happy end...Maybe there's another Bella for Tarra out there, another beautiful and gentle dog that looks for pure love. The one that comes from Tarra
Stefania Bandini, Rome - Italy
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April 15, 2012
ancora una volta ci insegnano qualcosa di sacro che è l'amicizia...sono gli unici esempi di vita a mio parer!
Luisa, Italia
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April 15, 2012
Siete bellissime :) e non temete,vi ritroverete un giorno per coccolarvi e giocare insieme,di nuovo e per sempre :)
Dali, Italy
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April 15, 2012
A wonderful sense of life, of love, of friendship. They are our teachers of how to live in love and peace. Men will never understand this, never. And I'm so sorry and sad in my heart.
R.I.P.
Cristina Mezzenzana, Italy
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April 15, 2012
Bella, qualcuno ti chiama cane, per me tu sei molto di più, hai un'anima che vivrà per sempre accanto a Tarra, lui non lo sa ma sei accanto a lui in ogni momento...........
monica zurlo, Italy
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April 15, 2012
RIP sweet Bella
Alessandro, Italy
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April 12, 2012
How very sad I am to hear of Bellas passing. I just received my news letter this week. Its such a terrible ending for a sweet little dog, Im so happy she found Tara and all of you, couldnt ask for a better home and be sure when its Taras time Bella will meet her at the Rainbow Bridge. God Bless you Bella.
Deb Bonica, Waltham ,Ma.
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April 10, 2012
What a beautiful friendship. I love you so much.
Craig, Skelmersdale
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April 9, 2012
Thank you, sanctuary, for giving precious Bella a home. Thank you, Bella, for giving Tarra such a precious friendship. And, thank you, Tarra, for carrying your precious friend home.
Carolyn Sees, Carrollton, TX
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April 8, 2012
HAPPY EASTER and HAPPY SPRING to one and all at TES!

Love, Bella, the Rainbow Bridge, just this side of Heaven
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April 8, 2012
We hope everyone at TES has a wonderful Easter!

Love, Tom & Malissa, Clarksburg, WV
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April 8, 2012
HAPPY EASTER to everyone at The Elephant Sanctuary!

Love, Bella,, the Rainbow Bridge, just this side of Heaven
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April 7, 2012
Beautiful little Bella. You brought so much joy,hope,and faith in to so many peoples lives. But first and foremost you gave Tarra a friendship never before heard of. Tarra and humans shall miss you and remember you with such love and joyfulness. You truly were and are an Angel,,may you always soar in to eternity,,
Rita Stevenson, CANADA
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April 6, 2012
IT IS SAD TARRA LOST A WONDERFUL FRIEND LIKE BELLA. I HAVE BEEN INSPIRED BY
THEIR FRIENDSHIP AND GRATEFUL TO HAVE
READ ABOUT THEIR LIVES TOGETHER. HUMANS SHOULD BE AS GOOD TO EACH OTHER AS ANIMALS. HER BEAUTY SHOWED IN HER FACE.
CAROL, MASSACHUSETTS
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April 5, 2012
Bella, what a sweet and loving companion you were. Thank you for teaching us what unconditional love really is. You will obviously be missed by Tarra but even I who had never met you will have an empty hole in my heart as well. God bless you and be at peace.
Mary, New Jersey
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March 31, 2012
Why after all this time does this story still move me to tears? As we humans are losing connections do these precious animals remind us of loving bonds that these they seemed to know, appreciate and mourn with so much more depth? Whatever the reason...I mourned when the news broke on Oct. 28th and am still brought to tears by the love and dedication.
Barbara Goedicke, Cape cod, MA
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March 29, 2012
The relationship between Bella and Tarra
was one of the most beautiful ones I've
ever seen. I was so sad to hear of
Bella's passing. Tarra must have been so
sad. I love elephants so much. They
show so much emotion. It's wonderful
what you all are doing for those beautiful
animals.

Linda, Rochester NY
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March 27, 2012
Quem ama e saber o que é a palavra amor.

Não maltrata ninguém e nenhum animal.

Quem ama respeita o próximo, aceita suas diferenças.

Quem ama ajuda seja quem for.

Quem ama cuida de seu animalzinho com amor respeito dando tudo que precisa.

Quem ama protege sempre.

Quem ama adota, quem ama cuida semp

Christina hermans, Belgica
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March 25, 2012
My stomach sank to the very pit of my body when I learned that Bella passed. I have never met either of the two but I felt their incredible bond through words, pictures and videos. I feel solace in knowing Tarra was there for Bella during her darkest hour. If humans shared the compassion these two did, this world would be a better place. Rest in peace beautiful Bella. Your memory will forever live on in sweet Tarra and the rest of us.
Crystal, Dallas, TX
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March 23, 2012
Humanity should learn from animals except I don't think we are smart enough.
Carole B, Chicago Il
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March 21, 2012
Tara - my love to you and your loving spirit! Bella - how you made the small seem so very tall!! Your memory is poignant! Love and gratitude to all those involved with the care and compassion of all these animals.
Mazell Kolvyn,
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March 21, 2012
Bella, sweet sweet girl. You brought job to Tara and Shirley and all the caregivers. But you also brought joy to me. You were a very special girl. You made the decision to live with the biggest mammals on earth. Your spirit will always be remembered. I will miss you alot. I know your spirit will be with Tara always. It has been my dream to come to the sanctuary and visit. I had hoped beyond all hope to see you and Tara together. Rip sweet Bella. You will never be forgotten.
judy baily, ft. worth, Texas
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March 17, 2012
The bonds of friendship are never broken; they just move to another plane.

To love and to have lost is better than never having loved at all.

What a remarkable friendship they had. We humans could certainly learn from them.
Suzanne, Greenfield, WI
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March 16, 2012
Ahhh, Sweet Bella. My heart is broken to know you are gone and endured the attack. My heart also breaks for your loving friend Tara who is missing you dearly. Go in peace over the Rainbow Bridge and know lots of humans are caring for your beloved Tara. XOXOX
Tarly, Clinton, WA
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March 15, 2012
Dear Tarra, A picture of you and Bella is on my desk, and I think about you everyday and the dear little friend you lost last year. The TES elecam is my homepage now, and I am filled with joy everytime I see you and your sisters roaming freely and being pampered by the TES staff who are an outstanding group of people. Bella was such a happy dog, and now she is a shining star above. Your friendship with her makes my heart grow ten times everytime I think of you, your sister elephants, and dear Bella. Be well, Tarra.
Joyce, Michigan
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March 11, 2012
Piccola pelosa,
sei volata sul ponte dell'arcobaleno dove un giorno, lontano, scorgerai una figura amica ,Tara, ed insieme potrete ancora correre felici.
Arrivederci piccola e dolce anima.
Veronica
Veronica, Italia TO
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March 10, 2012
May God Bless Bella. She and Terra inspired me so much that each time I see their picture I cry like a baby. I know what it is like to lose a dear animal companion. I can only pray that Terra will be able to carry on and that in due time she may find another companion. No animal will ever replace Bella, but Terra must carry on. Thank you for all of the work you do at the sanctuary. Also, thank you, thank you for this inspiring story. Animals are God's creatures and we must care for them as we are their voices. God Bless you.
Teresa Gilliam, Alhambra, California
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March 7, 2012
When my daughter turned four heard about this pair. I decided to find the book and give it to my daughter to begin the process of the life long discussion about acceptance. I cry with joy every time I think about the comfort, safety, nurturing and joy these two beasts brought to one another. My daughter is six now. She asks me to read her the book or tell her the story of Bella and Tara often. Their story is an inspiration that will live long past their lives. I hope people donate generously as I will to this wonderful sanctuary that has already taught us so much about love, commitment and acceptance.
Thank you.
Tracy Coffin, Austin TX
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March 7, 2012
Dear Bella,

Thank you for showing the world how we should all carry out our lives. You and Tarra were angels sent from above to teach mankind the meaning of true love. What a kinder and gentler place this world would be if all of us followed in the footsteps of both of you. Rest in peace Bella, and may dear Tarra be comforted at her great loss, and the grief she suffers be replaced with joy once again. Thank you for such an inspiring story.

May God bless the staff of The Elephant Sanctuary.

Anne & Lauren, Frederick, Maryland
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March 5, 2012
Such a precious story. Bella Rest in Peace.
Donna Z, Ft Lauderdale, FL
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March 4, 2012
Bella,

I do believe that you are now heaven, playing with all the other doggies, who crossed the rainbow bridge before you.

You must have been a very special girl. I just feel badly that you and Tarra have been separated.

REST IN PEACE, LITTLE ONE!
Christina Wenger, Chandler Arizona
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March 2, 2012
we are very saddened by the lost of bella
god created these beautiful animals,
this story can teach us humans what unconditional love,loyalty true friendship is really all about.we pray that tarra will find that special bond again.

may god bless you and your staff for caring for his animals.
karen & judy, canada (ottawa)
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March 1, 2012
To Sweet Little Bella (and Tarra) You made international news and are still in our hearts. I have a framed picture of both of you in my home and will keep it forever to remind all of the purity and sweetness of you both. I believe you have moved on to a better place--even better than TES if that is possible and you are having fun with Neddie Boy and all the others until Tarra can join you--and we hope it is a long time. You two and all the others enhance our lives and make this 'veil of tears' far more palpable and easy to take. We love you all. HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY TO YOU, PRECIOUS TARRA!!!
C and B, Pleasanton, CA
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March 1, 2012
Bella will be so missed. Our supervisor of our OR unit at the hospital used the video of the pair to show us all how different people should get along. If a dog and an elephant could do it and love each other we should too...it makes us all sad to see Tara now alone. They had a big impact on all of us.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Howell-Brighton Michigan
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February 29, 2012
Dear Bella,

Today, the last of Feb. there were continued stories of a high school massacre in Ohio and brutal killings in Syria...and then I came across your story of companionship and loyalty, romps and good times with Tarra. You reminded me of my sidekick, Mali Moo who had a spinal injury in Oct...After 2 weeks of no improvement and mounting bills, the vets suggested I let her go...Then, after taking her home one last time, much prayer and loving, the tail began to wag again and as a "drunken sailor," she wobbled forward. I thank the Lord every day to be lent this extra time...Maybe Tarra sensed something similar as she kept vigil over you when your back was injured...I am so glad she had you by her side for all those years...and can only imagine what Tarra might feel even now, 4 months later...A Jesuit priest once told me, after a beloved pet's passing, that dogs are here to teach us to love one another. Another minister said that dogs are "Angels in Fur."...Must confess that when I read further about your demise, that I cried "oddles." Was not ready to let you go yet. Like Roy and Dale and Trigger and Bullet, I wanted you and Tarra to just go off into the sunset with happy trails ahead...Perhaps, you are just waiting for her to be together again.

Thank you for being such an inspiration!

Zacki Murphy, Durham, NC
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February 28, 2012
I just watched the dateline episode with Tarra and Bella and was deeply moved by their friendship. I was saddened to hear of Bella's passing and hope Tarra is doing well. This episode really moved me and I really respect the amazing things you do for the animals.
Randi, Ontario, Canada
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February 28, 2012
A friendship and bond like theirs does not end because the physical body is no more! It just grows deeper in the memories!!!! God Bless Tarra and Bella for showing us humans true unconditional love!!!
Kathie, Cedar Grove, NJ
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February 27, 2012
This story made me cry...especially when i found out what happened to Bella :( i hope you guys are ok, i send my thoughts and prayers.
John Neild, Enfied, CT
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February 27, 2012
Deeply saddened by Bella's passing away. I was watching "Dateline" and saw the story on the elephant sanctuary. Towards the end it was told of Bella's passing. I was shocked and very saddened by the news. I saw of their friendship prior to Dateline and was so amazed by it. How old was Bella? I'm so glad she had a great 8 years in your sanctuary. Thanks for all your sanctuary does for these elephants and strays.
Marilyn H., San Jose, CA
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February 26, 2012
Dear Bella,

It is hard to believe that it has already been 4 months since you went to the Rainbow Bridge. You were truly a special gift to all that knew and loved you . . . especially Tarra. Your treasured friendship will live on forever in memories!

Dear Tarra,

We hope you continue to heal (with the help of your ele-sisters) as you still mourn the loss of your treasured friend, your little dog, Bella. Memories of your friendship with Bella will continue to be a gift to the world.

Love, Tom Picchi and Malissa C. Vavra, Clarksburg, WV
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February 25, 2012
What an awesome story. It brought tears to my eyes. I saw the video while at an Autism conference this weekend and it really touched my heart. With this video, it shows how anyone can be friends. We can learn alot from this video. May Bella rest in peace. I do hope Tarra is doing okay. What an amazing place...
Tammy, Virginia
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February 22, 2012
Amazing story. It touched my heart. What a wonderful gentle place the elephant sanctuary is
Jaye Perrett, Ears Sanctuary in Florida
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February 21, 2012
Dear TES,

Have a nice day . . . animals and people!

Love, Tom Picchi and Malissa C. Vavra, Clarksburg, WV
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February 18, 2012
I am really sad Bella died. I learned about the story at the library at school. It made me so happy because it was a happy story. But then I heard that Bella died and I was so sad. I wish I was you because you are a really nice elephant.

Rachel Age 5
Rachel, Nolensville TN
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February 15, 2012
Happy Birthday, Tarra!

I hope this year brings you lots of love, adventure and friendship.

Love,
BG, Virginia
BG, Virginia
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February 14, 2012
Dear Tarra,

Happy 38th Birthday!

and

Happy Valentine's Day!


Love, Tom Picchi and Malissa C. Vavra, Clarksburg, WV
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February 14, 2012
Dear Tarra,

A friend called the produce department,
To order a special birthday treat;
Some seasonal fruits and veggies,
For you and your ele-sisters to eat.

Maybe banana leaves or sugar cane;
Whatever the surprise may be,
The birthday treat that comes your way,
Please know that it's from me.

However you spend your birthday,
Be sure to celebrate!
Do what you wish, just being free,
Because today, you turn 38!

And since it is your birthday,
This chance I will not miss;
To wrap my angel wings around you,
For a birthday hug and kiss!

Happy 38th Birthday, Tarra!

XOXO

Love, Bella, Your Little Dog, The Rainbow Bridge, just this side of Heaven
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February 14, 2012
Dear Tarra,

Sending happy thoughts your way,
Though today we are apart;
Memories keep me going,
As you are forever in my heart.

Elephant-sized hugs and kisses,
Sent from up above;
To my gentle giant, Tarra,
Symbols of our undying love.

The match made in Ele-Heaven,
Lives on to this day.
I'm still there in spirit,
With you, to run and play.

Not only is it your birthday,
But Valentine's Day, too.
So, I thought, I'd take the time,
To say that, "I LOVE YOU!"

Happy Valentine's Day, Tarra!

XOXO

Love, Bella, Your Little Dog, The Rainbow Bridge, just this side of Heaven
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February 11, 2012
How can we as humans continue to hunt and destroy natural habitats when we hear of stories like Bella and Tara? There is no doubt that animals have the ability to feel the same emotions humans feel. Their relationship is overwhelming to me in it's beauty and innocence and my heart aches for Bella. I hope she is finding comfort from her human and elephant friends.
Diane Segura, San Antonio, Texas
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February 11, 2012
LOVE knows no boundaries of time or place nor is exclusive to one form of life. Thank you for a renewed sense of the openness and receptivity often considered childhood traits. If everyone embraced and practiced these qualities, what a better world we would experience! A beautiful, inspiring story!
Pat, Iowa
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February 10, 2012
The loss of Bella has affected me a lot..I was very upset for Tara and my heart goes out and aches for her ..they inspired me and so many others the way they were devoted to each other..despite any differences being together meant so much to them.....as I believe all animals on this world are here to do to educate and open our eyes as humans on the proper way to treat and respect each other..with unconditional love and mutual respect for each other...stay close to her and take good care of her please.
Greg Gallagher, South Boston, MA
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February 7, 2012
Goodbye Bella, you will be missed by several more than just Tarra... I hope Tarra will manage her grief accordingly and finds more friends to help her.
Scott, Amarillo, TX
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February 7, 2012
una storia veramente bellissima e commovente...abbiamo ancora tanto da imparare da voi...esseri puri...
ciao bella, vola sul ponte dell'arcobaleno, un giorno potrai correre nuovamente con la tua migliore amica nei prati verdi...tarra, sii forte...

ciao bella, buon viaggio...
esdra sostegni, empoli - florence - italy
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February 6, 2012
This was a heart warming story that everyone should know about. We hope that this type of friendship spreads throughout the world. It teaches us that no matter how different we are, we can be friends. It is amazing how animals can teach us valuable lessons:)
Mrs. Beheler's 5th Grade Class, Paris, Kentucky
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February 5, 2012
Wonderful show of love and devotion....humans need to learn from this...Thanks Tarra & Bella for putting things into perspective.

Anne , Pennsylvania
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February 5, 2012
A Tarra con amore:"Il tempo accanto a te è stato un dono meraviglioso, un dono respirare la stessa aria che respiravi tu e, ora che tu respirerai da sola perchè io faccio parte dell'altra dimensione, ricordati che in ogni cellula, in ogni atomo e ovunque tu sia, io sarò a vegliarti ed amarti come sempre. Ti aspetterò per respirare ancora insieme e camminare ancora insieme nelle vie del cielo." Per sempre, Bella.
Anton, Italy
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February 5, 2012
Grazie !!
Roberty, Italia
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February 5, 2012
What a wonderful friendship, real love.
Humans should learn from animals.
Simona, Italy
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February 4, 2012
Bella is in a better place and Tarra is going to always have Bella in her heart and memories.
maggie , Iowa City, Iowa
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February 2, 2012
I have loved following your story Bella and Tarra. I am heartbroken tonight to learn of Bella's death. I know Tarra is in good hands, but my heart hurts for her. Thank you to the dedicated staff who will help mend Tarra's heart.
Holly Lewis, Townsend, TN
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February 2, 2012
what an amazing friendship with such a sad ending...
kim, madison
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February 1, 2012
The love for Bella & Tarra just keeps pouring in with another & another & another tribute..... Amazing Grace, how sweet they are & how many hearts they continue to touch....

Thank-you dear Bella & Tarra....


Tara, Marin County, Ca
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January 31, 2012
What a beautiful friendship you had with Tarra and I am sure she truly misses you. Some day you will both be together over the Rainbow Bridge. Rest in Peace sweet sweet Bella.
Elisa Pagan,
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January 31, 2012
Rest in Peace sweet Bella

Beloved Tara,

Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge...

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food and water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing: they miss someone very special to them; who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the days come when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. The bright eyes are intent; the eager body quivers. Suddenly they begin to break away from the group, flying over the green grass, their legs carrying them faster and faster. YOU have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you will cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy times will start again as you look once more into the trusting eyes of your friend, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

THEN YOU CROSS RAINBOW BRIDGE TOGETHER...
Tina , Kansas
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January 31, 2012
A Friend in a time of need is a Friend indeed. To some you seemed an odd couple. Two totally different animals but you had something in common, 'you both loved each other.'I hope that when the time comes for your friend to leave this World, you will be able to reunite and play together as once you did. God Bless.
Heather Marvin, Melbourne
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January 30, 2012
delightful and beautiful friendship between such wonderful animals. They teach us so much. Love has no boundaries even in the animal kingdom. Rest in peace dear Bella., and keep a watchful eye over your beloved Tara. X
catherine walker , melbourne, australia
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January 30, 2012
bless you mate XXX love from aus XXX so sad XXX
matt, sydney
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January 30, 2012
I watched the videos of little Bella and Tarra on Youtube, and it warmed my heart. Bella was a fantastic little dog who overlooked the difference between her and Tarra and loved and trusted Tarra so much. She was a wonderful dog and I'm sure her death was horrible for everyone who heard her story. I hope Tarra is alright.
Hagar. E, Australia
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January 29, 2012
This is such a touching story and an example to all of us to allot respect and dignity to all animals. They have the same sort of feelings that we tend to think are solely the prerogative of human beings.
Bless you Bella, and Tarra too.
Eileen Sewell, South Wales, United Kingdom
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January 29, 2012
R.I.P. Little Bella..you were truly loved
and will always be.

Thoughts for Tarra left to grieve, you are not alone. We mourn with you.

Both of you will be in out hearts
forever.
Toni Harrison-Kahn, Peacehaven, East Sussex...UK
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January 29, 2012
Bella, you were such a wonderful friend to Tarra. What a wonderful life you had with her in such a beautiful environment. I know Tarra misses you terribly. We all do'. Tarra will meet you again soon.
Jenna L, Milton, ON, Canada
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January 29, 2012
Bella - your passing is a sad day for all. May we all cross the Rainbow Bridge one day and all meet again. With love.

Nina Dabbieri, California
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January 29, 2012
THIS WONDERFUL LOVE STORY CAUGHT MY ATTENTION ABOUT A YEAR AGO. I AM SORRY IT HAS COME TO AN END. TARRA AND BELLA ARE EXAMPLES LOVE HAS NO BOUNDARIES. BELLA YOU ARE LOVED...RIP
ALLISON, MD


ALLISON JONES, PASADENA, MD
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January 29, 2012
I pay tribute to you Tarra you were a wonderful companion for Bella..the love between you was so strong..also beautiful to watch..you could show us humans a thing or too about relationships..you will be VERY much missed...mostly by Bella..R.I.P.
Sandra Payne, UK
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January 29, 2012
Blessed Bella. May your life be ever more beautiful in Spirit. May you be that special guardian Angel for Tarra till you both meet again. You will always be remembered in a special way, especially from your faithful friend Tarra. Your life did not end here on Earth, it carries a legacy for many to remember you and take a leaf out of your book of life. Go well our special Angel. You are remembered with much love from all your earthly friends and Tarra that knew you.
Ingrid Rogers, South Africa
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January 29, 2012
People should follow the example set by these two precious souls that love and peaceful co-existence goes beyond any physical differences. I'm so sorry for Tarra's loss and Bella's unfortunate passing. There are lots of homeless pups out there...maybe finding another dog to keep Tarra company will help ease her grief? Just a suggestion.
R.I.P. Bella and may you and Tarra be reunited some day at the Bridge. <3

Jane Planas, Palm City, Florida
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January 29, 2012
My heart is so broken for Bella and Tarra. They had such a beautiful companionship. I hope that Bella didn't suffer very much and I also hope that Tarra will find a new best friend. Rest in peace, sweet Bella. You brought great joy while you were here. God Bless the people at the Sanctuary who do such much for these loving animals..and for the hard work they do.
Judy Whitney, Albuquerque, NM
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January 29, 2012
Bella & Tarra, my heart goes out for for you both.
Bella may you rest in peace.
Tarra you have a little angel (Bella) watching over you.

This such a sad story. Animals should never be taken for granted.

V. Watson, Vancouver, BC. Canada
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January 28, 2012
Bella, my heart broke to hear that you had passed away. I know Tarra still carries you in her heart. We all do.
Krystal M., Carlsbad, NM
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January 28, 2012
Bella, you will be remembered.
Sheila, MA
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January 25, 2012
Thank you to the people at elephant sanctuary who let such a beautiful relationship develop. It brought tears to my eyes when I learned of Bella' death, especially in such a cruel manner. R.I.P Bella. Alongside Tarra, you'll both be always remembered with love.
Mahesh, Malaysia
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January 25, 2012
What a devastating loss for Tarra and the world. Be at peace beautiful girl. May the sun shine on Tarra and the fantastic people who loved Bella. You are greatly missed.

Lauren, Western Australia
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January 23, 2012
Rest in Peace sweet Bella.
Jenn, Colorado
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January 22, 2012
Bella,
What a beautiful example of the Love we all are. I know how much Tarra must miss your form but she will know her eternal connection someday. I love you Bella and thank you for your life here demonstrating that there are no boundaries in Love. <3<3<3
Beth Woolsey, United States
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January 22, 2012
I was [and still am] very touched by the friendship these 2 shared. I am so saddened to hear of Bella's passing. I can only imagine the loss Terra and all of Bella's family must be feeling at this time. My condolences to all of you.


Debra Ganshaw, Minneapolis
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January 21, 2012
We loved hearing of this true bond of love. If only we could appreciate animals and respect them. Thank you for sharing their friendship with the world, to bring their Light to us, and sadly, we mourn the loss, along with Tarra. Our heartfelt condolences to all of you who are also in mourning. Thank you for the amazing work that you do!
Brenda Giffen, Schomberg, Ontario Canada
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January 20, 2012
All animals go to heaven and Bella is now at Jesus side waiting for her friend to return
Barbara Wilson, Grasonville Md
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January 20, 2012
What a pair they were! I loved watching the videos of them together. Having a wonderful animal like Bella killed is heart breaking. One of mine was attacked by a coyote and badly injured. It's horrible. I hope Tarra makes a new friend that will help fill the void that Bella left. Bella cannot be replaced, but hopefully Tarra will love another in the same way.
Penny Skaff, Scott Depot, WV
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January 20, 2012
I was saddened to hear of Bella's death and yet this video of both Bella and Tarra playing together is so touching. I'm glad that they had such special time together and that they both had such a beautiful friendship. I wish humans could get along as well as these beautiful animals. Thank you so much for caring for them and showing us how we should all treat each other.
Barbara Antoniazzi, Miami
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January 20, 2012
RIP Bella!
Sherry, Independence Missouri
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January 20, 2012
You were so Precious and a Beautiful Soul Little Bella!God made you Special and Your Beloved Friends as Special! Rest in peace Gorgeous! SO SAD to hear what happened.You were loved by all.

CHAZ MARKWELL, MELB AUSTRALIA
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January 19, 2012
Tarra,
You truly loved Bella and Bella truly loved you. Your bond touches me more than I can tell you.
Love IS the answer, Tarra.
Rest easy, Bella.
Yvonne Esman, Eaton Rapids, Michigan
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January 19, 2012
What a wonderful story but with such a sad ending. Animals in their innocence and love for life can show us so much, that if we could all learn from it the world would be such a better place. What a precious pair!

My heart goes out to both Bella and Tara, it is so sad their loving relationship should end this way and I cry for you all. My thoughts are with everyone at the Elephant Sanctuary in this time of grief. Thank you for the great work you do!

Tara and Bella will one day meet at the Rainbow Bridge and run in the grass together again, and maybe all of us with our beloved pets will be there to see it.
Marilyn McClelland, Vancouver Island, Canada
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January 19, 2012
We have so much to learn from animals. Rest in peace Bella and live happily Tara.
Jean Potter, UK
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January 19, 2012
This is such a beautiful match! They truly belong together! I am so sorry that Tarra has to be without Bella! They were a well suited pair! They were truly the best of friends!
Linda Jenkins, North Carolina
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January 19, 2012
Bella, what a pity you have left so suddenly. Glad you had the opportunity to live a beautiful friendship with Tarra, something rare among humans, which most often can not "see" beyond appearances.
May God bless you.
Clara Rangel Yunes, Brazil
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January 19, 2012
rest in peace bella. youre such a sweet and beautiful dog.
paul, new york
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January 19, 2012
Such a wonderful and blessed relationship between friends. Bella and Tara are a lesson for us humans how to love unconditionally, and to connect where there is difference. My prayers to them especially to Tara in her grief.
Lisa Rechenberg, Toronto, Canada
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January 19, 2012
Bella, How wonderful it would be if the whole human species understood the beauty and wisdom of the animal kingdom.
Bella - you were an amazing dog & a terrific friend to Tara.
Rest in peace and I hope that maybe Tara will find a new friend once her grieving is over ,You will live in our hearts forever!



Evelyn Mouzakiotis , Montreal, Canada
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January 19, 2012
Our hearts go out to all who love and admire these beautiful friends. We are thinking of you, Tarra, in your time of grief, and are so very sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Bella.
Benita and Dennis Moore, Bellingham, WA
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January 19, 2012
There is no closer bond than that of a soulmate and Bella and Tarra truly were soulmates. I pray that the human race can learn the natural compassion that animals have for each other. My thoughts are with all of your family members, animal and human alike in this time of grief.
Jo Beth Harrison, Chicago IL
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January 19, 2012
I hope we of the human race will one day be able to say we have finally learned what so many animals have patiently, lovingly tried to teach us. Life is about our relationship....to life. Rest in peace Bella. My heart goes out to you of the sanctuary and most especially to Tara, for the loss of a valued friend.
Scott DiDonato, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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January 19, 2012
YOUR SHARED LOVED IS A TRIBUTE TO LOVE! YOUR STORY GIVES HOPE, TO ALL WHO READ ABOUT YOU &/OR ENJOY YOUR SPECIAL VIDEO! YOUR LOVE & EXTRAORDINARY BOND BRINGS HOPE TO OUR LIVES! YOUR LIVES SHOW US HOW TO TREAT OTHERS WHO MAY APPEAR DIFFERENT TO US!

TO THE LOVING STAFF,
YOU ARE IN MOURNING & CRYING, DAILY, BECAUSE OF YOUR LOSS. YOUR TEARS HAVE BEEN EARNED, WITH EACH THOUGHT, MEMORY, & PICTURE OF YOUR BELOVED DUO TARRA & BELLA! HOW BLESSED TARRA IS, TO HAVE YOUR LOVE & SUPPORT.

AS MY TEARS WET MY FACE,AS MUCH AS THE SADNESS HAS IMPACTED MY LIFE, I WILL, ALWAYS, BE THANKFUL TO YOU FOR TELLING & SHARING THE STORY OF TARRA & BELLA.
Claudia Hall, Beaverton, Oregon
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January 19, 2012
Rest in peace, Bella. You were a special friend and will be missed by many of us who knew of your devotion to Tarra.
Brenda Eisenhart, Kearneysville, West Virginia
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January 19, 2012
I come often to this site to see the updates posted. I read the tributes to Bella and cry every time I read them and think of Tarra without her best friend. My heart warms when I think of Shirley bonding with Tarra in her time of grief. Bella was truly loved, by everyone at the Sanctuary and many, many loving people all over the world. This wonderful, loving bond can teach all peoples that love knows no boundaries, has no end and is not judgmental to differences. I will continue to believe always that Bella is the guardian angel that runs along side Tarra and will do so until they meet again at the Rainbow Bridge and can spend all eternity together, along with the workers who loved them and the other elephants at the Sanctuary.

I send this with love to everyone at the Sanctuary and all the wonderful, beautiful creatures who live there that are so loved.

Mary

Mary Morrin, Dayton, Ohio
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January 19, 2012
Such sad news..Poor Bella. And poor Tarra.. Maybe another little puppy could help Tarra grieve less. Could you try that?
Patricia Lazar, Toronto, Canada
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January 19, 2012
rest in peace bella... we will miss you...
Babis, Piraeus, Greece
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January 19, 2012
Bella, How wonderful it would be if the whole human species understood the beauty and wisdom of the animal kingdom. Many people "get it" but so many miss the wonder of animals. Thank you and Tarra for teaching humanity a lesson in love.
Jane Ciarlone, Branford, Ct.
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January 19, 2012
Love, Friendship, tolerance, loyalty and so much more is what Bella and Tarra
have shown us - what an AMAZING gift - two animals have let us humans see. If we could just learn from it. Bella and Terra brought so much joy to each other. I know Bella will always be with Tarra, watching over her. God Bless them both!!
Bridget, Ballston Spa , NY
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January 19, 2012
bella - you were an amzing dog & a terrific friend to tara - i know that she will miss you immensely - i wish that i had had the opportunity to visit & meet you

brian pickering, medicine hat
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January 19, 2012
This is one of the most powerful evidence of love and devotion across species that I have ever seen. Rest in peace and I hope that maybe Tara will find a new friend once her grieving is over.
It will take time and maybe she will never accept another but its worth a try to avoid her being lonely.
Love your beautyful souls.
Jeannette Marie Eckmann, Denmark
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January 19, 2012
I have seen the program Unlikely Animal Friends twice and I love the story about Bella and Tarra. Tonight I decided to look up on the net the Bella and Tarra story and cried and cried to find Bella had died. Bella and Tarra, your story really touched my heart. I am part of a non for profit organisation in Australia and we rescue and re-home dogs. I will always remember you Bella, you are a very special dog. Tarra as you know dogs make the best friends! I hope you are ok and not too sad and find a new friend soon.
Leisa Keliher, Cairns, Australia
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January 18, 2012
I have just discovered your web site today starting with a utube re Shirley and I have fallen in love with them all.
I have cried much.....especially just now reading of Bella's passing.....

How is Tara doing with the loss of her friend?
Leanna, Bancroft Ontario Canada
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January 18, 2012
Your story is the true meaning of friendship!!!! Our thoughts are with Tara as she mourns the loss of a friend and life partner! You BOTH showed us that huge differences do not matter, in a world where they seems to. Tara, may you peace and know that Bella sill always be with you in your heart.
The Stepan Family, Iowa City, Iowa
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January 18, 2012
Bella, you will be missed... your story with Tarra touched me so... I have your article up on my cube wall at work. I loved your story. I was very upset to hear you died...I know everyone, especially Tarra misses you. I never met you but I feel so sad. Rest in peace, knowing you brought joy to a lot of people (and animals!) I hugged my own dog extra hard when I found out you died. I know your spirit will be with Tarra always.
Kasey Coffey, Cincinnatt, OH
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January 18, 2012
You are missed from afar. You were such a precious friend. Who was and is loved so much! May you be in the presence of St. Francis and St. Isidore.
Maggie Kostiha, Temple, Tx
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January 17, 2012
sweet bella, look us in the sky, with love Kia <3 <3
Chiara , Ancona
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January 15, 2012
Bella and Tara had such a strong bond between each other that will survive through eternity.

Austria Goldberg, Florida
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January 14, 2012
My heart still aches. I think of Tara & Bella just loving each other & enjoying their lives together & then I think of what happened to Bella & I get so devastated. I worry so much about Tara. GOD bless them both.
Bonni Nicholson, California
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January 13, 2012
Bella, Rest in peace, beautiful girl
Marina, Riverview Fl
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January 10, 2012
RIP Bella. I am sure you are looking over Tarra from wherever you are, and will meet again someday!
Erica, Boston, Ma
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January 10, 2012
I am so very sorry for the loss of Bella. Please know that you are not alone in your grieving. My love, heart felt sympathy and prayers are with you all and especially Tarra at her time of need.
Karen Knecht, Boston, MA
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January 9, 2012
I was really sad to hear that Bella has passed. I am a teacher in Seoul, Korea and one of my many lessons is about animals and their ability to express very real emotions, just like humans.

Every term I teach this lesson and every term I would show that really amazing clip about Bella and Tarra. My students would always tease me for tearing up but who wouldn't. They all loved learning a bit about Bella and Tarra and their unusual connection, and I still cant think of a better example to use for the lesson.

I hope Tarra finds another friend to keep her company and I sincerely hope Bella is resting in peace. Thank you.

Nic , Seoul, South Korea
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January 7, 2012
Dear Sweet Puppy,
I miss you - as do so many others who knew you only through the wonderful stories and photos on the website and by watching the adorable videos on YouTube. How much you were loved and how tenderly you were treated at The Sanctuary! Of course you were Tarra's constant soul-mate and companion. I hope you are still connected in spirit with Tarra and that the bond of friendship and love you both shared will always remain. Rest easy, sweet girl.
Carolyn, Brentwood, TN
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January 5, 2012
I just recently found out in my Elephant Sanctuary newsletter. I am shocked and just so sad. The stories of these two have always brought me so much joy. I am grateful for all the happiness and comfort that they gave each other.
Beth, Nazareth, PA
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January 1, 2012
Dear Tarra and TES,

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Love, Tom Picchi and Malissa C. Vavra, Clarksburg, WV
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January 1, 2012
Dear Tarra and Everyone at The Sanctuary,

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Happy New Year! I wish you all the best in 2012!

Love, Bella, The Rainbow Bridge, just this side of Heaven
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January 1, 2012
I was so saddened and heartsick to hear about the passing of Bella. I can only hope that Tarra is doing well. What a beautiful relationship they had. Godspeed Bella and heal fast Tarra.
Susan Trecarichi, Aurora Ohio
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December 31, 2011
I have been working overseas and I was not aware of this great calamity. I am deeply broken hearted at the separation of Bella and Tarra. I know that these two wonderful souls will meet again.
Josiane, Ottawa, Canada
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December 31, 2011
Rest well, Bella. And take care of yourself, Tarra.

Thank you for showing your fellow animals, humans, that love knows no boundaries, and we need to get over our racial, religious, gender divides.
DG, Vancouver, BC
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December 31, 2011
RIP, you showed us anything is possible.
Daan Wentzel, South Africa
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December 29, 2011
I just wanted you to know that I am terribly saddened by the awful news of Bella's passing. I am equally heartbroken when I think of what this has done to Tarra. They say it's better to have loved and lost rather than to have never loved at all but sometimes it's so hard. Words cannot express what I feel. I don't know why all this has affected me this way. It's all too much. Just too much.

Dan, Clifton, NJ
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December 28, 2011
Was so sorry to hear about Bella..How is Tarra handling the loss. I know she was upset when Bella was recovering from her back surgery. Hope all is well.

Wendy Dyer, kincardine Ontario Canada
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December 27, 2011
This brought tears to my eyes. The love, loyalty, and trust. God Bless of of our creatures great and small.
Renda Cardenas, Asheville, North Carolina
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December 27, 2011
I just loved her.
Eleda, Texas
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December 26, 2011
Your Elephant Sanctuary was complete with little Bella. How wonderful and beautiful animals are! I can only hope and pray that the people of the world will have the empathy, compassion and understanding that is necessary for animals to survive and thrive. A world where animal cruelty is a thing of the past. People can learn a lot by watching Bella and Tarra together. Educating people about compassion towards animals is necessary and we should participate in educating a person or group of people everyday of our lives. Pass the word on.
Beautiful Bella was special and God has a special place in Heaven for all animals and she is keeping her eye on Tarra.
Renee Boteilho, Los Angeles, California
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December 25, 2011
Dear Tarra and Everyone at The Sanctuary,

Merry Christmas! I wish you all the best on this special day!

Bella, The Rainbow Bridge, just this side of Heaven
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December 25, 2011
Dear Tarra and TES,

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Love, Tom Picchi and Malissa C. Vavra, Clarksburg, WV
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December 24, 2011
On this Christmas Eve, I continue to cry for you, Bella, and how you suffered so tragically in the end. And I cry for your Tarra, who loved you so much, and never loved you more than when she carried your poor, broken body home for the last time. I pray at this holy season that your spirits are entwined, so that you can help Tarra through her pain, until you are together again for eternity.
Merry Christmas, Bella and Tarra, and to the thousands who love you so much all over the world - we are as one in our pain and love for you and in our hope that Tarra will somehow once again find the sunlight through the love of her sisters and the love and care of the sanctuary staff.

Joan Spievak, CT
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December 22, 2011
little,brave tender, bella.
i loved, and i still do.
from the first moment, i hear from
you, then,suddenly, you disappear.
where did you go, all your friends
were worried about you.
then, a terrible message, one never
knows what have happened,
but you little bella, everyone's beloved
dog,
brave, little beautiful, streetdog,
with her golden heart, was in heaven.

i pray for the elephants.
g oppel swier, the netherlands
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December 22, 2011
Little Bella, brave and joyful friend, all of us loved you and we will all miss you!! You were such a good and faithful friend to Tarra, and she to you. No one can take your place. We will remember your loving ways and your bravery. Thank you for enriching all our lives. Love, Jeanmarie
Jeanmarie Wright, Fortson, Ga.
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December 21, 2011
I too keep retuning to read the amazing amount of tributes to precious Bella & of course to read how Tarra is doing. Along with so many others who have expressed their feelings in one way & another, I have not come across anything in the human realm that continues to touch & break my heart like this story.I also continue to read the beautiful poems written from Bell to Tarra & Tarra to Bella. My guess is one or more of Bella & Tarra's caregivers from the Sanctuary wrote them. There's a personableness that could only come from someone(s)who knows them both deeply.

We love sweet Bella. You will live in our hearts forever!

Tara
tara, Marin County, Ca
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December 19, 2011
My heart is filled with sadness for the loss of sweet Bella and for Tarra in her loss of her best friend. Bella will be in our hearts forever.

"We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle; easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps, we would still live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan." ~ Irving Townsend
Jill Lindsey, Dallas, North Carolina
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December 19, 2011
it is amazing to see the tributes continue to flow. I like so many of you come back to this site to remember and each time the tears flow. What is it that not only attracts us but continues to touch us in ways that other stories do not. I am thankful to know of this story; I am thankful for all who bring their wonderful talents together for these fascinating animals and I am thankful to know there are others who are so deeply touched, as I have been. In memory to Bella and to all those at the sanctuary, human and animal alike...thank you and many blessings for the new year to come.
Barbara Goedicke, Braintree, MA, USA
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December 19, 2011
I literally cried at my desk when I saw this sad news. I am so heartbroken that Bella died of an attack - and so sad for Tarra's loss.
They are an example to us all!
Elyn, Toronto, ON
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December 18, 2011
Me too Sandie Horton. i loved her just as much as tarra did. i cried when i read what tarra did.im just trying to say is... i did the same thing you did Sandie Horton.

I loved her too.
Savannah Burke, Concord,NH
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December 16, 2011
I was just reading everyone's tribute. I cry every time I see the videos and pictures of Tara and Bella - no matter how much time has passed. It is so sad that such a wonderful dog and wonderful friendship had to end, especially the way it did. I feel such love in my heart for Tara, Bella, and all the elephants. Please continue taking good care of them. You are appreciated.
Mary, Colorado
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December 16, 2011
Sweet sweet puppy... I'll always remember you...
Laura, Morrison, TN
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December 15, 2011
I first saw and fell in love with Bella while watching a program a year or so ago about her amazing friendship with Tarra. (At the time I had a little dog, Rosie, who was just like a miniature version of Bella). I've played the footage of Bella, running with unbridled joy beside Tarra, over and over again. Just last night I learned that The Sanctuary has a website so logged on first thing this morning in the hope that I might learn more about Bella and her friend Tarra. I don't need to tell you how stunned I was to learn that Tarra's beautiful little dog had died in such awful circumstances. I sat at my computer with tears flowing freely trying to comprehend what I had just read. I lost my little dog, at 15, earlier this year so I can only imagine the heartache of Tarra, and everyone involved, after such a tragic loss. Words cannot adequately express the deep sadness I feel for all of you. I'm only comforted by knowing that Bella's magic will live on in, and for, Tarra.
Sandie Horton, Melbourne, Australia
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December 14, 2011
Precious Bella, one who never noticed the differences among animals- a true friendship between the species. Tarra will always have you in her heart and her soul is intertwined with yours, so you will never be far apart in spirit.
ELaine Hutzelman, Houston, TX
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December 13, 2011
I just found out about Bella... my heart is saddened for Tarra and all those left behind... The Sanctuary is a place of Peace and Love that showed
through in the most wonderful friendship
of Bella and Tarra... May Tarra find solace around her and in her heart where the love of sweet Bella remains...
Judith Nowicki, Springfield ,Oregon
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December 13, 2011
I often come to this site to see how Tarra is doing without her Bella. Animals are such amazing creatures. We can learn so much from them. I hope that Bella is running free over at the Rainbow Bridge. She is watching her Tarra and one day they will be together again. Such a beautiful friendship they had. I hope and pray that Tarra will be ok and that the others will look after her. Animals never forget and I know she mourns her little friend...Stay well Tarra.....R.I.P. Sweet Bella!
Janelle, Simi Valley, CA.
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December 12, 2011
Dear Tarra, By now I hope you and your fellow elephant companions are adjusting to the tragic loss this past fall of your special friend. . . BELLA the dog. I know you will never forget her and all the times you shared together. You are as beautiful as the story of your unique relationship; however, even greater beauty is the reality that you, Tarra, and the other elephants at The Elephant Sanctuary are so blessed to have a peaceful place to call "home" with loving caretakers who are concerned for your health and well-being. I pray daily more kind people will become aware of the Sanctuary and donate funds to ensure your lifelong needs are met; also, that your companions are guaranteed the same, as long as all of you live. This world can be a cruel, harsh place with natural habitats for grand creatures such as yourselves rapidly diminishing. . .I will do my small part to help as much and as often as possible, plus, I implore all those reading this tribute page to do the same. BELLA. . .we know your sweet doggy spirit is still near/ waiting for TARRA to join you at The Rainbow Bridge.
Nancy Burdette, Lowell NC 28098
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December 12, 2011
Everyone needs to read the beautiful poetry that is from Tarra and Bella. The poets who wrote these really captured the feelings of the animals. Just inspirational!
Harley Ralphson, Kansas City
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December 12, 2011
I don't know who wrote the poems from Bella and Tarra, but they are absolutely beautiful. I have made copies to save because they are absolutely wonderful. They are such lovely tributes. I teach literature and these are just gorgeous!
Angela Dickerson, Louisiana
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December 11, 2011
The first story touched my heart and shows how stupid the human race really is! Humans fight for all kinds of reasons, but mainly because "someone" is different.
Bella and Tarra show us how to not let that be a problem, and except their differences.
It made me very sad for Tarra when Bella was killed. Thank you for these stories of a wonderful friendship.
Merry Christmas to Tarra and you all!
J B Miller, Scottsbluff, Nebraska
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December 9, 2011
Beloved Tarra & Bella,
My heart doesn't stop aching over this tragedy. I have sent a tribute before, but words just can't express how devastated I am. Tarra, GOD bless you & keep you strong. Bella will always be with you & one day you will be together again forever. I love you both with all my heart. Stay close to all the elephants & your caretakers who deeply love you & Bella forever.

Be at peace Bella. You will be with your other half again one day. Just stay close to Tarra now as always.



Bonni Nicholson, California
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December 6, 2011
Tarra and Bella,

You had the time of your lives running free together, just being yourselves, which is the way it should be. Your lives were made whole by your compassion and unconditional love for each other.

Although you are apart and miss each other deeply, we have no doubt that you think of each other often. Tarra: Memories of your journeys, good times, and happy days together with Bella will sustain you during this difficult time. Bella will be beside you every step of the way, as your special guardian angel. Just as you waited for Bella to heal after her injury, she will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge. After your joyous reunion, you will cross into Heaven, where you will be together forever.

This unlikely friendship between "Bella, Tarra's Little Dog" and "Tarra, Bella's Gentle Giant" will always be remembered. Your devotion to each other was an inspiration to us all.

Rest in peace, sweet Bella.

Love, Tom Picchi and Malissa C. Vavra, Clarksburg, WV
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December 6, 2011
Like everyone I cried when I found out that special dog died so tragically. Bella and Tarra were the most loving of friends and my heart breaks for the short life for Bella and Tarra to lose her sweet friend. I wonder if I may volunteer at the sanctuary to help in the daily duties. I wanted to know how Tarra is doing and there is no place to read about her feeling better or not..Sure hope she is better. I bought from Amazon their book to have and read to a young little ill boy who needs a bone marrow transplant. Give Tarra a hug and I pray they will meet again.
Adele Giambrone, Chantilly Va
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December 5, 2011
My heart is as heavy for Tarra as it is for Bella. I cry every time I see something on them. Hope Tarra is still reaching out to her Pachy friends. Thank you for this unbelievable facility that I am just learning about. As soon as I can I will be making a donation.
Cara Schnieder, Columbus, OH
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December 4, 2011
Dear Tarra, My Best Friend Forever:

Alone and abandoned; then in 2003,
TES took me in, providing a wonderful home for me.

I enjoyed my new life, without a care;
Hoping to make friends with that gentle giant over there.

At first I was careful to maintain my distance,
But learned to accept your attention, thanks to your persistence.

From that moment on we were always together;
Exploring our habitat, in all kinds of weather.

Dubbed the "animal odd couple" right off the bat;
Unconditional love and acceptance, what's so strange about that?

In 2007, when I injured my spine,
You came to the rehab office balcony, to make sure I was fine.

Under the rehab office balcony you patiently hovered.
After many daily visits together, I completely recovered.

We lived each day to the fullest, free to play and run,
Would we take a swim in the pond or simply nap in the sun?

Then on one fateful night in late October 2011,
Something happened to end the "match made in Ele-Heaven."

I heard a noise in the distance, which set off my alarm.
So I ran to investigate, to protect you from harm.

It was determined that coyotes were most likely at fault,
With my untimely passing the eventual result.

You carried me home in your trunk and laid me to rest,
In a place near the pond, much like a warm, soft nest.

We said our goodbyes to each other that day,
Our sweet life together should have never ended that way.

You visited my grave, to lessen your hurt;
And left just one footprint, in the soft dirt.

For just one more tummy rub, one final touch;
You stopped by to tell me that you miss me so much.

Now a little more than a month has passed.
I have longed for you greatly, since I saw you last.

Now, I'm your guardian angel, forever near.
Always remember, you will have nothing to fear.

In your travels around The Sanctuary you'll feel my spirit;
Whispering "I love you," in the gentle breeze you will hear it.

While gazing at the stars twinkling in the night sky,
Picture them as winks from my ever-watchful eye.

And in the winter when the snowflakes fall from above,
Think of them as tender kisses, symbols of my undying love.

Then one day in the future, our new life will start,
When we cross the Rainbow Bridge into Heaven together, never again to part.

Only once in a lifetime, will you find love so true.
My life was made whole, Tarra, all thanks to you.

Fond memories will sustain us, and in this my epilogue,
May I say that I was blessed and honored to have been "Tarra's little dog."

I love you, Tarra.
XOXO

Love, Bella, Your Little Dog, the Rainbow Bridge, just this side of Heaven
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December 4, 2011
Dear Bella, My Little Dog:

As the first resident of TES, I'm why it was founded.
With my new lease on life, my spirit rebounded.

Wandering the grounds freely, in the warm sun to bask;
Experiencing freedom and peace, for what more could I ask?

Then in 2003, you arrived on the scene;
Loving you instantly, not knowing what that would mean.

A dog and an elephant, an unlikely pair;
Inspiring the world with the unconditional love we would share.

It took you some time to accept without stress,
A tummy rub with my foot, and with my trunk, a caress.

Exploring our habitat, where would we go?
Take a nap in the sun, swim in the pond, or romp in the snow?

In 2007, when you injured your spine,
I went to the rehab office balcony, to make sure you were fine.

Under the rehab office balcony, I patiently hovered.
After many daily visits together, you completely recovered.

We lived life to the fullest, running wild and free;
Just being ourselves, isn't that how it should be?

Then you ran off by yourself on that tragic night,
To investigate possible trouble, to keep us all from fright.

I found your little body, broken, battered, and bruised.
How could this have happened? I was so confused.

In my trunk I tenderly cradled you and slowly began to roam,
Back to the barn that we called home.

I placed you gently on the grass by the pond,
Saying goodbye to you in private, of you I was so fond.

I visited your grave, to lessen my hurt;
And left just one footprint, in the soft dirt.

For just one more tummy rub, one final touch;
Just to let you know that I miss you so much.

It has been just over a month since you were taken.
You went away far too soon, my whole world was shaken.

Being an elephant I will never forget,
The fun that we had, the day that we met.

And in my daily journeys, wishing you were here;
If only in spirit, I'll still feel you near.

Memories of us and the games we would play,
Will help me get through each passing day.

Thanks to my elephant sisters I'll be okay;
But deep in my heart, I'll long for the day . . .

When at the Rainbow Bridge, reunited we will be;
Then we'll cross into Heaven together, just you and me.

Only once in a lifetime, will you find love so true.
My life was made whole, Bella, all thanks to you.

Dear, sweet Bella, loyal to the end.
Rest in peace, my little dog, my forever best friend.

I love you, Bella.
XOXO

Love, Tarra, Your Best Friend Forever, The Elephant Sanctuary, Hohenwald, TN
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December 4, 2011
Please accept my condolences on the loss of Bella. Thank you for giving her a home. My heart goes out to Tara and the rest of the family. I recently rescued a cat and have named her Bella in memory of your dear Bella. Rest in peace, Bella.
Donna O'Berry, Maryland
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December 2, 2011
It is with such sadness I learn of Bella's passing. Bella & Tarra's bond was amazing to watch, we as humans can learn so much from this. We know elephants have an amazing memory but perhaps there will be another lucky stray that finds their way to the sanctuary and into Tarra's heart so that she finds that someone special again, not to replace Bella but a new companion to ease her grieving and allow Tarra happiness and comfort once again.
AnnM, Plano, TX
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December 2, 2011
Please accept my condolences on the loss of Bella. As a small contributor to the Sanctuary over the years, I was terribly sad to hear about the end of Bella's journey on earth. I know she will be missed by everyone that knew of her and her special relationship with Tarra. I will miss reading about this very special animal duo.
Lori Ennis, Dover, Delaware
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December 1, 2011
Tarra and Bella, I send all our love to you...Lisa, Zennie, Gemini and Nevaeh. Y'all are precious. With all the bad in today's world, to look at you two playing and loving each other reminds me of LOVE and true Love at that...friendship beyond HERE AND NOW...everlasting friendship through mountains, sea and heaven...I look at y'all and I'm sad that you all had to part (for a short earth years...and one day y'all will be together and I really hope I am with y'all to play in heaven, after all, heaven to me is surrounded by doggies and elephants)I know Tarra its been hard loosing your best friend. But she still is with you, your little angel...and I'm happy the other elephants are being good to you! They need to give you lots of hugs and kisses always. :) With tears I write these words, and y'all are special in my heart and I thank y'alls humans for taking care of those who have desperately needed real friendship and a place to call home GOD BLESS TARRA AND BELLA. LOVE FOREVER.
Lisa M. , Texas
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December 1, 2011
I am so sad. I have watched the Bella and Tarra videos over and over again. I can't even begin to fathom how Tarra must be feeling. My heart breaks for her, and for those who will miss her just as badly. I never met her, only through videos, but I will always remember her.


B. Palmer, Miami, FL
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December 1, 2011
What a beautiful little dog. I will have many fond memories of logging in to view the various pics and videos of Bella and Tarra, and watch with awe as these two show how friendships can traverse through any prejudice. My love to you dear Bella - My love as well to Tarra that she may be able to find solace with another - whoever that may be.

Holly Stewart, Illinois
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December 1, 2011
Rest in peace dear Bella you have touched the heart of so many that loved you ....Tara be strong and remember all will end with Love
David, California
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November 30, 2011
My heart is still broken for Bella & Tara.
I can't believe this has happened.

Their relationship always touched my heart. Tara & Bella will always be together in their hearts. I hope Tara is staying close to her elephant friends getting strength from them & love & companionship. GOD bless them forever.
Words just aren't enough to say how devastated I am.
Bonni Nicholson, California
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November 30, 2011
Bella,

You are now Tarra's special angel. How tragic you had to die like that. You were a beautiful little soul and I just know someday you and Tarra will meet again at the Rainbow Bridge. God bless you.
Wanda Walb-Gower, Weatherly, PA
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November 30, 2011
Poor Tarra. My deepest condolences on losing your friend Tarra. Words can't say how I feel. I saw you and Bella play and watched as Bella healed after her spinal cord injury to return to you. One day you 2 will be together once again. Healthy and happy playing once again. God bless you and all of your caretakers. Take good care of tarra.
Patricia Sutcliffe, Harrisburg, Penna
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November 30, 2011
The heartbreak I feel for Bella and Tarra is so vast and encompassing that I find it hard to pass a ten-minute mark without thinking of this special relationship. How terrible that Bella's life ended so tragically, but how wonderful it is that such a serendipitous love was found where it was least expected! This was truly a once-a-lifetime piece of magic.
Chris Pratl, Oak Lawn, IL
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November 29, 2011
Tara...I am sorry for your loss. I have followed your life with Bella and it has always put a smile on my face. What a beautiful little dog!
jeanne bowen, naples, fl
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November 29, 2011
Tarra- All my love to you, sweet girl. Lots of hugs and kisses too. You were truly blessed to have such a friend in Bella and I hope she can visit you in your dreams.
Phoenix Morgaine, Killeen, Texas
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November 29, 2011
I was so touched by this story. I did not see it until now. I bought the book and dvd for me and my mom. She did not see it on CBS and does not have a computer so I told her about it. God Bless ^A^ all animals and God Bless ^A^ Bella. so sweet and adorable...my prayers are with all of you especially Tarra.
Carolyn Correira, Nutley, NJ
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November 29, 2011
I really enjoyed the original story about these two and feel sadness for the way Bella passed. I hope Tarra recovers and is able to have a new friend someday. People should be so accepting and loving towards each other.
Madie, USA
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November 28, 2011
Sending my heartfelt condolences to Bella's wonderful family who loved her so dearly at the Elephant Sanctuary. She was a precious angel and I am so sorry for your loss.
Gay Tice, Southport, CT
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November 28, 2011
Bella you are an eternal beauty. We humans are not worthy to even know of you...for no human has the heart of you and Tarra

God Bless and Tarra and you will be together in heaven!
Paul Calpin, Middletown, DE
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November 28, 2011
How sad. My heart goes out to Tarra!
G8RDAVE, Tampa, FL
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November 28, 2011
God Bless You, and I totally understand that grieving. You'll remain in my thoughts and prayers. You'll be together again one day, permanently to romp and play. Love will reunite you.
Sue, Endicott, NY
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November 26, 2011
What a wonderful relationship Tarra and Bella had--no words can express how I feel about these two wonderful creatures. Elephants have such a strong sense of family anyway, and dogs are such devoted beings to each other and to mankind. The human race can learn a lesson from Tarra and Bella a far as cultural diversity goes--perhaps the world would be in a better place if we followed in their footsteps. God bless you Tarra--may you soon have peace. Godspeed Bella--I only wish that when one day when I cross that rainbow bridge, I will get to meet you. It will certainly be an honor.
Donna M. Wheeler, Canterbury, CT
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November 26, 2011
Dear Tarra, My Best Friend Forever:

I was abandoned and in 2003,
TES took me in, providing a wonderful home for me.

I enjoyed my new life, without a care;
Hoping to make friends with that gentle giant over there.

At first I was careful to maintain my distance,
But learned to accept your attention, thanks to your persistence.

From that moment on we were always together;
Exploring our habitat, in all kinds of weather.

Dubbed the "animal odd couple," right off the bat;
Unconditional love and acceptance, what's so strange about that?

In 2007, when I injured my spine,
You came to the rehab office balcony, to make sure I was fine.

Under the rehab office balcony, you patiently hovered.
After many daily visits together, I completely recovered.

We lived each day to the fullest, free to play and run,
Would we take a swim in the pond or simply nap in the sun?

Then on one fateful night in late October 2011,
Something happened to end the "match made in Ele-Heaven."

I heard a noise in the distance, which set off my alarm.
So I ran to investigate, to protect you from harm.

It was determined that coyotes were most likely at fault,
With my untimely passing the eventual result.

Thank you for carrying me home in your trunk and laying me to rest,
In a place near the pond, much like a warm, soft nest.

We said our goodbyes to each other that day,
Our sweet life together should have never ended that way.

You visited my grave, to lessen your hurt;
And left just one footprint, in the soft dirt.

For just one more tummy rub, one final touch;
You stopped by to tell me that you miss me so much.

It's hard to believe a whole month has passed.
I have longed for you greatly, since I saw you last.

Now, I'm your guardian angel, forever near.
Always remember, you and the Girls will have nothing to fear.

In your travels around The Sanctuary you'll feel my spirit;
Whispering "I love you," in the gentle breeze you will hear it.

While gazing at the stars twinkling in the night sky,
Picture them as winks from my ever-watchful eye.

And in the winter when the snowflakes fall from above,
Think of them as tender kisses, symbols of my undying love.

Until one day in the future, our new life will start,
When we cross the Rainbow Bridge into Heaven together, never again to part.

Only once in a lifetime, will you find love so true.
My life was made whole, Tarra, all thanks to you.

Fond memories will sustain us, and in this my epilogue,
May I say that I was blessed and honored to have been "Tarra's little dog."

I love you, Tarra.
XOXO

Love, Bella Your Little Dog, The Rainbow Bridge, just this side of Heaven
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November 26, 2011
Dear Bella, My Little Dog:

As the first resident of TES, I'm why it was founded.
With my new lease on life, my spirit rebounded.

Wandering the grounds freely, in the warm sun to bask;
Experiencing freedom and peace, for what more could I ask?

Then in 2003, you arrived on the scene;
Loving you instantly, not knowing what that would mean.

A dog and an elephant, an unlikely pair;
Inspiring the world with the unconditional love we would share.

It took you some time to accept without stress,
A tummy rub with my foot, and with my trunk, a caress.

Exploring our habitat, where would we go?
Take a nap in the sun, swim in the pond, or romp in the snow?

In 2007, when you injured your spine,
I went to the rehab office balcony, to make sure you were fine.

Under the rehab office balcony, I patiently hovered.
After many daily visits together, you completely recovered.

We lived life to the fullest, running wild and free;
Just being ourselves, isn't that how it should be?

Then you ran off by yourself on that tragic night,
To investigate possible trouble, to keep us all from fright.

I found your injured body, broken, battered, and bruised.
How could this have happened? I was so confused.

In my trunk I tenderly cradled you and slowly began to roam,
Back to the barn that we called home.

I placed you gently on the grass by the pond,
Saying goodbye to you in private, of you I was so fond.

I visited your grave, to lessen my hurt;
And left just one footprint, in the soft dirt.

For just one more tummy rub, one final touch;
I wanted you to know that I missed you so much.

It has been just a month, since you were taken.
You went away far too soon, my whole world was shaken.

Being an elephant I will never forget,
The fun that we had, the day that we met.

Memories of us and the games we would play,
Will help me get through each passing day.

And in my daily journeys, wishing you were here;
If only in spirit, I'll still feel you near.

Thanks to my elephant sisters I'll be okay,
But deep in my heart, I'll long for the day

When at the Rainbow Bridge, reunited we will be;
Then we'll cross into Heaven together, just you and me.

Only once in a lifetime, will you find love so true.
My life was made whole, Bella, all thanks to you.

Dear, sweet Bella, loyal to the end.
Rest in peace, my little dog, my forever best friend.

I love you, Bella.
XOXO

Love, Tarra Your Best Friend Forever, The Elephant Sanctuary, Hohenwald, TN
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November 26, 2011
I hope you can feel the love and comfort I send out to Tarra.
Donna damarodas, Commack, NY
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November 26, 2011
I'm sorry Tarra for the loss of your beautiful friend Bella. You showed the world that the creatures of God are one and the possibilities are endless. I hope that you can find comfort in a new friend and rest assured that you will see Bella again one day at the Rainbow Bridge.
Rebecca Porter, Speedway, Indiana
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November 26, 2011
Dear Bella,
I want to say so much, but words just can't come out. You were such a lucky being on this earth. You two experienced a great, great friendship. I hope your soul found eternal peace and bliss now.
Namaste dear lovely Bella!

Dear Tarra,
Just keep it on. I hope you will find strength among your other friends. Never forget how lucky you are to experience this beautiful friendship.
Namaste to you too, Tarra!
Seda, Turkey
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November 26, 2011
I haven't been on-line in quite awhile. My heart is broken....God Bless Bella and Tarra. Knowing that animals have naturally higher senses..I am sure Tarra is aware of Bella's spirit presence as maybe some of you are also. God Bless you all...with love and hope..


Patricia Smith, Waterloo, Ny
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November 25, 2011
Tara and Bella, the two of them together raises such . moving and positive emotion for me. How gentle and aware and present Tara is. I feel for her loss of Bella.
Tamra Gutshall, Paonia, Colorafo
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November 23, 2011
We were so very saddened to read of Bella's passing. She was such a sweet dog and friend, not only in her closeness to Tarra, but to all who enjoyed her. It was such a unique and special friendship. We are saddened also that she had to be taken in such a violent manner. I cry whenever I think of poor Tarra finding her dear friend. Both are such special creatures - we humans have a lot to learn from such beautiful inter-species bonds. We love you Bella; we love you Tarra.
Diane & John Somatican, Santa Fe, NM
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November 23, 2011
Dear Tarra,

We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your little dog and best friend, Bella. Thank you for carrying her home, and please know that the injuries she suffered have been healed at the Rainbow Bridge. Although you miss her dearly, Bella will never be far away, the memories of her forever in your heart. You will feel her spirit, as your special guardian angel, walking next to you as you wander your habitat, and lying beside you as you take a nap in the warm sunshine. One day, Bella will run to meet you at the Rainbow Bridge, where you will be together again. You will be able to look into Bella's soulful eyes, and once again give her a tummy rub with your foot and caress her with your trunk, as she showers you with long-awaited, happy kisses. Then, together, you cross the Rainbow Bridge, to swim in the ponds, explore new paths, race across the fields, and rest side by side under the sunny, blue sky in the green grass of Heaven, never to part again. Until that day, may you find comfort with your elephant sisters. <3

Dear Bella,

We are very sorry to hear of your untimely passing, leaving Tarra behind. Thank you for being her best friend for so many years, and making her life whole. We know you will be watching over her and keeping her safe, all the while faithfully waiting, and longing to be with her. Although deeply missing Tarra, may you be happy, content, and comfortable running around the meadows and hills in the warm sunshine at the Rainbow Bridge. The memories of Tarra will be forever in your heart, until, one day you stop, look off into the distance, and then fly over the green grass, as fast as your legs can carry you. You and your best friend, Tarra, meet again in a joyous reunion. You shower her with long-awaited, happy kisses, and she gives you a tummy rub and caresses you with her trunk. Then, you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, to swim in the ponds, explore new paths, race across the fields, and rest side by side under the sunny, blue sky in the green grass of Heaven, never to part again. <3

Namaste, Bella. Rest in peace, dear, sweet, little one. May He raise you up on eagle's wings, and hold you in the palm of His hand.

In this season of giving thanks, we want to thank The Elephant Sanctuary for sharing the heartwarming story of Tarra and Bella with the world. More importantly, we want to thank both Tarra and Bella, for showing us the meaning of true, unconditional love. Tarra and Bella and their journeys at The Elephant Sanctuary have truly been an inspiration. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all. <3

Love, Tom Picchi and Malissa C. Vavra, Clarksburg, WV
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November 23, 2011
I discovered Bella and Tara about 10 years ago I think ... it was an article in a newspaper ... immediately I felt the specialness of this friendship and happening ... I have the book about Bella and Tara and have been enjoying their story on-line ever since the beginning ...
My life has been richer from knowing of Bella and her friend, Tara. I will never forget Bella and thank her for putting me in touch with the Sanctuary.
Lee Tyler, Unadilla, NY
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November 23, 2011
Tarra,
You and Bella made a difference in so many lives just by showing love. I know about losing someone you love but she is still with you.
Elephants are my favorite animals, and I will make a donation in your best friends name.
I as you are Tarra am a vegetarian, have been for 37 of my 54 years and believe all animals are special but you and Bella were some of the best.
Jackie Gilmore, Ft. Myers Florida
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November 23, 2011
This story of the bond between Tara and Bella will never be forgotten. Animals can be our greatest teachers if we just open our hearts and minds.

You are wonderful people for having provided a safe sanctuary for Tara. I am saddened for her loss.

Thank you for sharing the story of these 2 friends.
Judy Howard, Canada
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November 22, 2011
Bella, you were loved by everyone who knew about you. Tarra will meet you later at the Rainbow Bridge to continue your never ending friendship and love.
Lynn Somers, Marlton, NJ
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November 22, 2011
I am so sorry for the loss of Bella! How sad for Tarra! I know you don't know the specific circumstances of Bella's death, but I am surprised that Tarra didn't step in to rescue her if that would have been possible. Do you think it would be possible for another dog to bond with Tarra in the way Bella did?
Mary Harris, Horton, Alabama
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November 22, 2011
I just found out about sweet little Bella's passing, and wanted to express my sincere condolences to all of you at the Sanctuary - especially to dear, sweet Tarra. When I first saw their story on the news, I couldn't help but be touched by Tarra and Bella's beautiful friendship - it was truly an inspiration to not only myself, but everyone I shared it with. Just so, so sad to hear what the circumstances surrounding Bella's death were - and so incredibly moved by how Tarra brought her best friend back home, to be laid to rest. Thank you, Tarra, Bella, and The Elephant Sanctuary for allowing all of us to be able to share in your story, and participate in your incredible journey together!
Elisabeth Danault, Manchester, NH
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November 22, 2011
I have read about your story & I can only say I wish I had a friend who loved me so unconditionally as you two did. RIP Bella & know that one day you & Tarra will be together again.
Dottie, Ohio
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November 22, 2011
Thank you Bella for the love and warmth you gave Tara. I am certain she returned it to you. You were a fine example of the unconditional love that animals provide to their human (and animal) companions.
Margaret Ernst, Philadelphia, PA
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November 22, 2011
The story of Bella and Tarra touched my heart. It shows us humans that love and friendship is unconditional. Rest in peace sweet Bella.

God bless everyone that works/helps out at the Elephant Sanctuary. I am sure the passing of Bella has been tough on everyone. Please give a hug to Tarra from me.


Justine Kubiak, Pittsburgh, PA
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November 22, 2011
Rest in Peace dear Bella, you and Tarra had a very special friendship and Tarra will miss you so much.
I hope Tarra will be ok and not pine too much.
My thoughts are with Tarra, and also for the guys at the Elephant sanctuary who do a wonderful job and they must miss Bella too.
Lea , Turkey
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November 21, 2011
I sit here crying as I read the updates-my heart just breaks for the event that ended precious little Bella's life and for the sorrow and grief I know little Tarra is suffering due to the loss of her best friend and companion. They were two sweet kids who friended each other and bonded through a mutual respect,love and kindness towards each other-I will never forget them,nor what I learned through their relationship. I pray each night that God will watch over Tarra and help her quickly over this loss-I cannot stand the thought of her suffering-I know she will never forget Bella, but I hope the pain and feeling of loss I know she is suffering will soon lessen -

God Bless You Tarra and God Bless little Bella--
You were both so loved by so many.

My Love to you both, always
jennifer lawrence, Ventura,CA
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November 21, 2011
I shared the beautiful story of Tarra and Bella with my Grandson, Ryan. He so enjoyed watching the video of the two unlikely friends walking side by side & simply enjoying each others company.
The love & loyalty they shared - even at the tragic end of Bella's life - is a heartwarming lesson and a true inspiration.
May you both walk together again someday.


Jacquelyn Coffey, Warwick, RI
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November 21, 2011
I would always watch Bella and Tarra videos at work, these two always touched my heart. To find out Bella passed away, saddened me greatly. She was a beautiful companion and no doubt, showed some people a thing or two about friendship, loyalty & love.
Fabiola, Canada
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November 21, 2011
What an amazing pal you were Bella. Tarra misses you so much. I wish I had met you but I bet you're with some of my best 4-legged friends in heaven whom I still miss and remember so so well.
Tarra eventually will be with you there. In the meantime I bet you know better than we that she has you in her heart.
Sandy, New York City
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November 21, 2011
Sitting here in tears...I feel so sorry for Tarra..We should all, as human beings, aspire to acquire the type of friendship and love they built up over the years....So, so sorry....
Pete, Billerica, Ma.
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November 21, 2011
I know Bella can never be replaced, but PLEASE consider getting another dog playmate for Tarra. This time be sure to take the dog inside at night...they are no match for a coyote.

I have followed Tarra & Bella's story over the years & it's obvious what a special bond they shared...there is a special place for Bella in doggy heaven.
Sue Dirker, Illinois
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November 21, 2011
Bless you, Bella, and sweet gentle Tara, your best friend. I know you are still together in spirit and Bella is at Tara's side. What a beautiful friendship! Thank you so much for the joy you brought everyone who has seen you together - what a team! Love and light to you both - you will be together again in time on the other side.
Jewel Rainbow, Queensland Australia
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November 21, 2011
I feel sad and sorry for Tarra, as well as for the people at the Elephant Sanctuary.. As for Bella, she couldn't have been happier and I am sure will be looking down from the heavens always upon her best of friends, Tarra...
Norman Choo, Malaysia
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November 20, 2011
Elegy

We do not leave our dead
to lie alone
We bring them home
to where we have lived
together
We lay them straight
in the place they have always
slept
One more night in the dark
caressing a beloved
They will find you
in the morning
here
I will lie down beside you
one last time
in the vacant
place
They will find me
here
gone to where you are
waiting

(Poem by Danelia Wild, Los Angeles)
Danelia Wild, Los Angeles, California
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November 20, 2011
This story touched my heart when I first heard of Tarra and Bella.. Such a pair of true friends that stole my hearts.. Unfortunately when I heard the latest news of Bella's passing it broke my heart and anytime I see or hear anything about this story it brings instant tears. Elephants are such beautiful creatures. I pray Bella finds a new friends. May Tarra rest in peace..God bless all that brought this story to us.
Deb Vernava, Salem, MA
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November 20, 2011
rest in peace dear bella you have a place in my heart forever!!! love you tarra!!! stay strong till you meet bella again.
mark tate, kingsport tn
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November 20, 2011
Few stories have moved me like Tarra's and Bella's. No one will ever convince me that elephants are not sentient. You there at the Sanctuary have my utmost respect and admiration for the jobs you do. Thank you. My heart goes out to Tarra. I hope she finds another confidant.
Kariatid, Ohio
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November 20, 2011
So so sad and sorry, Tarra, for the loss of your best friend. Bella, sweet sweet Bella, rest in peace. Tragic ending, makes me cry.
Marilyn, Massachusetts
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November 20, 2011
GOD BLESS YOU BELLA YOU SWEET GIRL, SO SAD TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR DEATH. I HOPE TARRA WILL BE ABLE TO CARRY ON, HOPEFULLY SHE WILL KNOW THAT YOU ARE AND ALWAYS WILL BE BY HER SIDE AND SHE CAN FEEL YOUR PRESENCE. AND GOD BLESS THE PEOPLE THAT OWN AND RUN THE SANCTUARY FOR THEY ARE ANGELS HERE ON EARTH.
CONNIE PENNINGTON, MANASSAS,VIRGINIA
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November 20, 2011
What a wonderful friend you were to Tara.... the news of your death brought tears to my eyes....Yours was a true friendship and a loyal dog is a wonder to behold....
barbara smetana, wallingford PA
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November 20, 2011
In this soon to be season of love and faith it is fine to hear this story once more.
Lucky dog, lucky elephant. All things end. Tara will never forget her friend and my hope is she can find another.
Life is better with a friend. And Bella
was the best.
Barb, Ludlow Vermont
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November 19, 2011
To all of you at the Elephant Sanctuary, I was so sorry to hear of Bella's death. What a sweet little friend. We can only imagine what poor Tarra is feeling.

Tarra and all of the staff and caregivers will be in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve Bella's loss.
Brenda Daly, Minneapolis, MN
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November 19, 2011
Just the saddest news to hear. I enjoyed the coverage of prior stories, however, to learn of this loss was truly heartbreaking. I hope and pray Tarra will be able to recover from her loss of her dear little companion and best friend "Bella".
Mary Vita, Franklin, TN
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November 18, 2011
This is one of the greatest love stories of all time...the love of one true friend to another. It is so heartbreaking. God bless those sweet angels.
Brandy, Franklin, TN
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November 18, 2011
I am so sorry for this loss. These two are beautiful creatures and show all of us that animals truly can love. We have a lot to learn from them both!
Kristen, Lewisburg, PA
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November 18, 2011
My heart aches with you over the loss of this precious little one. I have followed Bella and Tarra's story for years and have just been truly amazed at the love and trust they have shown one another. Tarra's gentle touch and devoted love and Bella's trusting friendship with a creature so much bigger than she was. I've never seen anything quite like this before and I will never forget about these two devoted friends. They have been such a beautiful treasure to hold in our hearts.
Cindy W., Mountain City, TN
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November 18, 2011
Descansa en paz pequena bella / Rest in peace little Bella.

Thanks for your testimony of unconditional love.
Cris García, Santiago, Chile
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November 18, 2011
I am deeply saddened to read about the loss of Bella. What a beautiful loving friendship they shared. Their relationship was very special. I wish the very best for Tarra.
Dian, Ottawa, Ont Canada
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November 18, 2011
I hope that Tarra will be okay knowing that her best friend has passed away. Sometimes it is hard for animals to get over loved ones that have passed.
, Manistee, Michigan
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November 18, 2011
The lives of Bella and Tarra,and the special friendship they shared has touched my heart profoundly.The death of Tarra's best friend Bella has taken over my heart.I cannot wait to meet Bella in heaven someday.Tarra you are a beautiful example of whom we should all be.
Susan Krywiak, Edmonton,Alberta Canada
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November 17, 2011
Your love touched so many...and will continue too forever.
Sharon, Broken Arrow OK USA
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November 17, 2011
I remember watching the documentary about Bella and Tarra on the television. I am so sorry for the loss of Bella. I hope Tarra will be okay. My heart aches for her.
Denise, Pembroke, GA
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November 17, 2011
Man can learn so much from animals and the special bonds they form. This story warms my heart and I hope that Tarra will soon be able to find another devoted and beloved friend that she found in beautiful Bella!!!
Rose, Long Island, N.Y.
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November 17, 2011
Hearing the news of Bella really makes my heart heavy and I know I will need my sisters to help with my grieving. My only wish now is for you, Tarra to always remember wonderful thoughts of your beloved friend and that those thoughts bring you comfort. Bella will be in our hearts forever.
Khat, North of San Francisco, CA
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November 17, 2011
Sweetest story I have ever heard! RIP Bella, you sweet dog. I hope you find many, many friends in doggie heaven and will someday be reunited with Tarra.
Lisa, New York
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November 17, 2011
We are so upset to hear the news of Bella's passing. Their friendship has been one of the most endearing stories my family has followed as animal lovers.
We will never forget the love and loyalty that Tarra and Bella had for one another. Tarra, you're in our thoughts.
Susan Selle, Red Hook, NY
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November 17, 2011
How bittersweet it is to think of Bella and Tarra and their amazing friendship. I still find it painful to watch videos and even look at pictures of Tarra and Bella.

I remain just so profoundly sad over her loss. If I, just an observer, feel this way, I can hardly imagine how Tarra must feel and all the caregivers, as well. My heart goes out to all of you. Time will help ease the sorrow and the wonderful memories will remain.

God bless you all.

Margie, Dallas, GA
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November 17, 2011
Oh how sad. All can relate who have lost a best friend! Thank you for sharing this wonderful example of love, and devotion.
Lisa Coppala, Campobello SC
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November 17, 2011
The strongest story i've ever known. It was so sad to here this. We all are keeping her in our thought and prayers! Nothing can replace this! Although maybe another new puppy will grow on her just as us!
heather tucher, mooresville n.c.
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November 17, 2011
I'm so very sad and sorry to hear the news of the sanctuary's beloved and remarkable friend, Bella. She was a very special and unique dog and best buddy to her elephant friend, Tarra. It was an honor and privilege to come to know Bella through the videos. Bella was truly a blessing - in so many ways. Thank you.

I've left a donation, in memory of Bella, and can only hope it will help make a small difference for the Elephant Sanctuary and their good work with elephants and sanctuary strays like Bella. May God bless Bella, the sanctuary and Bella's best friend, Tarra.

Marie , Manassas, Virginia
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November 17, 2011
I am so sad about Tarra and Bella. This story makes me cry. I love watching the videos of the two of them. I hope these will continue to be on your site. I'm glad Tarra was there with Bella at the end. Anyone that thinks animals don't have feelings has never had a pet. My dogs are my babies and they do have feelings. I'm glad to read that Tarra is bonding with her sisters. Love to Tarra. I will be making a donation.
Pam Green, Nebraska
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November 16, 2011
We should all find a 'friend' in this life with the loyalty of these two mates to one another. That they were of different species really brings home the believe that 'All is One'.
Rest in Peace Bella.
My prayers are with Tarra because I know how heavy her heart is as is mine .
Regina McCarthy, New York, NY
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November 16, 2011
thank you for letting us know how tarra is doing. appreciate the frequency of the updates in the elenotes and diaries. since we are on the outside looking in it is so wonderful to read all the details of behind the scenes. still missing bella. thank you caregivers of our beautiful ellies.
michele, san diego, ca.
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November 16, 2011
Bella,I know Tarra will always miss you. Bella I will miss seeing pictures of you with Tarra.
Caci Hopper, Smyrna, Tennessee
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November 16, 2011
Rest in blissful peace Bella; hope your happy times continue.
SeattleAnn, Seattle
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November 16, 2011
Bella,

I did not know you, we never met. But, like thousands of others touched by your story, i felt hope, humanity, and warmth seeing you and Terra's bond. You were taken too soon, and now your companion must grieve and try to live life without you. May you rest in peace and may Terra find solace in the times you've had with one another.
My love, with a heavy heart,
Katie Sirk, Woodbine, MD
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November 16, 2011
I am glad to hear that Tarra seems to be doing well. I am glad that her "sisters" are helping her. I will never forget the story of Tarra and Bella. I still cry when I think about them losing each other. They were truly best forever friends.
Regina Dickerson, Nebraska
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November 16, 2011
I cant stop crying for the loss of sweetest angel Bella, my prayers for her and her dearest friend Tarra, you are both an inspiration of love througout the world <3 You both are forever in my heart, thoughts and prayers <3
Cherilyn Haberkorn, Cape Cod, Mass
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November 16, 2011
I am an elementary counselor in Kansas. I have used the story of Bella and Tarra in my lessons on caring. My students love hearing the story. I will miss the updates on these wonderful friends that have touched so many.
Connie Weltha, Tonganoxie Elementary School
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November 16, 2011
While I lived in Tennessee, unaware there was an Elephant Sanctuary just down I40, Steve Hartman brought this story to the world. I lived happily in Gallatin with my two companions, Sweetea & Bear. I watched Steve's story with my two unlikely companions, an American Eskimo Miniature and German Shepherd Dog, both rescue dogs. All was right in our world although I didn't go to see Tarra & Bella in person. We moved to Reno, Nevada for my health in 2010. Since then, in the last six months I have lost both my companions, Sweetea to old age and Bear to Degenerative Myelopathy and to hear that Bella is now gone adds to my sadness. I understand the "circle of life", that doesn't mean I have to like it. So today, and everyday after, I will remember the joy that Tarra & Bella brought to our world and I will remember the joy that Bear & Sweetea brought to my world! God bless you all at the Sanctuary and THANK YOU for your efforts to care for our animals!
Nancy Anderson, Reno, NV
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November 16, 2011
Dear Tarra: No words are strong enough to honor your shining example of holding no prejudices and no boundaries of what affection and joy can bring when the heart sees no difference in another species. You and Bella have shown the world of what true respect, love and caring can do if we all shed our differences and practice the meaning of tolerance where there are no borders. Tarra and Bella hold a special place in my heart and I thank you both for sharing your devotion to each other -- you have shown a light that love comes in different forms. May we all practice it as well. Rest in peace, sweet Bella.
Paula Lucia, Pasadena, CA
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November 16, 2011
The friendship between Tarra and Bella has inspired and enlightened me. Thank you, Elephant Sanctuary, for giving them a place where their friendship could flourish.
Tim Troendle, Newport, KY
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November 16, 2011
Crying over such sad news. Such a wonderful doggie. I hope you are doing okay Tarra.
Kellyn Barnes, Seattle, Wa
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November 15, 2011
This story has hit me harder than I ever imagined. I have been crying for 2 days now. None of us can ever know what Tarra witnessed, or how badly her heart is breaking over this devastating loss. Bella was truly a loving, gentle, soul who will be deeply missed.
Judy Phelps, Quincy, Illinois
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November 15, 2011
I first heard the story of Bella and Tarra two days ago on the CBS morning news. I cannot tell you how sad I am over Bella passing. I know this is a very difficult time for all that knew and loved Bella, especially Tarra. My God bless Bella, Tarra, and all the staff at the Sanctuary.
Olga Maestas, Henderson, NV
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November 15, 2011
I just found out the news of Bella .. I am so very saddened by this news .. I feel so bad for the loss of beautiful Bella and feel horrible for Tarra lossing her BFF ..

RIP Bella & stay strong Tarra

Sincerely,
Judy Newberry, Johns Creek GA
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November 15, 2011
i just sobbed my heart out for tarra's and your loss...their friendship was such an inspiring and lovely thing and my heart breaks for Tarra...i wish that i could help her but all i can do is send a donation, which i am doing. my sympathies to all the humans and elephants who loved bella.
susan mcloone, lacrosse wi
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November 15, 2011
My Buffy and I want to send out sincerest condolences to all but especially to Tara. I know how much my dog BFF means to me. You will be together again on day when you cross over the rainbow bridge yourself one day.
Lisa Simmons & Buffy, Saco, Maine
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November 15, 2011
....How is Tarra doing? Good animals go to Heaven so I know they will play again someday - after all it would Not be Heaven without those we love. I am just concerned about the way she is handling her grief...and I wanted to ask. God Bless ya'll for everything ya'll do ....
pam, ms tn line
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November 15, 2011
Bella, you make me glad to be a human. In hearing of your story I felt so honored to be able to appreciate your true heart and beauty. And to Tarra, what a beautiful gift you are and continue to be. Thank you both for being "not human".
Jeanine, Long Island New York
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November 15, 2011
A true friend is hard to find...

My heart goes out to Tarra, and hope that she will find another one that will help ease her mourning.

Rest in Peace, Bella. You were a true friend!
Terry F. Whittle, San Antonio, Texas
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November 15, 2011
I was so saddened to hear of Tarra's passing. Tarra and Bella have warmed the heart of my classes over the last 4 years. I always introduce it as one of my all time favorite true life stories. They are an inspiration for teaching that friendship and kindness know no boundaries. Each year their story is always one of the class favorites. I will continue to share their story. Thank you for sharing their story.
Jane Milanes, Danvers, MA
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November 15, 2011
words fail me as I have learned of this tragic loss. thank you bella for enriching our lives, your inspiring love will not be forgotten.
I also will be giving to the bella fund and encourage others to give.



Julia Price, Kansas City, MO
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November 15, 2011
R.I.P. Bella. Peace be with you as well Tarra
Joby, Bethesda, MD
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November 15, 2011
That is the most beautiful animal story I've ever seen. Tarra and Bella loved each other so much. Most people hope to find love like that just once in their lives. It makes my heart hurt to think how Bella was attacked, but to know that Tarra may have intervened and was able to bring her all the way back gives me some solace. Bella was a very special little dog, but Tarra is an extraordinary elephant.
Ambrosia Lefton, Simi Valley, CA
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November 15, 2011
It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that I share my thoughts and feelings with you. We/I cried so hard after watching CBS Sunday morning on Sunday night (we tape it every Sunday) that I could barely put my make-up on the next morning as my eyes were so swollen. I had trouble sleeping as I thought about the terror, fear and grief that each animal suffered in the end. Unfortunately, sometimes nature is cruel and the circle of life does not always end on a happy note. Rest peacefully "Bella"......may all of the caretakers be granted lighter hearts by happy memories of this dynamic duo.....and thank you "Tarra" for setting the ultimate example of love and companionship. Our sincerest sympathies. A donation is on the way -- thanks for all that you do for the Earth's creatures.
Ericka and Kristi, Belmont Shore, CA
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November 15, 2011
The only true love is animal love. I wish we could all form a circle and give Tarra a great big hug.
C. Schilte, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
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November 15, 2011
Rest in Peace
Marilyn, Hockessin, Delaware
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November 15, 2011
To the caring staff of Bella and Tara, and Tara girl herself. I too like so many before me am setting in an office of co-workers trying to quietly write my tribute. I've never been so emotionally touched by a friendship. Tara and Bella were so blessed to have found one another. I pray that Bella might find my Nikki, Silva and Diamond girl to play with while waiting at "rainbow" bridge, they will keep her company. To Tara, our maker will help heal your heart. It's just beyond imagination to think that such a strong loving bond could come in such different size packages. To the staff, isn't it just amazing the out pouring of love that these two animals have produced? I pray for your healing also.
GJ Wasserman, Kansas City, MO
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November 15, 2011
What a lovely story, my heart broke. I've learned a lot from these sweet creatures.
J. McCann, Illinois
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November 15, 2011
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...


See ya there Bella.......
Ray and Terri, Arlington Tx
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November 15, 2011
My heart breaks for Tarra. I recently saw the footage of the bond her and Bella had. I know she is sad at losing her best friend. I was blown away in the video of the sounds Tarra made when she got to see Bella after she was sick. And was touched by the way she kept vigil waiting for her friend. I only hope that she will not suffer too much heartache.
Ashley, NC
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November 15, 2011
I accessed your website everyday to see pictures and updates of Tarra and Bella. Our hearts here in Colorado broke into a million pieces at the news of Bella's death. We feel like we lost a member of our family. Our hearts are broken for Tarra too but we know you will take great care of her and that her sisters will stick by her side. I cannot remember the last time I was this sad. All our love to Bella, we will miss her desperately.
Elizabeth Jenkins, Erie, CO
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November 15, 2011
R.I.P. Bella
Anja Schaaf, Germany
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November 15, 2011
i only found out about Bella today and linked to this beautiful but sad story. My heart is broken and tears flowing. I can hardly put into words how I am feeling. but worst of all how Tara must be feeling. I watched her vigil outside the office when Bella was hurt and the joy she exhibited when Bella was brought down to finally see her and her tender trunking her all over. I am at s loss for more words. just many, many years. I hope Tara will be okay and hopefully find someone she can bond with soon. we want her broken heart to mend. thank you for taking such good care of bella and all her elephant family.
Linda Lee, Lincoln, Nebraska
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November 15, 2011
Oh Sweet Tarra, words can't express how very sorry I am over your loss. I'm crying and just so sad. I have read and kept up with your wonderful love story. I pray you can find another playmate you love as much as sweet Bella. Thank you for the love you have taught us, sweet Tarra.
Lisa M., Blacksburg, VA
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November 15, 2011
What we learn from animals, is so much more than what we learn from humans. I am so sorry for Tara and everyone that takes care of the elephants. My heart just broke over the passing of Bella what a wonderful dog. Thank you for everything you do for the elephants and the other dogs that live at the sanctuary. It takes special loving people and I commend all of you. Rest in peace, Bella and I pray Tara will do well.
Barbara Sowell, Hernando, MS
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November 15, 2011
My heart hurts so much! How touching that Tara carried Bella back home. It gives some comfort that they were together in the end and that Bella lived such a happy life. Tara and Bella are in my heart as are all of those that loved Bella.
Char Hakes, Denver, CO
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November 15, 2011
To Tarra, her sisters, and everyone at the Sanctuary:
You gave Bella a beautiful and loving environment as you do for all residents at the sanctuary. Thank you for all that you do and for watching over Tarra at this difficult time. Tarra, you are my hero! Bella, you will be missed but memories will preserve your happy and adorable life with Tarra and all your sanctuary friends.
Laura, Henderson, Nevada
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November 15, 2011
Thank you for sharing this heartrending story. I wish there were more like it.
Elisabeth Schorr, Switzerland
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November 15, 2011
R.I.P. Bella. What a sweet little furry soul you were. Thank you for the time you spent making those who followed your story smile. And thank you for all the time you spent helping Tarra.
K Hanen, Victoria, BC
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November 15, 2011
Tarra and Bella were the true example of love and devotion. Bella will always live in Tarra's heart. All our prayers and love go out to her and the staff.

Tara Trenson, Radcliff, KY
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November 15, 2011
What a wonderful story. I never tire of seeing the loved shared by a truly odd couple. God bless all those that help and comfort animals and above all thanks to the Good Lord that has given us all the opportunity of being able to share this world with His loving creatures!
Gladys Sanchez, Miami, Florida
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November 15, 2011
What a touching story of a beautiful friendship. So sorry to hear of the loss of Bella and thoughts go out to her great friend
Mary Young, Scotland
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November 15, 2011
to my dearest bella rest in peace. to tarra may you find a new canine friend
otis mccollum, lafayette, Indiana
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November 15, 2011
My heart breaks for everyone there, especially Tarra. Bella was so special and Tarra knew it. Man's best friend also became an elephant's best friend, everyone deserves one. You will be deeply missed, Bella.
Jayme, Anderson, Indiana
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November 14, 2011
Dear Tarra, you can teach us all about love loyalty and kindness....Bella was a beautiful companion as are you. My heart and healing vibes go out to you. May your fellow elephant and human friends help you in your time of sorrow.
Peace and love to you. <3
Much love,
D
DAG, Lambertville NJ
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November 14, 2011
I love this story, I hope Tarra will be okay, my heart goes out to bella. i live in a state where coyotes are common and i hated to see that's how bella died.
loretta plantenga-hilburn, lafayette, Indiana
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November 14, 2011
again this story was so inspirational to me. as an animal lover, I hope tarra another homeless pup sees what bella saw. what a great story.
diana mccollum, lafayette, Indiana
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November 14, 2011
I saw this story for the first time on the program Sunday Morning on November 4, 2011. To be honest I normally sleep late and never see this program. However my life is not "normal" currently as I am recovering from open heart surgery at 37 years old. It all happened so fast and luckily a repair was made to my Mitral valve successfully. Only three weeks into recovery, I am also dealing with anemia and pneumonia. Needless to say I am down and then this story...although very sad, renewed my hope and reaffirmed that animals are not only capable of love but compassion and grief and, in my opinion, more kind and caring than than some people. Having two dog "children" with my husband, we are both acutely aware of the bond animals form. I was moved to tears by this story. While watching this program, I glanced at my dogs Jake and Jett, like Tarra have taken vigil on my bed where I rest for the past three weeks. Thanks for such a wonderful, uplifting moment that was greatly needed.
Kerrie Linette Etienne, Thunder Bay, ON Canada
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November 14, 2011
Beautiful Bella gone.. this so breaks my heart. With so much sadness in this world, you and Tarra just made my heart happy. Will miss you.
Lee , CT
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November 14, 2011
To the staff at The Elephant Sanctuary:

I am very sorry for the loss of your precious little Bella. I feel so sad when I think that Tarra has lost her little buddy. I love watching the videos of the two of them together, especially the one where they are playing in the snow.

I have enjoyed following their friendship from the first time I heard about it and I was not prepared for such a tragic end to something so special. I was heartbroken when I heard the news on Sunday, but I am comforted by the fact that I am not alone in my sadness.

I will be making a donation to the Bella Fund and I hope many others will do the same.

Please know that there are many people that appreciate what you are doing for the elephants in your care. Thank you for your tireless work on behalf of these magnificent creatures.

Susan, Sarasota, Florida
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November 14, 2011
Hi sweet Tara,
Thinking of you so very much!
Watch the elcam every single day to get a glimpse of you.
Sending love, hugs, and prayers to you and your caregivers!!!
In love with Tara , Petoskey, Mich.
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November 14, 2011
What an amazing and heart warming story I thought when I first heard about Bella and Tarra. Now This news is one of the most heart breaking things I can remember ever hearing about. I have been very upset since hearing the news yesterday. I really hope Tarra will be OK and will find another friend. I wish you all at the sanctuary the very best.
Vincent Osburn, Las Vegas,NV
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November 14, 2011
You have touched my soul, somewhere deep inside. True friendship, true love is what you two showed the world...and I'm so sorry for your loss. You will see her again when you are both in Heaven, but living here without her will hurt...and I hurt with you...I pray you may find some comfort in your memories of her until you are together again...
Kathryn, Iowa
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November 14, 2011
I so enjoyed finding this wonderful story and reading it to the children in my second grade class, especially when we were doing a unit on friendship. Of course children relate so well to animals and it was probably the most treasured book for the children to take home and read with their families. I am so sad about Bella's passing and I hope that Tarra will be okay, I know that she will greatly miss her friend! Thank you for the work that you do with this gentle giants!
Debbie McWilliams, Canandaigua New York
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November 14, 2011
This is the sweetest, and now the saddest, story. Animals are truly remarkable and have emotions far beyond what most people believe. RIP Bella.
Anne Fluharty, Cary, NC
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November 14, 2011
The loss of Bella breaks my heart. I sobbed at the news delivered by CBS Sunday morning yesterday, and I am no better today. My heart goes out to Tarra. Getting through each day must be such a trial, and I am so glad to know that her sisters are there to comfort her. Losing a beloved friend isn't easy for anyone, but the uniqueness of this story and friendship makes it all the more tragic. I hope time will ease Tarra's pain, and I would be lying if I didn't say that I hope someday, when the time is right, another wonderful, sweet dog will wander into the sanctuary to stay. XOXO Tarra. And, love to Bella and her memory, as well.
Roxanne Witt Celeskey, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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November 14, 2011
Rest in peace my darling dog.
Beverly Richardson, Eustis,FL
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November 14, 2011
Dear Tarra, I know how much you loved and still love Bella. You are a good friend. I hope you can think about the good times you both spent together. We will all miss Bella. Take care my friend...I love you!!!
Elizabeth Collins, Charlotte, North Carolina
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November 14, 2011
My deepest condolences to Tarra and the rest of Bella's family (elephant and human). I know there is a void that can never be filled...but I pray that, in time, the memories will help tears give way to smiles and all those who loved Bella will be comforted.
Angela Jones, Knoxville, TN
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November 14, 2011
What love is, we often do not know... I didn't until I read of this wonderful friendship. Love is caring, compassion for another living creature--human or animal--dog and elephant. Bella you are forever in our hearts and dearest Tarra- Know that we love you very, very much and know a special angel named Bella watches over you always. May the memories of Bella give your courage and strength in the days ahead. Shalom and Peace to you Tarra and all the creatures at the Elephant Sanctuary. Love is eternal!
Ellen, Stone Mountain, GA
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November 14, 2011
I heard about the tragic loss of Bella yesterday morning on CBS. Tears started and my poodle, Luca, jumped up and licked me. How simple, but sweet. I was heartbroken for Tara's loss and Bella's passing. May Bella rest in peace.
Raphaela , Cresskill
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November 14, 2011
RIP Bella. The relationship that Bella and Tara shared was an inspiration to us all. If only we humans could love so unconditionally.
Kelley, Mooresville, NC
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November 14, 2011
Dear Tara:
My heart breaks for your broken heart. You were a sweet and loyal friend to Bella. So very sorry for your loss..

Liz G
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Liz Gordy, Waldwick, NJ
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November 14, 2011
I will never forget the loving story of Bella and Tarra--it is remarkable, that animals of totally different species can blend and become part of ea. others lives (to bad the same cannot be said of the human race, we spend too much time looking at the differences--we should learn so much from this story).

I know a friend can never be replaced, (human or animal), but perhaps there is another homeless dog at a shelter that could be introduced to Tarra at some point.

I know all your hearts (as well as Tarra's) are breaking at this time. Bless you all, for your care and hard work of these wonderful animals.
Sheila Forster, Albert, CANADA
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November 14, 2011
Thank you so much for everything you do for the animals (large and small). I feel so sad for Bella and Tarra. I know that you are taking good care of Tarra. I love the pictures of the two animals together and love watching the videos of Tarra and Bella. This is a true love story.
Brenda Riley, Tulsa, OK
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November 14, 2011
My heart has been so heavy since learning of the news Friday, Nov. 11. I have enjoyed sharing the book, Tarra and Bella, with my K-3rd grade students at my school where I am librarian. The book is a nominee on the TN Volunteer State Book Award contest. They've all heard the story. They all love Tarra and Bella.
Now we're going to raise money to send to the Bella Fund. Hopefully by mid-December we will be able to share in helping other stray dogs.
Penney Letbetter, Chattanooga, TN
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November 14, 2011
Just confirms again the special place animals have in our lives and how they show us the real meaning of sacrifice and love.
Rich, Portland, OR
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November 14, 2011
We should all learn from this enduring friendship.If we could be so lucky as to have a friendship as wonderful as theirs,unconditional and unassuming even in death.May Tarra be able to overcome her grief in time and share her heart with others the way she did with Bella.May Bella rest in peace and Tarra love again.
Karla Moon Ipock, Oklahoma
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November 14, 2011
As regular donors we have followed this unique friendship and were heartbroken to hear the sad news, prompting another donation to the Bella Fund.
We will cherish our Tarra and Bella teeshirts and cups.
After the tears...our reactions? Maybe a puppy.
Larry and Marie-Annet Goldsmith, Soquel, California
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November 14, 2011
To quote Khalil Gibran from The Prophet, On Death: "Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance." Bella is dancing, romping, and playing in a space that knows no boundaries. May she continually teach us the value of friendship and Tarra's devotion to the end ... the true meaning of loyalty.

Sheila Saints, Charlotte, NC
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November 14, 2011
One last comment I would like to make...
Over to the left <- there is a little square that says; "Make a donation". What better tribute to Bella, than to make a donation however small, to the Elephant Sanctuary and help her friends that she loved so much. There have been 2712 of us so far writing here and if we each just sent $5.00 that would be $13,560, to help the elephants. Let's don't just write a tribute......LET'S DO SOMETHING TO HONOR BELLA!
Jackie from Texas
Jackie, Canyon Lake Texas
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November 14, 2011
I was so sad when I heard this story on the news this morning.I hope Tarra feels better soon.Maybe a new puppy,might help.
Robert Porter, Radville,Canada
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November 14, 2011
Rest in Peace, miss Bella. You were a wonderful example of holding no boundaries when it comes to friendship. I know you are at the rainbow bridge and when Tarra's time comes, you'll be waiting for her at the gate with a big doggie grin! You are an inspiration to all...you taught us love knows no boundaries.
Debby Deckerd Jones, Canton, OH
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November 14, 2011
I hope you will keep the videos on your website so we can continue to watch them. I ordered several of the Tarra and Bella books to give as Christmas gifts this year. This friendship makes me feel good when I've had a bad day. I hope Bella didn't suffer and Tarra was there with her. It makes me cry every time I think about Tarra carrying Bella back to the barn. RIP Bella and love to Tarra.
Angela Zimmerman, Kansas
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November 13, 2011
I always have believed the purest of souls belong to animals, and the friendship between Bella and Tarra will continue beyond our limited years on this earth. Unconditional love.... the best gift you can give to another. RIP Bella and may the sun shine brighter on Tarra to help her through her grief!
Michelle M, Detroit, MI USA
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November 13, 2011
I'm heartbroken for Tarra's loss. I just heard about Bella's passing on my local TV news in Utah. I've been a supporter for years and have gotten so much joy out of their friendship. Now I have so much sadness for Tarra's grief... May we all learn from their friendship.
Catherine, Draper, UT
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November 13, 2011
I have loved their story from the first time I saw them on T.V. What a beautiful friendship they shared. How sad that Bella's life had to end so tragically. But what Tarra did for Bella was a devotion of that friendship to the very end. I hope and pray that Tarra will be ok without her little friend Bella. Animals continue to amaze me with their beautiful sense of caring and love. Always looking out for one another. They really do teach us so much. We just need to learn from them. I hope that Tarra can live without her friend and not give up. R.I.P. sweet Bella. Your story of each other will live forever in my heart. I am so sorry you are gone. All of us will continue to look after Tarra for you. After all, you did such a wonderful job. We just need to continue in your place. Big shoes to fill, but we will try.
Janelle, California
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November 13, 2011
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dear Bella. What an angel she was and an angel in heaven she is now. Prays for Tara and her heart to heal as well as the rest of you who care for these gentle creatures.

Bill and Anita Daley
Bill and Anita Daley, Torrance, CA
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November 13, 2011
I can't stop crying. The sweetest. I hope she is o.k. Another puppy?
Teri, Palm Harbor, FL
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November 13, 2011
"...trouble free at last, you sleep
and dream, perchance of me.

When, in turn, the dark
shall glaze my eyes,
Your joyous bark will greet me,
echoing in the sky.
Til then, dear loving heart, goodbye."

Joe Walker

Deep peace to Bella, and please read this to Tarra. She'll understand.


MissMissOdin, AZ
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November 13, 2011
I just finished watching Sunday morning and was bawling so loud I scared my husband. I was devastated this story didn't have a happy ending. Nature can be cruel sometimes and my heart aches for both of them.

This story is so heartbreaking and I pray that Tarra doesn't die of a broken heart since elephants have so many emotions! I know they will meet again some day and I hope that Tarra can form a bond with the other elephants or a new pup!
Donna Baranowski, Torrance, CA
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November 13, 2011
I shared the videos of Tarra and Bella with my kindergarten class. Tarra and Bella showed the children that we can be friends despite our differences. Their relationship is an inspiration to us all. Bella will be missed. Sending our love to Tarra.
Jennifer Martini, Cleves, Ohio
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November 13, 2011
For Bella,
And to Tara and her human caretakers. May you rest assured in knowing that Bella was so fortunate to have such wonderful people that nurtured her when she was ill, to love her unconditionally. She was very fortunate to have so much love.
Rest in Peace sweet Bella
Sue Burke, Overland Park Kansas
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November 13, 2011
I just saw this on Sunday Morning and its beauty and sadness is overwhelming.I have it in my mind that Tarra was bringing Bella back to a place she knew she would be cared for. I think when Tarra knew her friend was gone she laid her down. Thank you so much for sharing this with the world. I hope that Tarra does well with her herd and at some point her sadness fades.
Bonnie K, Portland Oregon
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November 13, 2011
Tara and Bella, God's gentle and sweet creatures who have shown all of us what true love is. I thank you for your example and for the joy that you have given to so many. I know that one day you will both be reunited in heaven and what a day of joy that will be. Until then stay strong beautiful Tara and know that Bella continues to walk next to you every day. Her spirit will forever be close by to you. Bella we love you and will miss you and are sure that you are sharing many stories of your adventures with Tara, with all your new friends in heaven. I will be praying for Bella and Tara and thank God for sharing you both with us.
Ryan, Ohio
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November 13, 2011
I am so saddened by the loss of Bella. What a beautiful life she and Tarra had together! I pray for Tarra's health and future happiness. God bless both of them for showing us how people should accept and love one another. A great lesson can be learned from these two innocent souls.
Anita Johnson, Galesburg, Illinois
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November 13, 2011
Dear, sweet Bella, rest in peace. Your friendship with Tarra was a beautiful thing and a joy for us to witness. My heart breaks for Tarra. Condolences to everyone at the Sanctuary, and thank you for the loving and compassionate work that you do to provide for these wonderful creatures.
Joyce, Michigan
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November 13, 2011
To everyone at this wonderful sanctuary: We were deeply saddened to hear about the loss of the beautiful and special, Bella, and we mourn with you. Our heart is broken along with your heart, and of course Tarra's heart. Tarra and Bella were devoted and loving friends, and even in the end, Tarra showed her bravery, love and devotion to her Bella. Bella, I wish you could have lived for many more years- you deserved so much better than they way you died, but you are now at peace and I know our wonderful dog, Marvin, is with you, and will protect you until the day you will once again will be reunited with Tarra. We want Tarra and everyone at the Elephant Sanctuary to know that you aren't alone; we are all with you. Tarra and Bella, you taught all of us about friendship, loyalty and most of all, love. Please take care of Tarra for us. We are so concerned about her.
D and P, New Jersey
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November 13, 2011
I remember the first time I heard of the bond between Bella & Tara. It was so unique, so different, so loving. As a dog friend all my life (no one ever can own a dog)I have always been impressed with the love and devotion they give. When they love you, they love you 100%. So when I saw the story today about the passing of Bella, a part of my heart broke. If people would only show the kind of love and devotion these two wonderful creatures shared, we all would be better off. We all hope that Tara can recover from this loss, for we know that she will never forget. Bella, you will always be with Tara....Amen to that.
Chet Kolakowski, Atlanta, GA
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November 13, 2011
I bought Bella & Tarra's wonderful book after I saw their touching story on CBS Sunday Morning a couple of years ago. Tarra - I am so sorry you have lost your beloved best friend. You are such a great friend to have brought Bella home. I wish we all could have a friend like you!!! You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Shelley Carlson, Mount Morris, NY
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November 13, 2011
I first saw the story of Bella and Tarra on You Tube a few weeks ago and enjoyed watching it with my kids and my husband. Today I found out that Bella had passed away and it broke my heart. Unlike us complicated humans, their love and devotion for one another was so simplistic, so basic, so pure. No expectations, no rules, nothing to prove. Bella is gone way too soon and my heart aches for Tarra, left behind to try and comprehend the loss of her friend.

Sheila Peace, New Jersey
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November 13, 2011
OMG I am just finding out about the beautiful story of Bella & Tarra. My heart is broken........I can't stop crying. This is such a sad sad story. BELLA you will be missed, but you will be w/Tarra in spirit. God bless both of you.....Tarra you will get thru this you will you will :-)
Tracy C., California
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November 13, 2011
I mourn for Bella, but she is no longer in pain from the attack and has gone to a better place. I am devastated for Tarra that she has lost her best friend. I hope and pray she has some understanding that Bella will not be coming back and while she can mourn she can also heal and remember their precious friendship.

I also pray that Tarra finds a special bond with another animal, not to replace Bella but because it will make her happy and help fill that hole in her heart.

Rest in peace, dear Bella.
Deborah G, Carlsbad, CA
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November 13, 2011
Your story is unforgettable, and we share your sadness, beautiful Tarra. But when the grief has lifted and you're feeling a bit better, watch for Bella. She will be there, right by your side. Dogs are special creatures, and their spirits remain with us in the form of angels.

Each Christmas our family chooses a charity to receive a special donation. This year it will be The Elephant Sanctuary, and it will be made in Bella's memory. I hope others will consider doing the same thing.
Catherine, Pennsylvania
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November 13, 2011
If only we, as humans, could comprehend your amazing bond. We will never know.
Jonathan Cohen, Williamsport, PA, USA
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November 13, 2011
Never has a story touched my family's heart more than Bella and Tarra. Her sweet demeanor and her friendship with a gentle giant, makes it even more gut-wrenching that she had to leave this world so violently. It just doesn't seem fair. God Bless the little Bellas of this world....they teach us many important lessons about loyalty, friendship and love. We'll never forget you sweet Bella.
Jackie & Bill & Abby, Texas
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November 13, 2011
Bella you are beautiful in every way..carry your memories of Bella with a happy heart, for she gave you so much joy!
Marianne Meehan, Indianapolis, IN
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November 13, 2011
I just heard the sad news today on CBS Sunday Morning and I am heartbroken by the loss of Bella. I remember hearing about this amazing friendship several years ago. I hope Tarra is doing okay; she has such a beautiful, caring family at the Sanctuary to comfort her during this difficult time. Rest in Peace, sweet Bella.
Love,
Debra
Debra C, North Carolina
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November 13, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. Please let Tarra and yourselves know that I too feel the loss of such a special being. Spending my days praying for a more loving world!
Teresa Husted, Saline, Michigan
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November 13, 2011
I am so grateful to CBS and Steve Hartman for sharing the original Bella and Tarra story with the rest of us. It was such a sweet and loving relationship, and I know they were both happy to have found each other. What a wonderful life they had - roaming their acreage together. I'm so sorry Bella is gone, but so happy they had many years together. Love you Bella and Tarra.
Celia Flower, Raleigh, NC
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November 13, 2011
I am just heartbroken about Bella and poor Tarra. I saw the report on CBS this morning. I have shed many tears today and I am so sorry for Tarra. When I first saw the stories about them, I was so touched but also concerned because I wondered then how Tarra would be because dogs don't live very long even when a natural death. I never expected this kind of end for Bella. My heart goes out to Tarra and to all at The Elephant Sanctuary. I hope Tarra will find another companion to help her with her grief.
Pam Carter, Wilkesboro, NC
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November 13, 2011
As one who rescues animals and has owned and cared for animals all my life I am deeply saddened at the death of Bella. So so very sad. God bless Tara - may the other elephants help her through this and may she have a long long life.

Rest in peace sweet Bella.


Carlene Mease, Nixa, MO
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November 13, 2011
I am a Vice Principal at a middle school in Campbell, CA. In an effort to reinforce positive behavior and interaction between our students, I showed the story CBS covered about Tarra and Bella at an expectations assembly we had last Fall. Over 900 students watched in awe as the last sentence of the segment stated, "If Tarra and Bella can do it (be kind and accepting of each other), what's your excuse, America?"

Thank you, dear Tarra and Bella, for reminding us that we all need to do out part to be more loving, accepting, and helpful toward our fellow brothers, sisters, and creatures.
Denee Signorelli, San Jose CA
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November 13, 2011
I've been crying all day since the story aired on CBS this morning. True friendship knows no boundaries. When my best friend (shadow a rescue dog) died a piece of my heart died with him, so Tarra I feel your pain and Bella one day you and Tarra will reunite (I believe it) True love NEVER DIES!!! Rest in peace sweet Bella
Linda Stout, Buffalo NY
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November 13, 2011
Beloved Bella..your journey has just begun. We animal lovers know in our hearts that you have traveled to the rainbow bridge. Oh so many beloved spirits are certainly embracing your arrival. Thru the tears my heart smiles at the joy you and Tara have shared with all of us. Thank you for showing us this love that will last eternally. Dixie, Festus, MO
Dixie Cuba, Festus, MO
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November 13, 2011
I LOVED Luis in Portugal post....he said..."Once Martin Luther King said: "We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers!" Bella, teach the whole humanity that we can do it if we have the will and interest!"

The story of this unique and loving friendship touched me on so many levels and the loving challenge that we are reminded about from Martin Luther King has brought forth a new cause in my day to day life. Let the compassion that Tarra and Bella displayed be your inspiration and may we all learn to live and BECOME KINDER THAN NECESSARY to those that wander into our lives! They are angels and we don't even know it....
Kathy H., Fort Worth, Texas
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November 13, 2011
I am so devastated by this news I can only imagine Tara & her feelings. So sad this happened. They had so much more time to be together & for this to occur just breaks my heart. Tara & Bella will be together again one day & what a reunion that will be.
Bonni Nicholson, California
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November 13, 2011
Sweet Bella,

Tears of joy for the love you showed your friend and companion, Tarra. Tears of sadness for the loss Tarra feels now that you are gone.

May Tarra find companionship with another creature on earth until she is joined with you again in heaven.

Thanks for the life lesson to us all.
JZ, Erie, PA
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November 13, 2011
You will meet again some day. Now Tarra must find another lost soul that needs her help. What a beautiful, yet simple life lesson for all humans to take to heart!
April Nielsen, Arizona
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November 13, 2011
Bella and Tara. Your story is an inspiration for the world. We will miss Bella but will continue to be inspired forever from your story of love,kindness, and devotion to each other. May we all learn a lesson from you both.
Penny, Chicago, Il
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November 13, 2011
What a good friend Bella was. if only us humans could find such a friend. RIP Bella
Bill and Denise Wingard, ster, Ohio
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November 13, 2011
May I know how old was Bella when she passed away? I am greatly touched by the friendship between Bella and Tarra. I pray there is heaven for animals just as there is one for human beings. I pray that Bella and Tara will be united in heaven one day. May Tarra find comfort from her sister and the people in the Sanctuary.
Julie, Hong Kong, China
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November 13, 2011
If only we humans can learn from these two beautiful friends we may be in a better place.
Thank you Bella for teaching us a great lesson. Tarra, Bella never left you for she is watching over you and her friendship is deep in your heart and memories.
Love and Peace be with both of you.
Aloha
Ke'ali'i, Honolulu, HI
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November 13, 2011
A more touching and moving story of friendship
cannot be found! I've followed this unique relationship with tears of joy and am heartsick over Bella's passing.
I'm sure she is running in heaven's fields with her new
elephant friends waiting to reunite once again with her dear Tarra.
Well done, Bella!
Elli French, Wimberley, Texas
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November 13, 2011
What a wonderful tribute to Bella that Tarra took care of her to the very end by bringing her back home to be found. Bella will be waiting for you Tarra and what a great reunion you will both have when you are finally reunited again. You show people how friendship should really be. We could all learn a lesson from you both. God Bless!
Pam, Pennsylvania
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November 13, 2011
Dear Bella,
Thanks for understanding that friends come in many shapes and sizes, and that we all are different. It did my heart good to see that a loving dog and beautiful elephant could be such good friends. When I first heard the story of you too I cried, because it was so touching. When I heard that you left us I cried because it was so touching. You lived a good live Bella, your elephant friend is going to miss you dearly as we all will. She will be sad but will find peace in her heart that she had such a wonderful friend as you. Peace dear Bella, we all wish we had friendship like yours. You were wonderful examples of what is right with the world.
God Bless


Tracy Dunn, Vienna, IL
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November 13, 2011
Dear Tarra...The loss of your beloved Bella has broken the hearts of some many of we who know that all God's creatures share love for one another. It is the common bond that unites us whether we walk on two or four. May your grieving be short and your fond memories of your beautiful friend be long.
Bernie Tyler, San Diego
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November 13, 2011
Few stories in my life have touched me as much as that of the friendship and devotion between Bella and Tarra. I am in tears as I have just now heard of the death of wonderful Bella and, according to the report on CBS' Sunday Morning, that it seems likely that her best friend, Tarra, likely carried her body home and is therefore entirely aware of her passing. My heart goes out to Tarra and I am glad to know that the other elephants, in typical elephant way, are caring for her in her time of sadness. Oh, how I love these gentle giants. RIP, Bella. Love to you, Tarra.
Leigh, Texas
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November 13, 2011
Bella will be waiting for you Tara at the Rainbow Bridge, how Blessed you were dear Tara to have such a good friend in Bella. God Bless you Tara and your caretakers.
Sheree Stephens, Georgetown, DE.
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November 13, 2011
WOW, I just saw CBS News Sunday Morning about Tarra and Bella, I haven't cried this hard in years. Your story really hit me hard. I just can't explain it. always nice to see love in life. God Bless you all. Hugs Becky Davis
Becky Davis, Spring Creek, Nevada
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November 13, 2011
Bella, I am so sad, I am at work crying my eyes out thinking about what a special bond you and Tara had. I hope she can find someone to love again, but I know she will never forget you.
Christy B, Oxford NC
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November 13, 2011
I am just devastated about Bella. Tarra must be in such grief. I came to the Elephant sanctuary in 2007. It was one of the highlights of my life. How sad it must be for all of you. Perhaps in a while Tarra would take to a new puppy that looked like Bella!!! Prayers for Tarra at this time.
Deanne Shorb, Suffield, Connecticut
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November 13, 2011
I am so saddened over the loss of Bella and can't imagine how poor Tara feels, I hope in time she will be able to feel happiness again in her beautiful sanctuary as she remembers her loyal little friend and the wonderful years they spent together. I'm so sorry it was a violent death for Bella and can only hope that Tara didn't witness her friend being attacked and killed. I know Tara would have tried to protect her the best she could and very likely did. Peace be with Bella and Tara and may they be an inspiration to us all.
with love,
A. Graff, La Salle, MI
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November 13, 2011
After a very troubling week of headlines and heartache, thank you. At least I know that animals can love one another. RIP, Bella. You & Tara warm my heart.
Brat81, Hanover PA
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November 13, 2011
Dear Bella: I cried when I saw on CBS Sunday Morning today that you had been called home. I am crying now while typing this. I do know that God held you to his breast with great love when you arrived. Your bond with Tarra was so loving and kind; all of mankind has many lessons to learn from you both. Until Tarra is called home, you will be the angel running along side as she makes her way through the very great grief she has to endure, and will stay with her every day. I also believe that the great love her fellow elephants feel for her will greatly help her during this process.

Having had the wonderful privilege of meeting, and riding, Cora - the elephant in the movie Smokey and the Bandit 2 - my love for elephants reached its zenith. After my ride, I stroked her face, gave her a kiss and told her she was a very, very beautiful lady; as I know you are Tarra.

My heart is breaking over your loss, and for Tarra, whose heart is also breaking. Until you are reunited at the Rainbow Bridge, please wait patiently for Tarra's arrival when, again, you will be together for eternity.

With much love, I offer my condolences to Tarra and the staff, who also loved you so much.

Mary

Mary Morrin, Dayton, Ohio
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November 13, 2011
I wish more human beings could have the love and devotion Bella and Tarra had for one another. Eventually they will be together again. Their unconditional love for one another goes beyond this earthly life.
Sue Pinsley, miami,fl
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November 13, 2011
Bella - you will be missed by Tarra and by the world.

Condolences and love to Tarra and her sisters to everyone at the Sanctuary.
Jen, Ellsworth, ME
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November 13, 2011
Bella was an Angel in life and now in Heaven. She will always watch over Tarra. the first time I heard about their friendship, and saw the video on CBS news, I cried tears of joy and compassion...now I cry for Tarra and her loss. God Bless you, Bella girl. Rest in Peace.
Jill Ramser, Canton, Ohio
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November 13, 2011
I just saw the news of Bella's passing on the CBS Sunday Morning Show. I am so deeply saddened by this news, more than I could say. The idea that Tarra carried poor Bella home shows how much she loved and cared for her friend. We lost our family dog of fourteen years this year and it was not just losing a pet but a best friend. I'm glad Tarra has the other elephants to care for her and the wonderful staff of the sanctuary. I wish her peace. Even though Bella has died she'll always be by Tarra's side.
Alice, Kansas
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November 13, 2011
What a lovely story. I can't stop crying. Elephants have a special place in my heart, and Bella seems like a gentle-spirited canine companion. It is so heart-warming seeing the deep relationships formed between two different species. I hope Bella did not suffer long in the end and Bella will heal from her sorrow, as well as all of you who care for them. Thank you for sharing their love.
Tracy, Virginia
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November 13, 2011
God bless you, Bella. And God please continue to help Tarra heal in this heartbreakingly difficult time.
animal lover, Florida
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November 13, 2011
I am so saddened by the horrible death of Bella. Tarra will never forget her wonderful friend, but perhaps she will learn to love another.

God speed, dear Bella. See you at the Rainbow Bridge.
B Henry, Colorado
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November 13, 2011
OH, THAT WE COULD ALL OPEN OUR MINDS TO MAKE SUCH A DIFFERENCE IN SOMEONES LIFE. THIS BOND SHOWS US THAT COMMUNICATION GOES FAR BEYOND THAT WHICH CAN BE HEARD WITH THE HUMAN EAR. AND WHEN WE OPEN OUR MINDS, WE ULTIMATELY OPEN OUR HEARTS.
THANK-YOU TO BELLA & TARA FOR REMINDING US!
LISA WISE, OHIO/MISSISSIPPI
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November 13, 2011
Rest in Peace Bella ...what a great friend you were to Tara during your time at the sanctuary. You will be in Tara's heart forever until you meet again. Hopefully the other elephants will help Tara at this painful time.
cynthia tanghetti, oscoda, michigan
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November 13, 2011
We HONOR Bella for her unconditional love and the heartwarming friendship she shared with Tara. We humans must look to the Animal Kingdom for lessons in tolerance, acceptance, and unconditional love ! We know Bella is running and found all new friends as she passed over the Rainbow Bridge...Bless your Beautiful soul Bella ! Tara's earthly family will comfort her as she mourns your physical loss.
The Clark family, North Carolina
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November 13, 2011
sleep peacefully dear sweet bella. until you and tarra meet again.
lbm, conn
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November 13, 2011
I love you Bella! Thanks for being such a good friend to Tarra. What an amazing story, we humans could learn a lesson from you.
Karen, Philadelphia
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November 13, 2011
I cry each time I read about Bella and Tarra. I hope Tarra was there to help Bella at the end. I have dogs for years, and know that they are capable of human emotions and feelings. I feel better knowing that Tarra carried Bella back to a special place. I am glad that Tarra is reaching out to her sisters. I am glad that Tarra and Bella had such a special love for each other. People can learn from animals.
Angie Zimmerman, Alexandria, La
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November 13, 2011
This story has been such an inspiration to me. I am glad that these two animals found each other and had such a special bond. I am sure Bella is running at the Rainbow Bridge with the dogs I have lost over the years. People can certainly learn from animals. I cry each time I see this story and the updates. Love to both Bella and Tarra.
Anne Dickerson, Kansas City
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November 12, 2011
Bella & Tarra felt unconditional love for each other. She and Tarra will meet at the Rainbow Bridge and be together again in the afterlife, of this I am sure. My love and sympathy to Tarra and her caregivers.
Jean Young, Georgetown
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November 12, 2011
The most beautiful animal story I have ever read. As I type away here, tears are flowing. RIP Bella and Tarra I pray you find another little animal friend to play with. The human world has a lot to learn about love, kindness and friendship from the animal world. I hope The Elephant Sanctuary makes a beautiful plaque in memory of Bella. One day I will come visit, that is a given. You are doing a wonderful job for all creatures great and small!

Gayle Green Australia
Gayle Green, Australia
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November 12, 2011
Seeing the love between Tarra and Bella gave me hope for the world. So many differences between a large, grey Elephant and a small, white dog that never caused them to give it a second thought when their friendship blossomed. Even at the end, it was Tarra that brought her best friend home where she would be safe and among those who would care for them. My wish for the world is that they use this as an example of how it should be , despite size, color, language or any other barriers. Bless these two creatures and all those that care for them.
Sally Stickley, Perrysburg, Ohio
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November 12, 2011
Bella, you and you friend Tara touched my heart and many of my friends in a very deep way. Rest in peace dear Bella and I hope Tara's broken heart with heal in time.
Beverley, Cheshire, England
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November 12, 2011
Run free sweet Bella at rainbow bridge, thank you for looking after Tarra and teaching the world so much..please keep a gentle paw on Tarra's shoulder to help her through..perhaps you can guide a new friend in her direction until you can play in the sun & snow again one day ..rest peacefully. Dear Tarra, be strong brave girl..you were a true friend to Bella..I am sure whatever happened she knew you tried to help & were there at her final moments to hold her, the world could learn so much from you both xxx
Natasha Bell-Syer, West Sussex, England
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November 12, 2011
I was very sad to hear about Bella's fate. One day Bella will look in the distance and see Tarra approaching Rainbow Bridge. Bella will run to be reunited with her "special" friend Tarra and they will be together again!
Evelyn, Pennsylvania
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November 11, 2011
Bella,
You will be missed, by one and all. Rest in peace.

Tarra,
Bella will always be by your side, if only in spirit, as your very own personal angel.

Your story was an inspiration to the world.
Love, Tom and Malissa, Clarksburg, WV
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November 11, 2011
dear tara,

i am so happy to hear that you are doing better. so glad your elephant family is giving you the love and attention as well as enjoying your love towards them.
i love when i can see and watch you on the elcam i could sit all day and watch you every minute. thinking of you with much love. please continue to do well!!!!
thank you sanctuary for letting us keep our eye on her thru the elcam :)
much love!

Fan of Tara's, Michigan
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November 11, 2011
Little Bella, please send your spirit to be with Tarra and comfort her. She loved you so much, as you did her. If only humankind could learn from your wonderful, loving relationship. St. Francis Bless you both!!
Elisa, Yucca Valley, Calif.
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November 11, 2011
Their friendship has made such an impact on me. Tara will miss her so much. It is sad dogs live such short lives. Elephants and people will keep her in our hearts forever. God bless Bella and keep her safe in heaven
BEVERLY WOODS, Seattle
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November 11, 2011
I was deeply saddened to hear of Bella's passing. Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for Tarra and her caregivers. Hoping Tarra finds the strength to carry on. My prayers are with Tarra and her adopted family. Rest in Peace Bella. You will be missed.
Teresa Pilipenko, Fenelon Falls, Ontario, Canada
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November 11, 2011
Rest in peace, angel!
Kitty, Mobile, AL
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November 11, 2011
Rest well, sweet Bella. Your story is deeply touching.
Carolyn Smith, Auburn, WA
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November 11, 2011
I saw the story about Bella's death on the CBS News and I cried. I thought that this was the sweetest story about an unusual friendship. I am sorry that Tarra has lost her special friend.
Kelly Roberts, Gray, Georgia
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November 11, 2011
I'm not sure whom I hurt more for, Bella or Tarra but I think I am leaning towards Tarra. Tarra and Bella have shown the world that differences can be a good thing,even though they are of 2 different species they still loved one another. too bad humanity cannot follow suit,I hope Tarra can recover from her loss with the help of her fellow elephants,wish I had the means to come and visit Tarra and give her trunk a loving rub. RIP sweet sweet Bella, ye will never be forgotten.
Irish Cornaire, Earth
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November 11, 2011
Dear Bella, My heart is broken and i'm so sad you're gone. It's animals like you and Tarra that gives this world hope. RIP Bella
Trish, Topeka, KS
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November 11, 2011
Como pode uma cadelinha que eu nunca vi me comover tanto? Que amizade linda...
Descanse em paz Bella.
Carolina, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
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November 10, 2011
Tara it is the most beautiful relationship between large animal and short.. a story that will never be forgotten
we fell in love and stayed in love with you both.
I am so sorry that this happened.
Rest in Peace...
xxxxx

Tara our sincere condolences to you and we love you.

brenda lurie, san diego, California
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November 10, 2011
My heart was heavy when I read of the loss of Bella. What a sad ending for such a beautiful dog. The story of the unconditional love and friendship shared by Tarra and Bella should be an inspiration to us all.
Deborah, Mississauga, Ontario Canada
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November 10, 2011
RIP Bella. Descanse em paz anjo lindo. Que Deus a receba em seu reino iluminado.
Giselle Pazin, Ceará/ Brazil
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November 10, 2011
We were so moved by the lesson that Bella and Tarra taught us, of the human species, on how to co-exist, care for one another, and most importantly, appreciate and respect one another's differences. My co-teacher and I shared their story (& video) to our class of 10th graders after a stimulating conversation about how people can try to get along despite differences. This unlikely duo taught our class that it is possible to accomplish! Rest in peace, Bella.
Donna McCarthy, New Windsor, NY
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November 10, 2011
Bella e Tara, a amizade de vocês é única! Bella está agora depois da ponte do arco-íris olhando por você Tara. Ela está lá no céu olhando por você e te protegendo. Um dia vocês se encontrarão aí ainda brincarão muito nas nuvens do céu...
Nadine Fontenele, Fortaleza-CE, Brazil
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November 9, 2011
R.I.P bella i love you. you're one of a kind. tarra you'll get through this hard time... your bond is unbreakable!!!
tracy luke michael and brett, la vergne TN
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November 9, 2011
The first time I learned about this beautiful relationship, I was deployed to Afghanistan and was watching our military channels as this story was told back in 2009. I started donating to this sanctuary immediately and ever since. Thank you for opening my heart to your sanctuary.
Captain Hank Lutz, USAF Pararescue, Milpitas California
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November 9, 2011
Oh Bella, you left us too soon and I know you're missed. Please wait by the Rainbow Bridge for Tarra.
Kim Gates, Mableton, GA
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November 9, 2011
I was heartbroken and burst into tears when I heard of Bella's passing. I thought, if I am this sad, how bad does poor Tarra feel? It's horrible to know that Bella suffered such an awful death, and so touching to know that Tarra carried her best friend home. My heart goes out to everyone at the sanctuary who loved her. I am amazed at the number of tributes here on this page. The best way for any of us to honour dear Bella, is to make a contribution to the sanctuary to help the wonderful people who care for these animals. I know I will! Hugs to Tarra!! xo
Joan Stamp, Beverly, Massachusetts
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November 9, 2011
What a wonderful dog you were here on earth, doggie heaven is lucky to have you now. I know that you and Tarra will be together again, I hope she can withstand the pain of losing such a good friend as you. RIP with all the other angel puppies!
Terry Renecker, Fargo, ND
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November 9, 2011
I am so sad for Tarra. Many of us humans know the grief we feel when our own beloved dogs leave us to cross the Rainbow Bridge. This is another example of how much we have in common with the elephants. Dogs might also be elephants best friends. I will never forget Tarra and Bella. Their story is one of the sweetest stories ever. Bless you Tarra- I miss Bella too and I didn't even know her.
Linda Perrigoue, Redington Beach, FL
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November 9, 2011
Bella is at peace but I am so sad for Tarra :-( Such a wonderful story of unconditional love. Quite an example to the human world. My condolences to all who worked with these amazing animals.
Kathy, Maumee, Ohio
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November 9, 2011
I was always dreading the day when Bella
would die. I think all of us thought
that one day Bella would just lie down
under a shady tree with her beloved
friend, Tarra, comforting her while Bella silently passed away. I never
thought she would die in such a horrible manner.

I hope and pray that Bella didn't suffer and that Tarra got there in time to share the last moments of her little dog's life.

I remember the CBS segment with Steve Hartman about Bella and Tarra. At the end he said that Bella had become very protective of Tarra but no one knew why. Maybe Bella felt Tarra was in danger and went to chase the coyotes away. That would be just like her.

Bella, you will always be in my thoughts.
Nancy Wede, Cherokee, Iowa
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November 9, 2011
Rest in Peace, sweet angel. God Bless you, and your friend Tarra that you've left behind.
Polly Hankey, McDonald, Ohio
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November 9, 2011
Such a sad and tragic way for a little friend to go. Poor Bella. What a wonderful duo. So sorry for tarra's loss. They say elephants never forget, she will miss her friend forever. Hoping the love and prayers from around the world will lessen her pain and help her through.
D. Keohane, N.B. Massachusetts
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November 9, 2011
I must add my words to the chorus of condolences on the loss of sweet Bella. To witness the unabashed joy of living in the moment that Bella and Tarra showed us is to have a glimpse of Paradise. What a wonderful legacy of acceptance and love these two creatures shared! Thank you Elephant Sanctuary for sharing their story with us and thank you for the wonderful and important work you do on behalf of elephants. Love to Tarra and her sweet Bella.
JoAnne, Memphis, Tenn
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November 9, 2011
Bella the angel, now watching over Tarra and all who reside at The Elephant Sanctuary.

A prayer is lifted for Tarra, that she may find a new best friend and recover from her grief.
Terri C., Arizona
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November 9, 2011
É muito triste saber que elas não estarão mais juntas...
Ve-las juntas, trazia um sentimento de paz, alegria, coisa rara de se ver hoje em dia!
Vivian, Americana/SP - Brasil
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November 8, 2011
Sweet Bella and Tarra. Your love was unconditional and you were teachers and ambassadors to the world that needs to see just how loving animals can be. I hope the people in the circuses and zoos that abuse elephants will realize just how intelligent elephants can be when you treat them with kindness. So much of the world needs to learn that animals are loving and intelligent.
Maybe your example will teach them that abusing animals is wrong. God bless you both. Tarra, I believe you took Bella back because you are so highly intelligent and you knew that the Caregivers were looking for Bella everywhere. Bless your sweet heart to look after your friend until the end. You two will see each other again. The bond was so strong that you will have to. In time, Tarra, I hope that you will become friends with another little dog that needs your love. God bless you all.
Marjorie Jennings, Macon, GA
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November 8, 2011
What an incredible friendship. I am so sad for what happened to Bella. All my love for Tarra.
Martha, Cancun, Mexico
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November 8, 2011
Rest in peace, Bella . .
Randy, Virginia
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November 8, 2011
Bella.. now that you are over the rainbow bridge, you are still making the love that you and tarra had, a lesson for the rest of us.
I am sorry , so sorry, that you had to go in such a way, but your dear tarra found you and did the best she could for you by returning you home.
I know that you will be waiting for your friend when it is her time , and you will meet and once again, spend your time together in love
Marly Wexler, San Diego
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November 8, 2011
Tara,
If you'd like me to just sit with for a while, let me know. I know how you feel losing someone so special in your life. You gave me so much joy whenever I would watch the video of you and Bella. You will always be in my heart and I hope your heart will heal.
wendy, california
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November 8, 2011
Thank you Tara and Bella for showing the world the meaning of true friendship!
Jeanine , Rhode Island
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November 8, 2011
Sweet Bella. You are crossing the Rainbow Bridge.
Your friendship with Tara was a beautiful one.
EmBee, Los Angeles
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November 8, 2011
Bella,

I first learned about you from a segment Steve Hartman did on the CBS evening news. I was so touched by your friendship with Tarra--and how she stood waiting for you to get well after your spinal cord injury.
How sad I was to learn of your passing but so grateful that Tarra looked after you and carried you home.
If only your story could resonate with every single person on this earth.
We can all learn a great lesson from you and Tarra. God Bless You!
The Marks Family, Plano, Texas
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November 8, 2011
My heart is broken for dear Tarra. It's so rare to find a friend who loves so unconditionally and Bella and Tarra found each other, what a miracle! I'm so sorry for the loss of Bella, to the sanctuary staff and volunteers, the other animal friends, and human friends around the world. Her sweet, kind and generous spirit will be missed but we can all take the lesson of true, pure love with us.
Thank you to the people who made Bella's life full and Thank you for continuing your amazing work with Tarra and all the other beautiful creatures in your sanctuary...Love to you all.
Jeri, Seattle, WA
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November 8, 2011
Each and every day I learn a lot from these creatures,our siblings, the animals.
Priscilla Regina, Brazil
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November 8, 2011
I'm so sorry Bella died. She lived a good life and had the best friend ever. Perhaps it's too soon, but the Sanctuary should consider getting puppies for Tarra and let her and the puppy make the decision. When it's time to do that. Tarra must be brought out of her grief carefully. I feel so badly for her. Blessings to Bella. She was a great dog. Rest in peace sweet little girl. You didn't deserve to die that way. Love you Bella.
Carlene, New York City
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November 8, 2011
Uma pema a morte da Bella espero que a Tarra supere a perda da amiga.
Tiago e Rosinha, Fortaleza - Brazil
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November 8, 2011
Amor
Vivian, Brazil
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November 8, 2011
I have enjoyed the story of the remarkable pair for some time and when I just read that Bella had passed over, I felt so very sad, not only for the owners and their loss, but for the elephants and especially the one most attached to Bella. I know that Bella shall be greatly missed by all concerned. What a beautiful journey she made, what a precious story and what a wonderful memory made for a very long time to come~
Mary Howell Cromer, Tingsgrove/Borowick Farms/LaGrange, KY
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November 8, 2011
Rest in peace bella and be strong tarra :/
Matheus, Brazil
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November 8, 2011
a true unconditional love that human should learn from. i am all tears because i love animals (especially dogs :)) more than anything. thank you for letting us know about this wonderful story. i hope this little girl will rest in peace and i hope that Tara will heal by time. all my best wishes to the sanctuary. thank you for being there for these wonderful creatures!
Gyongyver, Hungary, Europe
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November 8, 2011
Rest in peace Bella. Thank you for teaching the world about friendship and love. It extends throughout. All of God's creations. What a beautiful story, I'm sure this friendship has no ending
jenn, New Jersey, USA
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November 8, 2011
Descanse em paz!!
Gilvan Mendes, Brasil
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November 8, 2011
I have always been amazed at the friendships that form with the most unlikely of God's creatures. We as humans need to be taught a lesson. I am very touched and saddened by this story and know that Bella was taken too soon, but with the care given by those at the elephant sanctuary Tarra will be comforted by her sisters and caretakers.
It was a wonderful, rich, rewarding relationship these two had and I am heartbroken over the loss of Bella and the sadness that Tarra feels. Please take care of Tarra and give her a great big hug...
Irma Kopstein, Californa
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November 8, 2011
I'm from Brazil and I'm so sad for Tarra that lost her friend. Bella was a angel and deserve rest in peace now. I loved Bella.
Sharon, Brazil
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November 8, 2011
Bella.... sua historia foi linda, choro por um cão que nunca vi na minha vida, mais ta doendo saber que vc se foi!!!! Mais em sua vida,vc foi amada!teve uma BIG companheira, que com certeza te defendeu esse tempo todo, e se nao a defendeu dois coiotes foi pq nao viu ....

Que Deus te receba junto com São fransico de Assis, e que ajude acalentar as pessoas que sofrem por sua ida, e principalmente sua grande amiga!
Priscilla, Vila Velha, Brasil
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November 8, 2011
Dearest Bella,

I have always had a loving fascination with elephants. But I've always had love for any dog. When I heard about you and your best friend, I thought "what a great pair! I would love to meet them some day!" But it looks as if that day won't come as you have already passed on. I hope Tarra can recover from such a great loss. On behalf of all those who's hearts you have touched, we will pray for her during this time of mourning. We love you!
Erika Castle, Jeffersonville, KY
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November 8, 2011
God bless and keep Bella in his loving hands, and may He watch over Tarra at this time of loss....
Chris, Brooklyn, NY
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November 8, 2011
What a kind, compassionate, understanding creature Bella was. My heart breaks for Tarra. Godspeed Bella.
Donna, NY
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November 8, 2011
Rest in Peace, lovely Bella. You brought joy and understanding to so many. You will be missed by so many, especially your Tarra.
Natasha DeMatto, Cottontown, TN
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November 8, 2011
Uma história linda de grande amizade! Os animais so a melhor amigo que podemos ter.

Descansa em PAZ Bella.

Tarra a Bella nunca te esquecerá, força elefanta LINDA.

beijinhos
Manica Santos, Portugal
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November 8, 2011
Rest in peace Bella. Your best friend Tarra will surely miss you. They say an elephant never forgets and how could she forget you.....her bestest friend in the whole wide world. Until you meet again watch over Tarra and keep her safe.
Kelly, PA
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November 8, 2011
Bella's passing is such a heartbreaking loss. My prayers go out to TES and to Tarra. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Terri Bailey, Lewisburg,TN
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November 8, 2011
Sweet, sweet Bella, you must know how loved you are even in death as Tarra carried you back to the pond you frequented together. Watch over your Tarra from doggie heaven and we will watch over her on the elecams. The more you love, the more it hurts when that love is gone. And Tarra loved you. And you loved Tarra. Thank you, Bella, for showing us how to love others that appear so different from ourselves. I love you, Bella.
Sabine Zell, Simsbury Connecticut
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November 8, 2011
RIP Bella. You brought joy to many and will be sorely missed. Best love and wishes to Tarragon.
Mary, Leesburg, VA
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November 8, 2011
R.I.P Bella. Tarra time heals all
Paula, Rhode Island
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November 8, 2011
hi tara

i am so thankful to have just watched you and shirley on the the elcam, its 1:17pm. the caregivers caption read "shirley & tara sunning themselves close to the barn". tara was receiving some great attention from shirley and enjoyed the attention. i think of you every day and wander how you are daily and have been watching elcam everyday throughout the day and evening waiting to get a glimpse of you. I am so thankful and blest to have been able to see you and watch you for the little bit of time you and shirley were enjoying each other.
I love you tara. :) You made me happy today like you'll never know!
LH, Petoskey, MI
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November 8, 2011
Rest Peacefully my girl.....my HEART is breaking for you Tarra......
Michele, Tampa, Fl
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November 8, 2011
Dear Tarra, finally, the last couple of days I can look at your photo with dear Bella without crying immediately. I hope you are healing too with your sisters' help. Our doggies mean so much to all of us, and we understand how you feel. I know your caretakers love you and will do anything they can to help. They keep us informed of how you are. Thinking of you, dear girl. Kisses to you and your sisters.
Lorraine, Palm Desert, CA
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November 8, 2011
You helped to reinforce to the world how friendship ought to be. Without care to race, color, size or shape. Your friendship with Tara touched my heart when I first heard about you several years ago and your passing has touched it again. Tara will be in my thoughts through this rough time. I hope all works out in the end.
Chantel Jonathan, Bellingham, WA
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November 8, 2011
BELLA, EXEMPLO DE AMOR INCONDICIONAL.

DEIXOU UM GRANDE LEGADO, AME NÃO IMPORTA QUEM, MAIS AME MAIS!!
JOÃO RAFAEL ALVES VIANNA, RIO DE JANEIRO - BRASIL
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November 8, 2011
Bella, rest in peace!
You were a great friend and an example for mankind!
Deise Kober Jeske, Brazil
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November 8, 2011
Once Martin Luther King said: "We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers!" Bella, teach the whole humanity that we can do it if we have the will and interest! She made it with an elephant and we cannot do it with our own species! Thank you Bella for that immortal lesson! You will always be remembered as such a good example to follow and a source of inspiration for good actions! Rest in Peace, we and Tarra already miss you! In a portuguese word: saudade...
Luis, Portugal
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November 8, 2011
Tarra, Bella will live on in your heart and I believe you will meet again to continue your special and uplifting friendship. Rest in peace Bella, until you are joined by your friend Tarra.
Barbara, Illinois
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November 8, 2011
Bella was a beautiful girl, inside and out, and her bond with Tarra brought happiness to countless people who never met them. I am so sad that she is gone, particularly in this manner, and sorry for Tarra that she lost her friend. Goodbye, Bella, wonderful soul, beautiful girl.
Donna Lenhart, Poughkeepsie, NY
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November 8, 2011
This is the most beautiful and saddest story I had never heard of the Bella and Tara story before and I am sad to say never even knew about the elephant sanctuary. I cry every time I read the story now. I agree with the other writers that trying introduce a new dog to Tara is worth a try. Maybe Tara would not want another dog friend but it might ease her pain. And I know that Tara would want this for Bella.
Judy, Plainwell, Michigan
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November 8, 2011
What a great story. I had seen them on television together and you could tell how close they were - friends who cared for each other - no matter what the size and in spite of their differences. Just goes to show there is no limit for love in our world.
Elise Sons, Savannah, GA
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November 8, 2011
Dearest Bella - just like all the dogs I know - loving, affectionate, happy, loyal and playful - what a wonderful companion you were to Tarra. Hope Tarra is given another wonderful friend just like you!
Alison, Hillcrest, South Africa
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November 8, 2011
Rest in peace little Bella. Tara will meet you at the Rainbow Bridge. xxx
Marjorie Montgomerie, South Africa
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November 8, 2011
What a beautiful story of her & Tarra.
My heart does out to Tarra ~ what a sad ending to a wonderful friendship. They will see each other again over the Rainbow Bridge.
Rest In Peace Bella
Sandra McGee, Winthrop Harbor,IL.
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November 8, 2011
What a sweet story about love and acceptance, I remember reading about it a number of years ago. I'm so sorry to hear about the death of Bella, and the pain that Tarra is going through. But they both had a lovely home at the sanctuary, and days filled with acceptance and love, and we can be thankful that a couple of friends had a great time of it each day together.
Madelane, Everett WA
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November 8, 2011
Well,

should I say that's an example for everyone? We cannot believe how much we "human beings" have bad thoughts of love & wisdom concerning animals... I know you got it. So don't forget who you are & what we mean for each other. The world isn't only that one that you know by now, but it also brings more than you could realize for that.
Seiji Manoan, Brazil
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November 8, 2011
Oh Bella, I loved you so much for your great love and caring of Tarra. I am so sad that you are gone but I am happy that I did get to know you through these photos and articles from the wonderful people at The Elephant Sanctuary.

You don't know but I loved you as much as many of the kitties and cats, puppies and dogs of my 80 years. I believe you would have loved my Princess cat, too. She still helps me through these days.

Jack
Jack Cory, Palm Springs, CA
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November 8, 2011
I loved your and Tarra's friendship story. I couldn't stop crying when I read the news. Good bye bella, I am sure you are still watching over your friend Tarra. My thoughts are with everyone at the elephant sanctuary xo
Jane, Australia
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November 8, 2011
Rest in peace dear Bella. I'll never forget you and Tarra. And Tarra, my thoughts are with you. <3 Sun will shine again - someday..
Tanja, Lappeenranta, Finland
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November 8, 2011
Since learning of their special friendship, video clips of Tarra and Bella have brought me joy and many smiles, as if they were my own buddies. I have shared their story with friends, as have many others. They have come to be loved world wide--angels sent to bless us in a very large and a small package. When I heard of Bella's death on the news I screamed, and I have shed many tears since. It is still so hard to believe that the happy, feisty little dog will no longer be found scampering after Tarra. Thank you, dear Bella, for bringing us such joy. Thank you, Elephant Sanctuary, for the love and care that you give to these precious creatures. Please give Tarra lots of extra love and treats at this time! RIP sweet Bella.
Kathy Grapperhaus, St. Louis, MO.
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November 8, 2011
I feel for Tarra, hope she will get over this.

And Bella i hope you are happy in doggy heaven now. You surly deserved it.

Monja
Monja, Holland
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November 8, 2011
Se l' uomo avesse un centesimo dell' umanità e dell' amore degli animali sarebbe umano....arrivederci Bella
Ruggero Bonazza, Italy
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November 7, 2011
Oh Bella, we all love you so much. I hope you are as happy as ever, keep spreading the love and joy in the spirit world now! <3
Kitty Jones, Seattle, WA
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November 7, 2011
God knows Tarra is hurting but will bring her peace and a new friend. Bella will not be forgotten for she and a Tarra have shown us true beauty in all things that are a blessing. Adopt a stray today, and you will have a Forever Friend. Sweet dreams Bella:)

Eileen Montgomery, Houston Texas
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November 7, 2011
Terra is no different than the rest of us in our grieving the loss of Bella.
Two of God's creatures as different as night and day. Yet they managed to show us where so many others failed, that it is possible to get along, no matter how different you are.
Bella you will be missed so much esp by Terra but thank you sweet girl for showing us as long as there is love and trust, you can build a loving relationship no matter what the differences.
Patricia Prior, Victoria, B.C. Canada
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November 7, 2011
Rest In Peace Beautiful Bella. You and your Loyal Tara were an inspiration to all.
KB, Pennsylvania
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November 7, 2011
I was so touched when I saw the original story of Bella & Tarra. And, now heartbroken at the loss of Bella. I have no doubt in my mind that Tarra carried Bella back home on that terrible night. I understand that in the animal world, elephants are the only mammal besides us that cries tears. I am certain that Tarra will be greeted at the Rainbow Bridge when her time comes. There, they can continue their amazing friendship. I have cried tears for Tarra because of the sadness and loneliness that comes with losing a dear friend.

Two very special angels we were all blessed to have on this earth to show us what true friendship is all about.
Rest in peace little Bella.
Susan Erskine, Yakima, WA.
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November 7, 2011
Rest in Peace, dear Bella. We should all love each other as freely as you did. Tarra you will always miss your Bella, but know that you are loved. You will be alright as you share old friendships and make new friends. Be happy...you have an awesome home. And finally to the humans who take care of these precious animals, a huge thank you. God bless you as you continue to care for these awesome creatures.
Karen Elliott, California
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November 7, 2011
I only wish humans could be as loving as this pair. Your story touched my heart before, and most definitely after your passing. Find my two dogs up in doggy heaven, they just passed this summer a few months apart. They are sweet and would love to meet you and be your new friends. RIP Bella, you are a beautiful doggy soul. Terra will love you forever, and one day you will meet again. XOXO
Sara, MA
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November 7, 2011
It is my greatest hope that we can all become the people that our dogs-and other four legged friends believe us to be.
Having just lost my own sweet dog a few weeks ago, my heart breaks again for Tarra. Love is all we need.
Deidre, RI
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November 7, 2011
Beautiful Bella you will be sadly missed by us all. Humans should learn a very valuable lesson shown by your special bond with Tarra.
My heartfelt love goes to Tarra at this very sad time. You will be missed on this earth but you will be together again one day.
Susie Hearder, Australia
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November 7, 2011
My heart is so heavy form this news and I know Tarra will feel her friend Bella's loss for some time...we all will...and still they give me hope that love can spring up in the hearts of all of God's creatures....Thank you for sharing their story with all of us..we grow from it as well.
Beth Wilson, California
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November 7, 2011
May you rest in peace sweet girl. I'm just heart-broken, and will continue to pray for Tarra... for God to heal her wounds, and bring her the peace she so deserves. Stay strong Tarra, you will see your dear friend again one day.

To All at the Sanctuary: Thank you for all you do. You are truly angels. Take care of Tarra... please update us on how she is doing down the road
Terri D., Owings Mills, MD
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November 7, 2011
If every human had a companion like Bella the world would be full of love for one another and get back to the simple things that mean the most in life. Our two dogs remind us of unconditional love every night and bring a smile to our faces every morning. I'm positive Tarra experienced the same emotions and my heart goes out to her in this time of mourning. Bella found peace at the sanctuary and in return gave hope to us all.
God Bless you Bella
Kevin Berry, Chapmansboro, Tn
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November 7, 2011
Words at this time in your life are not easy when you realize your partner is gone. Life is not fair and sometimes there does not seem to be any Rhyme or reason for the pain and sorrow. May God bless you Bella and the people that loved you and your partner in life as in death. We all miss you whether we knew you or not. I am sure you are waiting outside The Rainbow Bridge for your partner and soul mate. May God bless you Bella. R.I.P.
Carl French, Hamilton, Ontario
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November 7, 2011
Bella opened up her heart and life to Tarra and Tarra the same to Bella, what a tragic end for Bella but what an amazing life she had at the sanctuary with Tarra and all the other animals. I hope Tarra eventually finds another friend to take her grief away. Someday Bella and Tarra will be together again. Love from Debbie xx
Debbie Moore, United Kingdom
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November 7, 2011
Dearest, precious friend. Watching you with Tarra has warmed my heart. You are there, surely, watching over your dear friend, Tarra. Of course, you live forever in her heart and in mine.
Sandra Veillette, Richmond, MA
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November 7, 2011
Por historias como la tuya, BELLA, es que amo profundamente y con devoción a los animales. Son lo más hermoso que existe sobre la Tierra. Un beso para tu recuerdo, Bella...
Nancy Rodraguez, Venezuela
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November 7, 2011
Sweet Bella,

It is unfortunate that God decided to take you sooner than later, but you are now in a place where nothing and nobody can hurt you. Your memory will last forever, and you will be missed terribly by so many. Continue to watch over your best friend Tarra because you will be reunited when the time comes.
Angel, Antelope, CA
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November 7, 2011
Thank you so much for sharing the story of Bella and Tarra. Though I know Tarra has her other elephant friends, I sincerely hope you is able to sometime find another special friend like Bella.
Ginny, MN
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November 7, 2011
We are so sad to hear the tragic news of darling Bella, taken before her time, poor Tarra, knowing how Elephants never forget, and if she rescued Bella when she was being attacked and then carried her back with those dreadful injuries, she will never get over it, she is going to need so much extra love for a very long time. Tarra and Bella you beautiful girls had such a wonderful and special friendship,which will never be forgotten, Tarra helped Bella recover before if only she could have been able to save her this time.Why does life have so much tragedy? when they were so happy together, and made the world smile. R.I.P.Sweet girl, we love you.
Jenny Wood, Southhampton England
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November 7, 2011
Hard luck for Tarra, but hopefully Bella went to doggy heaven!!
Robert, Ireland
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November 7, 2011
i bought the Tarra & Bella book a couple of years ago at a favorite brunch spot here in St. Louis, called Jennifer's Pharmacy & Soda Shoppe. (friend them on Facebook!) i was so saddened to hear about Bella, and i wish i could give Tarra an elephant-sized hug. i normally like coyotes, but not this time. i hope you find another stray to be friends with Tarra and keep him or her indoors at night.
Bob Carlson, St.. Louis, MO
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November 7, 2011
What a beautiful impact sweet Bella had on her companion Tarra, my heart breaks for her. She will need some extra TLC as her heart mends and she goes through her mourning period. I love the work you do there at the sanctuary.
Virginia Gotzmer, Longmont, Colorado
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November 7, 2011
GOD bless the animals and the people at The Elephant Sanctuary.
Ann Reed, Illinois
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November 7, 2011
Dearest Bella,
Your heart connection with Tarra has been an inspiration to me ever since I first heard your story and saw the heartwarming video footage of you two on your daily romps at the Elephant Sanctuary. What a blessing your friendship has been for Tarra and for the rest of us watching on. I'm hoping that Tarra will create strong friendships with her elephant sisters to soothe the loss of your physical presence. I'm sure your sweet spirit will be with her always.

And a big Bravo! to all the caretakers for perceiving the need of animals to live in their own world. I am looking forward to hearing more about Tarra and her sisters and sincerely hope their bond strengthens and grows.

Sincerely,
Darley Adare,
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November 7, 2011
Growing up and still to this day my dogs have always held a special place in my heart, they are truly best friends of mine. R.I.P. (BELLA)
ray d phillips, usa
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November 7, 2011
The Elephant Sanctuary has done a really great job over the years writing about the elephants and their personalities. So great of a job in describing the loving relationship between Tarra and Bella that when I heard of Bella's passing I actually began to cry. I was pretty shocked at my reaction and shortly after realized how grateful I am to have been given the opportunity to feel that connection. Thank you! I hope Tarra is is in good spirits!
Jean , Chicago
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November 7, 2011
Rest in the sweetest peace beautiful Bella. I hope you know that you will see Tarra again- one day you two will be reunited in a much larger sanctuary, playing for all of eternity.
Fara, New York
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November 7, 2011
What an amazing story,made me laugh,made me cry.What an absolute inspiration Bella,the human race could have learned a lot from you.May you run free on Rainbow Bridge xxx
Lesley Ransome, Ipswich,United Kingdom
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November 7, 2011
Dearest Tarra:
Humans do know your pain, we feel pain just the same. Bella will be with you no matter what. Her spirit will always be with you. Just because animals don't speak like humans does not mean that they do not feel emotions, pain, suffering, and love as much as we do. My heart goes out to you and your elephant family on your loss.

Sanctuary employees and friends.. My sympathies to you as well. I can tell Tarra loved Bella just by the movies and pictures you have of them. May her spirit stay with you always... God Speed and Love from California.
The McDevitt Family, Windsor, CA
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November 7, 2011
This saddens me so much that I can't stop crying. I had heard of these two loving souls a while ago and again recently. I was so glad they were still together. I am so sorry to hear of Bella's horrible death. I will pray for Bella and Tara and all of you that cared for them. Thank you for caring for all of the animals. May Tara find the peace she needs to grieve. I love you both sweet babies.... RIP Bella!
Bama S. Strong, Brandon, MS
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November 7, 2011
How often I would go and read your story again and again and watch you and your friend spend lazy peaceful happy days together. No one will ever understand how deep your bond was. What a wonderful dog you were and I am sure you are just waiting now to see her again at another moment in time. I will miss you dear girl and thank you for just being in my life and all the other millions of people. You were such an example of what true friendship is.
Margene Griffith, Chico, CA
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November 7, 2011
So so sad to hear the devastating news about little Bella passing over rainbow bridge without her ever faithful friend,this separation is only temporary though.One day Tarra and Bella will once again play together in Gods kingdom.
Lisa Healing, Liverpool,England
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November 7, 2011
This is so so sad I am so sad for Bella
and her family & hope that Tarra went quickly. My thoughts & prayers to all the Elephant Sanctuary animals & people alike.

wendy waychoff, seattlw
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November 7, 2011
the story of Bella's injury and how Tara stood guard the whole time in a corner of the yard really got to me.It makes it harder to think about Tara now and how she manages her loss. I loved hearing other elephants were taking over.
georgiana anderson, st paul,mn
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November 7, 2011
I could not help but choke up as I read about the passing of Bella.
In many respects, Bella was even more free than Tarra and the other elephants but she, Bella, chose to befriend Tarra and become an "elephant".
I shared the news of Bella's death with all the dog lovers on my email list.
Our son wrote back to share that his children recently checked out "Tarra & Bella - The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends" by Carol Buckley from their local library. They read it together as a family.

Who would have ever thought that a stray dog and an elephant could have such an impact on the rest of us?
We can only speculate how that very first meeting transpired - I would have loved to have been there with a camera.
J. Larry G., Hillsboro, Oregon
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November 7, 2011
So sad to hear of Bella's passing. The story of her friendship with Tarra was so uplifting and heartwarming. May she rest in peace. I hope Tarra is able to find another special friend.
Ginger, Calgary, Canada
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November 7, 2011
Bella,
You are an angel! You will be missed here on earth. We will seeing you heaven I am sure.
In loving Memory to you forever.
You have touched so many.
moe, las vegas nv
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November 7, 2011
A lot of people I know could learn a thing or two from Bella! A class act through and through!
Gordon Engel, Green Bay, Wisconsin
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November 7, 2011
Bella, you were such a precious, loving dog and will not be forgotten. It is a shame that people can not live as caring for each other and others as you and Tara have. You taught us so much about living thru your example. Tara, you will stay in our thoughts and prayers.
C Welch, Nashville TN
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November 7, 2011
This was such an amazing story of friendship (and so sad for both Bella and now Tarra because of her passing). It is a wonderful example of the true goodness and humanity that animals have within themselves and it makes me pause to consider the more important meaning in life---compassion.
Sarah Weisenburn, Apex, NC
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November 7, 2011
Je suis certaine que Bella a eu une vie heureuse et remplie de bonheur au Sanctuaire, particulièrement avec son amie Tarra. Deux amies insaparables! Nous devrions tous apprendre de cette belle histoire entre deux tre extraordinaires et si diffrents. RIP Bella.
Amilie, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
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November 7, 2011
To little Bella, your passing was far to early, I feel sad for Tarra because I know how it feels to lose a dear friend REST IN PEACE sweet little girl.
Betty , Monroe, NC
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November 7, 2011
Bella...we are all heartbroken at the loss of your 'full of life smile'! Tarra...we all feel some portion of your pain. We can do this because you have given us your hearts through the TES video cams and email. We are all connected in the web of life and it is through that web that we felt your joy, your love of life and each other. I am certain that you can sense our love and appreciation in return on the 'web strings' of life. Elephants have always been my fave since I was a 3 year old and dogs are my constant companions now...I love all creatures and wish them the love you had for each other!
Karen, Elmhurst, IL
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November 7, 2011
What a beautiful and heart warming life these two friends had together. May Tarra rest in Peace. Bella's final act of love and friendship in helping Tarra is amazing. My heart goes out to her. I hope she comes out of her grief and lives a long and contented life.
Their devotion to each other is an inspiration to us all. Blessings to you for your work on behalf of these lovely creatures.
Jolino Beserra, Los Angeles, California
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November 7, 2011
Oh, boy! I am so, sad to hear of Bella's passing, and my heart goes out to Tarra, and her ability to overcome her grief in Losing her best friend. Bella, was a Very Special Dog to a lot of people and especially her buddy Tarra. We will miss you Bella, you were so loved and will always be remembered!....
Angie Lambert, Michigan
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November 7, 2011
Little Bella's pure spirit reminded me that in a world where we all want SO much, the most priceless of things is the love of a good friend. That is all Bella and Tarra wanted. I am glad they both got to have that.
Alexza, Richmond, VA
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November 7, 2011
A dear friend makes life easier. Rest in peace precious dog. Now maybe a new friend can enter Tarra's life to ease her sorrow.
cassandra church, U.S.
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November 7, 2011
Oh, this is so sad. Please bring in another dog, perhaps one that looks a bit like Bella, and with luck Tarra will befriend her. To appropriately honor the memory of Bella, it should be a stray dog, perhaps one adopted/saved from the SPCA. And, meanwhile, thank you for all the wonderful work you do at the sanctuary for these wonderful creatures.
Me, Virginia
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November 7, 2011
What a sweet little dog Bella was! And what a beautiful love these 2 creatures shared. Maybe each of us could do something in Bella's memory like make a donation to this elephant sanctuary, or make a donation to your local no-kill private shelter, or go rescue and adopt a wonderful homeless doggie from a shelter. I hope Tara finds another doggie companion....it would be a great idea if the sanctuary staff would go rescue one out of the high kill Tenn public shelters.
Janet McAfee, California
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November 7, 2011
This may have been said before but if anyone doubts the higher intelligence of animals, and elephants in particular, this sad yet heartwarming story is more proof. God rest dear sweet Bella and many hugs and warm thoughts to Tarra. I know she will be fine.
Sally McMillan, Phoenixville, PA
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November 7, 2011
It was heartbreaking to hear of Bella's death. The news of Tarra carrying her back to the barn is such an inspirational example of the love and loyalty between these two beings of different species. They are a great example of what is possible when speciesism is put aside and we just love all beings for what they are. The world was lucky to have Bella and learn from the relationship between Tarra and her. I pray for Tarra's healing and am grateful that she was there for Bella at the end.
Sue Depner, Addison, IL
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November 7, 2011
I am heartbroken over Bella's passing. When we first read about the deep bond you shared with Tarra, many of us were moved to tears, it is a story that must be shared with others and never forgotten. I will always think of you, never alone but always walking next to Tarra.
I am left with happiness knowing that you were so loved and had found your forever home. My deepest sympathy to your best friend and your family at the Sanctuary. Good night sweet Bella.
Sylvia Herrera, Fanwood, NJ
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November 7, 2011
Blessings to Bella and Tara for proving yet again that love transcends all.

Lisa Klare, Northfield, IL
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November 7, 2011
Our sympathies to Tarra and the Elephant Sanctuary on the loss of Bella. It is very sad and too bad that Bella didn't stay with Tarra instead of wandering off. I know Tarra would have protected her. I hope Bella is buried in the special spot where they spent time together. When Tarra passes on I hope that she is buried beside her so they can be together and have a special upright grave stone erected with both their names and the words "Friends Forever" engraved on it. I also hope she finds another special friend to spend her time with.

Humans could definitely learn from these two and the special friendship they had.
PJ McPherson, Ottawa, Ontario Canada
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November 7, 2011
They will meet again and frolic and love each other the way they did in life...only better. Many kisses and hugs to Tarra in her time of grief.
Amy , Chiacgo
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November 7, 2011
RIP Bella
Barbara, Florida
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November 7, 2011
I just heard of Bella and Tarra's story today on the news. I'm so sad to hear of Bella's passing. Watching the videos and hearing stories of this remarkable friendship has touched my heart in so many ways. I hope Bella is at peace over the rainbow bridge and that her best friend Tarra will have the strength and courage to move on. I hope Tarra knows that Bella's spirit will always be with her. My heart and prayers are with those touched by the story of these 2 incredible animals.
Mai F., Washington
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November 7, 2011
It's just unbelievable! It's a miracle! When you find out stories like that, you can not say anymore that animals have just instincts. I would say animals are much better than humans, they are pure-minded and devoted!
Alina, Moscow
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November 7, 2011
Poor wee Bella, may you rest in peace and Tarra, we send you our love and also remember those who care for you all who must be distraught by this tragedy.
Fiona, South Canterbury, New Zealand
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November 7, 2011
RIP Bella. You were a magnificent animal showing love in your own way. You are now over the Rainbow Bridge smiling down on Tarra. I am sure Tarra misses you so very much and will remember you always.
Your story will live on forever. XOX
Steffi, Hernando, Fl
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November 7, 2011
Those videos bring on my mind Paul McCartney's song Ebony and Ivory. :) Bella and Tarra were real role models to many people. R.I.P. Bella and sorry for your lost Tarra.
Harri Suomi, Lieto, Finnland
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November 7, 2011
Beautiful Bella, most of us have never met you, yet we all love you so much. As much as my heart aches, I try to find peace knowing that you are still as much alive as we are who mourn you. You are in heaven spreading adorableness and joy just like you did on this earth. There, you will forever be healthy, happy and safe. Please keep an eye out for our beautiful girl Tarra...we love you Tarra!! I hope that you feel the warmth and love we are all sending to you during your time of sadness. Every single one of us is thinking of you and wishing you comfort sweet baby girl.
Erin, Ohio
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November 6, 2011
To Tarra and all her friends and caretakers, My heartfelt sympathy for the loss of an exceptional friend, Bella.
Laurie S, Plantation, FL
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November 6, 2011
Dear Tarra, Humans have much to learn from the selfless love and dedication you and Bella shared for each other. We just picketed against Ringling Brothers to bring attention to all creatures who cannot speak words we understand, but understand more than we can possibly comprehend. Our hearts will continue the fight and will always remember that love and friendship can cross all perceived boundaries. You and Bella taught us more than we can grasp, and have made us all better for your journey together. Thank-you.
Jennifer Williams, Boise, Idaho
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November 6, 2011
You touched all of our hearts, Bella. RIP sweet soul!
Denise Lahav, Las Vegas, NV
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November 6, 2011
I was so sorry to hear Steve Hartman's report on Bella's sad end. It brought tears to my eyes. It was very moving to hear how the other elephants seem to sense Tara's loss. I hope she will not grieve too long. What a wonderful friendship for us to learn from.
TerriC, Los Angeles
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November 6, 2011
I was so moved by this story and saddened by the news of Bella's death. Bella and Tarra are an inspiration. This story changed me forever. Bless you all.
Heidi Meade, St. Francis, Minnesota
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November 6, 2011
The way it was and is designed for all life to be....loving and caring for one another....If only all could be this way....Love. All we need is Love....

joyce, nc
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November 6, 2011
RIP beautiful Bella. Your friend Tarra will miss you so much.

Thank you for showing us humans what true friendship is all about.
Sue, Sydney, Australia
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November 6, 2011
Bella was a very special dog that gave Tarra a special place in her heart. I had heard of these two wonderful friends before and it saddens me now to hear what happened. May you rest in peace Bella and be a guardian angel for Tarra in her time of need. May you both be reunited in animal heaven.
Sally Chambliss, Springfield, Ma.
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November 6, 2011
God bless you sweet girl. Such a beautiful reminder of how precious animals of all kinds are. God bless you, too, Tarra. If the lion will lay down with the lamb I believe you two will be together again.
Heather King, San Franicisco, CA
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November 6, 2011
My tribute goes to Tarra too, she lost her best friend Bella. I know how she feels with the loss of her best friend, I lost mine almost 2 years ago and I still miss him. I hope Tarra can find a new friend to help fill the void that Bella has left. I never met either of them, but I think they are both great.
Christopher, Denton
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November 6, 2011
You will be missed Bella. You taught us an important lesson in life, to never judge an animal by it's size or age. You have shown that friendship are important in this world today. Tarra, stick in there. You are in my prayers.
Rafael Aragon, Sarasota Fl.
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November 6, 2011
Tarra and Bella,
You both are an inspiration to all humans. You are both heroes. Bella ,you will be missed dearly by all of us especially your long-time friend Tarra.
You are now in heaven looking down on Tarra waiting for her to join you some day where you both will have eternal companionship.God Bless both of you.
Janet Gavazzi, Greensburg,Pa.
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November 6, 2011
To Tarra and the friends at The Elephant Sanctuary, my deepest prayers are with you. Your separation from Bella is temporary; may you look forward to a joyous reunion in heaven.
Melissa, Chicago, IL
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November 6, 2011
Whenever you feel low, living those moments when you're thinking how you might make it to the next day - and wondering about any possible good days ahead...let the Tarra and Bella story be your miracle awakening. The unbelievable and uplifting is right around the corner. Wow...wonders never cease. Bless you Bella, hang in there Tarra.
DeAn, MN
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November 6, 2011
Rest in peace sweet Bella. The gift of love and faithfulness that you gave your friend, Tarra, will remain with her forever.
Pattie Schmidt, Spring City, PA
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November 6, 2011
Sweet Bella... This news is so very sad. I knew one day she would have to leave Tarra but I never thought it would be like this. I can only imagine what Tarra is feeling right now. My thoughts prayers are with both of them. It is amazing to me the example they showed us.
Bonnie Rehl, Apex NC
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November 6, 2011
I'm sorry that Bella died. And I know that Tarra was her best friend, forever. I don't know why she took a walk alone in the dark and I'm so sad that she died. I'm glad that Tarra found her and brought her back to their home. Bella was a very beautiful dog and I know everyone will miss her, especially Tarra. Thanks to God that they were friends.
Doug Kiser, age 4, Gresham, Oregon
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November 6, 2011
I'm so very sad to hear this news. The loss Tara must be going through also saddens me. Bella, you are an exceptionally special doggie, elephants know.
Bless you always!!!
Gail, Calabasas, CA
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November 6, 2011
My 9 year old daughter and her friend held a memorial service in our back yard for Bella. They each wrote letters about Bella and buried them in the back yard and put flowers on the "grave". These two girls would squeal with delight each time they would see Tarra and Bella together on the elecam. Bella is truly missed!
Theresa Ingram, Tulsa, Oklahoma
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November 6, 2011
Bella was a beautiful dog and I know that Tarra misses very much. So Rest In Peace, Beautiful Bella.
Jasmine Kiser, age 9, Gresham, Oregon
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November 6, 2011
so sorry for you loss!! my heart is broken for a love like this is rare!! know a lot of us care and you will one day meet again!!
catherine, grand island new york
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November 6, 2011
Tara
I hope you are feeling all the love,
kind wishes of support and prayers that are going out for you and Bella.

You are Loved by all that are aware of you and Bella!!!

Claire, Michigan
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November 6, 2011
To all the members of the staff at the sanctuary, my sincere sympathy is extended to each and every one of you.
To Bella, your love will live on at the sanctuary through Tarra, Shirley and the other girls
To Tarra, all the love from your sisters and friends of the sanctuary will help to carry you through this difficult time. Bless you beauty.


Maureen C., Pineville NC
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November 6, 2011
Rest in peace Bella. I hope whatever you went through was quick and painless. My thoughts are with Tarra and the sanctuary. Keep on doing what you're doing. It's amazing.
Becky K, Philadelphia, PA
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November 6, 2011
I know I speak for many when I say I don't think I've ever loved two creatures more in this world that I never actually met. Thank you for your inspiration in showing us what true grace and unconditional love are. Rest in peace special little doggie. And Tarra, please know how much you are loved. May you feel all of our hugs and feel strength in that. Remember that the Rainbow Bridge awaits.
Dana Takach, Pittsburgh, PA
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November 6, 2011
Love is love, no matter what, no matter whom. Humans could take a lesson from these two...maybe the world would finally live in peace. Rest in Peace little Bella...the world was a better place with you in it, and Tarra will never forget you. After all...an elephant never forgets. And neither will we.
Candy, Cape Cod, MA
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November 6, 2011
May we all be as blessed as these two, Tarra and Bella, in finding a friend.
We can mourn the loss and honor them by understanding that friends come in all shapes and sizes, in unexpected places.
Natacha and Joyce, Seattle, WA
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November 6, 2011
Rest in peace beautiful little inspiration. Maybe someday we all can get along. "If everyone cared and nobody cried."
Robin Kivett, Webb City MO
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November 6, 2011
Rest in Peace dear little Bella, and keep loving watch over your best friend Tarra who will always love you, too....just like we all love you both even though we cannot touch you. You both have been, and will always be, a tremendous inspiration to all of us, young and old, as you have helped the world understand 'the great connection'. Thank you, dear Bella and Tarra, for being you. And for being you, for us. We are all richer for having you both in our world.
Tina Andracke Henize, Florida Keys
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November 6, 2011
Thank you Bella, for being the compassionate partner you were to your best friend Tarra. I am sure you are happy in your new home now that you have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. My beloved dog Tanner is there and I am sure he would love to be your best friend. I hope you can find him soon. He is a very handsome yellow lab and just as sweet as could be. Please give him my love! I hope you have a great time in animal heaven.
Marianne Adkins, Vermont, USA
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November 6, 2011
Bella, I am so sorry you had to pass on the way you did, but you lived a beautiful life that few ever get to experience. You lived in love and were always loved while at the sanctuary with your friend Tarra. Thank you for inspiring the world :) May you rest in peace. <3
Nik, USA
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November 6, 2011
you will be missed. thanks for what you taught us. we will never forget.
vee, milan, italy
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November 6, 2011
What a touching story of love and friendship. I was emotionally moved when I first watched the story of Tarra & Bella and am equally moved to hear of little Bella's passing. My heart goes out to Tarra while she grieves. I know she is in good hands at the Sanctuary and I pray she finds another special friend soon. All Dogs go to Heaven and little Bella will be watching down on Tarra until they can meet again!
Melissa Manner, Boerne, Texas
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November 6, 2011
Dearest Bella, I've had trouble sleeping these past few nights, grieving your loss as if you had been my own dog. But I love the example you and Tarra gave us of loving others, no matter how different. May your friendship and loyalty to each other continue to inspire everyone who hears your story. And sweet Tarra, gentle giant, may your heartbreak be soothed by the love of your sisters, and by the prayers of the thousands who grieve with you.
Marcy, Seattle, Washington
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November 6, 2011
I am saddened by Bella's passing. Bella and Tarra were obviously destined to meet, become friends and bring comfort to each other's life. Rest in peace sweet Bella. May Tarra find comfort in her memories of Bella.
Renuka Allino, San Francisco Bay Area
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November 6, 2011
If humans were more like animals this would truly be the world GOD envisioned ..... Rest in peace little baby
Stuart Silverman,
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November 6, 2011
Our family is terribly saddened by Bella's death and our hearts go out to all of you. We hope that sweet Tarra is able to make another friend soon to help her through her grieving. We love the Elephant sanctuary and Tarra is such a special girl!! Big hugs and kisses to Tarra from the Duke Family.
Susan Duke, Warner Robins, GA
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November 6, 2011
This little canine life was a life well-lived. If only people lived their lives with half the love and devotion.....

Lisa Keene, Richmond, Kentucky
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November 6, 2011
Love,trust,and companionship comes in all shapes and sizes. They both filled a great need for each other. Maybe us humans could learn a lesson of acceptance and love for others. Prayers of strength for Tara through this period of loneliness. May Bella's memory continue to glow for years to come. God loves all his creatures.
S. Frost, Thibodaux. LA
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November 6, 2011
Friends come in all shapes and sizes, and from all walks of life. To find someone to walk with you through life and share a bond with is a very special thing. You chose to be friends- you found something in the other that was missing in yourself and you both became stronger for the union. I know love is not unique to humans, and your friendship helped show that to many, many people. Celebrate the life lived, and the lives you touched.
Heather, Saskatchewan, Canada
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November 6, 2011
Very Sorry to hear of your loss and sending prayers of strength to Tara. Their bond, was and will continue to be, an example of of how under-estimated all animals are - Elephants are very loyal - prayers that Tara finds a new friend to ease her pain. Bless you wonderful people at the Sanctuary for all you do!
Heather, Alberta, Canada
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November 6, 2011
Me duele el alma enterarme de esto, lo siento muchisimo.
Elba Escobar, Puerto Rico
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November 6, 2011
St. Francis pray for Bella and Tarra a broken heart is the hardest thing to take. Thank-you for the happiness.
Donna Farren, Rochester NY
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November 6, 2011
Bless you sweet Bella. Not many get a chance to have such a wonderful friend like Tarra, including humans. You have much to teach us. You will be missed.
lorena , stevenson ranch, california
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November 6, 2011
My heart is broken. I hope that Tara is doing ok. I thank God that Tara and Bella found each other and they had you to take such good and loving care of them.
Susan Bader, Maricopa, AZ
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November 6, 2011
Love has no limits. Thank you Bella! Rest in peace.
Vilmar Rodrigues Dahmer, Brazil
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November 6, 2011
Dear Bella
Thanks for being an inspiration and an example to humanity. May your beautiful soul in Paradise. And keep sending your love and light to Tarra. We all love you both :)
Maria, Bucaramanga
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November 6, 2011
I join Tara in mourning your passing. I know that you await your friend at the Rainbow Bridge.
Sheryl, Montana
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November 6, 2011
I want to be mad that you were outside and the coyotes got you but you were a dog and it was your nature to be free...I just lost my Suzie dog to cancer and we lived together safe in a NYC apartment for 14 years and still when it was her time to leave this earth and go to the Bridge, I could not protect her. I have cried for a month for Suzie and I know your beloved Tara is lost without you...my friends ask me if I will get a new friend and I say , "NO", I don't want someone new, I want SUZIE! but maybe Tarra will show me how to heal as I will keep an eye on her in the months ahead and maybe she will be a role model on how to go on even when your heart is broken....rest in peace sweet Bella. Play hard with all our beloved friends who leave us..Your Tarra will be with you someday as I will be with Suzie and we will all frolic together again in health and never-ending love.
Rebecca Kreinen, NYC
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November 6, 2011
Sweet Bella.
You and Tarra,learned us humans,the true meaning of unconditional love.
My heart breaks thinking of Tarra left behind.
Sweet Bella,someday you'll be together forever,with your best friend at the Rainbow Bridge......<3
Maria Vaerewijck, Belgium
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November 6, 2011
I cried and cried when I first read about the passing of Bella and just couldn't put together words about the these two remarkable beings. I'm still heartbroken but I have such admiration for all the people at the Sanctuary and that it helps me heal. Thank you so much for your work and I hope Tarra can find a new doggie companion.
Carola , Phoenix, Az.
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November 6, 2011
Sorry to hear of the sad loss of Bella.Hope Tarra is coping okay. What a beautiful dog she was.
Janet McDonagh, England
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November 6, 2011
To come across such love and friendship between two such different animals was a joy, perhaps a lesson for us all in life.
Bella always and forever in our thoughts.
Mike Berry, Lichfield UK
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November 6, 2011
I am very saddened to hear of Bella's passing. I knew about her special relationship with Tara and hope that Tara's grief will subside soon.
You are all so wonderful in all you do there at the Sanctuary. There is no doubt that Bella's last years were the best she could have hoped for because of you and Tara.

Robin Jackson, Best Friend's Animal Society
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November 6, 2011
Through four tours overseas in war zones I have seen many emotional things. It has been so very rewarding to return to base after protracted, many-time difficult and unpleasant missions and see updates on this wonderful pair, and know that somewhere out there, life is not so bad. Tarra and Bella's story is one that has provided inspiration where it is needed, and joy where it is rare.

So many of the men with whom I serve, and myself especially quickly form bonds with the dogs we encounter. Outside of our own men, they are the only ones we can trust. They are usually with us when things are good. They are always with us when things are bad. Choose not to see the nature of her passing as cause for sorrow in its violence. Upon reading that Bella did not go down without a fight it reminded me of the words from Task Unit 77.4.3 a.k.a "Taffy 3" from the Battle off Samar when faced with the inevitability of engaging a vastly superior force: "This will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected. We will do what damage we can." General Patton advised that "it is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived." No truer words could be spoken of Bella. This world is a better place because we were blessed with Bella's presence for the time that we had. Heroism is seldom chosen, but more frequently thrust upon us. Bella heeded the call and held the line, and she has earned her rest. We stand with her always.

While it is with great sadness that I never got to see them together in person, it has been a great blessing to hear of their friendship, to have that as an anchor while living where such friendships are so rare a find, and it has been a great honor to be able to assist Bella's Fund. I am sorry I could not do more. Namaste Bella, and to Tarra, our deepest condolences.

Jason, On leave from some unpleasant places.
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November 6, 2011
No words - only tears. Rest in peace baby girl...
Sue, Chicago
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November 6, 2011
One of the highlights for me, as a senior lady is your newsletter.
Watching this wonderful friendship between Tarra and Bella has been so heartwarming. The loss of Bella is profound for all who adored this sweet little girl and knowing of her unbounding love for Tarra. I lost my Golden Boy, Jake, when this was posted. I am grieving the loss of both Jake and Bella and know that only time will help heal the pain. The grief that Tarra feels for the lose of her best friend is profound & thankful the other girls are showing Tarra compassion and kindness. If only humans had such empathy & understanding.......

Carol Jenson, Florida
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November 6, 2011
What a beautiful, wonderful friend you were, Bella. I know Tarra will never forget you, and it makes me sad that you had to die the way you did. I am so glad Tarra brought you home. I know the two of you will see each other again, so run and play and enjoy your new home until that day comes!
V. Martinez, Texas
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November 6, 2011
God blessed all of us when He made you, Bella; thank you for making a difference. And people say that animals have no soul?????
jeanie, new york city
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November 6, 2011
Bella:
Thank you for teaching us humans that love should be blind...to look beyond the package and see what is inside.
I know that you wait at the Rainbow Bridge for your friend Tarra. And I know that you still walk the fields and forest with her as well.
I send love to Tarra as it is always hard to say good-bye to the beloved little body that holds the spirit.
Much love to all at the sanctuary at this difficult time of transition.
Melody
melody, washington state
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November 6, 2011
This was one of the most heart-felt stories I have ever seen. I feel the pain that Tarra has in her heart. I hope she recovers from her loss.
Somewhere in heaven Bella misses her best friend too.
One day they will be together again and live forever in Paradise.
Irene, Florida
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November 6, 2011
We love you, Bella and Tarra!
Jen and Ava, Cape Cod, MA
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November 6, 2011
Rest in peace, dear Bella. You will be missed..God bless you and Tarra.
Teresa, Los Angeles
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November 6, 2011
Bella, bless your heart. You had such a great life with your pal. I just pray you did not suffer in the end. I don't understand what happened but you put smiles on many faces, and helped the world realize that the most unlikely pair can become the best of friends and that we can learn to adapt to others and get along. You showed everyone that diversity can be easily accepted if we simply just open our hearts. May you continue to run free in heaven and watch over the sanctuary.
MaryAnn, Yardley, PA
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November 6, 2011
To Bella and Tarra, You made me smile and laugh, and now you make me weep. My heart is with Tarra in her pain at being left alone behind. Bella,thank you for all the joy and love you gave to so many. Peace. If there is an afterlife, I KNOW the animals will be there and you'll be the one to greet Tarra with a wagging tail and joyous energy.
Cathy, Illinois
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November 6, 2011
A truer friend was never had. You were a brave little dog and much loved. Tarra will never forget her best friend, and we send prayers of love to help her get through your loss.
Victoria Bean, Seattle, WA
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November 6, 2011
"The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief -- But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love."
-- Hilary Stanton Zunin
You will be missed sweet Bella.
Lorraine Moe, WILMINGTON, NC
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November 6, 2011
Namaste sweet Bella.
Love to Tarra and love to all at the Elephant Sanctuary.
LORRAINE MOE, WILMINGTON, NC
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November 6, 2011
I was the watching the tribue video and the 'Match made in ele-Heaven' video and my wife came in to ask me why i was crying!!! Then she watched and began too!
I just think it's amazing how to creatures can love one another no matter what differences they have.
It really is a lesson to us humans to stop killing each other and to just love and care for one another.
Amazing story, Bella & Tarra are true inspirations to the world.
John Weston, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
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November 6, 2011
Proof that love has no bounds.
Mary Ann Skweres, California
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November 6, 2011
Bless you sweet Bella. I was deeply saddened to hear of her passing. She and Tarra's story is such a beautiful and rare thing . I know she will be waiting for Tarra at the Rainbow Bridge. Poor Tarra having to find her friend like that, and carrying her to their special place. What an amazing friendship, even in the end. Prayers and thoughts go out to Bella, Tarra, all of the animals at the reserve, and those of you doing this amazing work for those wonderful animals. Rest in peace you beautiful little dog.
Jared Greece, Nashville, TN
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November 6, 2011
I sit here and watch the videos of this unlikely duo. I breaks my heart that Bella will no longer trotting beside her best friend. I hope that Tarra will be comforted with the loss of her pal.
Jill Reid, North Carolina
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November 6, 2011
"My little dog--a heartbeat at my feet"-Edith Wharton

God Bless little Bella--the precious dog who's name means "beauty" as she was and will so remain in our hearts and souls and within Tarra's mighty beingness. Their love for each other has been a gift for us all to witness and I pray that Tarra will ultimately find peace and strength without her beloved friend. There is no death...only a passing from one door to the next. Bella is waiting in the fields beyond. Now a Guardian Angel to Tarra and all who loved her so...
Cara Wilson-Granat, San Diego, CA
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November 6, 2011
Rest in peace Bella and thank you to the Elephant Sanctuary for your big hearts.
JANIS, LaPorte, TX
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November 6, 2011
Very sad and beautiful at the same time - RIP Bella
Dennis, Miami, FL
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November 6, 2011
What a heartfelt story. Too bad "humans" can follow by "example". What a wonderful friend bella was..A sweet lovable soul...R.I.P. Bella..Rainbow bridge..
<3 Joanne F. Silva
Joanne F. Silva, Newburgh, NY
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November 6, 2011
To Bella, a devoted friend and companion to Tarra. I was saddened to hear of your passing. I know that you are greatly missed by Tarra and will always be remembered by her. May you rest in peace and join us in eternity to again walk the woods and streams with your friend Tarra.

Dear Tarra, may your grief be replaced with wonderful memories of your beloved Bella.
Barbara, New York
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November 6, 2011
Dear little Bella,

You are an inspiration to all and a gift from God. If only humans could display the unconditional love that you and your beloved buddy Tarra displayed for each other the world would be a much different place. Someday you and your dear friend will play together again at the Rainbow Bridge. I know God makes a special place for his wonderful creatures to live in peace and happiness for all eternity. Shed a tear and weep no more for I will wait for you on the other shore.

We love you Bella and Tarra
Barb Ericksen, St. Albans, Maine
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November 6, 2011
as an animal lover , I was always heartfelt of the story of Tarra and Bella, as a coyote educator, I would hope the people here realize that this was not personal and coyotes were just being coyotes.
This was a beautiful relationship and an unfortunate ending, please realize that the coyotes felt the sanctuary was their territory too and reacted accordingly,
this post may not be shown as it is from the coyotes perspective, but if the people here and the sanctuary are TRUE animal lovers it will be shown and while we mourn, there will be understanding
Frank Vincent, New York
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November 6, 2011
I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Bella. I hope that Tara is able to get past this loss. To the caretakers I want to thank you for all the work you do for this amazing animals. Rest in Peace Bella -
Suzanne Jacobs, Brooklyn NY
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November 6, 2011
TO BELLA: I WISH I COULD TAKE AWAY WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU, BUT I CAN'T. I PRAY YOU ARE AT PEACE AND WATCHING OVER YOUR TARRA. SHE NEEDS YOU SO MUCH. TO TARRA: SO MANY PEOPLE ARE PRAYING THAT YOU'LL FIND PEACE AGAIN SOMEHOW. TO SANCTUARY STAFF: PLEASE KNOW THAT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE SHARING WITH YOU THE HORROR OF THIS TERRIBLE TRAGEDY. MAYBE YOU COULD SAVE ANOTHER DOG AS PART OF THE BELLA FUND, AND IN SOME WAY THIS COULD MAKE SOME GOOD COME OUT OF BELLA'S TERRIBLE DEATH. MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS TO YOU ALL.
EARL APPLEGATE, GREENWICH
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November 6, 2011
Many of us never find true happiness in this world. It was wonderful that Tarra and Bella found their soul mates, if even for a little while. Rest in peace Bella, we know you will wait for Bella at the Rainbow Bridge. Our hopes and prayers are with Tarra in her time of sadness.
The Murphy's, Somers, New York
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November 6, 2011
Such a beautiful bond and unconditional love shared by Bella and Tarra. I'm truly moved by this and to Bella - though you may be gone you will remain in Tarra's memory and in our hearts always. God bless both of you.










Pia A., Manila, Phils.
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November 6, 2011
So sad, but so greatly heart warming too. This is the first time that I came across this wonderful twosome, it puts my life into perspective, once again!

Thank you Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, many thousands of miles away from me in the UK, but now forever in my heart.

Big hugs to you

Wendy from Bristol UK
Wendy, UK Bristol
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November 6, 2011
Tara
I wish I could be your caregiver and love you up.
Thank you tara's caregivers love her up for all of us!!!!!!!!
Love you tara and Bella. :)


LH, Michigan
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November 6, 2011
All of us need to learn from Tarra & Bella that as different as we may be, we can live together and love each other as God intended for us.
Lisa, Mooresville, NC
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November 6, 2011
I so hope there is a heaven for Bella and all animals to go to. they deserve it. I pray that Tarra will be okay without her Bella.
Mary Massey, St. Louis, MO
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November 6, 2011
Bella's passing stunned me to my core, especially reading how she passed. I can't imagine how awful it must have been for her and her faithful friend, Tarra. Bless Tarra for bringing her friend back to the barn--she is one amazing elephant, and I'm sure her heart is broken. I hope she finds another friend as dedicated as Bella was, as that relationship was one that was based on love, and love alone. I hope with all my heart Tarra finds true love again....
Donna Evans, Torrington CT, USA
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November 6, 2011
God Bless you, Bella. Rest in peace. My sympathies to Tarra and everyone at the Elephant Center on your loss.
Jacqueline A. Jones-Ford, Knoxville, Tennessee
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November 6, 2011
This only confirms the brilliance of animals, and the unconditional love they foster. The bond between these two friends is one that only we as the human race could wish for!
Maura A Doyle, Amesbury, Massachusetts
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November 6, 2011
This is such a beautiful story of trust and love and so very sad that Bella is gone. I cried when I read about Tara carrying Bella's body back. I hope and pray Tara will be okay. Elephants are so very wonderful and this sanctuary is such a blessing for elephants in need.
Rest in Peace, dear sweet Bella.
Nancy Hepler, West Palm beach, Florida
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November 6, 2011
this has truly touched my heart prayers and ((( hugs )))) to tarra
kasey knox, irginia
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November 6, 2011
Rest in Peace Bella knowing that you will always be remembered, and will always have a friend. God bless Tara and you too also know that you will always have someone watching over you. Remember that Bella is waiting for you at Rainbow Bridge and once again when you're re-united you will play and love free again. Your two lives are something we should all strive for.
Rest in Peace Gentle Bella.
Bob And Carole, Ontario Canada
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November 6, 2011
Bella, you were an inspiration to all of us; you touched so many lives. Thank you for your love of Tarra. I know she loves you very much and will miss you. We will all miss you.
Susan Navidad, Little Rock, AR
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November 6, 2011
What a heartbreaking story. Their friendship is proof of animals capacity to love and form bonds, even outside their direct families. Our love and prayers go to both Bella for her tragic passing and to Tarra for the sadness and loneliness she is now feeling.

God bless you both
Debbie, England
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November 6, 2011
I haven't slept for thinking of this tragedy. It has really touched me. I wish that she hadn't died this way. Tarra I love you girl, you are AMAZING. i HOPE MAYBE IN THE COMING WEEKS THERE WILL BE A BIT MORE HAPPY NEWS. Godbless x
Debra Barnett, Stoke on Trent England
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November 6, 2011
Thank-you, Bella, for opening & breaking my heart. Humans should be so fortunate to have the simple joy & moment by moment, unconditional sharing that you & Tarra had. You will remain in many hearts forever; especially Tarra's.

Tara Shanti, San Rafael, CA
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November 6, 2011
I'm very sad to hear that Bella has died, especially in such a terrible way, but the story of Bella and Tarra is truly beautiful and inspirational and one that will stay with me, as an example of the affection and intelligence that animals display towards each other and to us humans too, despite the opinion of many (in my opinion) stupid and evil humans who think animals exist for their entertainment and consumption.
Long live Bella! And long live Tarra, she is an exceptional animal, and I hope she doesn't miss her little friend too much.
Julie Rae , Glasgow, Scotland, UK
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November 6, 2011
Rest in peace, beautiful Bella. Your story has touched me deeply. Your passing can't have been easy, but know that your lovely friend and companion Tarra, brought you back home to the place you have always loved. Bless you, little angel.
Anne W., Geneva, Switzerland
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November 6, 2011
I know Bella will be there for Tarra in spirit, and Tarra will feel her beloved dog's presence and be able to heal quickly. Bella's passing will ensure that more people see the intelligence and emotion that these wonderful elephants are capable of. I hope that this will ensure that more people support the sanctuaries that help these magnificent creatures.
Mary, Wilkes-Barre, PA
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November 6, 2011
I AM TRULY SO SAD TO HEAR ABOUT BELLA'S PASSING tarra baby i am so sure u will never forget her but i pray that u will find happiness again i love elephants so much truly i love animals full stop ..... may u rest in peace bella and i believe that bella will be waiting for u this story realy got to me how they were best friends and yet so different why can't humans be the same ....bella and tarra u had a special friendship which i think humans should take a good look at u both had pure hearts ....rest in peace bella and may tarra be happy again until u meet again .....
nicky, london uk
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November 6, 2011
I feel so sad for Tarra. She lost Carol just a few years ago and now Bella. Scott too has left or is leaving soon so that's another companion of many years that she is losing. I only hope that her caretakers and especially her elephant companions can give her the support she needs in this very sad time.
Joan Franco, Philadelphia, PA
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November 6, 2011
Hearing that Bella had died and then finding out it was by a coyote attack has deeply affected me. Bella and Tarra were such good friends I can only imagine what Tarra must be going through. R.I.P Bella

Chris Coombes, Australia
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November 6, 2011
Another guardian angel in heaven. She will be missed by all!!!!! You keep her in your prayers and memories.

Carolyn
carolyn, evansville, in
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November 5, 2011
just heard about all the love and companionship bella and tarra shared. I hope someone can introduce another homeless dog and start another friendship of love and trust to tarra.
what a wonderful dog bella must have been, thanks for the opportunity to make this tribute.
sandra, new zealand
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November 5, 2011
Dearest Beautiful Bella:

My heart breaks and I a so sad at hearing of the news of your passing and I can not even imagine what everyone at the Sanctuary must be feeling most importantly Tarra....magnificent, loving beautiful Tarra. Together with Bella the two of them have given me such joy and also calmed my tumultuous soul watching their videos watching them together. I felt so special being allowed to glimpse into their world. You could feel their love for each other and everyone come right out through the camera lens.

Bella you will be miss down here on earth but forever held in our hearts. We know that you will still be with your beloved Tarra at her side and glowing in her heart. God Speed Sweet One!
catherine anne hayes ulasinski, North Hollywood California
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November 5, 2011
Bella and Tarra represent the highest level of love and trust, and inspire us to help all creatures live out their lives in love and peace. I hope that the Elephant Sanctuary will rescue another dog like Bella from a shelter (especially a kill shelter to prevent its death), and introduce it to Tarra, so that Tarra can have another dog to love and nurture. Elephants are very sensitive to loss, and if Bella is not given another dog to have as a loving companion, she may stop eating, thriving, and may become ill. Elephants mourn for long periods of time, and somewhere, in an animal shelter, a dog on "death row" is waiting for a new chance at life, and the very loving companionship which Tarra can give him. The Elephant Sanctuary is a wonderful place of healing for elephants--many of whom arrive from circuses and other places where they have been abused, chained up, and deprived of companionship of other elephants. They are very social creatures, and need our love and support--too many have suffered, and need a chance to live out their lives in a wonderful place like the Elephant Sanctuary.
Chaya, Connecticut
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November 5, 2011
I honestly was in tears first of all reading up on the story of their beautiful friendship and then of course hearing of Bella's death. What an amazing bond between an elephant and a dog. Bella was such a loyal friend to Tarra and an inspiration for us all. And Tarra carrying her friend back to the barn with her trunk well that just touched me beyond words. May our sweet Bella rest in peace and may you as the caregivers continue to carry on her work and find Tarra a new friend!!! Give Tarra a hug for me.
Donna Tynski, Nova Scotia, Canada
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November 5, 2011
I was so saddened to hear of the loss of Bella. The friendship and love Bella and Tarra had for each other can teach all of us how life and love should be. Elephants and dogs have so much unconditional love. We should all learn from them and try to be better people because of them.

May Bella's soul rest in a happy place, and may Tarra and her meet again one day. My heart breaks for Tarra but I know she is strong. Love their story and will carry both of them with me for the rest if my life.
Sara Goranson, Indiana
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November 5, 2011
beautiful and very touching....my heart now goes out to Tarra. I just pray that she is coping ok without Bella and the loss of her best friend...sincerely Tara
Tara Smith, Simcoe, Ontario , Canada
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November 5, 2011
Such a sad ending to a beautiful friendship. And what great lessons we can learn from these two. Rest in peace, Ms. Bella. Your spirit will shine on forever, and light the way when Tarra crosses Rainbow Bridge.
Rosemary Hart, Iowa
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November 5, 2011
Tara
I started praying the rosary again tonight with it being of powerful prayer. I feel so bad for you and want to help you. I think about you all through my day and you feeling this loss of your precious friend.
Love you so much!!!!!
Loving you, Petoskey, MI
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November 5, 2011
I remember hear this story a while ago- it warmed my heart to see these two despite their differences just living a life of friendship and happiness.
It brought tears to my eyes when I learned of little Bella's passing..what a sweet dog, she is in a good place now.
And Tarra, I hope you are doing OK. My condolences to you and I know nothing will ever compare to your best bud..
<3 Rest in Peace
Ines M, Austin, TX
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November 5, 2011
Rest in peace Sweet Bella you were a wonderful companion to Tarra. You will be in our thoughts and you will be missed by
many, especially Tarra.
Thank you for being you.
Sally V., Old Forge, NY
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November 5, 2011
My heart breaks to know of Bella's tragic death and Tarra's painful sadness. God loves his special creatures and has a special place for them in eternity. May these two be together again in God's time.
Jan Sebastian, Davenport, IA
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November 5, 2011
Dear Bella, you were a most devoted companion and a shining example to everyone in the true meaning of friendship across a great divide between species. Tarra, my heart is with you in your grief, and I hope that one day you will find love and friendship again.
Lucy, London, UK
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November 5, 2011
I can not stop crying for Bella and Tarra. I have visited the elephants on-line every day for over a year and always looked for the wonderful friends and was rewarded with seeing Tarra with Bella alongside. I have lost 3 dogs of my own over the years - and this feels like I have lost another of my own.

Bella you were loved by many more than just your giant friend and you will be missed by all. You will always live in Tarra's heart.
Debbie Blankenship, Hornsby, TN
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November 5, 2011
I was so saddened to hear about this! I remember seeing a story about Tarra and Bella on CBS Sunday Morning, at least a year ago. I've seen them since in things on Animal Planet about unusual animal buddies. It was inevitable that Bella would go before Tarra, due to the average lifespan of dogs, but this was a terrible way for her to have to go. If Tarra did stop the attack mid-way, hopefully whatever it was will think twice before attacking anything else in the Sanctuary, though!

It was so moving to hear about the care that Tarra showed with relocating Bella's body. Elephants are such amazing creatures, and I hope she can form this kind of bond with another animal in the future. Please give her a big hug and lots of love from all of us out here who are grieving with her!
Kate Lenthall, Wawarsing, NY
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November 5, 2011
What a heart warming and unique story about these two. Tarra looks like she's smiling and Bella so happy and care free. So sorry this happened to Bella. Maybe another little stray will wander up to take her place and Tarra will happy again. But I know she will never forget her best friend, Bella.
Nola Nelick, Memphis, Tn.
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November 5, 2011
What a tragic ending to such a heart warming story between animals. Rest in peace Miss Bella. Have fun on the other side, you will be reunited again with your friend Tarra someday at the Rainbow Bridge. :,(
Bobby, Lebanon, PA
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November 5, 2011
Sending heartfelt sympathies to you all. This is such an incredible heart moving story, 2 animals teaching us so much about love and understanding and what is important in life. What a character Bella was, and how much you will all miss her and especially Tarra. But somehow animals seem to reason things out better than humans, it doesn't mean they don't feel or grieve they just seem more able to move on, to survive. We have so much to learn from them. Thank you for sharing this story, every time I read about them I end up crying tears of sadness and joy.
Gail Dalby, brisbane, australia
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November 5, 2011
RIP beautiful Bella....I pray you didn't suffer and know your best friend Tarra loves you always and forever lil girl....always and forever
Christine W, Saint Paul, MN
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November 5, 2011
So sorry to hear Bella is gone. She will wait on the Rainbow Bridge for Tarra. Their story will always be one to cherish.
Kathy McConaghie, El Paso, Texas
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November 5, 2011
I just read this touching and heartbreaking story about Bella and Tarra. I was really amazed about their friendship and once i read about Bella's fate i was very sad. I hope Tarra overcomes this great lost. Nothings hurts more than losing a loved one. Bella R.I.P. I am sure that you will be missed very much by everyone.
a new friend,
Sheila Lopez, New York City, New York
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November 5, 2011
RIP Bella
Marie, new york
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November 5, 2011
Bella and Tarra are such a beautiful example of the incredible emotions animals feel. It broke my heart to hear about Bella's loss. Bella God bless you, rest in peace and we will continue to remember you and the special bond you had with Tarra. We will also pray that Tarra can find that special friend again among her family of elephants.
Jeanie Novick, Seattle,WA
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November 5, 2011
Bella, What a beautiful name for such a loving friend. You brought joy to Tarra and all the lives you touched. Watch over Tarra and those that care for her, and if possible send Tarra another loving friend. Tarra, my heart aches for you and pray you stay strong. You have shown the world what true friendship is.
Carolyn, Globe, AZ
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November 5, 2011
The Rainbow Bridge has been taking in some awesome dogs the past couple of weeks. Bella, our rescue team has lots of Dalmatians waiting to show you around. Tarra will never forget you, and someday you will see each other again. Godspeed Bella.
Debi Smith - Dalmatian Rescue of SW VA, Elliston, VA
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November 5, 2011
When I read about Bella passing, a heavy sadness filled my being...

Bella, you will truly be missed, not only by your favorite companion Tarra but all of us that followed your devotion to your large friend..

Thank you in showing all of us your love.
Eva Nadeau, Lumberton, Texas
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November 5, 2011
I am overwhelmed with sadness over the loss of Bella. Rest in peace dear Bella and prayers for sweet Tarra that her broken heart will heal. What an amazing story of a loving friendship that was like no other. I will never forget Bella and Tarra.
Lisa Hemann, Hobe Sound, FL
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November 5, 2011
May Bella wait by the Rainbow Bridge for her friend, Tarra! God has a special Heaven for animals, they deserve it for what they pleasure and companionship they give to us and each other!
Ms. J, Avenal, CA
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November 5, 2011
My deepest condolences. I pray that at this difficult time, you will be filled with peace and comfort.


Cindy Kifai, Alberta, Canada
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November 5, 2011
Bella, What a beautiful friendship you gave to Tarra for eight years! You were both blessed to have a special bond that most humans are not able to have! A stray dog that will be not be forgotten in the hearts of so many people! If only you knew how your short time on this earth will not be forgotten for many years to come. Hope you and Tarra will be reunited one day in heaven!
Pika, Hawaii
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November 5, 2011
I'm very saddened to hear the news of Bella's passing...may you rest in peace, sweet girl. I know you will continue to watch over your faithful friend, Tarra.
Karen, Red Deer, Alberta
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November 5, 2011
Rest in peace my friend..
Kathy , Moraine Ohio
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November 5, 2011
Rest in peace dear Bella. You will never be forgotten and forever treasured.
Sandy Gilbert, Cupertino, California
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November 5, 2011
Rest in peace Bella, I know you are in heaven with all the other animals who have lived on this earth. I hope your dear friend Tarra finds comfort. You two were amazing together. I can't imagine how much she will miss you. God bless both of you!
Donna Baldassare, Coram, NY
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November 5, 2011
I just learned of Tarra and Bella's friendship last week!
I'm so sad.
Rest in Peace, Bella. The world cries for you, I know. Dear Tarra, I wish you peace and happiness for the rest of your life.
Madeline Loder, Longmeadow, MA
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November 5, 2011
RIP Sweet little Bella. Your best friend Tarra will never forget you!I'm so sorry your special life ended so violently. My pups Snow and Max will make a donation in your name.
Trish Halick, Chicago
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November 5, 2011
I was just told of Bella's passing by a friend who saw it on the news and I am devastated. I bought the precious Tarra and Bella book for my children two years ago and we have loved reading it and checking in on the two friends on your web site. Their story is such a remarkable example of love, loyalty and friendship. Our hearts go out to Tarra and to all of her caregivers at the Elephant Sanctuary. RIP sweet Bella.
Kim Flanagan, Portland, OR
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November 5, 2011
Rest in peace Bella. Thank you for being such a good friend to Tarra, and for helping her find some peace and enjoyment of life; as I'm sure she has had a difficult one. God bless you and God bless the Elephant Sanctuary!
xoxoxoxo! Your friend,
Carrie

Carrie Jones, Alden, New York
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November 5, 2011
Dear Tara

i am sorry for the lost of your best friend Bella, I will be thinking of you and say a prayer, you and Bella will be in our hearts forever and my thoughts and my love are with you, and thank you for coming into our lives and teaching us about love no matter where we are. God bless you.
Debra Kaehler, Australia
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November 5, 2011
Tarra needs a new friend to love. Bella will watch over both of them. Hard to smile after hearing the news, but a new beginning -and a new puppy for Tarra would help me know that she is ok.
The Aslaksens, Acton, CA
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November 5, 2011
Bella and Tarra showed us the true meaning that differences can be overcome. A lesson much needed now and always.
Nanette, Truckee CA
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November 5, 2011
Rest in sweet peace dear Bella. My heartfelt sympathy to Tarra who will suffer this loss forever.
God bless each of you at the sanctuary for caring for these wonderful animals who deserve so much and receive so little.
Donna Shelton, Montgomery, Texas
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November 5, 2011
R.I.P. dear Bella. I feel so sad that Tarra lost her best friend. It is heart breaking and I pray Tarra can make it through this. I enjoyed the videos and stories about their friendship. It was so inspiring to see how these two loved each other.
Yvonne, Huber Heights, Ohio
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November 5, 2011
Bella, I know that you are walking right beside Tarra and she with you. You will always be together forever. You have a love that few "humans" have in this world. Your animal kingdom rules!

Be thinking of you both...wishing you both much love !
Julie Murphy,
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November 5, 2011
:( Such horribly devastating news!!! Our heartfelt sympathies go out to everyone at the sanctuary that loved Bella. Poor Tarra! Maybe it will help Tarra to help her pain if she is willing to "adopt" another furry friend that needs her! We'll never forget you Bella!!!!! <3
K. Fisher, Central FL
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November 5, 2011
I am so moved by the love between these 2. What an example of unconditional love. If 2 different species can get along, why can't humans. We have a lot to learn from our animal friends!!!! We will miss you Bella!!!! Prayers, love, light to all of you at the Sanctuary. Tell Tara we love her!!!!!
Christine Senchesen, Las Vegas, Nevada
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November 5, 2011
Having seen and posted Bella & Tarra's beautiful story of friendship last year it saddens me that Bella is gone.I pray Tarra will live on and find a new companion to help her with her grief and bring a new friendship into her life.
I salute the staff at the Elephant Sanctuary for your unending efforts to give a wonderful home to all of these gentle creatures and the other homeless animals you care for. God Bless you.
Madelon Woller, New Jersey
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November 5, 2011
Tears have fallen upon our home all day and no doubt will for a while, as we read about the loss of Bella and the sadness of Tarra. A real sadness and loss, as we had to send our chocolate lab of 13 years home to the Lord a few months ago, and our black lab was lost in sorrow for so long. We ask the Lord "why" and we will never get an answer, except that life is what it is, for some a short time for others a long time. What we must remember is the good times and the miracle of love and friendship Bella and Tarra developed and enjoyed. Bella and Tarra became a family, each others' caretaker for a number of years. My wife has already commented, yet this story will stay with us for life, for they were not just animals, they were family for each other. Tarra will go on as we do when we lose a loved one, person or pet,until the sorrow slowly diminishes, but will never be forgotten. Let us all be thankful for what the Lord has giveth, and the Lord has taketh when our (pet or human) has served their purpose on this world, home to a better place of love and eternal peace. One day Bella and Tarra will be reunited, as Bella has gone forward to prepare the next house in heaven when they will reunite when the lord calls again.

Yet for now let this tragedy, this loss, always be a memory of how valuable life and kindness is so important to all of us and how we treat each other, pet or otherwise. Let us pray for Bella in her new home and let us pray for the safety of Tarra and that her hurt will soon be gone, but as we know never forgotten. May the Lord watch over both of them, as I will pray in church tomorrow for them.

To the owners of the Sanctuary, I never knew it existed, yet thank you for your love and caring of the animals and you will be rewarded for your good deeds. Never stop what you are doing because you have made this world a better place for these animals. God will take care of Bella, and watch over Tarra and her hurt. God Bless you for having the Sanctuary and for the people you are.

Chris M, Troutman, Nolrth Carolina
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November 5, 2011
Deepest thoughts & prayers to both Tarra & Bella. Just because one friend is no longer physically present does not mean that their wonderful friendship & bond is over. Rest in peace Bella, Tarra & all your other friends will miss you dearly.
Laura, California
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November 5, 2011
I heard about TES by a report on CBS news by Steve Hartman a few years ago. It deeply touched me. Friday night I wept at the report by Steve Hartman on that same CBS news show, of the passing of a dear friend of us all....our Bella. My heart is broken.

Thank you Bella for being Tarra's bestest bud. You earned your angel wings and will remain in our hearts 4-ever. RIP darling....
Diane Sterling, Space Coast, Florida
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November 5, 2011
The bonds between two souls will last forever. The friendships we make will never die, for they always have a special place in our hearts and will touch us for eternity. Bella will never be forgotten. She will forever be loved and forever be cherished as a Tarra's life-long companion. May she rest in peace.
Amanda, New York
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November 5, 2011
It is a great joy to witness a bond such as the one Tarra and Bella had. And terribly sad to see that bond broken with Bella's demise. I wish Tarra well and hope she can find another companion to replace the loss of Bella. And I hope Bella is frolicking in that great sanctuary in the sky, and will be there to welcome her good friend Tarra when the time comes.
Lee Toft, Portland, OR
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November 5, 2011
So sorry to hear about Bella,when I read the story it it made me cry,since reading it a few days ago I find myself thinking about Tarra and the people that work at the sanctuary often. If we are lucky we get to see a relationship like this once in a life time, I hope Tarra comes through this ok but I know she could not be in a better place. I enjoy visiting your website and will look for Tarra updates.

Thank You to all the great people that work at the sanctuary.

Keith M, Chateauguay,Quebec,Canada
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November 5, 2011
my thoughts are with tarra as she makes it through this hard time. bella- you will be missed!
stacy smith, damascus, md
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November 5, 2011
dear Bella, rest in peace, you are greatly missed. send a new friend to Tarra
xoxoxo
Ruth E Grall, Col. City, IN
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November 5, 2011
Such a touching story. The elephant refuge in Tennessee is a wonderful place, providing a natural environment for these amazing creatures to live out their lives in dignity and safety. Many have been mistreated and lived lonely miserable years away from their own kind, exploited for the greed of humans. They deserve our support.
Lynn MacEwen, Delaware
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November 5, 2011
BELLA and TARRA
We have just got the sad information from our blog-friend Knudi-Judi from the USA.

I am so sorry for you, dear TARRA, you have lost your charming little friend.

BELLA, I hope you hadn't to suffer and the shock took you away immediately. May you fly softly on whichever kind of soft wings . . .
Dumba, Berlin, Germany
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November 5, 2011
RIP beautiful Bella. The lesson you have taught to so many humans is immeasurable. Enjoy your rest, you certainly deserve it.
Mariah Kelly, New York, NY
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November 5, 2011
So sorry to hear of this terrible news. I lived in Hohenwald for the past 15 years before moving back south and I only heard wonderful stories about these 2 best friends. My prayers are with everyone
sue, Delta, LA
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November 5, 2011
Poor Bella. God bless her little soul and watch over Tarra to help her through her loss. Their love and very special friendship touched the hearts of people far and wide. Thinking of them both xx
Jo Burt, North Yorkshire, England
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November 5, 2011
Thank you for sharing Bella and Tarra's story a few years ago. It was a wonderful friendship. I'm very sad to have heard the news of Bella's passing. She was such a sweet dog and companion to Tarra.
Please keep us informed on how Tarra is doing. I'm sure there are many people around the world like me, interested in how she is coping without her best friend.
G. Cox, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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November 5, 2011
I am heartbroken.
I wish a coyote attack could have been foreseen and prevented!
Patti maeda, St louis
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November 5, 2011
very hard for Tarra and poor little Bella to be killed.
Like many videos one sees of animals helping or having great attachments with other species, it is so enlightening to know how sensitive and kind animals are.

R.I.P. Bella.
marta, England
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November 5, 2011
This just made me sob and sob. I have followed the story of Bella and Tarra since they became famous for their unusual friendship. Actually, it was more than a friendship - it was the true love of two companions who found a need IN one another and FOR one another. What a tragic loss for Tarra and TES! Please take good care of Tarra because she will grieve so deeply and miss her beloved companion, Bella. I just wish humans could learn from the animal kingdon...
Wendy, Prairie Village, KS
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November 5, 2011
Rest In Peace Bella you beautiful baby. Bella your friendship with Tarra is endless. Tarra will always have a place in her heart for you. Only if humans could learn from you both. Let the animals of the wild live free. They love, cry, hurt and mourn and want to live free just like humans!! Don't cage them and use them for human entertainment!! It's not right!! Let them live free and love like Bella & Tarra!! It is not good-bye my canine friend Bella it is we will meet again over the Rainbow Bridge!! Love you both Bella & Tarra.- Live free Tarra!! xoxo
Kathy & Nadia Potenza, Winthrop, Massachusetts
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November 5, 2011
Tara and friends, my heartfelt sympathy and love is extended to you in the physical lost of "our" Bella. To all of us who followed the courage of Bella and the steadfastness of Tara and all her friends, our lives have been blessed and enriched! We have so much to learn from these blessed souls. Thank you for your blessings to my life. You all continue to be bright lights in my life. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, not only today but the tomorrows.
Bairbre Bible, Kerrville, Texas
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November 5, 2011
I can't stop crying about this heartbreaking news. Bella was truly a wonderful soul. I hope Tarra feels better, and I know the sanctuary is doing everything they can for her. Thank you to all the people at the Elephant Sanctuary who support both of these beautiful animals.
Nicole, Alexandria, VA
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November 5, 2011
beautiful story, good dog, unique pair; Bella will no doubt await Tarra's arrival and be there to greet her on the other side
TeeJ, NJ
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November 5, 2011
heart broken-- wishing I had one tenth of what these 2 beautiful friends shared though out the years,, my prayers are with those who mourn sweet Bella,, praying that Tarra will feel of our love for her and sweet Bella,, thank you for sharing their story with us and giving us hope for a better future of all.
Sandy, Renton, Wa
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November 5, 2011
Bella...surely you have made it into heaven by now. Be peaceful and happy there. Send Tarra a new friend and watch over them until you meet again.
Janet Chesley, Long Island, New York
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November 5, 2011
What you have given and do for these dear elephants is beyond wonderful - and dear, dear Bella was such a part of it all. The loss of Bella is SAD beyond words. My heart goes out to all the staff and caregivers, its hard for us - I can't imagine your pain in this loss. Thank you for keeping us posted and letting us be part of this whole thing with you.
Faith Connolly, Canaan, N.Y.
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November 5, 2011
Beautiful Bella! So sorry to hear of her passing. The story of her life with Tara has been so inspiring to so many. I grieve with Tara and all who love the story of this incredible friendship. Peace and comfort to all.
Dianne Daley, Long Beach, California
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November 5, 2011
God speed Bella...may your pal Tarra be at peace with your passing..
sally hutson, trinidad
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November 5, 2011
What a special friendship.....what a sad ending! Miracles of nature, friends that should never be, but these two re-wrote the story. Rest in Peace at the "bridge" Bella and look down every now and again to check on your friend Tarra. Love you, beautiful Bella!! <3
Michelle Davis, Jacksonville, FL
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November 5, 2011
This beautiful friendship makes you pause and wonder. Their feelings: love, joy and sorrow are not unique to humans and we need to accept and respect this.
Sylvia Z., Sweden
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November 5, 2011
"The largest grief is wordless..."

Lots of love and strength to Tarra
-she had the most loyal and loving friend, Bella <3 Rest in peace, beauty...
Susanne, Finland
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November 5, 2011
SO MOVING AND WONDERFUL

REST IN PEACE BEAUTIFUL BELLA

love light
caroline
caroline, france
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November 5, 2011
Bella's message was very simple and clear, "Elephants need protection."
Dawn, Vermont
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November 5, 2011
what a beautiful friendship. it proves loves has no boundaries. r.i.p Bella
jenny, amherst nova scotia
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November 5, 2011
AS with everyone, it breaks my heart to know that Tarra must be alone now. So hope the other "girls" will be of comfort to Tarra. I wept to read again all about the days after Bella was not around. Perhaps some day another "friend" might come along.
Nancy White, Sarasota Fla.
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November 5, 2011
Rest in peace Bella. Elephant Sanctuary take special care of Tarra. Give her lots of love. Truly heartbreaking.
Mary Ralko, Livonia,MI
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November 5, 2011
This story really touched my heart when I first heard of it last year. I'm very sorry for Tarra's loss of her best friend. Thank you for the work you do.
Judy Williams, California
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November 5, 2011
WE LOVE YOU
MAY YOUR SOUL AND LOVE GUIDE US AND TARRA
LOVE
GOD BLESS
Konstantin, USA
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November 5, 2011
Rest in Peace Bella!!

What a tragic ending to your life. It breaks my heart. Hopefully you had a happy life leading up to this tragic ending : (
I hope Tarra can move on and that you 2 will be reunited someday.
Nicole Walsh, Canada
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November 5, 2011
xoxo, sweet Bella! i'll be sending Tarra lots of love and light over the next many moons as she adjusts to life without her best friend! i hope she pulls through this with her dear-hearted spirit intact! love you, Tarra!
donna, tallahassee
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November 5, 2011
Dear Miss Tara,

I am beyond words for the grief of your beloved Bella. There are times in one's life where even a pen is not sharp enough.

My tears are for the joy you shared together without boundaries. The peaceful smile you brought during any given day.

Having 1 good friend to walk with in your path of life is priceless.

Ginny
Ginny Moretto, Apple Valley, Mn
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November 5, 2011
My heart is breaking right now for Bella and Tarra :( I hope Tarra will be okay as we all saw in the video how sad and lonely she was when Bella wasn't well before. Animals are truly wonderful and loving and it is so sad that so many humans can't understand this and continue to abuse them. Thank you Elephant Sanctuary for everything you do!
Lori, Victoria BC
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November 5, 2011
I was so saddened to hear what happened to Bella. What a sweet, sweet soul she had. I know everyone at TES will greatly miss her.
Paty Weinrich, North Carolina
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November 5, 2011
Sweet Tara

I can not stop thinking and feeling for you. Everyday since this very sad loss of your sweet Bella. Please know that you are so loved and being thought of in so many loving and thoughtful ways!!!! Praying for you and the realness of this for you!!!!!!

I love you and Bella!
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxoxo
your friend LH, Michigan
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November 5, 2011
Thank you Bella for befriending a gentle giant and allowing us to see true love. We could all learn a thing or two from you and Tarra. I will miss the stories of your adventures together. I imagine you are busy at work keeping Ele heaven safe and secure, the other TES Elephants we've had to say goodbye to greeting you on your arrival. Blessings you you Miss Bella.
Michele, Portland, OR
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November 5, 2011
Bella, Thank You for your inspiration and kindness and compassion that you showed the entire world, you and Tarra together. You showed us all how very different beings can share such a bond of love and friendship. You will always be Loved! I know you are around still, hanging right around Tarra, even though we can't see you anymore with our physical eyes. You are Now continuing on as an Angel, just without your doggy body. You will always be Loved!

Mary, Massachusetts
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November 5, 2011
You will be missed Bella :( God bless Tarra & the Elephant Sanctuary. You touched our hearts and make the world a better place!...See you at Rainbow Bridge..."gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together...."
Author unknown...
Claudia Lightfoot Wagoner, Florida
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November 5, 2011
I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of Bella. She was a very special dog, and the story of her bond with Tarra is heartwarming. May Tarra find comfort in the love and compassion that the other elephants and the humans are giving her.
Debbie Zarr, Vestal, NY
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November 5, 2011
RIP Bella. I offer my sympathy to Tarra and all who knew this loving lively animal. What a unique bond Tarra and Bella shared. I hope in time perhaps Shirley can fill some of the missing place in Tarra's heart- she lost her companion Jenny and understands. How noble and awe-inspiring elephants are, and what a lovely friendship. So sad to hear it has come to a natural end, but lives on in Tarra's heart.
Ellen, Boston
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November 5, 2011
It is so wonderful to see the strength of inter-being bonds. These are pure, non-judgmental and based on love, plain and simple. Tarra and Bella were lucky to have had each other. Tarra will NEVER forget her friend. It is with great joy and gratitude, from all of us, that we thank you for giving Bella such a special place in yours and our hearts. The heartbreak will diminish but not the beautiful memories. We are thinking of Tarra and all of you!!!
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November 5, 2011
What a profound Lesson of Love! I hope Disney is allowed to make the movie as a gift to Humanity, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Sanctuary ! May God continue to Bless.
Susan Morris, Tigard, Oregon
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November 5, 2011
Dear beautiful Bella, I can't stop crying. Please rest in peace. What a heartbreaking thing to have happened to you, but rest assured your human friends and the other elephants are looking after your best friend Tarra for you. Such a beautiful friendship, us humans have so much to learn from you. Sleep well Bella and enjoy playing with Tarra again in her dreams, night night xx
Kate Arnold, Liverpool, England, UK
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November 5, 2011
God Bless beautiful little soul.....The Human race could learn a lot from animals.
Rhonda Burke, Nova Scotia, Canada
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November 5, 2011
This is the most touching story i have ever read. It brought tears to my eyes.
jan, indiana
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November 5, 2011
What a sad ending to a wonderful friendship. Bella will be waiting at the Rainbow Bridge for Tarra. My heartfelt sympathies go to all of you who love and take care of the animals.

Pam, Milwaukee
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November 5, 2011
I remember seeing this heart warming story a few years ago on t.v as I sat bawling my eyes out because I was so incredibly touched by this story. I am so sad to hear of Bella's tragic death but I am sure she knew her friend was with her during that time. I am truly touched that Tarra took care of her friend right until the end. R.I.P beautiful Bella!
Jenna, Guelph, Canada
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November 5, 2011
I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending love and peace <3
Mikaela, Souderton
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November 5, 2011
Rest in peace sweet little Bella! Praying for your best friend!
Megan, Chesapeake, VA
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November 5, 2011
Goodbye sweet and loyal Bella. My heart is aching for Tarra and the special friendship that the two of you have had. If only humans could follow your example and those of us who have rejoiced in your story are better for it. May your spirit stay close to Tarra and comfort her in her sadness until you are together again.
Nancy S., Oregon
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November 5, 2011
I write this with tears in my eyes....such a touching story. My heart goes out to the sanctuary family, and in particular, Terra. What a special and treasured bond they shared. Rest in Peace, Bella.
Michelle, Chicago, IL
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November 5, 2011
I write this crying, I am totally devastated b the loss of such a wonderful and special little girl. I can't believe she died in this horrific and tragic way - the poor poor dog.....
Such a loving friendship that is rarely seen in humans. I so so hope that poor Tarra will recover from her loss, sadly I think not. It was said that she probably picked Bella up and took her to a different spot - how sad, touching and so upsetting. Dear staff I only hope she will maybe grow close to another friend but as they say elephants never forget and this gentle giant never will.....
Debra Barnett, Stoke on Trent England
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November 5, 2011
I wish to express my deepest sympathy for Bella. DO you ever wonder what Tarra is feeling or thinking? She must feel terrible. I am an animal lover and I can feel your sorrow.
Carole Lairson, Indiana
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November 5, 2011
It is with great sadness that I read of the demise of dear Bella. Poor Tarra will be grieving for the loss of her companion and friend for some time just as we humans do. My thoughts and love to both of them and all of the elephants in your care. Thanks to all the dedicated people at the sanctuary.
You will have my continued support.
Sincerely....
Joyce Tarvin, British Columbia, Canada
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November 5, 2011
Sorry to hear about the loss of Bella. What a lovely relationship her and Tarra had. I find it heart wrenching that Tarra must go on without her, but so bittersweet that her love and caring brought Bella back home after the attack. Just shows that we humans don't have the market on love and kindness. In fact, these two set an example many of us can learn from and keep in our hearts to remind ourselves to behave more kindly to one another. Blessing and Peace be with you.
Shiela Brown, Washington
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November 5, 2011
What a beautiful relationship between two different species! Beautiful Tara remember all the fun things you did together and not the tragic end. Tears are flowing as I write this because I just can't believe this has happened. One day you will meet again at rainbow bridge and maybe if god wants it you may find another friend like Bella to be pals with. I know it will take time but supposedly time heals. Please let your elephant friends take care of you and please remember all the good times you had!,
Shirl Harbin, Baltimore
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November 5, 2011
My husband and I first heard of this wonderful bond a few years ago and we are so sorry for Bella's loss and hope Tarra will find comfort in that Bella loved her.

After a while maybe you can introduce another dog for Tarra. Although it will never (of course) take Bella's place maybe it will bring Tarra companionship again.
Doreen & Dennis Hoffman, Carson City, Nevada
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November 5, 2011
Sweet little Bella - you found shelter, home and great (BIG) friendship at the sanctuary. Life cannot get much better than that for a doggy and I'm thrilled for you that you had this experience. It's a bitter pill to swallow that your life was cut short by fellow canines, especially when a difficult surgery and recovery could not keep you down. In your short life, you inspired hope, happiness and well being to any lucky enough to know you or read your story. Thank you, Bella, thank you...
Shirley Moore, Sierra Madre, CA
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November 5, 2011
When it comes to LOVE, there are no strays. Sweet Tarra our collective hearts will help you be strong, as you and Bella helped each other and all of us. Thank you for making us brave and give us hope for the world.
Patty, Boston, MA
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November 5, 2011
My heart broke when I read that sweet little Bella lost her life in such a horrible way. Tarra would have protected her if she was nearer. Their love was so special, a magnificent elephant and a former, homeless little dog devoted to each other. It will be hard for Tarra, but with her elephant sisters and all caregivers helping her during that difficult time, she will survive. Tarra and all of us will not forget Bella and the love they shared.
Christina Babst, W. Hollywood, CA
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November 5, 2011
I lost my Pug, Bella this past summer. I feel so bad for Tarra and understand the loss of a being you love. It doesn't matter what species you are,love and companionship are all that matter.
Be well Tarra. The people who love and take care of you will try to help you.
You are a VERY special elephant. I hope your kind can keep going, despite people's cruelty!
Merryl Goldman, Alexandria,NH
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November 5, 2011
Dear Bella,

What an amazing inspiration you and Tarra are to the rest of the world. You're sweet face and joyful soul will be dearly missed, most of all by your best friend, Tarra. My heart breaks but I find comfort in knowing that Tarra understands the loss of your physical body does not prevent her from connecting with your spirit telepathically and you've probably been back to visit with her, in this most difficult time.

May you and Tarra be blessed with Love, Grace and Peace forever.

Bev
Bev Szymanski, Allison Park, PA
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November 5, 2011
Such an heartbreaking situation and yet truly wonderful I hope those people who think otherwise realize how magnificent animals truly are That they bear pain and suffering
paul cremins, manchester UK
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November 5, 2011
Oh Bella, if you only knew how much joy I experienced watching your Videos months ago. The one that touched me the most was when you were recovery from your spinal cord injury and how Tarra stood vigil, waiting for you.

Unfortunately, yesterday I read of your passing and I cried for an hour. I am crying now writing this tribute. God Bless you Bella and I have no doubt you are bringing the same joy up in Doggy Heaven. My heart breaks for Tarra too, she just lost her best friend for life.

Rest in Peace Bella, you will remain in my heart and memories for ever. My prayers and thoughts go out to Tarra, I hope you will have the privilege of finding another best friend soon, certainly it could never replace Bella.
Kathy B, San Diego
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November 5, 2011
Your story on how the staff met you while guarding a 4 wheeler made me laugh into hysterics. The video of Shirley throwing a branch at you and you stood your ground. You were there to stay. What an amazing girl you were. Thank you for taking Tarra under your wings, please help guide her to her other sisters as she heals. The love that has been shown between you and Tarra made me believe that you both were already in heaven. My heart breaks for Tarra, her sisters and caretakers. I truly believe that all the girls loved you too. Keep chasing those bunnies up there. a vay con dios, my friend.
Nicole, Denver, CO
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November 5, 2011
What a lovely gift to one another... Bella and Tarra
Nancy, Deltaville, VA
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November 5, 2011
Tarra I am so sorry for your loss. what a wonderful friend Bella was. may she rest in peace
Page, Denver, Co
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November 5, 2011
I've been thinking about Bella and Tarra a lot today after hearing the sad news this morning. It's left me emotional yet inspired by the friendship that they shared. Whoever invented the term 'dumb' animals was so wrong. We humans could learn a lot from them. I hope Tarra can find the inner strength to cope with her loss and that little Bella rests in peace.
Wilma Friday, Glasgow, Scotland
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November 5, 2011
Bella, may you now enjoy the peace that passes all understanding...and Tarra, may you continue to survive and thrive despite this grief that I don't think any of us can truly comprehend.
Renee Hirshfield, Saint Louis, MO
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November 5, 2011
Bella my heart is so heavy, both you and Tara have touched so many lives. I can only imagine what poor Tarra is going through...May God bless you both <3


Tracy,
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November 5, 2011
"Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled." Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Oh Bella, what joy you have brought to Tarra, to all of us who have read about you.

Silently slip into Tarra's dreams. I'm hoping and dreaming you can do that.
Mary C, Poulsbo, WA
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November 5, 2011
An amazing story of love and friendship, sadness and joy. I've followed the story of these best friends since the beginning. This ending saddens everyone with a heart. I hope Tarra finds another best friend.

Harry, North Carolina
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November 5, 2011
Thank you, Bella and Tarra, for bringing the nation and the world's attention to the rich emotional lives of animals, and the ability to live above and beyond difference. Would that people had such "humanity."
RIP, Bella.

Kaye, California
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November 5, 2011
To Tarra and the wonderful people and inhabitants of The Elephant Sanctuary, my thoughts and prayers are with you all and especially with Tarra. I will never forget the wonderful friendship/partnership of Tarra and Bella. Tarra and Bella will always have a special place in my heart. Tarra is not alone in her grief as we all grieve the loss of Bella, such a devoted friend and companion, such a great example of unconditional love and loyalty. Tarra's care for her friend Bella, even to Bella's last day, is an amazing inspiration to be held dearly and memorialized. Thank you for sharing their story with the world and warming our hearts. May Tarra's heart heal with time and with the help of her community. May we never forget Bella and this wonderful example of unconditional love beyond boundaries.
Patty Skiersch, Chicago, IL
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November 5, 2011
Rest in peace Bella. You will meet up again with Tarra at the Rainbow Bridge. I wish we humans could be as accepting of ppl different than us as you were of Tarra. The doggie angels are rejoicing and welcoming you home!
Leslie, Jupiter, Florida
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November 5, 2011
Bella rest in peace you & Tarra were amazing together the love you had for each other was heart felt. Tarra will never forget you nor will I. The both of you will meet again at Rainbow Bridge.
Doreen Falzon, New York, NY
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November 5, 2011
Friendship between animals is more common than most people think but friendship and devotion between animals of different species is even more to be treasured because of it's rarity. The world is richer for having Tarra and Bella in it.
Dafna Yee, Plano, TX
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November 5, 2011
What a beautiful bond that these two creatures shared with one another. It is inspiring to see that there is beauty still in the world. For anyone who reads this story I think that a lesson can be learned about humanity. We all share this world and each of us have a responsibility to care for one another. Whether it is man to creature or creature to man or one another. Life is very precious and delicate. I love you Tara and Bella.
Cynthia Thornton, Fort Worth Texas
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November 5, 2011
My heart is saddened to hear of Bella's passing. I lost my boy Chase last year suddenly. I know the pain and deep heart ache you must be feeling. My prayers are with you for peace. I hope Tarra can find solace in her fellow elephant family. Even though she may be gone she will never leave you hearts. God Bless.
Karen Wescott,
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November 5, 2011
Rest in peace little girl. You made a difference and touched a lot of hearts.
Barbara Duvauchelle , Florida
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November 5, 2011
Peaceful sleep Dear Bella. What a lesson the two of you have taught humanity. The lesson that you do not have to be the same to love one another.
Ellie, North Carolina, USA
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November 5, 2011
Prayers for Tarra as she mourns the loss of Bella. Such a sweet story.

Sandy, St. Petersburg, FL
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November 5, 2011
My daughter in law gave me the book about Bella and Tara. It was a favorite reading story for my 4 year old grandson who is now 5. He never could get enough of reading the story of these devoted friends. I am so sorry for your lost.














Darlene Kranz, Sewickley,Pennsylvania
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November 5, 2011
What a lesson for all mankind isn't it? I hope Tarra will find another good friend as Bella was.
Jenny, CA
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November 5, 2011
I saw the report on the news last night and just wept. Rest in Peace, sweet little Bella, and my heart goes out to Tarra. So hard to lose such a special friend... I hope that somehow you know that you have both been such an inspiration to so many.
Hillary, Boca Raton, FL
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November 5, 2011
Bella,
I just got to see you in video, and you will be missed. RIP
James Hicks, Falls Creek, Pa
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November 5, 2011
When I heard this story of them, it brought tears to my eye's. The are such wonderful animals. They looked past the difference's of them being different and became such great friends. Its so sad the doggie was attacked by coyotes. Hopefully the elephant is doing better. This story of them 2 is truly wonderful. I enjoyed watching all the videos of them together. I will remember this story and tell my kids. They will always be in my thoughts and prayers!
Sabrina, NP FLA
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November 5, 2011
To Tarra and everyone at the Elephant Sanctuary: I am so sorry to have just learned of Bella's death.

The story of the friendship between Tarra and Bella will be continue to be a beacon of light to the realities of love, despite differences.

I hope Tarra finds comfort from the other elephants who share her grief and from the compassionate people who dedicate their lives to their care. I am making a donation in memory of Bella.
Sharon Fried, Baltimore, MD
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November 5, 2011
Tarra, know that you had the best kind of friend in the world. Bella loved you in spite of your size, just as you loved her. Bella had a good life after her rescue. May she not be forgotten.
Bonnie, Florida
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November 5, 2011
It has been a long time since I have cried. Bella, you will be missed.
Barbara Walsh, Columbia, TN
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November 5, 2011
To Beloved Bella and Darling Tarra. My heart aches for both of you every time I read your stories. I have an enormous lump in my throat and cannot imagine Tarra without her amazing little friend - EVER!

I hope all the herd will show Tarra the kindness and support that she will need to recover from this traumatic event. After so many years with her cherished friend, I cannot wrap my head around it. I can't imagine what Tarra is going through.

She will, at least, be able to visit Bella's 'spot' and I pray it will help her heal.

My condolences to sanctuary staff, as their pain must be unbearable as well. There has been a lot of pain and sorrow over the years.

My hope is that there is a special place in heaven for each and every animal and caregiver, where they can all meet and romp forever free. Namaste.
KIZZYKAT (Elefan Chat Group), Langley, B.C., Canada
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November 5, 2011
I am so sad to hear about Bella. Tarra will grieve for a long time....
Thank you for sharing their wonderful story with the world....
Sincerely,
Cathy
Cathy, Rhode Island
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November 5, 2011
Tarra and Bella proved beyond any doubt that two such dissimilar creatures could not only get along, but bond with love and friendship. Would that the world would follow their example.

Our hearts though saddened, have been opened by love. Rest little Bella, until you are joined by your dear friend in a far better tomorrow.
Nancy Richard, Bristol, RI
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November 5, 2011
Tara will never forget her Bella, her best little friend and angel. Tara~rest assured that Bella is still with you sweetheart. You and Bella simply personified all that is right in this world~both of you did. Humans have much to learn from you and your little angel...
jt waldie, north carolina
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November 5, 2011
Never a truer friend, loving Bella, you have taught us invaluable life lessons, and we will never forget. Irreplaceable companion to Tarra, RIP.
Nancy Beavers, Woodlawn, TN
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November 5, 2011
Was so sorry to read that Bella was killed. This story is so amazing. Elephants are amazing animals. I am sure Tarra will get through this in time but it is very hard to lose such a close friend. I got this link through facebook and I am so glad I did. I thank God for The Sanctuary to help take care of these large and wonderful animals. I have loved Elephants since I was small. My prayers are with everyone at the Sanctuary and a special one goes to Tarra. Bella will be there waiting for you to come and play.
:Lisa, Wellsboro, PA
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November 5, 2011
I'm just crying all over my keypad.
This is so heartbreaking for all of us especially Tarra. Can we try and find her another Bella? I know it may not work, but can we try. I'll help by sending some money, whatever I can to help. They both have lost their best friend. I'm just stunned sitting here looking at their pictures together and the videos.
All I can do is cry for Tarra's broken heart. Please update on her status. I want to know how she is behaving and coping. I'll make a donation now. Its not much but I'd like to help in some small way. Please let me know if I can do anything else for Tarra. I'll light a candle for Bella and keep them both in my prayers. Please show her if you can how much our hearts are breaking for them both.
, Oldsmar, Florida
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November 5, 2011
Rest in Peace sweet Bella.


Marlene Corlew, Nashville
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November 5, 2011
I know what Tara's heart is going through. Tara, please know that it will be a long and lonely road traveled to recovery, but Bella will be with you all the way until forever. Please know that she will be at heavens gate when you are ready to join her. She was very fortunate indeed.
Cindy McCallister, Charleston, WV
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November 5, 2011
bella...............

what a great friend you were to tarra.....she will miss you for the rest of her life,,,,but how lucky she was to have shared so much of her life with someone she loved so deeply. you were, and continue to be, such a blessing......

wait for her at the rainbow bridge...




ggt, st charles, il
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November 5, 2011
i am so sorry 2 hear about bella, i hope tarra heart will heal because my heart is broken!! i will be keeping tarra in my thoughts and in heart.
mark tate, kingsport tn.
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November 5, 2011
Tarra & Bella show the true meaning of frienship, love and trust - despite the differences. We ALL need to learn from this example.

Tarra, know that Bella is watching over you and that she is no longer in pain. You WILL see her again. When you do, you'll be forever by each other's side.

Thank you to all at the sanctuary who help any animal in need.

May God keep you all at the sanctuary and all the animals there in his love and care.
Theresa Kause, Warren, Michigan
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November 5, 2011
I am crying for the love and life they shared .. nothing is lost in love.
Brenda Lou Schultz, Rye NH
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November 5, 2011
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Bella. I'm an elementary school librarian, and bought the book and DVD to use with my students. They all enjoyed sharing the relationship between these special friends. I hope Tarra will eventually bond with another animal--regardless of its species.
Susan M. Johnson, United States
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November 5, 2011
This story broke my heart. Made us cry when we saw Tarra & Bella on tv...prayers to all.
Pam Lee, Greene, RI
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November 5, 2011
Dear Sweet Bella I was heartbroken to hear of your passing. The story of you & Tarra touched me in a way I can't even put into words. Bless you Bella & RIP until you and Tarra are together again.
Joanie K., Hamburg,NY
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November 5, 2011
R.I.P. Bella, no one will ever know the true extent of your bond with Tarra, like the two of you. You shared your lives with one another & allowed everyone else to be apart of that! You were an unlikely pair who mesmerized the world with your friendship.

Bella, you will be missed by many for a long time to come...but most of all by your best friend Tarra. She will never forget you. The rainbow bridge will have the best of company when you are reunited!

Love & hugs...
Amber West, Orlando, Florida
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November 5, 2011
We saw the heartfelt piece on the passing of Bella. Our sympathies to her best buddy, Tarra. We learn so much from watching our four legged friends. Kindness comes in all fashion as exemplified by the acts of kindness by Tarra, and now her elephant friends who are helping her cope with her loss.
Roberta DiBasilio, Bloomingdale, Illinoia
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November 5, 2011
Oh Bella, you were an angel on earth as you are in heaven. You will be so missed but I know I will keep you in my heart forever. I hope I can learn from you not to judge by what I see, rather I will learn to love with my heart only and see all creatures for who they are on the inside and lot on the out. Tara I hope someday your pain will dim and another angel will come into your life and into your heart. Love you both and hope you can find peace.
Laurie, New Hampshire
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November 5, 2011
RIP dear sweet Bella- you and your "sister" Tarra teach us that family does not have to be biological. What a great pair you two were- and will always be. xoxoxox

Lila-chicago, IL
LIla, Chicago, IL
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November 5, 2011
Bella,
Your story has so inspired the world. The the love, joy and friendship you shared with Tarra so unconditionally, sets an example for us all to aspire to. Bless you Bella; you have a wonderful soul. Thank you for sharing your life with us and more importantly, with your best and dearest friend, Tarra. We will forever be in our hearts.
Susan Cherico, Texas
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November 5, 2011
The story of Tarra and Bella warmed my heart years ago and now it has broken my heart. I feel so sad for the loss of Bella. I wish I could be there to give Tarra some love. I adore elephants. I think they are the kindest most gentle animals there are. I only hop that Tarra will be able to find happiness in all her other elephant friends:)
Barbara Yates, California
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November 5, 2011
I was so very, very saddened to learn the news of the loss of Bella. The story of Tarra & Bella touched so many lives and we are all better for knowing of them. I pray that Bella now has peace at the Rainbow Bridge and that Tarra will find a new companion to enjoy at the Sanctuary.
Cheryl Specer Scher, Atlantic, VA
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November 5, 2011
I was so moved when I first heard of Tara and Bella... now saddened and heart broken at the loss of this wonderful dog. My prayers are for both these special animals that the dear Lord reunites them again for ever in their animal kingdom in Heaven. God bless them both!
Karen Petro, NJ
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November 5, 2011
You got to be made of stone not to shed a tear for this unhappy ending - how sad for little Bella and her big friend Tara.
Dorthe Guldfeldt, Copenhagen Denmark
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November 5, 2011
Your light shines on, Bella.
Thank you, Lance
Lance, New Orleans
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November 5, 2011
unconditional love......
steve g, ny
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November 5, 2011
An amazing Friendship as odd as it was I remember this story from way back and it warmed my heart and everyone I shared it with. Dogs in my world are one of the most amazing pets anyone can live life with human or with an elephant. I am sorry for your loss Tarra and run free Bella, for someday you and Tarra will meet again at the rainbow bridge.
Claire , Holly Springs NC
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November 5, 2011
I think that this is one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read. I am deeply saddened by the way the friends were taken from each other. But I feel as though Tarra and Bella's Love will go on forever. I wish I could give Tarra a big hug. Bella you will be forever missed. <3
Christina V, Lakewood, CO
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November 5, 2011
If only humans could be so loving.......To Bella: RIP!
Kyleen Jiannine, West Virginia
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November 5, 2011
You set a good example for all us: devotion, loyalty, trust and love, irregardless of shape, color and similarity. Love and light to both Tara and Bella.
Deidra, California
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November 5, 2011
Bella, I did not know you. Just read your story today. I found it very inspiring, and I am so proud of you an Tarra's friendship. I am so sorry for your loss, but I know that at Rainbow Bridge, you will roam free, like you did when living at the Sanctuary. and in there, someday. you will see Tarra again. Nice to meet you, sweetheart, even under this circumstance. RIP beauty.
Myra, Orlando, FL
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November 5, 2011
In a world dominated by War, Rebellion, loss of homes and jobs, people without food, comes a story that no matter what is going on, makes you stop and think. I cried like a baby when I read this, and for just a brief moment, everything else went out of my mind. The thought that 2 animals,so different in every way could form such a bond, makes you realize that love, devotion and harmony,are the most important things in the world. To sweet Bella, my heart aches for you and I can only hope that one day you will find another friend to love, and to darling Tarra, you are now running and playing among the stars. Bless the Beast and the Children, for in this world they have no choice, they have no voice, but give more love than any human ever could.
Lynn Marie Brignone, Buffalo, NY
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November 5, 2011
My heart has always been sensitively touched by the love of this unlikely pair. Bella, I know you are in Heaven by the goodness of your heart and the good Lord. Tara will always be your friend and will never forget you. This is as it should be with all friends we meet along our life's journey. You will remain in my heart forever.
Lockemtn, Florence, Colorado
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November 5, 2011
in this world of evil it is nice to see two beautiful creatures of God frolicking together and loving ea other and watching over ea other there even if they are a diff species! and we should all learn from them that we can all get along in this crazy world! RIP Bella and glad you had some good times there with Tara who we will pray for now that she is grieving you! hope Tara gets to bond with another dog soon so she doesn't get sick over Bella's death! Bella was so cute in that video running free and walking under Tara! so special! I have to get to this sanctuary someday! good luck Tara but I am sure Bella is still watching over you! God bless!
Mark, MA
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November 5, 2011
My deepest sympathies to Tara and the rest of Bella's loved ones. I know how hard it is to lose your best friend. My prayers are with you all. Be strong. And keep her memories close. One thing you'll know for sure is elephants don't forget...
April Marino, McDonald, Oh USA
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November 5, 2011
This just proves that love comes in all shapes, sizes and forms. This is a story of how important friendship is. Rest in Peace, Bella
Kim McConathy, Glendora, Ca
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November 5, 2011
Your friendship touches my heart.
We the humans have to learn from you.
Tarra has an angel watching over her
BEATRIZ, Jupiter
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November 5, 2011
"good dogs are here for us for a little while to teach us to love like it is our job, because it is." rest in peace, Bella.

<3 Lunabelle and Tobi and Max
Lunabelle, Max and Tobi, Cape Cod
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November 5, 2011
The friendship of Bella and Tarra can teach so many people the true meaning of friendship and how it doesn't matter who or what you are. I cried when I read the story of these two. I hope that Tarra is able to find another special friend and that Bella watches over her everyday.
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November 5, 2011
Ah, Bella--we all miss you so much, though none of us as much as Tarra. I was always amazed by how small you looked next to Tarra, and you were not a tiny dog.

Most dogs await their humans at the Rainbow Bridge, you will be waiting for Tarra to join you some day. That will really cause a stir, to see a huge, beautiful elephant coming to join you (there will be envy and awe among the other dogs and humans both).

Please keep Tarra and all the other Ladies safe as best as you can from where you are now. I never knew you but I miss you very much too. Love and kisses.
kemilia, Mundelein, Illinois
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November 5, 2011
My condolences to those who loved Bella and to her BEFF Tarra. I have shown Steve Hartman's coverage of them to my students in the hopes they can learn to get along with one another despite having differences.
Lisa Corbo, Fishersville, VA
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November 5, 2011
Tarra and Bella exemplify true friendship. What a beautiful pair they made! We will not forget them. Love to all who work, love, laugh and grieve at the Elephant Sanctuary.
Ruth Gordon, Driffield, England
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November 5, 2011
You have made me cry!!! It shows that dogs can bring Happiness to anyone they touch.
Berta Alvarez, Florida
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November 5, 2011
Bella and Tarra were more than friends, they were sisters. My heart hurts so much for sweet Tarra as she mourns the loss of her beloved Bella. Thank you to the wonderful people at The Elephant Sanctuary for taking care of so many unwanted animals, no matter what the species. May God bless you all.
Robin, North Carolina
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November 5, 2011
She will be so missed! Thank you, The Elephant Sanctuary for taking such good care of her!!
Amber Caine, Snellville, GA
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November 5, 2011
Wish I could make it better for Tarra. She has lost her best friend Bella and my heart goes out to her. I would pray that another dog would come into Tarra's life and like Bella become a good friend and then a best friend. I grieve along with Tarra at this most difficult time. God bless her.
Bonnie Block-Lee, Everett, WA
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November 5, 2011
Sweet loving Bella-you will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing you and loving you. But most of all Tara will miss you. Keep watch over Tara and keep her safe from harm. What a wonderful dog you were.
Phyllis Hearn, Box Springs, GA
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November 5, 2011
I loved this story when I saw it on TV a while back. I have loved animals my whole life & especially Elephants. What a wonderful bond these two had. I am so sorry to hear of Bella passing. I know that Elephants are very upset when losing a family member but I hope that Tarra finds comfort in the human companions there at your sanctuary and hopefully she will find a new soul mate to spend her days & nights with & share her story with.

Thank you for what you are doing at your sanctuary, I would love to come visit if possible
Kelli, Denver, CO
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November 5, 2011
Dear Tarra,

Words can't express my sorrow,I am deeply sad on your best friend demise. Love Bella and Tara..........God Bless you..
Nagesh, India
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November 5, 2011
What an amazing friendship. My heart goes out to Tarra and the rest of the Sanctuary.
Pattles, Jersey Shore
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November 5, 2011
good bye sweetie i will see you in heaven
richard zatyko, harrogate tn.
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November 5, 2011
So sorry to hear about Bella. The love that she and Tarra shared was a once in a lifetime thing. Humans could learn a lot from these two. May you rest in peace Bella and all my love and sympathy to Tarra and the Sanctuary for the loss of sweet Bella.



Audrey
Audrey Ross, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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November 5, 2011
RIP Dearest Bella,continue to watch over your Tarra,her heart is breaking...
Lisa Williams, Rome,Ga.
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November 5, 2011
REST IN PEACE BELLA. YOUR FRIENDSHIP WITH TARRA WARMED THE HEARTS OF MILLIONS AND YOU'VE TAUGHT US HOW TO LIVE. IF A DOG CAN HAVE SO MUCH LOVE FOR AN ANIMAL SO DIFFERENT FROM ITS OWN SPECIES WHY CAN'T WE HUMANS GET ALONG? PRAYERS ARE GOING TO TARRA IN HER MOURNING PERIOD. YOU AND TARRA HAVE TAUGHT US THAT ANIMALS ARE SMARTER, DEEPER AND MORE COMPLEX THAN BELIEVED BY SCIENCE. WE WILL REJOICE WHEN ANIMALS WILD AND DOMESTIC.ARE PROTECTED AND GIVEN THE FULL RIGHTS THAT HUMANS HAVE.
MARGUERITE, LONG ISLAND
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November 5, 2011
Dear Terra, I was so saddened to hear of the loss of your dear friend, Bella. I came to know of your friendship on the CBS show and think of you often. Your friendship is an inspiration and lesson to us all. Bella was, and is, the epitome of what it is to be a friend. Loyal, trusting, caring and reliable. Even though she is gone in body I know she is with you in spirit and will always be. Love to you both, Sweet Souls.
Mrs. Lynnda-Jean Smith, Burlington, Ontario, Canada
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November 5, 2011
This is such a wonderful story. Very sorry to hear about Bella, she was a exceptional dog and to have a friend like Tarra. This friendship is what every human being should have.My sympathies to every one at the Elephant Rescue. You do such a wonderful job.
Sharon L. Wingerd, Fayettevillr, Pennsylvania
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November 5, 2011
Okay I am crying my eyes out. Animals are so awesome. Friendship and love mean everything. Rest in peace Bella, I am sorry you had to come to a brutal scared end.Tarra was there with you until the end. Bless you.Bella and Tarra have touched and warmed many hearts.
Sarah Bruns, Denton, MD
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November 5, 2011
RIP sweet Bella - you were so loved. What sweet memories you have left behind. You and Tarra will one day be reunited at Rainbow Bridge.
Catherine, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
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November 5, 2011
To Tarra and everyone at the Elephant Sanctuary, you have my deepest sympathy. When I first heard Bella passed away, I thought it would be from natural causes. To learn that she was killed and most likely by coyotes, makes this all the more tragic. Thank God that Tarra was there and able to prevent further damage. I know Tarra has a long life ahead of her, since elephants live a long time, and I hope that she is able to find peace and hopefully another companion. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Susan Brummett, San Francisco Bay area., CA
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November 5, 2011
God Bless Bella, I pray for Tarra. Losing a best friend is very hard... My heart is broken for Tarra...
Linda Christian, Langhorne, PA
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November 5, 2011
What a touching friendship you had...you were a tribute to the word friend..run free lovely
A. M. Ward, Uk
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November 5, 2011
Rest in peace Bella. You are truly one of God's greatest gift to this world. Unconditional love is all you knew. We will miss you.
Regine Dallosta, Glen Allen, Virginia
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November 5, 2011
Rest in peace Bella. You will be missed.

Friends in New Jersey
kim tatro, new jersey
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November 5, 2011
I will keep my thoughts and prayers for For you all and Tarra, I will also remember a special friend ( Bella) who gave her all...my Birthday was Oct 27, so from this day forward I will offer my help in anyway you need it...Right now I can't send any money for I recently got A-CDL to try find a job when I do will send some money to help....God Bless you Belle you're touched my heart girl....run the ground of heaven and fly though the clouds of happiness.....
J. Chris Frey, Surf City, NC
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November 5, 2011
God bless your little soul, Bella. You brought so much happiness to all your friends at the sanctuary. It's my hope and prayer that one day you and Tarra will be reunited.
Steve, Pennsylvania
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November 5, 2011
I am heartbroken with the loss of Bella and my heart goes out to Tara. Watching the bond and love you had and will continue to have until you meet again, makes me think about how awesome it could be if people in the world could be like the two of you. You taught us love, compassion, friendship and acceptance that not even alot of humans have had. You will be missed by all of us. Please take care of precious Tarra. I am so worried about how she will do. Give her a hug from me. God Bless all of you at the sanctuary for taking care of Tarra and all of the precious elephants. RIP dear sweet Bella and Tarra you will see your best friend again some day. We love you <3
Billie Williams, Cincinnati, Ohio
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November 5, 2011
A dog's life is too short and hardly a measure of the love and joy they create. We feel your pain Tara.

Susan, NY
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November 5, 2011
We have so much to learn from animals.
I hope Tarra will not depress and can find an other so loyal friend.
Christiane, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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November 5, 2011
I saw a movie "What dreams may come" and I hope Bella has her dream in heaven. Tarra will never forget you.
Rest in peace....
Carol, Bradenton Fl
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November 5, 2011
We should learn from the "they're only animals" - if only humanity would take a lesson. Rest in peace Bella. There are angels amongst us - they just take different forms.
Jackie, New Jersey
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November 5, 2011
All animals great and small have a purpose on this earth and Bella just happened to walk into Tara's life when she needed a friend and companion.

Humankind can stand to learn from life's unexpected miracles and the love and compassion both Bella & Tara expressed for each other.

Bella will always have a place in Tara's heart and all those she lovingly touched. She will not be forgotten.
Helen M., New Jersey
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November 5, 2011
Bella "beautiful and fair."
How sweet to have a friend to just be with unconditionally...
Alison, Dallas, Tx
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November 5, 2011
Bella was very special, a wonderful companion for Tarra. I've been following both their stories since they started, and Bella's passing hit me hard. Thank you for keeping the world posted regarding this truly caring couple. Bella and Tarra will remain in my heart and prayers.
Sandy Harrity, Cobleskill, New York
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November 5, 2011
A heartbreaking end to such a wonderful friendship. If only people behaved in the same peaceful manner as Tarra & Bella.

Rest in Peace Bella. You will forever be in the heart of Tarra and all those who loved your spirit. What a wonderful girl!


Sheila, Frank, Eric, & Audra Miller, Longmeadow, MA
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November 5, 2011
A truer friendship is unknown. The boundaries that might have kept them apart, like others of each their own species, played no part in their friendship and devotion to one another. I'm sure that when Bella looked up at Tarra, she did not see the imposing size that other animals and most people, even those who attacked, would hastily turn away from. She didn't notice the trunk and the ears, or the feet that could crush her; to Bella, Tarra was "just right" and to Tarra so was Bella.
Cindy, Gresham, Oregon
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November 5, 2011
No goodbye, just so long darling Bella. I know you are in heaven; your unconditional love will make you immortal. Rest in peace; hope your soul helps Tarra to find solace in her loss.
Swati Singh, Piscataway, NJ.
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November 5, 2011
Sometimes the world's wisest teachers are not human! This love story changed the lives of many two legged creatures. You will be forever remembered.
Kristen Thompson, Englewood, Colorado
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November 5, 2011
RIP darling Bella. What an incredible relationship they had. This is just so sad and I feel for Tara. I do hope she doesn't grieve for too long and that she is able to find another loyal friend, not that Bella can be replaced in anyway.
Jacqueline Mitchell, UK
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November 5, 2011
Thank you for showing what true friendship and love are all about.
Grace and Spencer, Michigan
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November 5, 2011
Tarra and Bella were a most unlikely pair. They showed the world that it is friendship, love, caring, playing, and having fun is what mattered. Tarra's final act of love and kindness for Bella has moved me to tears. May Bella rest for now and watch over Tarra.
Jennifer S., Troutman, NC
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November 5, 2011
I cried and cried as I watched the beautiful pictures in this article and tribute. If only humans could have the trust and faithfulness of these two unlikely but loving friends. I wish I could have met these two animals in their home on earth romping and sharing their affections. Perhaps I will meet them in the next one....when Tara and Bella are reunited in a peaceful foreverness!
Patricia Moody, Kent, New York
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November 5, 2011
R.I.P, little Bella!
Maarit Rinne, Finland
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November 5, 2011
Its a wonderful story loved it when I saw it humans should take lessons from the bonds animals make, rest in peace Bella.
Jane, Bali
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November 5, 2011
Rest in Peace Sweet Bella - and my thoughts are with this gentle giant Tarra -
Sue Morin, Maine
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November 5, 2011
Bella,
You have crossed the Rainbow Bridge and are back to your old (or should I say, "young") self. Remember that you are loved and will never be forgotten.
Rest in Peace.
Ms. Esta Maltz, Scottsdale, AZ
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November 5, 2011
I remember seeing this friendship on youtube a while back and thought how mankind could learn from animals how to care for another without judgment.
My heart goes out to Tarra as it will be a huge void in her life without her Bella in it to pal around with.
I am so sorry Tarra for what you are going through.
Carolyn H, Chandler, Oklahoma
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November 5, 2011
A beautiful spirited dog. An absolute pleasure to see how two completely different animals can share a special bond. RIP Bella. You'll meet up with Tara on Rainbow Bridge.
Jackie Chidgey, Manchester, UK
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November 5, 2011
So many times in my life my faith has been tested. When I learn of stories like this, I truly believe there must be a "higher power" guiding this universe. It breaks my heart to think of Tarra without her Bella. They were/are an inspiration to us humans and have set an example of such true love, loyalty, respect, and friendship that we should all strive to follow. I feel blessed to have learned about these two beautiful souls and inspired to do what I can to make this world a better place. Sanctuary owners/workers, thank you SO much for all you do in providing a home for these magnificent creatures. Please find Tarra another soulmate...I hate to think of her being so sad. Rest in peace, sweet Bella. Tarra, Bella would want you to live on and be happy. She'll be with you always.
Dorothea, Stuttgart, Germany
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November 5, 2011
I am so sad to hear about Bella's passing. Her friendship with Tara warmed my heart. I do hope Bella will find another best friend.
Carolyn Stirling, Auckland New Zealand
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November 5, 2011
Thank you for the beautiful story. Bella very much reminded me of our dogs. Animals have an amazing ability to show love and devotion without expecting anything in return. I thought of Tarra carrying Bella back to an area where Bella had recovered and wondered if she brought her back to the place where she knew that the dog had been helped before in hopes that Bella could be helped again.

Our last act of honor for both of our dogs was to carry they home to be buried next to each other, separated for 7 year but together once again.
Lisa Benson, Utah
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November 5, 2011
Such beautiful heart will be forever living. Rest in peace pretty girl!
Olga Lustosa, Brasil
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November 5, 2011
What a heartwarming and heartbreaking story! I just lost my beloved Sheltie 2 days ago so the video was particularly touching to me. In God's wonderful world it's amazing to see two such different four legged animals becoming fast friends. Rest in peace Bella.
Kelly Hills, Chester, SD
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November 5, 2011
what a wonderful touching story of friendship....we could all learn from these two special animals. Thank you so much for sharing their story of love with us.
Jolene, kentucky
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November 5, 2011
This has touched my soul immeasurably. I'm so very sorry.
Christine, Las Vegas, Nevada
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November 5, 2011
What a beautiful friendship. One only wishes the human world saw more of this sort of thing. May you, Bella, rest in peace. You were a wonderful dog and companion.
Michael Parker, Washington DC
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November 5, 2011
I just can't believe you are gone! Beautiful Bella may you rest in peace.
I feel so bad for Tara but she will see you again someday.

I want say how sorry I am to the staff for your loss. You and Tara are in my
prayers.Thank you for all you do.

xoxoxo to Bella
xoxoxo to Tara
Linda Robbins, Fircrest, Wa
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November 5, 2011
I was saddened to hear of the loss of Bella. I have seen the love these two shared over the years, when stations have done reports on these two. It brought such joy to my heart to see the friendship they shared. My heart breaks to know Terra lost her love and dear friend. Elephants morn the loss of family members, and I know Tarra will miss Bella deeply. I pray Tarra does not go into a deep depression over the loss. It shows no matter who you are in this world, true friendship knows no boundaries.
Barbara Wirt, Texas
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November 5, 2011
Sweet soul, I'm so sorry for the loss of your best friend. You and Bella were an inspiration and an example that humans should follow.
dawn, winter park, fl
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November 5, 2011
The unlikely loving friendship between two animals; one small and one very large. Tara and Bella taught us all what unconditional LOVE really was. Bella we will miss you so much. Please come back, it's just not the same without you. Bella...Bella...come home.

However, I do really know you must be resting in the secret heart of heaven. One day, Tara will find you there and you'll be together once again. I pray that Saint Francis is watching over you both guiding you along the way. xox
Dru Swanson, Chico, CA
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November 5, 2011
Oh Bella you beautiful work of God, I hope you know your friend Tarra will miss you so much as will us humans who grew to know you two as a fine example of PURE love and unadulterated friendship. What an example you have been for us. We will miss you so much and I hope that when I pass and I meet my other pets at the Rainbow Bridge that perhaps you will be there and we can all hang out and play. Know that Tarra misses you and I know you await her arrival as well :) RIP sweet Bella.
Ellen, Barrington IL
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November 5, 2011
Tarra and Bella,two of the most gorgeous, PRECIOUS... most pure hearted souls on this earth. You girls are loved by so many. I want Tarra to know that the beautiful little doll Bella is not gone, she is simply up in heaven right now, spreading her joy and being rewarded for her awesomeness here on earth ...knowing that someday, she will get yet another belly rub from her best friend Tarra. Until then, Tarra...I hope you feel the love and warmth generated by the countless people who love you beautiful girl...may it carry you through until you meet your best friend again!! We love you Bella and Tarra!!....Erin
Erin, Ohio
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November 5, 2011
Bella had the heart of an elephant that was big and strong for all. I known that she is looking down and watching over Tarra










Linda, Virgina
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November 5, 2011
i can only hope that poor tarra can find another friend to mend her broken heart but still never forgets her bff bella as will all of us. this two creatures show us what we need to do. we all need to take there example and learn to get past our differences and learn to except each other. in loving memory of bella.
robert taylor, austintown ohio
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November 5, 2011
What a sweet story and special, special friendship! The first time I saw this story on CBS, I was overjoyed. I have a dog that wandered into our lives and hearts. I certainly hope Tarra is okay and somehow, in her heart, she holds the love she shared with Bella forever. Thank you for all of the great work you do. I know you don't want to do a movie about Tarra & Bella, but maybe there could be a Disney animated story about their lives. This story is simply too wonderful not to share with the entire world. Bella--forever in our hearts...the world's most famous stray!!!
Ree' Williams, La Jolla, CA
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November 5, 2011
I am so sorry to learn of the tragedy that befell darling Tarra and that Bella is now without her beloved companion.Elephants grieve so deeply and Bella must be heartbroken,I only hope she can somehow recover from this terrible loss. I will never forget the sight of these two unlikely friends, their story is one that we will remember forever. A fairy tale come true. Rest in peace, precious Tarra.
Mari, Los Angeles, CA
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November 5, 2011
What a beautiful friendship, what a tragic loss.
Sophie, Hong Kong
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November 5, 2011
Amazing to think that sweet Bella and Tarra were more than 98% genetically identical to each other and to us. No wonder they knew all about love.
Cecilie Davidson, Bremerton
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November 5, 2011
So very sorry for the loss of Bella, for all of you and especially Tarra.. Bella was a lovely lovely dog who seemed so sweet and kind... I hope you rests in peace.. I also hope that Tarra will find another special friend to be with. xxx
Veronica Todd, Vancouver, B.C.
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November 5, 2011
Dear Tarra, I am writing this post and crying. Little Bella, you will always be precious and loved by Tarra and the whole world. I feel so horrible and saddened by the loss of such a beautiful, precious little dog who shared the gift of love and friendship and set an example to us all. God bless you, little angel and your best friend will forever love you and will someday, rejoin you. Till you meet again..
Barbara Bruno-Quinones, Hicksville, NY
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November 5, 2011
Dearest Bella. God love you, little one. I'm so glad that you had so much love from these wonderful people and from darling Tarra. I love you both and you'll be together again someday. I'm so sorry for both of you.

Love, Judy
Judy Whitney, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
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November 5, 2011
I saw the story about Bella and Tarra on T.V. several months ago and I thought it was so wonderful and heartwarming. I am very sorry to hear about Bella's passing. I'm thinking of Tarra and I wish her peace. God Bless them both, we could all learn something from them.
Christina Mihelis, Modesto, California
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November 5, 2011
i remember when i first read and watched the beautiful story of tarra and bella. like thousands of others whose lives have been touched by the story of their sweet and loving friendship, i am incredibly sad for tarra and grieving the loss of bella. tarra, she took your love with her wherever she is now. i am deeply moved and send love to all those who have loved these two beautiful animals.
Lisa, Maui
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November 5, 2011
What a wonderful world, where creatures great and small can find friendship with one another. We can all learn from them.
Linda Tursi, Santa Cruz, CA
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November 4, 2011
Bella is in the after life and will always walk beside Tarra. They will be together again some day. Love is eternal.
Rosemary Osnato, Montague NJ
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November 4, 2011
My heart goes out to Bella's best friend. I'm not sure what I would do if I lost my dog. I hope that when he goes, him and Bella can be friends too. Rest in Peace, Bella. I don't know you but I would of like to meet you.
Melissa, New Jersey
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November 4, 2011
I don't know where to begin. I fell in love with this story and your videos of Bella and Tarra together. They had such love and trust in each other. Both are just beautiful. Please take care of Tarra, because I know she is missing her friend. How sad that she found her and touching that she brought her little body back from where she found her. Rest in peace beautiful Bella. Best wishes Tarra. My heart goes out to all of you. Your story will stay with me for quite some time, if not always. My condolences to all of you.
Susan Swartzbaugh, Tampa, FL
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November 4, 2011
What a beautiful story of love, friendship and acceptance. I never fail to smile and get choked up when I see these images of Bella and Tarra, 2 best pals, going for walks in the Sanctuary. Rest in peace, sweet Bella. My thoughts are with you, gentle, loyal Tarra.
Betty Walker, El Cerrito, CA
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November 4, 2011
This was such a heartwarming story. Just goes to prove that anyone can live in harmony, despite their differences. Now if only a few billion human beings would take note of this.

I love animals and would have loved to have seen this wonderful relationship first hand. I feel sorry for Tarra, one must know she is surely still mourning and probably will for a long time.

I hope poor Tarra finds her a new friend that can bring her some kind of happiness, like the kind she shared with Bella.
Tammy Kay, Dayton, Ohio
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November 4, 2011
DEAR ONES~ So many lives are truly affected by one small little one's courage, life & friendship! Now her passing has moved US ALL to GRIEF & TEARS that keep on flowing...To "US" that didn't know YOU, BELLA, in person, how must it be for your DEAREST FRIENDS at the sanctuary? No words can really express the depth of sadness at this hour, ALL AROUND THE WORLD. HEARTS ARE BROKEN. And MANY A TEAR is being shed..It is so hard to hold the grief, so how is it for the ones who knew you best? May these words of empathy comfort ALL WHO MORN BELLA'S PASSING. Her TARRA & SISTERS, her human FRIENDS at the sanctuary and ALL of her FRIENDS around the world..who can't stop their tears..so many tears..When we see past them again, the PURE JOY of her life & what she means to us WILL RETURN to ENRICH & TEACH US as she has,for as long as we have known of her... THIS PRECIOUS GIFT~ BELLA & TARRA ~ the tears roll again...
Alex V. Racey, Keyser, West VA. USA
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November 4, 2011
what a beautiful story of friendship. made me smile when i saw the first story..they were adorable together.. i am so sad for tarra...that is..love.
marylee , lemars iowa
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November 4, 2011
I envy these two animals for the strong love, friendship and devotion they shared. How lucky to find that!

Rest gently, dear Bella.

My heart is with you in your mourning, sweet Tarra.
wufs, New York
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November 4, 2011
This is so sad, since I first heard it...if only PEOPLE could be so devoted and loving ..what a greater world this would be...I'm sad for Tarra..........

You dear people at the sanctuary are blessed and please continue your wonderful works.

Bob Barker is proud of you too I imagine.
Two years ago we found the sanctuary and drove around the area hoping for a tiny glimpse of a magnificent elephant roaming the acreage. But no such luck.

God Bless Bella...and Tarra
Gail Poppe, St Catharines, Ontario, Canada
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November 4, 2011
This is such a great story of love and friendship. How heartbreaking for it to have ended this tragic way. I ask my dog every morning if she chased away the lions & the zebra. And if she swung in the elephant trunks. Imagine when I saw an elephant rubbing a doggies belly? So awesome. I'm glad she got the chance to say good bye to her little friend. You have a special place in heaven Bella. And your best friend Tarra I have no doubt, will have a place right next to you when its time for her journey. Bless you both.
Katie, San Diego
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November 4, 2011
I thank the spirits for the blessing of Tarra's buddy Bella. I know that Bella will be watching over Tarra. My prayer to Bella is to send Tarra a new buddy that won't be afraid of coyotes and can defend against them while giving strength to her friend.

Bella has now become a member of my dog's new pack-she passed to the spirit world 5 years ago. New buddies to run around and goof off with.

Bella has become a powerful ally to two of the most sacred two-leggeds who love and protect animals: St.Francis and Steve Irwin.
Eddie, Tulsa, OK
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November 4, 2011
Bella,

Watching yours and Tarra's videos makes me smile and cry at the same time. What a beautiful friendship the both of you had. I hope you and Tarra meet again.
Theresa, Indiana
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November 4, 2011
I am so sad to hear of Bella's passing, I just cry every time I think about it or read something about it. I wish I were big enough to give Tarra a hug!!! I am sending her cyber hugs! I hope she is coping

There is something so special about the love animals give us, even from a distance. The bond between Tarra and Bella was so powerful and compelling. So many tears of love for Tarra and her Angel, Bella
Joanie Schneider, Colorado
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November 4, 2011
"What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies." -Aristotle



Rest In Peace Bella.

You made a difference with your life, not just for Tarra, but for us all.
Kim, New Hampshire
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November 4, 2011
Bella, thank you for being such a dear, loyal friend. You have touched so many hearts.
Peg, Luther & Kearney, Anchorage, Alaska
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November 4, 2011
Wish I had a friend like Bella. I am so sad and crying right now over this. Tarra I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying that the Lord finds you a new friend one day soon. If humans could just get along on this planet it would be paradise. One day it will happen and all the animals will be at peace with each other. Amen !
sean , michigan
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November 4, 2011
My heart goes out to all of you, I am truly sorry for your loss. I will never forget the friendship Tarra and Bella shared and the lessons it could teach us all.
Jeanie Rudd, Collinsville, OK
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November 4, 2011
No greater love has he than the love of a friend. Rest in peace, Bella. May Tara be comforted.

Cindy Rock, Portland, Oregon
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November 4, 2011
Dear Tarra, I'm sad about your loss. You had a fabulous friend, a true friend and I'm glad that she helped you to regain your sense of elephant. Having a best pal is the greatest feeling there is!
Rebecca, Idaho
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November 4, 2011
Dear Terra,

Like you, I've mourned the loss of a dog best friend. The memory of the friend never goes away, but time heals the broken heart a little bit. Until then, & for always, I send you comfort.

Take care,

Ginger
Ginger, Utah
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November 4, 2011
Sweet, sweet, Bella! May you rest in peace little one.
Know that you and Tarra will be together one day in eternal life.
What a wonderful relationship the two of you showed the world! We should all be like both of you.
Tarra, hang in there. You were the best friend a dog could have had!
Love to you both.
Maryellen A., Waterford, MI
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November 4, 2011
so sad to hear of this news for both Tarra and Bella,who both suffered and Tarra,who still is.

Hoping for another friend for her someday,,,
Sandy, Wis
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November 4, 2011
Rest in peace Bella. We all love you!
Lea Mohr, California
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November 4, 2011
Good dog.

I have no doubt you gave your life protecting those you love from strangers entering your territory.

You are loved. You will be remembered.

Elephants never forget.

You may have a long wait at the Rainbow Bridge for Tarra. Please play with Caesar and Goliath while you're waiting.
Mary Laiuppa, San Diego, CA
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November 4, 2011
What a lovely tribute on the CBS Evening News. And thank you Sanctuary Staff for giving the link to the previous spot done on Tarra and Bella's friendship. It just tugs at your heart!
Marsha Silva, Plymouth MA
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November 4, 2011
Now you are eternal, beautiful. ;-)
Dwayne, South Australia
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November 4, 2011
If only we humans could treat one another as well as Bella and Tarra have, life would be so much nicer.

The love of all animals is truly a gift and I am blessed to have it.

Will miss you a lot, Bella.

Hugs.
Victoria, St. Marys, PA
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November 4, 2011
It's amazing that animals in some ways are more compassionate and accepting then humans of those who are different I am saddened at the passing of Bella and please watch Tarra carefully in the coming days.
Kimberly , Oklahoma
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November 4, 2011
Oh Bella, I share your sadness, it's hard to have such a good friend leave so suddenly, but you seem to understand so much more than most of us humans, hopefully you will encounter another who will also give and share your love. Tarra will be there for you when it's your turn. God Bless.
Jean, Ramona, Ca
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November 4, 2011
I wish everyone could know the love that those two did. Everyone wants to be loved but not everyone is. These two showed us all that there are NO boundaries in love. Not age, nor size, nor even species. This is the first time I've ever even heard of Bella, and I am truly sad I hadn't earlier. "A life lost, diminishes thine own" True for all life...
J.Gibson, Sacramento, CA
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November 4, 2011
I have recently bought the book about Tarra & Bella and I was very saddened to hear about Bella's passing. Such beautiful story of unconditional love. We humans should learn from our animal friends especially from Tarra & Bella....
<3 RIP Bella
Vanessa Quiles, Cooper City, Fl
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November 4, 2011
They say that dog is man's best friend . . well apparently Bella was different. She found her best friend in Tarra the elephant. This was a story of love, compassion and friendship between two species that are not supposed to get along. "dogs don't like elephants" they say . well this was one very smart and wonderful dog. She found her best friend in the most compassionate species . . rest in peace Bella. Tarra will be taken care of but you will always be her heart.
Toni Winter, New York, NY
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November 4, 2011
What a tragic ending to such a remarkable Love Story. Sweet,sweet Bella you have left paw prints on the hearts of everyone who loved you, especially Tarra. Rest in Peace, you will remain in our hearts Forever.
R. Lester, College Grove,TN.
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November 4, 2011
God Speed sweet Bella, we will miss you.
Tarra most of all.
Kathy Johnson, Alpine CA
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November 4, 2011
My heart is heavy with the news of Bella's passing. I saw a video years ago of the special friendship I witnessed, between you Bella, and Tarra. Such an unfortunate way to cross over for someone that gave so much love and companionship. It touched my heart to hear that Tarra found your little body and carried you to the place she knew you loved best. I know you are in a lovely place, keeping your eyes on your best friend waiting for the day you two will be united. As for Tarra, my heart aches for her loss. I will hold her in my heart for her healing.

Torrance, CA
Vicki Graham, Torrance, CA
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November 4, 2011
Dearest Tarra,

Words can't express how sorry I am for your loss. If only I could, I would have saved your lovely friend. Please, please be strong- Bella would have asked you the same. You're lucky to have found such a great and loving friend- many of us humans don't even find a 'true' one. RIP Bella- you'll meet your elefriend in a much better and happy place :) <3

Love always,

Mizla, London
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November 4, 2011
Bella will always be with Tarra. Tarra will sense her spirit for the rest of her life. Rest in peace, Bella. You were such a wonderful friend. Say hello to Jakey and Cody for me.
Barbara, Pine Bush, NY
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November 4, 2011
What a powerful story about love and friendship in the Animal World. I wish we could all be more like them.
Kendra, Janesville, CA
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November 4, 2011
I have had a love for elephants my entire life. Such a large, quiet, creature that feels, love and mourns as we do... they're amazing! When I first heard of this friendship, it moved me to tears...it should always be this simple-friendship regardless of size, shape, color, race, species, etc.. Now that I hear of Bella's passing, I am again in tears. I feel your loss Tarra. Love hard; it's the only way to love...or it's not worth doing it. Hope to visit you and yours someday.
faye, maine
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November 4, 2011
Last year when I was an elementary school teacher, I used the video and book of Tarra and Bella in classroom lesson plans to help children learn to accept differences among each other and to learn the true meaning of friendship. When I had special lunch groups with the children, they would see the book in my office and ask me to read it to them again. I myself used to watch the video nearly daily. It just made me feel good. I am so saddened for both Tarra and Bella. The only solace is knowing that Bella is whole and well in the afterlife and will be waiting for her dear friend when her time comes.
Dana Stilwell, St. Louis, Missouri
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November 4, 2011
Love and light to this beautiful duo. A friendship so strong that death surely will not divide in spirit. Condolences to the staff and to Tarra. Please keep us updated.
xxx
Nilia Berkin , Montreal, Canada
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November 4, 2011
It's a sad day. I loved you two sweet friends since the first time I saw the adorable video of you two. I'm so sorry this happened:( Big hug Tarra, you will see each other again someday.
Dawn Mason, Pa.
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November 4, 2011
I'm so sorry to hear about Bella's loss. What a beautiful and inspiring story. I hope that Tarra can come to terms with Bella's tragic loss. She lost her best friend.
B. Robinson, Pennsylvania
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November 4, 2011
I LOVED THEM TWO WHEN I SAW THEM ON ANIMAL PLANT. TWO DIFFERENT FRIENDS IN THE ANIMAL PLANT THAT LOVED EACH OTHER. I WILL MISS BELLA LIKE THE DAY I LOSS MY DOG. ALWAYS IN MY HEART. WHY CAN'T WE LEARN FROM THESE TWO WHO WERE FRIENDS FROM THE HEART. BELLA WILL WAIT FOR YOU TARRA IN ANIMAL PLANT HEAVEN.
ROBERT C., TEXAS
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November 4, 2011
Rainbow Bridge is a special place today with Bella joining the group! It is a sad day for us but a special day for the animals there! I am so glad that Bella will be looking after my guys 'til I meet them again.

Bless you all, especially Tarra, as you go through this sorrowful time. She will be missed by so many. What an example Bella and Tarra set for us.

Blessings and (((BIG HUGS)))

Karen, Paul and critters in Canada
Paul and Karen Allard, Cochrane, Ontario, Canada
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November 4, 2011
Love between these 2 was unconditional and had no boundaries. It is a tragic end to such a loving story; but Bella, we will always remember you and how wonderful you were to and with Tarra. She and the rest of us will miss you much.
Patricia Murphy, Salem, MA
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November 4, 2011
Godspeed Bella, cannot wait to see you at the Rainbow Bridge. Tarra misses you terribly and knows exactly what has happened to you. Her elephant sisters will attend to her grieving but she will ALWAYS remember you. Thank you Sanctuary for sharing this story. Love your video site.
Trish Brglez, Raleigh, North Carolina
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November 4, 2011
Bella, your heart is as wide as the sky. It touched and bonded with Tarra's heart, regardless of the physical differences. May we learn from you, and from Tarra.
Jean Hays, Fresno, CA.
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November 4, 2011
I was so sorry to learn of Bella's passing and am grieving for Tara. But the great thing is that they had each other for whatever time was given to them. I do believe they will meet again and what a joyous reunion that will be.
Margaret Cunningham, Saint Augustine, FL
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November 4, 2011
Oh no! Poor Tarra! I have followed their friendship for several years as I continually support the Elephant Sanctuary. Please find another companion dog for Tarra!
RIP Bella.
Lisa Bick, Zionsville, IN
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November 4, 2011
Love u always Bella
, maryland
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November 4, 2011
The story of Bella and Tarra was so beautiful and moving. I am truly devastated this magnificent being has passed. Thank you for making her final years ones of peace and love.
Mary Scully, McAllen, Texas USA
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November 4, 2011
Bella, I worried about the day when you would leave Tarra behind, knowing how deeply elephants grieve. Rest in peace, sweet pup. I am glad that you found a true friend here on earth. She will miss you terribly.
Joni Dixon, Texas
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November 4, 2011
So sad about Bella. And
Tarra caring her best friend back home.
I'm glad that Bella was found.
I hope Tarra won't be to lonely without her best buddy.

Judy.
Judy, Hohenwald
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November 4, 2011
As a grown man in my fifties I am moved to tears by the tremendous love shared between these two beautiful creatures! My heart aches for Tara tonight and also for the fear and pain suffered by Bella, her best friend! Rest in peace Bella, and Tara although that love can never be replaced..My wish is that you discover a new friend along your journey! May this lesson of love between two very different creatures be a model for all of us human beings!
Jonathan , Seattle
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November 4, 2011
I was so shocked and heartbroken to read that Bella had been attacked by coyotes and died. What a terrible death she must have suffered. I hope that Tarra overcomes her grief for the loss of her best friend.
Karen V, Minneapolis
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November 4, 2011
Bella- you have reached many hearts. You are in a place of no pain- may the love you share with your sweet Tarra know no bounds.
Tasha Piontwk, Pewaukee, WI
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November 4, 2011
From the moment I first saw the incredible video of this unlikely friendship, I fell in love with Bella and Tarra, and am heartbroken that they are separated for now ! They were so completely devoted to each other, and know that Tarra will feel so lost without Bella ! How tragic that she had to find Bella, but how incredible that she brought him back. Maybe, just maybe there might be another new friend that will be able to win Tarra's heart again...she will never forget Bella for sure, but am praying that god will find another special pal for her . Will always be touched by these two lovely animals, and will pray that her grieving can be somewhat lessened with a new friend. RIP sweet Bella ! !
Linnet Rogersq, Hunstville , Alabama
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November 4, 2011
Bella, you will be missed, but will always remain in our hearts. Your beautiful soul has inspired so many of us and your best friend, Tarra, was truly graced with your love and friendship, as you were with hers.
Love you always Bella, xox
Debi, Woolwich, Maine
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November 4, 2011
What an amazing story and beautiful
lesson on friendship between Tarra and Bella.....Bella, you will be missed!! :*(
Zohra, NJ
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November 4, 2011
Tarra,
I am so sad about the loss of Bella. You were soulmates. I have cried all day with sadness. It made me so happy to see the two of you and your miraculous bond. Bella will always be watching over you, just like you watched over her. You will see her again. She will be waiting for you at The Rainbow Bridge. I love you both!
Jeanne Cross, Greensboro, NC
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November 4, 2011
My heart breaks for Bella and Tara. Humans could've learned so much from their bond. May Bella have a wide open field to run and play in. And may Tara find peace without her dear friend. Much love and prayers to them both.
Robyn C., Gettysburg PA
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November 4, 2011
Rest in Peace Dear Bella
Mary Dunn, New York
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November 4, 2011
Tarra and Bella will meet again one day at the Rainbow Bridge. Prayers and love.
Taylor, Rhode Island
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November 4, 2011
As I sit here with tears in my eyes over Bella's passing I pray that they meet again in Heaven where they will never be separated again. God Speed Bella and know you are greatly missed by your Tarra.
Vikki Cahill, Dayton, Oh
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November 4, 2011
Make friendship, not war. Great story, very touching! Good example for humans, especially nowadays. Please take care of Tarra. We hope to visit one day :)
Dhammi Hettiarachchi, Staten Island, NY
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November 4, 2011
dear tarra

i hope in some way you are able to feel all those that are thinking of you in this great time of sadness. you are so very loved and thought of as well as Bella!!!

with much love!
xoxoxo, Michigan
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November 4, 2011
Bella,

Rest in peace, beautiful girl. You are loved and will be missed. What an example you set for us humans. We all wish for a friend like you.
Rhea Osland, Laurel, IA
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November 4, 2011
Love has no boundaries........
elaine Frank,
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November 4, 2011
We remember when we first heard this beautiful story of a friendship. We know Tarra's heart is breaking but her love for Bella and Bella's love for her is a far better model of loyalty and love than many accomplish in their lives. We should take from them a lesson of true friendship. Please don't ache to hard Tarra for Bella and you will love each other forever.
Robin, Holley, Corey, Ashley, and Rosey, San Diego, CA
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November 4, 2011
Bless you Bella and Tarra you showed us how things should be.
Our hearts are broken at the loss of Bella and the sadness of Tarra.
In a world so full of prejudice, hate and greed you showed us what Love, Compassion, Acceptance and Friendship really mean.
We will miss you Bella and Thank You for being such a good friend to Tarra.
Mitch and Amy, Belmont NC
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November 4, 2011
Dear Bella;
I'm so sorry for what happened to you that fateful night. Life can be so cruel and violent on this planet. But I'm sure a special place has been reserved for you, and that's where you are now...Waiting for the day to be reunited with your beloved Tarra.
How befitting and tender for your loving and loyal companion to carry your limp body and place it down for your final rest. I can only imagine that it was an honorable and ceremonial last act of affection that Tarra would be able to show you. And I'm sure she would have it no other way.
You and Tarra had an amazing friendship. You were true companions to the end. My heart grieves for you and Tarra's loss until the day you will be reunited again. Rest in Peace, my Friend. xoxo
Anni Sautner, Long Island, NY
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November 4, 2011
Dear Bella,

This is an amazing story! I wish I got to meet you. I hope you two will meet again! Tarra misses you! Your story brought me to tears. RIP

Radha
Radha Hettiarachchi, Staten Island, NY
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November 4, 2011
Tarra and Bella said to each other..."I see YOU" I see your soul...I do not see that you are a different species than I. I see your soul. I feel your love and I love you back. You are my friend and I want to be with you....I see YOU. May Tarra find peace and maybe even another friend someday. And may Bella watch over Tarra just as Tarra watched over her. May they one day SEE each other again.
Brenda, Indianapolis, IN
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November 4, 2011
Sanctuary staff and Elephants

I am so sad to hear that Bella passed away. What a horrible way for this beloved dog to die. It has to have been so frightening for her and Tarra.
Your news has brought me to tears. To have to even think of what poor Bella went through.
It does not amaze me in the least that dear Tarra brought her little friend home.

My sincerest condolences to you all.. Take special care of Tarra, as I know you will..
Sending a prayer to Tarra and dear Bella.. Rest in peace you beautiful dog and loyal friend.. You will be dearly missed.



Jan, Gorham, Maine
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November 4, 2011
I am so very sorry. Bella and Tarra will be together again someday. What a wonderful love and respect they had for one another. RIP Bella. This story just touched my soul. thanks for sharing.
Debbie, Los Angeles,Ca
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November 4, 2011
Rest in peace, beloved Bella. Your life was the best example of loyalty and friendship, and your beautiful memory will live with Tarra forever. Goodbye little angel.
Laura de la Garza, Mexico
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November 4, 2011
GOD BLESS YOUR SWEET LOVING HEART TARA AND BELLA WHO LOVED YOU SO!
michael, Harbor Springs, MI
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November 4, 2011
huge gratitude to both of these lovely creatures for being such a shining example of true friendship/love....my heart goes at to Tarra as it would to any lovely soul who is grieving the loss of a beloved best friend...RIP Bella <3
Mia, Maui
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November 4, 2011
Dear Tara,

I am thinking of you so much with this painful loss of Bella not being at your side. I believe that she is still with you. I'm so sorry that you are sad. I have felt your pain for missing her so! praying for you!!!
Friend of Tara, Petoskey, MI
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November 4, 2011
DEAR LITTLE BELLA, THANK YOU FOR LOVING TARRA BEING HER BEST FRIEND. THANKS FOR ALL THE SPECIAL PEOPLE AT YOUR SANCTUARY. YOU ARE TRULY A GIFT TO ALL OF US. YOU HAVE CROSSED THE RAINBOW BRIDGE. SAY HELLO TO EVERYONE.
BARBARA DIAZ, MONTEBELLO, CALIFORNIA
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November 4, 2011
4d65wknv

Bella, what a sweet girl! Her heart was as big as Tarra's and as pure! I sleep better at night knowing such animals are among us.
Jeannie, Maine
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November 4, 2011
WOW, Just seen this report in the UK News tonight. A Heart touching and Warming story to how life can be shared in such a bond, different race, different kinds, different backgrounds and totally different lives yet they cared for each other to the very end. xxx Bella xxx I believe we all meet again in a later after life and comforting to think Bella will meet Tarra again when the time comes.
Jason Smith, Weston-super-Mare
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November 4, 2011
Please give Tara a warm big hug for me. What an amazing relationship you had together. You are so missed, Bella.
Becca Karl, Ft Lauderdale, Florida
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November 4, 2011
Sweet Tara,

i have prayed to saint Francis of Assisi (patron saint for animals) to be with you and spiritually lift you to your creature in your time of sorrow and pain! Bella is with you still!

I love you!!! xoxoxo


Lanette H., Petoskey, MI
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November 4, 2011
Bella and Tarra - an amazing friendship and truly an inspiring story. We should all be so lucky to experience their level of trust and love for one another. God bless you both.
Leslie, York, SC
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November 4, 2011
So sad about Bella. So proud of Tarra.
Lisa, Parksville, BC
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November 4, 2011
Bella:
As I write this tears are streaming down my face, I'm so sad for you and Tarra. Your story has touched me deeply and I will never forget both of you. May you rest in peace and may the love you found together live on. All the best to you Tarra, I will be thinking of you, please stay strong!
Virginia, Upstate, NY
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November 4, 2011
Bella you are and always will be a beautiful little lover...to Tarra and those of us who have admired your unconditional and unbias love towards Tarra and all those around you. Bless your heart forever...and until you and Tara dance again, RIP Bella <3
Rhonda Kennedy, Rialto, CA
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November 4, 2011
I am saddened to learn of the loss of Bella. I did not know her, but watching the videos with Tarra, over the years warmed my heart. What a great friend and life she had at your sanctuary and with her best friend Tarra. I sit here with tears in my eyes saying farewell to a true and loyal friend and will pray for Tarra, the other true and loyal fan to cope with her loss. How wonderful that Tarra brought her home one last time.
Madeleine Spangler, Alpharetta, Georgia
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November 4, 2011
This story always brings tears to my eyes because it shows that love really shouldn't know any prejudice. I am so happy that Tarra and Bella had each other and were able to share and spend their lives together.

Bella you will be missed, thanks for showing the world that love knows no size.
Nico, New York
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November 4, 2011
Dearest Bella,
Your friendship with Tara is such and inspiration. You have achieved what most people have yet to learn...LOVE at it's purest. Rest in Peace sweet girl you and Tara will be together again one day.
Isabel Zamora-Richardson, Arizona
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November 4, 2011
I have tears in my eyes as I write this. I'm so saddened to learn of Bella's passing and the grief that Tara now feels. I have followed their love for each other through TV and the internet. It just breaks my heart. I love my animals more than anything in the world and I know how it feels to suffer the loss of a pet. I hope the other elephants and dogs are helping Tara deal with her loss and maybe another best friend will come along and help heal her heart. All my love and prayers for you Tara and Heaven has just received another wonderful angel.
Becca Karl, Ft Lauderdale, Florida
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November 4, 2011
I've followed their story for years. This is heartbreaking. Their bond was so heartwarming. I'm so sorry for Tarra and for all of you devoted people at the Sanctuary. May she rest in peace.
Evalyn Segal, Walnut Creek CA
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November 4, 2011
Rest in Peace, Bella...We will miss videos of you and Tarra. You lived a good life surrounded by people and animals that loved you. Just sad your life ended so soon...Tarra will be in good hands and we know you will be looking after her... RIP in Doggy heaven...
Diana Wilson, Ohio
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November 4, 2011
God Bless you Bella. Thank you for teaching us loyalty and friendship.You are loved and will be missed.
H LeBlanc, Vancouver BC Canada
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November 4, 2011
I am so, so sad. Crying my eyes out right now. Rest in peace.
Linda, IL
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November 4, 2011
Sweet Sweet Bella .. You will be missed forever but you will never be forgotten ..RIP Sweet Bella.
Liza Tillman Walker, Atlanta Ga. USA
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November 4, 2011
I will never forget the wonderful relationship these two very different beings had. It was truly one of the most heartwarming stories I had ever heard about..Tonight on the evening news ,I heard the report that Bella had been killed, my heart broke and I was brought to tears..I hope Tarra will be able to handle such a huge loss, and go on to live a happy healthy life. The Rainbow Bridge has another Angel R.I.P. Dear Bella :(.
Norma, New Jersey
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November 4, 2011
I'M a 36 year old man from Ohio and I am in tears right now. Since seeing Tarra and Bella on CBS Sunday Morning, their story has been with me everyday. It always lifts my spirits on bad days and is a constant reminder that there is good in the world. So rest in peace Bella and THANK YOU.
Patrick, Ohio
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November 4, 2011
How sad to hear that Tarra has lost her friend, and that she was the one to find her and perhaps drive off the attacker. We can all learn from these two what real friendship is.
Kathleen Buckley, THe Villages, FLorida
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November 4, 2011
I'm sure you'll be waiting for your friend Tarra on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. She'll never forget you. I'll never forget your touching story.
Rose A. Starr, Malvern, Worcestershire UK
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November 4, 2011
I just found out that you have crossed over the rainbow bridge and await the day that your Tarra joins you. I sit here with tears in my eyes at the despair that Tarra must feel. What a pair you were! I enjoyed reading about your exploits and seeing the great photos. Hopefully one day Tarra will find a new friend to fill a tiny portion of the huge void there now. Rest in peace dear sweet Bella.
Barbara Carter, Columbus, Georgia
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November 4, 2011
To Tarra and the entire family of The Elephant Sanctuary,
My heartfelt sympathies on the passing of your beloved friend and companion ---Sweet Loving Bella. Since the first time I heard about your story a few years ago, I have been following your story. You have truly been an inspiration in my life. You have taught me so much about "friendship" and despite your differences you were best friends. I have your book and read it to my daughter, Brooke (age 6). We read it and look at the photos all the time. It's one of our favorites books and stories to talk about. I look forward to hopefully coming to The Elephant Sanctuary next year and it would truly be an honor to meet you Tarra.
Sincerely, Susan Wodicka (a friend from Hartford, Wisconsin)
Susan Wodicka , Hartford, WI
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November 4, 2011
Bella what a wonderful life you got to spend with a majesty animal like Tarra. I hope Tarra will be okay. I know she will think of you everyday. I love the way Tarra accepted you and you also. This is a miracle in it's self. In a world that I cry so much everyday for the bad things that people do to animals seeing this shows their are caring people out their. If only more people would open up their hearts and do more for the planet what a wonderful world this could be. You are loved Tarra and much love for Bella. I know you will see each other again someday, someway, always be as one. Rest in peace dearest Bella.
Debra Woods, Anniston Alabama
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November 4, 2011
Dear Tarra,
My heart aches for you.
Donna, CT
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November 4, 2011
tears immediately came to my eyes when i seen the original video of Tarra and Bella..but they were tears of happiness....but now i have more tears because of the passing of Bella...what is poor Tarra going to do know.....Hugs and doggie kisses for you Tarra....R I P BELLA
Doreen Gudel, Pittsburgh PA
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November 4, 2011
My heart breaks for Tarra and Bella. These two creatures of God brought happiness to each other and parting is always painful. My prayers to them both.
Sue, St. Louis
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November 4, 2011
Tarra needs a puppy! Bless her heart.
julie comstock, kasnsas city mo.
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November 4, 2011
Tarra, we feel your pain. We wish you the strength to over come, and to realize that you will be reunited with your dear friend. XXX. <3
Joy Bliss, Michigan
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November 4, 2011
A wonderful relationship! Tarra and Bella were so lucky to have found each other. Bella RIP at Rainbow Bridge. Tarra, may you found solace with your many elephant companions.
Lori Gaudette, Tucson, AZ
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November 4, 2011
The world will miss you, sweet Bella, but I fear Tarra will mourn your loss for the rest of her life. This is so sad. I'm still sitting here in tears. Godspeed little one.
FrannieT, Fairfield, OH USA
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November 4, 2011
Dear Sweet Bella, we will always remember your for your strength and your love. You are missed by many! <3

Joy Bliss, Michigan
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November 4, 2011
Bella, I remember seeing your picture on my first visit to the sanctuary pages several years ago and I was so amazed by you. I was quite fond of you and as such, am haunted by the horrific circumstances of your tragic death. To die in this manner was not something that you deserved and it absolutely breaks my heart with a jaw-clenching pain to imagine of your final moments. Sweet Bella, you did such wonderful things during your time here. Thank you for your compassion and your love for elephants.
Elizabeth, Pennsylvania
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November 4, 2011
Bella you have been a true inspiration. You have shown us just what love and friendship should be about regardless of our differences. That was a pretty big job and you did it well.
Rest in peace Bella, you will be missed.
Tarra was fortunate to have you as a best friend <3
Teri Hislop, Kent, WA
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November 4, 2011
The story of Tarra and Bella warmed my heart the first time I saw it and every time I saw it again.

I am so sorry for the loss of Bella. I pray Tarra and the staff find peace and that Tarra knows she was loved by Bella so very much.
Elise, Atlanta, GA
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November 4, 2011
Those who bring us happiness we never forget. May we all find someone to whom we can bring a little happiness, if just for a little while. I never noticed an elephant smile before I saw Tarra & Bella dancing in the snow.
Ken, Defiance, Ohio
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November 4, 2011
Bella so very sorry and sad that your time with Tarra was cut short. You sure did have fun with your over sized friend. Tarra has a very long memory and will never forget those great times, summer and winter, romping with you all over the sanctuary. Happy trails Bella.
Robert Hughes, Chicago, Illinois
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November 4, 2011
Bless your dear sweet soul Bella... Love to all The Girls and the sanctuary...
Laura , Morrison, Tennessee
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November 4, 2011
May Bella rest in peace and wait for her friend Tarra at the Rainbow Bridge. I saw the video of them last summer and they were truly best friends and of course it made me sad and cry to. Bella the Beautiful Dog!!!!
Jeannie Taylor, Kenefic, OK.
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November 4, 2011
God bless Bella's loving spirit. Her picture has hung on my fridge since I came across the story of this beautiful friendship a few years ago. She will always be loved and remembered by her dear friend Tarra.

The purest and most loving hearts on this earth belong to the animals.
Sheila D., NYC
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November 4, 2011
What a wonderful dog.
Thank you Bella, and I am sorry your life had to end that way.
We love you and always will.
M. K. Hollenberg, Eugene, OR
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November 4, 2011
Poor Tarra...you could just tell the love the 2 incredibly different creatures shared! It must have been like losing a child for her.My deepest sympathy is passed along to her...
Meg, San Angelo. TX
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November 4, 2011
Rest in Peace baby girl. You have made your journey across the Rainbow Bridge where there is no more pain nor suffering. You will be truly missed by all that knew an Loved you
Katrina Mettler Frizzell, Elizabethton, TN
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November 4, 2011
This is such an amazing and heartwarming story! Quite unbelievable! Such a special pair, and some people don't think animals have "feelings" ....need to watch this!!!!! Bless you both Tarra and Bella!
Katrina Wiser, Texas
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November 4, 2011
I can't stop crying. I dry my tears & tears start coming again. This was a wonderful, incredible friend - love - bond between 2 different species. So very sorry sweet Bella that you had to die in this horrible manner. I pray that God will find a way to heal you, sweet Tarra & that you will cling to Shirley more as the sad days pass. Elephants never forget but Tarra hopefully will "get around" her best friend's passing. REST IN PEACE, MY DARLING BELLA - YOU WERE LOVED!
June Sharp , North Carolina
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November 4, 2011
Tarra and Bella were soulmates, pure and simple. And in the end Tarra brought her faithful doggy home. My heart is touched by this evidence of true devotion and by the stories of their life together.
Florence Powell, Brushton, NY
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November 4, 2011
My heart is broken for Tarra. I hope her heart can recover from such a wonderful friendship. R.I.P. Bella
Taylor, Columbia County, Mid-Hudson Valley, New York
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November 4, 2011
So sad. Bella you will be greatly missed. Especially by your best friend. RIP Bella.
The Gois Family, Mass.
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November 4, 2011
Tarra and Bella had a truly wonderful and unique relationship. I hope Tarra knows that Bella will forever be her little angel.
Terrie, Chicago, IL
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November 4, 2011
Dear Bella, You are now working magic on a different plane, sweet girl, with a big beautiful friend, like Tarra, but not Tarra. You are a great inspiration to those of us who watched and heard of your great love. See you, and Tarra, on the other side someday, sweet Bella.
Love, Debra
Debra Hughes, Akron, Ohio
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November 4, 2011
To me, Tara and Bella embodied friendship and love. My heart and prayers go out to all who loved Bella, including her best friend, Tara. May we all learn to love as they did.
Holly G., Colorado
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November 4, 2011
Dear Sweet Bella

Oh how you are missed. You brought the gift of peace and understanding to the world that is everlasting. Your legacy will live on to future generations who will learn of the love you and Tara shared with each other and all of us lucky enough to have witnessed it. The world is forever enhanced for your presence in it. We will look after your precious friend Tara and will honor your lessons forever. With great affection. Catherine and her coterie of Chihuahuas.
Catherine Bolton, Kansas
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November 4, 2011
Bella, you were truly a wonderful creature of God, if only people could act as loving and non judgmental as you. All dogs go to heaven and I am sure that one day you and Tarra will be reunited again.
Mark Sanders, Springfield, Ohio
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November 4, 2011
What a beautiful story, what beautiful animals, what a beautiful life together.
I know just how Tarra and the Elephant Sanctuary are feeling...it hurts so much. Thank you so much for sharing this with us all.
sandy terry,
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November 4, 2011
i feel so sad to hear about Bella, poor Tarra, she must feel so sad and lost without Bella, how is she doing without her beloved friend ? I love you Bella and Tarra, you are so beautiful.

Love,

Pascale
pascale milhau, toronto, ontario, canada
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November 4, 2011
RIP Bella, and continue to watch over Tarra until you meet again.
Daniela Bonvicini, Jersey City, NJ
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November 4, 2011
When I first saw the story of Bella & Tarra, the beauty of their friendship moved me to tears. They showed such love and compassion for each other; we humans should take heed for we are often ruthlessly unkind to one another and to animals.
I am heartbroken and share Tarra's grief over the loss of Bella. My condolences to all of you. I hope that fond memories of Bella comfort your wonderful hearts.
Jeanene Johnson, Philly, Pa
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November 4, 2011
Tarra - I am sending you comfort & peace during this difficult time of loss. One day you will be reunited with dear Bella never to be separated again. While her physical body may be gone her spirit will continue to be with you! My heart goes out to you....
Tracy , Midway, KY
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November 4, 2011
Bella - Tarra will miss you and never forget you. You were her best friend. It is sad to see you gone. You touched so many hearts and will continue to do so for a long time. Your furry friends will welcome you to the Rainbow Bridge and take care of you and your spirit will live on forever.

We miss you Bella.


Cindy /Ruth Hussey, Long Island, NY
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November 4, 2011
Some of the most amazing things in life are unexplainable such as this phenomenal friendship. They are nonetheless real and the privilege of witnessing it is gift to the human soul.
Thank you Bella. Rest in peace.
Randy & Sundi Long, Wichita, KS
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November 4, 2011
Dear sweet Bella,

Rest in Peace. You will meet Tarra again one day and the two of you will be together forever over the Rainbow Bridge.

My heart goes out to Tarra in her time of mourning and I will keep her in my thoughts.


Bernadette, Mount Vernon, NY
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November 4, 2011
A bond between animals, like humans is strong and life fulfilling. I am so sad to hear of Bella's passing. I had seen and read about this special two some.
I hope Tarra will recovery and hopes that a new best friend will be on the horizon.
Thanks for doing such a wonderful job with helping elephants and all animals.
The elephant sanctuary is a very special and needed place.
I will make a donation and keep giving to help your wonderful place!
Susan Cooper, Arizona
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November 4, 2011
You will be missed, I hope that your spirit will be felt by Tara!! Rest in peace!
Pamela , Grayslake, IL
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November 4, 2011
Tears... Dear Bella. I wish everyone could find a friendship as pure as the one you shared with Tarra.
My heart brakes for both of you, may you both find peace <3
Lynn Lutz, Quincy Florida
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November 4, 2011
I was devastated to hear about the loss of Bella. I know that she had a wonderful life and it was shared with her best friend, Tarra, there was a special bond there that will forever be in the hearts of those that cared for this special pair. Know that our four legged babies are our best friends and they are our kids, the loss of them is just as devastating as the loss of a family member. RIP Bella and my prayers go out to Tarra and all of you. Thank you for what you do and God Bless you all.
Bridgett Sawyer, Ft. Worth, Texas
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November 4, 2011
Well, I bet you're over 1700 people that loved Bella and Tarra. I had tears when I heard Bella was attached by coyotes and Tarra carried her away. Then your email came today and the water works flowed again. I love to get your emails. I also cried when Tarra waited for Bella to get well when she was hurt. True unconditional love is so heart warming and tear jerking.

Thank you for caring too. If we had more than our Social Security, you guys would get most of it. Sorry, but we can't contribute to your wonderful cause.
Patricia, Denver, Colorado
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November 4, 2011
I am very sad to know that you have died. You were such an inspiration and my heart goes out to your friend Tarra. Bella you were such a great dog and friend. You and Tarra shared many great times and and you were a great companion for her. What a tribute to all beings that you found Tarra and cared for her as she cared for you. Bella you will continue to remind everyone that all things are possible. Rest well and have a safe journey.
Karen Russell, Westerville, OH
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November 4, 2011
This is so heartwarming and sad at the same time. I first saw this video it was so neat to see 2 different creatures of God to be so close.Now with Bella passing..my heart breaks for Tarra. God Bless you both!!
Becky, Virginia
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November 4, 2011
This life on earth, never ceases to amaze me. Bella, may your spirit live on and your soul be reborn in another animal companion for Tarra.
I hope Tarra that your grief passes so you may find joy again.
Humans should take this example of WISDOM AND LOVE and Learn from it.
Margo, Navarre, FL
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November 4, 2011
RIP BELLA

send my love upstairs to my beloved TERI

Love

Yoav
yoav dotan, israel
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November 4, 2011
What a great story about a great relationship. We can all learn from their friendship and love for each other despite their differences. If I could give Tarra a hug I would. I can only imagine Tarra's loss and will some day. My dog Cody is almost an exact twin of Bella.
David F, Texas
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November 4, 2011
This was such a beautiful friendship, and Bella my heart goes out to you, and Tarra my heart goes out to you. I'm only 17 years old, and this touched me deeply. Tarra..you were Bella's guardian, now she is your guardian angel.
R.I.P. Bella
Allison, Pecos, New Mexico
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November 4, 2011
I have been following their story for only a couple months, and enjoyed watching this pair so much .You guys are the best , you give these gentle giants the peace they so much deserve .I hope and pray Tara is ok .May God Bless you. Cynthia Lacey
Cynthia Lacey, Cumberland Maryland
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November 4, 2011
My heart goes out to Tara for the loss of her best friend. I can't stop thinking about how her heart must be aching and how much she must be missing Bella. Wouldn't the world be such a different place if everyone could love with the devotion that these two showed each other? Without a doubt, the Lord has a special place in heaven for Bella and Tara now how a guardian angel watching over her. Rest in peace, Bella, and lots of love to Tara.
Lorna, Illinois
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November 4, 2011
RIP sweet Bella. You relationship with Tarra was beautiful and showed the world what true friendship means. We will miss you.
Elise, Washington DC
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November 4, 2011
I first saw Bella on the CBS show that featured her and Tarra and was touched by the obvious affection they had for one another. I was so sorry to hear of her passing, and I feel so bad for Tarra, who must surely be grieving the loss of her friend. For anyone who ever thought animals don't have the same emotions as people, they never saw those two together. Bella will be missed by those who love and care for her daily, and but those of us who never really met her as well. But she will not be forgotten. Thank you Elephant Sanctuary, for sharing Bella's story with those of us who never would have gotten to know her.
Bonnie, Murfreesboro, TN
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November 4, 2011
The story of their friendship is so inspiring... I was shocked and saddened to hear the news tonight on CBS.RIP Bella and I hope Tarra will be ok without her wonderful friend...I know you will take good care of her and that Bella will be her guardian Angel...
Atossa, New York
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November 4, 2011
I cried when I received the e-mail about Bella. I have been following The Elephant Sanctuary and Tarra and Bella's story for years both on-line and through Trunk Lines. What a wonderful inspiration this pair has been to so many! How different these two were in so many ways but one thing they had in common were hearts so big they held a world full of love for each other! If only mankind could do the same... how different our world could be.

Good by, Sweet Bella. We will all miss you but Tarra will miss you most of all.

Jo Gault
Jo Gault, Knoxville, TN
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November 4, 2011
God bless our four legged friends! What a wonderful story about this friendship. Humans can learn something. Our prayers are with Tarra and others at the Elephant Sanctuary.
Brenda Simmons, Terre Haute, IN
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November 4, 2011
What a beautiful and happy life they had together as best friends. I am so saddened by the loss of Bella. I hope the very best for Tarra.
Cathy, San Diego, Ca
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November 4, 2011
God bless you Bella. May you have fun at Rainbow Bridge with all the other animals there.
KLS, Maryland
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November 4, 2011
The story of Tarra and Bella is beautiful, yet bittersweet. Their friendship was an amazing thing yet I did shed tears watching the youtube video. I know that Bella is in a better place and is looking down (I'm sure) on Tarra and watching over her. Rest in peace Bella, you will definitely be missed... :)
Jennifer, Haddon Heights, NJ
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November 4, 2011
Aww... Broke my heart when I heard the news. I remember the profound feeling of loss when I lost my "buddy". Love is a "many splendid thing"...
Edward Baker, Miami, USA
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November 4, 2011
Tarra, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. I very much enjoy your videos with her and hope you are able to recover from you loss.
Heather, Anchorage, Alaska
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November 4, 2011
I jus ran across this story, this place, an tarr an Bella's story,,,I'm still cryin. I admit it. Beautiful friendship an love. Maybe animals have it all figured out...I love this story
Danny sisk, Abilene Texas
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November 4, 2011
Tarra,

I too have lost my beloved 4 legged soul mate/heart dog of 16 years this past week. I understand your your loss and pain all too well.

I hope that you can find comfort with your other friends there and that your grieving time is short.

May God shine upon you with another friend like Bella.

Know that Bella is waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge and is with great company.


Carla Ruebl, Willisburg, Kentucky
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November 4, 2011
This story is about true friendship and love. My fellow mammals are so amazing. My heart goes out to Tarra and my thoughts are with her during this sad time.
Laura W, Maple Grove, MN
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November 4, 2011
Good bye sweet Bella,oh the love of a dog.
Tracy Bygate, Plymouth MA
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November 4, 2011
REST IN PEACE BELLA ,I FEEL SO BAD FOR YOU TARRA, MY HEART IS BREAKING!:(
FELICIA, USA
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November 4, 2011
I think Truman Capote said it best: "Love, having no geography, knows no boundaries"

Both Tarra & Bella are an example to us all - as are all of you who work at he Elephant Sanctuary. Thank you for sharing this extraordinary story.
Linnell Krikorian, Manchester, New Hampshire
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November 4, 2011
Bella and Tarra--we have so much to learn from you...us lowly humans just cannot seem to get along. Your sweet and wonderful friendship touched the lives of so many. Tarra, Bella awaits you when your time to cross over comes...Much love and peace.
cody bee, asheville, nc
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November 4, 2011
Dear Bella--watch over Tarra from your spot by the bridge and wait, dear doggie, for the day when you both go running together again.

Tarra, my heart breaks for you. I don't doubt that no day will go by when Bella isn't right there in your big ol' elephant heart...but then, that's how it's always been.
Jenna, Frederick, Maryland
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November 4, 2011
Bella, you will be missed. You brought love and smiles to all of our lives. Rest in peace.
Sylvia McPherson, Rome Georgia
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November 4, 2011
Bella, just as your name states, you were truly beautiful both inside and out. Tarra was easily able to see the shine of your heart, and the two of you bonded closer than I have been blessed enough to know. You have proven that racial boundaries, no matter how big, can be easily overcome. You were loved, and will be missed.
Karisa, Phoenix, Arizona
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November 4, 2011
Bella, you are an angel in heaven! What a beautiful example of love and friendship you gave the world! Your love and devotion to Tarra was one of a kind! You are loved and missed. God Bless both Bella and Tarra!
Lisa Eise, Raleigh, NC
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November 4, 2011
My heart is heavy with grief for Bella & Tarra. I have been following your story for the last couple of years. Your love & devotion to each other was amazing to watch. I know Bella that you are waiting for Tarra over the "Rainbow Bridge." Don't worry about Tarra, there are so many people out there that loves & will take care of her for you! Bella, you wasn't my animal but the sorrow is real because the first time I seen you both together both of you took a piece of my heart!! Much LOVE to Bella & Tarra!!!
Joni Buwa, South Bend Indiana
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November 4, 2011
My Kindergarten class loves the story of Tarra and Bella's friendship. I share Tarra's story every year, as we are the Elephant Kindergarten class. I'm saddened to hear the news of the loss of Tarra's best friend. May Bella rest in peace. And may Tarra have only fond memories of her Bella.
Gina June, Brookings, Oregon
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November 4, 2011
So sorry to hear about dear Bella's death....My heart goes out to poor Tarra ! It is so sad and I do hope perhaps Tarra and another stray can become friends. Their devotion for each other was truly special.... My deepest sympathy to everyone involved in their lives.
Cindy Mott, Saint John , NB Canada
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November 4, 2011
Bella and Tarra are the essence of all that is good, pure, sweet in life,, what
all beings on this planet could be, if not
for the interference of some of the human race who thrives on greed, violence and selfishness, thinking they are all that matters and the other glorious species do not deserve to live in peace and have protection. One need not go to a church or belong to an organized religion, to feel the presence of God our Creator, just watch the videos of these blessed animals, Bella and Tarra, and you have just been with GOD in the purest, highest form.Thank you to all the good souls who give sanctuary around the world for all the Bellas and Tarras, and for reinforcing, the world even in all it's harshness, is still and will always be good and beautiful.
Candy Thomas, Carterville, Illinois
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November 4, 2011
Tears have fill my eyes as i read this story and the previous tribute's. I have one word. Amen.
Carla, Oregon
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November 4, 2011
We were in the Nashville flood of 2010 and lost everything. I have not been able to mourn our loss until Bella died. I cried like a baby. Bella was so sweet and loyal to Tarra. She will be missed. I will particularly miss reading about their adventures. Their pictures in the snow are priceless.


Sherry McKew, Nashville, TN
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November 4, 2011
It was with great sadness that I learned of the news of bella's passing. I read the book to my daughters all the time and follow news about them on The Elephant Sanctuary web site regularly. What a unusual but beautiful friendship they shared. We all will miss Bella - her memory will live on.


Jackie Magid, New York
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November 4, 2011
Rest in peace and comfort, Bella. You are a very special girl who brought endless joy to Tarra. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
Janet Miles, Westboro, Wi.
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November 4, 2011
RIP little Bella, you had such a lovely friendship with Tarra!

Be strong dear Tarra and always keep Bella in your heart!

What an amazing friendship they had between the two of them, God bless!


Amanda Coetzee, Cape Town, South Africa
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November 4, 2011
You're friendship inspires all creatures to love and care for one another no matter what shape, size or color we are. Bless you both and thank you for showing us how to love.
Kathryne, Philadelphia, PA
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November 4, 2011
I want to cry along with so many others. The tears are welling in my eyes. This is heartbreaking on so many levels. I know the saying "Elephants never forget" so I know Tarra will feel sadness for a long time.

Now the tears are falling.

RIP Bella, be strong Tarra.
Pamela Tully, Hoboken, NJ
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November 4, 2011
I just heard about Bella! I am heartbroken..... What will Tarra do without her buddy???? I am so sorry..... Dawn
Dawn Iverson, Glencoe, Minnesota
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November 4, 2011
God bless Bella's innocent heart and welcome her into The Kingdom of Love and Light! I know she will wait for her best friend to join her someday.

Much love and sympathy,
Debby Dobbins
Debby Dobbins, Charlotte NC USA
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November 4, 2011
Hi Bella, Unfortunately I never heard of you and Tarra until now...after your transition to the other side. Needless to say your story is incredible and I'm crying while writing this and watching your and Tarra's videos. Back in March I lost my fiance, Lori, in a tragic accident who is a huge animal lover. Hopefully you'll cross paths on the other side since extraordinary beings tend to stick together. I'm sure elephants live a long time, but please watch over and remain close to Tarra until that special day comes when you two are reunited forever. Tarra needs you now more than ever as I've needed Lori to be with me until our special day arrives. I'm looking forward to meeting you myself one day on the other side. Take care Bella...you truly are one of a kind!
Kel Hatt, Womelsdorf PA
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November 4, 2011
Wonderful story, a true animal lover is not surprised by the bonding of two such different animals....I am sure they shared the same size heart...thank God for stories like this....it sure does make me love them even more!!!
Kathleen Ethier, Warwick, RI
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November 4, 2011
Thank you Bella for what you have taught us. And continue to teach us. Your friend Tarra will never forget you. Nor will the millions of us human beings who often don't know nearly as much as you experienced and shared while with us.
Bari, Los Angeles California
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November 4, 2011
I am so saddened by the loss of Bella and know Tarra must be grieving her passing. What a wonderful and unusual friendship they both had in each other. My wish is that Tarra will soon find another friend to help her through her grieving process. Rest in peace
sweet Bella.
Muriel Mudge, Aurora, CO
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November 4, 2011
R I P Bella, I wish humans would learn how to live with one another. Sad but animals show us how we should act. Tarra would find another friend.
Blancos, New York, New York
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November 4, 2011
When I heard that you had passed away, Bella, I cried. I'd never met you yet I knew a lot about you and your friend Tarra, and feel so much empathy I couldn't take it. But with each tear, you've also given me a reason to smile, because you've shown me that true friendship does still exist. I cannot begin to imagine how Tarra is feeling but am thankful to hear that her sisters seem to be showing a lot of care and concern. Bella, that's because of you...the other elephants knew all along how special you were and that now Tarra needs some extra love.

I've been telling people about you and Tarra for years; unfortunately, I'm doing so again now to let them know what happened to you. But even as I tell them your story and Tarra's actions and tears fall down my cheeks, I smile at the end, because I know the love you shared will never be forgotten by Tarra or anyone who knew of you and your big friend.

I am so sorry, Bella; this wasn't your way to go and you left us too early. But as I've learned in my own life, things happen...maybe for a reason you don't understand at the time. You've left us with a story that love and friendship comes in all shapes and sizes. You will never be forgotten.

Love Cathleen
Cathleen Samiec, Cleveland, OH
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November 4, 2011
Nothing beats the love of a dog and without my two shihTzus, I would be a goner. I don't know too much about elephants, but this truly was a remarkable friendship. Does the sanctuary plan on trying to get another doggie friend for Tarra? Please give her big head a pat for me!
Jennifer Doering, Salisbury, NC
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November 4, 2011
Sweet Bella,
I know in my heart that you are happy in Heaven and helping your sweet Tarra with your huge love.
Belinda, AZ
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November 4, 2011
Run free at the bridge Sweet Bella. I wish more humans would overlook the differences in each other and love each other the way that you and Tarra did. You are a beautiful soul and the sun at the Rainbows Bridge is shining a little brighter with you their.
Joanne, New York
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November 4, 2011
Brave, fearless, beautiful, a true friend at any cost--a better person than I am, but an inspiration to us all. Thank you, Bella.
Karen, Guerin
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November 4, 2011
my heart just breaks over the loss of Bella. She was and still as much a part of the sanctuary as the girls. she will always be remembered as a faithful friend. Namaste little one.
Wanda Lott, Vicksburg, MS
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November 4, 2011
What a beautiful relationship between these two animals....What a world this would be if we all shared the love and compassion between us all humans on this short earth...An inspiration that I know that is real and hope that people will truly think about...
Carolyn Wallace, Stow Ohio
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November 4, 2011
Dear Bella - Not only will you be missed by Tarra but by all of us.
Sharon Andrew, Huber Heights, Ohio
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November 4, 2011
I was so touched by this amazing friendship when I first saw it last year. My heart goes out to both Tarra and Bella. RIP sweet little friend.
Darci, Ohio
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November 4, 2011
My life has been forever changed by the stories of Tarra and Bella.....
I wish we could all know the same devotion and love from our friends!
Bella was a prime example of why canines and humans share such a love, a love that transcends all species!
lynne baka, clinton,new jersey
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November 4, 2011
I am very sorry to learn of Bella's death. Theirs was a very special friendship, and it taught us all a bit about love as well. God Bless.
Bonnie Taylor, Sanford
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November 4, 2011
Sweet,sweet girl. What a blessing you have been.God Bless you & you travels now to the Rainbow Bridge. All my love sweet girl XO
Pam Hartmann, Sun City,CA
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November 4, 2011
My dearest friends, I couldn't believe it when i read that our beloved bella was gone. I guess i never though such a thing could happen to our precious girl. God bless tarra !!! I cant believe she was a witness to such a horrible thing. But at the same time im so glad bella maybe had her final look upon her best friend as she came to render help and aide. Bella came to tarra's rescue yrs ago and offered her true friendship. I'm glad tarra was there to offer her friendship when they parted. Rest in peace my dear friend, I know others are waiting for you xxxooo
k. houghton, naples, florida
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November 4, 2011
bella may you rest in peace you will be greatly missed you were the best friend a elephant could ever have in her life.
juli lapine, east wareham, massachusetts
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November 4, 2011
Godspeed dear Bella. I'm sure you will be missed by all. Spread your wings & keep watch over your faithful friend Tarra.
Sharon, Ohio
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November 4, 2011
Thank you, Bella and Tarra for leading by example, love is beautiful
Colleen , East Northport, NY
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November 4, 2011
Such a beautiful friendship... thank you little Bella for showing us that differences don't have to create barriers between us.
Nancy Armitstead, Jackson Heights, New York
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November 4, 2011
Rest in peace Bella. Tarra remember that Bella is in a better place.
Dorothy Black, Forest Hills
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November 4, 2011
So very sad. Long live Bella in our hearts. I hope Tarra is going to be ok. They are such emotional creatures. Give her lots of hugs and maybe a watermelon to eat for me.
Diana, Omaha
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November 4, 2011
Bella,

You were a beautiful soul. Tarra, my heart aches for you for the loss of your closest friend. I hope you find comfort in the fact you had such a rich relationship for a time. You will be joined again at the Rainbow Bridge where all animal friends will run free. Thanks to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, what a beautiful concept! It took courage for you to say no to Disney also!! Congratulations on having a wonderful place for these most wonderful animals on the face of the earth. Wish I lived closer to be able to visit or work there.
Kat, Andover, Minnesota
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November 4, 2011
What a wonderful story and what a wonderful friendship. May you rest in peace. You will be missed.
Amy, Melbourne, Flordia
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November 4, 2011
Dearest Bella,as your name suggests,you were truly beautiful,both inside and out. Your wonderful friendship with Tarra should be an inspiration to all of us humans. RIP, you sweetheart. Those of us who saw your story on TV will miss you just as much as your faithful friend Tarra will.
Mayra, Oviedo,Florida
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November 4, 2011
Such a beautiful pair. We could surely learn a lot from these two. Love and acceptance is what we all want, no matter what our differences may be. Rest in peace Bella. You will some day see your beautiful Tarra again in heaven. Animals go to heaven too.
Linda, Wisconsin
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November 4, 2011
Bella, you wandered into the Sanctuary and Tarra's a life 8 years ago. Who would have known you would become Tarra's best friend. The love you shared is more than many people will ever know. You will be missed by everyone, especially Tarra. You made Tarra's life so much better. They say, Elephants never forget, so I know Tarra will never forget you. Thank you for teaching us all that we don't all have to be the same to become friends & love each other. Your passing made everyone who knew you far and wide very sad. But to know you got to live freely and were loved by all these past 8 years is a wonderful thought. I know you were very happy. Your pictures and videos proved it. Make sure you save enough room for Tarra on the other side of the rainbow bridge....she is a pretty big girl. Thank you to your Elephant Sanctuary Family for all they did for you and every beautiful elephant that lives there.
Serena Lewandowsky, Mesa, AZ
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November 4, 2011
This true story of such Love and Friendship and Caring for another living being is BEAUTIFUL to witness!!!! Both Tarra and Bella are teachers to us humans in the way we live our lives and treat others. May we show compassion and understanding to one another and accept and see past our differences and Enjoy what came as Natural to these two in our own lives! Tarra, we know you will greatly miss Bella, but we also know you have the love and thanks of everyone whose lives you have touched so specially! May you live a long life and have much love!!!!
Wendy Rae, Winchester, MA
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November 4, 2011
Bella you gave comfort,joy and unconditional love to your friend Tarra. Bless you and rest in peace.
Lida Clayton, Orange County California
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November 4, 2011
Tarra, please know how much we all grieve your loss. Bella was an incredible buddy, and the two of you taught us silly humans so much about what life is really all about. We will remember her always. Please be at peace, sweet girl.
Julia Dennis, Asheville, NC
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November 4, 2011
While my heart aches every time I think of this story, I rejoice that these two glorious spirits found and adored each other unconditionally. Peace and love, Bella and Tarra.
Mary, Illinois
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November 4, 2011
I will always remember Bella and Tarra's story. Such a sweet yet heartbreaking ending. True friendship til the end. I'll be keeping track of Tarra in the future and I hope she lives a long and happy life. RIP Bella
PookieWookie, Boston, MA
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November 4, 2011
I am so grateful that the loving story of these two was shared with me. And though I am so sad at the passing of Bella, It was so wonderful to be exposed to the tender relationship that existed between Tarra and Bella.
Christine Bechler, San Jose, California
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November 4, 2011
Condolences to Tarra and all the staff. Rest In Peace, beautiful Bella.
Jane, Richmond VA
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November 4, 2011
I mourn the loss of beautiful little Bella and give thanks for coming to know her with the videos posted in recent months. Her story is so beautiful. I only hope for Tarra to find peace and comfort after losing such a wonderful loving companion. God Bless you all for providing such a wonderful environment for them both.
Rand Parks, Highland, Ca
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November 4, 2011
i never knew of this story before today and i type with tears at this loss. how incredible these two friends were. is there anything sweeter than their love for each other?
nancy keyes, cleveland, ohio
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November 4, 2011
We've learned so much from you sweet lady. All dogs go to heaven--and so do elephants. ;)
Ryan, Columbia, MO
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November 4, 2011
Bella: Such friendships are rare indeed and so special. Wait for Tara; she will remember you.
Judy Worthen, Monroe, La.
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November 4, 2011
I am always amazed at how much animals teach us, every day. What a wonderful friendship. Bella is an inspiration, and my heart is sad for Tarra.
Lynn K, Putnam Valley, NY
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November 4, 2011
This is such a heartfelt loss of a truly amazing relationship that has touched me in ways I cannot even articulate. The bond between Bella and Tarra is one the world can learn from. It proves to me that there is a connection between all living beings, big and small.
I felt the loss as if I knew these kindred spirits, and I am a better person as a result of knowing about this incredible friendship. Thanks Bella, and I know Tarra will grieve with the support of her "sisters" and all of you who work at the sanctuary. Keep on keeping on!
joanne, Hull, Ma
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November 4, 2011
This breaks my heart...I am very sad, Rest In Peace. You will be in heaven now.



Tiffany Allen, La Crosse Wisconsin
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November 4, 2011
Dear Tarra & TES Staff,

I am so very sorry for the loss of sweet Bella. What a wonderful devoted friend she was and always will be to Tarra and to all of you. The love and friendship of Bella and Tarra knew no bounds. They were "family", true sisters deep in their hearts. Their story touched us deeply and I can't tell you how terribly sad and broken hearted I feel over this loss. Tarra found Bella and then brought her back to the home that they so lovingly shared one last time. The last devoted act for a loved one. Again, I am so deeply sorry for your loss dear Tarra and also for the kind staff of TES. Rest in peace dearest Bella and please know that the day that you and your elephant sister are reunited will truly be a day when the angels sing. All love, prayers and friendship...."Joy she gave, Joy she has found".
Brian, Philadelphia, PA
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November 4, 2011
(((Bella))) Your best buddy Tarra misses you so much but she does have lovely memories of your friendship & you both will meet again.
Coreen B.C., Canada
Coreen Kerr, Burnaby, B.C.
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November 4, 2011
I feel very lucky to have been able to see these two friends spending time enjoying life together. I had the pleasure of watching them from my desk at work recently. Their companionship will be missed. Om mani padme hung.
Danielle, St. Petersburg, Florida
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November 4, 2011
Bella and Tarra taught that true friendship is so simple...every minute together, every gesture, shows love. Thanks you .
Kathleen Zarnosky, Woodbury,NJ
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November 4, 2011
Bella,

You look like a mighty fine lady and so sweet and calm! I know Tarra will miss you so very much.

May your life and the love you held in your heart teach us ... that could be your greatest gift.

Thank you for being a model of love and loyalty.

God bless you,



Denise, Pasadena, CA
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November 4, 2011
Such love a dog can have for another. And the obvious love an elephant can have for another. Such sweetness will be greatly missed. It's now time for humans to care so much for each other and all others.
Cary , Bayside NY
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November 4, 2011
I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF THE DEATH
OF BELLA. SHE DID NOT DESERVE TO DIE
LIKE SHE DID WITHOUT HER FRIEND WITH HER.

REST IN PEACE BEAUTIFUL BELLA. I WILL
NEVER FORGET YOUR STORY OF THE LOVE BETWEEN TARRA AND YOU.

BLESSING TO YOU

ANNE
ANNE TURNER, VANCOUVER, CANADA
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November 4, 2011
It is with deep sorrow that I learn of your passing Bella. You brought such pleasure to your friend Tarra as well as the rest of us who have heard your story. May you rest in peace.
Tricia, Colorado
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November 4, 2011
Humankind should learn from Tarra & Bella. Tarra, Bella will be waiting for you when you cross that Rainbow Bridge. This breaks my heart.
Lindy, Dallas
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November 4, 2011
What an inspiration to all of us.

I was so touched by your friendship, acceptance and love.

Bella touched my heart.
Diane Johnson, Sonoma, ca.
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November 4, 2011
I have shared your book and dvd with my little grand nephews and nieces with the hope that they learn all the beautiful lessons it teaches. I know your story will live on in their memories as it will in mine. I am ordering more copies to give to local schools.
Alice Lively, Kingwood, TX
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November 4, 2011
May God find a very special place in his kingdom over the Rainbow Bridge for this kind and loving girl.
May you run and play in the sunshine of heaven until your friend Tarra comes to join you and you both can be together again.


Pamela Harvey, Las Vegas, Nevada
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November 4, 2011
The video of Tarra & Bella was so sweet and amazing. Bella, you had so much to offer. I'm truly sorry you aren't with Tarra any longer. I know one day you and Tarra will be together in a special place made in heaven for both of you. My heartfelt sorrow for the loss of Bella. Rest in peace little girl until your best friend Tarra comes to see you. Then you can restart your journey as the amazing team you were. I'm sure you will be Tarra's guardian angel until that time. Much love to you both.
Bentley Yeager, Los Angeles, CA
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November 4, 2011
"[T]o blessed animals the utmost kindness must be shown, the more the better. Tenderness and loving-kindness are basic principles of God's heavenly Kingdom. Ye should most carefully bear this matter in mind."--Bahai Writings

There is much to learn from the animals and this odd pair has taught us acceptance, kindness and the true meaning of friendship. Condolences to all those who loved Bella and may Tarra's family continue to help Tarra through her grief.

Veronica Dickey, Massillon, Ohio
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November 4, 2011
A little white stray dog, unwanted, BUT adopted by an elephant named Tarra! I never heard a sweeter story or a more amazing one. Gone too soon.
Nancy, Flowery Branch GA
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November 4, 2011
Dear Sweet Loyal Bella,

Thank you for the lesson on love that you have taught us. If only more humans would follow in your example. Your beautiful friendship with Tarra has touched so many lives. My thoughts are with Tarra and all of Bella's dear friends. I am so glad that Tarra has so many friends that will help her to heal during this very sad time.
Laura Cominetti, Cross Plains, Wisconsin
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November 4, 2011
This one of the most beautiful, heartwarming stories I've heard in a very long time. A true reminder that there is still goodness out there. Thank you for sharing this story with everyone.
Debbie Pena, Rio Rancho, NM
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November 4, 2011
May Bella rest in peace and I hope Tarra can live a happy life with her memories of the love she and Bella shared. God Bless them both.



MaryAnn LaBarca, Irmo SC
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November 4, 2011
Who are we to say a dog is "man's best friend." These two animals epitomize the relationship that dogs have with humans and other animals. This is why I will never understand how humans can hurt, in so many different ways, dogs. They serve us as pets, rescuers, working dogs, therapy dogs and service dogs and more. Bella's trust was unwavering and their communication with each other is something we should all admire and practice. My heart goes out to Tara and my hope is that she will survive, even perhaps find another "Bella."
Concetta Pipia, New York
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November 4, 2011
I don't believe that there is any comparison of the love and devotion of a canine.

Bella was a brilliant example of that, devotion and commitment to an elephant, we will never know what it was that drew them to each other. I'm sure Tarra will miss you!

People need to learn from the animals.

RIP Bella
David, Virginia
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November 4, 2011
My heart breaks with this news. Bella & Tara, you both are forever in my heart. Thank You for showing us what love looks like. You both brought joy & hope to everyone that heard about your bond.
Bella, We will continue to watch over Tara. However, somehow, I think you still are.

To The Sanctuary: Please continue to surround Tara w/love. Thank you for the work that you do.
Amaridis Quintana, Huntington Beach, California
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November 4, 2011
Why don't we as humans look more closely at God's creations that walk on all fours, there is so much to learn.
This tugs at my heart,a real amazing story. God bless Tarra & Bella.
Garland Jones, Chicago, IL.
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November 4, 2011
This is heartbreaking that a love so sweet and pure has to end. What a great pair of friends who enjoyed each other and had the chance to know true love and respect. There will never be another Bella.
elizabeth, soddy daisy, tn
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November 4, 2011
What a sad day... My tears flow and my heart aches.. Tarra you are in my heart as the loss of your beautiful friend. I remember when you sat by Bella's side as she healed from her last injury.. RIP Bella and Tarra you will be in my heart forever...
Melissa, Nevada
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November 4, 2011
If only people could see life the way these two did, the world would be a much better place. The differences that we have: color, size, shape, wealth, etc. aren't anything. When it all boils down, we are the same, placed here to make a positive difference in some one's life, to love unconditionally, and help our fellow man/woman/child the best we can.
Pam , Atoka Tn
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November 4, 2011
My deepest love to Tarra and family for the loss of precious Bella. I send you love, condolences and prayers of peace. Now bella is an angel in heaven to watch over Tarra's friends who have crossed the rainbow bridge. Her beautiful spirit will shine forever across the Tennessee fields. She is now truly a free spirit. Bless you all for loving her and giving her a beautiful place to have lived her life. Namaste
Judy Sato, Richmond, BC Canada
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November 4, 2011
What a tragic moment. From what I have read and seen, elephants mourn deeply, often revisiting the bones - or moving them to what they find to be a better place - so that they may come and pay their respects regularly. Warm and loving, elephants have been high in my mind all my life. Their lives are rich and constantly enriched by their families and chosen friends.

I understand the loss in a rather unique manner: I adopted a greyhound in 1999 - a companion like no other and loving to the very, very end. At the time I was fostering cats, socializing and litter box training them, and I took in Jack the Cat. The moment he came in, Jen and Jack touched noses... and from then until her death, Jen and Jack were inseparable. Jack ate with Jen, slept with Jen, awaited her return from her many-times daily visits outside at the back door, became quite frantic when Jen wasn't home.

The day Jen died, she snapped at Jack - something that had never occurred in their more than decade-long relationship. I think Jen was telling Jack she was leaving us. Honestly, I do.

For ages, Jack slept in her spot and seemed despondent. He has improved and has found delight in being a lap kitty - and he is now socializing with the other cats - but just saying Jen's name - even her nickname causes Jack to throw his head in the air and search for her.

Animal relationships, in my opinion, are often far more close and loving than human families, with their quirks, outward displays and commonly-held joys.

I mourn for Tarra and Bella. I've followed their lives through your website for years, and am deeply sorry for her - and your - devastating news.

Give Tarra a kiss from me. I will continue to regularly visit the site... and hope Tarra finds peace about this.

Warmly and lovingly,
Laura in Memphis
Laura, Memphis, Tennessee
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November 4, 2011
I have followed this story from the beginning and my heart goes out to Tarra as her heart is breaking.. I feel the same It is a very sad day... RIP dear Bella you are loved and we will all miss your friendship.. Tarra we love you and you will be in my heart forever.. God Bless..... my tears flow and my heart aches...
Melissa , Nevada
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November 4, 2011
RIP Bella......
Hang in there Tarra......
You two will be together again someday.
Meghan J., Denver, Colorado
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November 4, 2011
You are missed, Bella. I know you'll be waiting for Tarra at the Rainbow Bridge.
Shelli Richter, Florida
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November 4, 2011
Enjoy romping over the bridge sweet
Bella. Imagine all the other woofies surprise when one day Tarra comes to visit you.
Rhonda, Utah
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November 4, 2011
I was very sad to learn of Bella's death. Her friendship with Tarra was such an inspiration to me. They found their commonality and built a loving relationship on it. So beautiful. Rest in peace, little Bella.
Athena McEwan, Mill Valley, CA
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November 4, 2011
Two friends that enjoyed and loved each other. What more could be asked of life. Tara's grief will be relieved and joy will return some day at her and Bella's reunion at "Rainbow Bridge"
Dennis Stepanovich, Lansing, Michigam
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November 4, 2011
Rest in peace darling. You are an inspiration to all living beings.
veon, florida
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November 4, 2011
I know how heartbroken I would be if my friend Ace died, and knowing how loving and devoted elephants are I know that Tarra is also. My empathy and sympathy go out to Tarra
Richard Williams, Washington, DC
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November 4, 2011
Bella and Tarra, the whole world should take notice of your love for each other despite your differences. What a better world we would be.
Clare M., Chicago, IL
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November 4, 2011
Losing a friend is hard, losing ones closest companion can be devastating and the pain that comes with grieving for them is a heavy burden regardless of what species you happen to be.
Stan, Georgia
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November 4, 2011
What a wonderful life Bella had with Tara. God had a plan for them to be together and for some reason Bella was needed in Heaven. I am blessed to know this story and blessed to know that there is an incredible place for Bella to have spent the best years of her life. God bless her and God bless the sanctuary. Bella you will be missed on this early and your friend Tarra will be so sad for a long time. I hope a new dog comes into Tarra's life. I am sure God has that planned as well
Terri, Uniontown, ohio
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November 4, 2011
Although I'm sad to hear this, I can think of no better way for Bella to spend her final years than with loving caretakers, roaming freely on hundreds of acres and spending each day with a devoted friend. We'll miss you Bella.


Laraine, Collegeville, PA
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November 4, 2011
Beautiful Bella, what a dog's soul... to find true friendship/love in anything is possible. This was an amazing relationship that I wish more people could understand. Such a tragedy this is. Then for poor Tarra to have found her friend must have been devastating, I hope she finds true friendship like this again, I wish I could hug you Tarra... I wish you peace and love. There is nothing like the companion of a dog. Rest easy Bella...
lisa, san diego, ca
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November 4, 2011
RIP Bella! You were such an inspiring steward for unconditional love all over the world. You taught so many, so much. When I would see the two of you together it was pure joy rising. Thank you so very much.
May all of your grief be short and be replaced with memories of love, laughter and peace.
Until we meet again.
Cheryl Dougherty, Atlanta, Ga
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November 4, 2011
Sweet little Bella-your example of trust is awe-inspiring. Watch over your friend Tarra and warm her heart still.
Tracey, Plattsburgh, NY
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November 4, 2011
Dearest Tarra, you and Bella brought joy to the hearts of so many with your loving friendship. I am so sorry that Bella is no longer with you. You will miss her desperately, and I will as well. I loved watching the video of the two of you sharing your lives together in peace, love, harmony and enduring friendship.

Deepest symphony to Tarra and all at The Sanctuary.




Marcia Molloy, New Orleans, LA
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November 4, 2011
I am so sorry to hear of Bella's passing. I have enjoyed watching them together in videos and it breaks my heart that Bella is gone. Tarra is in my prayers.
Lindsey Church, Ruskin, FL.
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November 4, 2011
Tara & Bella have experienced what many humans haven't- the gift of true friendship & loyalty. What an inspiration to us all. Bella we love & will miss you! Thank you for all the joy you brought to Tara and to those of us blessed by your story. Tara your friend will watch over you! Stay well until you meet again. You are very special!
Betsy, MN
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November 4, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember watching the video of Bella being carried out to see Tara after she had her surgery...my heart jumped and I started to cry. It was one of the most incredible scenes I had
ever seen! I know Tara must be in such a state of loss. But maybe another little Bella will be found for her one day. Sending love from Pa.
Lydia Williams, Pennsylvania
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November 4, 2011
Goodbye, sweet Bella. Your life touched so many others. I pray the that memory of your friendship gives comfort and strength to your dear friend, Tarra. She will miss you terribly. RIP.
Julie, Ohio
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November 4, 2011
I have loved this story for many reasons but mainly because of the unconditional love these two wonderful creatures had for each other. If you stop and think about the amazement of the commitment these two animals shared it will make you realize that nothing is impossible.I believe God showed us the magnitude of this wonderful relationship to teach us as humans that love can cross all boundaries.
Victoria Pettit, Spring, Texas
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November 4, 2011
Dearest Bella,
I couldn't hold back my tears seeing the video and the tributes every one put in. We have so much to learn from you. I don't know how many human friendship can last a lifetime and you had proven us that even different species can live harmoniously together.
Thank you so much for sharing your love with us humans.
O, this is my second tribute for you, Bella.
Angela , Chandler AZ
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November 4, 2011
Wow, they both showed such love and compassion. They have taught us so much and we have so much to learn. Bella will be missed by us all.

Thank you Bella.
L. Yacobucci, San Francisco
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November 4, 2011
You have showed us what it means to love unconditionally. I believe Bella is an angel watching over Tarra and those who cared for them. Theirs was a wonderful relationship, of which humans should take note. This special story touched millions of hearts worldwide; let's hope it will not be forgotten.

RIP, Bella. It's sad that you left Tarra so soon... God bless all the animals...
Vitra, Miami, Florida
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November 4, 2011
My Dearest Bella,

I feel so sad when I learned of your departure from this world. I had followed your news from my last reading and how I wish I had met you and hugged you. I hope you had lived a good life and continue a good life in heaven. Someday we will go where you had gone and join you. You will be missed very much.

Love,
Angela
Angela Lien, Chandler AZ
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November 4, 2011
To Bella, my heart is so sadden by your passing. You and Tarra were a pair of friends that all can admire. You were such a happy girl and I love your spirit.
To Tarra, my thoughts are with you and I hope you find peace in your friendships with your elephant friends. Perhaps another pup with a spirit similar to Bella's will come into your life. Remember the good times you and Bella had. I hope they bring you peace.
Diane S, Albuquerque, NM
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November 4, 2011
Your story is the most beautiful story of two creatures able to be friends and companions.\, to trust and love each other just because you can.. It is the saddest day that Tara has lost her beloved friend. I so hope that she can find another friend in need to love and cherish the way she did Bella.. If only we all could learn from your example ..
Maureen Perkins, Hinckley, Ohio 44233
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November 4, 2011
A MESSAGE FROM BELLA TO TARRA:

I explained it to St. Peter,
I'd rather stay here
Outside the pearly gate.
I won't be a nuisance,
I won't even bark, I'll be very patient and wait,
I'll be here, chewing on a celestial bone,
No matter how long you may be.
I'd miss you so much, if I went in alone,
It wouldn't be heaven for me.
(Unknown Author)
Fran BERDY, PARSONS, PA
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November 4, 2011
I was so saddened to hear of Bella's passing. RIP beautiful little Bella. You and Tarra have shown the world that those that are different can live together in peace and harmony. All should use the example you set as a way of living and loving each day. You will never be forgotten.
Lisa Croote, San Antonio, TX
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November 4, 2011
Message from Bella to Tarra:

I explained it to St. Peter,
I'd rather stay here
Outside the pearly gate.
I won't be a nuisance,
I won't even bark, I'll be very patient and wait,
I'll be here, chewing on a celestial bone,
No matter how long you may be.
I'd miss you so much, if I went in alone,
I wouldn't be heaven for me.
(Unknown Author)
Fran BERDY, PARSONS, PA
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November 4, 2011
What a wonderful friendship you had. RIP Bella...I am sure your friend is missing you endlessly.
Tamara, Lynn, MA
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November 4, 2011
My heart broke when I read of Bella's passing last week. My husband found your website and I have been a fan ever since. I truly enjoyed stories on the CBS Evening News of their dear, dear friendship; The Elephant and her little dog! And look forward to tonight's tribute to Bella on the CBS Evening News. I wish Tarra the very best as she deals with the loss of her Best Friend. And I pray for the caregivers as you watch over her and for your loss as well.
Renae, Missouri
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November 4, 2011
I cried openly here at work as I watched all the videos with Bella. Even though I never knew or met her, I was amazed by her gentle grace and eyes full of love and character. What a terrible loss to you all and the elephants. I wish I could have known her. People here at work think I am crazy because I can grieve for a dog I don't even know, but my heart is with you, the elephants and Bella. May the spirit of the Universe give you peace. She was a precious soul...
Laura McGowan, Lothian, MD
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November 4, 2011
I was so sorry to hear the news. I have been a fan since I first heard about Bella and Tarra last year. My love and condolences to Tarra and to everyone who is missing Bella right now.
Nancy Tomasheski, Sherman Oaks, CA, USA
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November 4, 2011
Bella you have your Angel Wings let Tarra know you are well and you will be together again some day at the Rainbow Bridge true friendship transcends time
Janice, Santa Clarita CA
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November 4, 2011
If only we could trust like Bella did. What a wonderful place we would live in
Nancy, Toledo, OH
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November 4, 2011
Little Bella, loyal friend, rest in peace.
Pamela, West Lebanon, NH
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November 4, 2011
Dear Tarra and friends,
So so sorry for your sudden and terrible loss of gentle sweet Bella. The whole world is mourning with all of you. Thank you Tarra for always protecting your dear friend. This time, however Bella ran off to scare the coyotes away from you, but even in your grief you took her back to the barn. Love to you dear Tarra and look to Shirley and the rest for comfort.
Miss you Bella.
Tricia Glynn, Milwaukee, WI
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November 4, 2011
Dear Tarra and beautiful little Bella were an example to all of us of how the world SHOULD be. The love and trust between them was truly amazing. It touched me so , that Tarra tried to save Bella, and when she found that she couldn't, she gently brought Bella home. What a wonderful beautiful last tribute she gave to her loyal little friend. Bella is "home" now and waiting for Tarra. And what a wonderful joyous reunion they will have one day.

God bless and God Speed, little Bella. And God bless Tarra, that wonderful dear elephant.
Jeri Hatfield, Westpoint, IN
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November 4, 2011
Such a sad story I just ready about the lost of Bella. May she rest in peace and be the angel to watch over Tarra! I know she is greatly missed by Tarra and all the workers at the Sanctuary. God Bless all of you!
Jo Racca, Lafayette, LA
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November 4, 2011
Tarra and Bella showed the whole world that love is:
1. complete acceptance
2. a gentle bond
3. a mystery
4. a miracle
5. the most profound and, yet, simplest truth of life
6. the truest thing that can exist between two beings
8. a blessing


Sarra Baraily, East Lansing, Michigan
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November 4, 2011
My heart is so heavy upon learning of Bella's death. I am so sad and concerned for Tarra. I hope she finds another friend to keep her company and I wish I could hug her.
Beverly Young, Washington state
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November 4, 2011
I live in England and this story makes me realise how wonderful animals are I have shed some tears for you sweet Bells rest in peace.
Jacqueline Bandara, England
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November 4, 2011
I am in awe of the relationship between Tarra and Bella. I've followed them for quite a long time and this story just broke my heart. But that Tarra tended to her friend in her final moments speaks volumes about love, trust and honor. Thank you for sharing their story, and for all you to for the lives in your care at The Elephant Sanctuary.
Rachel , New York, NY
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November 4, 2011
I was so sad to hear about Bella. I saw this story on the news and thought that people should be more like animals. They don't notice differences they just love.

Rest in Peace pretty girl. Your memory will live on and be an inspiration.
Cary, Cary NC
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November 4, 2011
Rest peacefully sweet soul. You will never be forgotten. <3
Niki Ronneberg, Hagerstown, MD
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November 4, 2011
What wonderful lessons can be learned from our 4-legged friends and the limitless bonds of affection between two seemingly unlikely partners in life! If two such different living creatures can create such a bond that humans can only hope to experience in our lifetime, should we not study what they have done so right that we do so poorly. Peace to all!
Bill Cimino, Naples, FL
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November 4, 2011
Dear Bella:
We've followed your friendship with Tarra and love you both. May you be companioned by doggy angels,
and take care of those Ellies who've already passed.
Meanwhile,Tarra is being lovingly embraced by her caregivers and global family of fans.
As you know, she took care of you to the end... and then wisely knew she could follow you no further at that time.
Your friendship has inspired many.
Mary, Florida, USA
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November 4, 2011
I was so saddened when I read about her tragic passing. I became aware of The Elephant Sanctuary because of their unusual and loving story, Since then, I have been a faithful sponsor to the cause. What a terrible loss.
Nancy Gorman, Delmar, New York
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November 4, 2011
What an amazing and beautiful friendship between those two animals.
It's so sad to read that Bella;s life has ended in such a terrible way. And Tara now has to miss her dear friend.
But they have both been given something they'll never forget. A loving companion. And that's a beautiful thing to have had, no matter how sad the loss is now. I'm glad to read another elephant is comforting Tara.
Tara and Bella have given us a great example of friendship and loyalty amongst animals. People who see these videos will get more respect for the feelings of animals. They are heroes in my book.

It is a beautiful sanctuary, and I'm so happy the animals have such a loving place to live their lives as free beings.
So I would'nt be surprised when more miracles occur.
Tessa, The Netherlands
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November 4, 2011
Having recently lost a small soul mate of my own,I felt acutely your loss of Bella. Mine was a small dog named Webster who was rescued from a roadside park.I know they must leave us someday and they are only ours for a brief period, always too short. Bella was special and will always remind us of the remarkable bond that animals have for each other and for us. Sleep well Bella and watch over your beloved Tarra.
Elizabeth Lorey, Rolla, Missouri
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November 4, 2011
The story of Bella and Tarra's friendship was inspirational. I hope Tarra is doing ok and will find a new best friend. But nothing could replace their unique friendship. Animals never cease to amaze me, and probably elephants and dogs most of all.
Diane McDonough, Coarsegold, Ca
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November 4, 2011
Oh dear Bella. Your loss is heart felt. We have been donating to the Sanctuary for some time and always loved to read stories about you and your best friend, Tara. It always brought such joy to our hearts! We know GOD only lends our pets to us for a short time and apparently he wanted you back home. May GOD hold you closely in his arms and give you much deserved peace. We will pray that Tara continues to do well and know she will be reunited with you some day in heaven.
Barb & Bill Fuller, Mineral Bluff, GA
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November 4, 2011
Such unconditional love and friendship. Rest in Peace, Bella. Watch over your Tarra - Bella. One day, you will both be able to roam together again - safe from all dangers.

Hopefully, Tarra will find someone else to love & cherish.

Animals have the purest souls!
Shirley Gans, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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November 4, 2011
We miss you Bella --you will always be in our hearts........
Alberta Graham, Indiana
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November 4, 2011
I am so very sad about Bella's passing. My heart aches for Tara. It's an amazing "love story" that those two shared. That Tara brought Bella home, shows others just how much they cared for each other. I have always enjoyed reading about the bond they shared. I will never forget this story as long as I live and may Bella rest in peace. They have touched my heart forever!

Darlene , Johnstown, PA
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November 4, 2011
Tarra, you and Bella taught us so