For those of you who are not year-round residents, Bella wants to welcome you out for a new summer and wish you a happy Memorial Day weekend.
Bella, a Southampton resident, has a lot of news to share. She is a Golden Retriever filled with a zest for life. Bella also has a lot of curiosity. Most important, she is extremely social and charitable. Her first pick is always to go swimming at the beach. However, she never forgets her role as spokes-dog for the Southampton Animal Shelter.
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Over the winter, The Southampton Animal Shelter opened a Thrift Shop on Jobs Lane. Bella attended the opening and could not resist lending a paw.
Bella has a vast array of friends. These friends include both animals and people. With that being said, she thought it would be a magnificent idea to give back to the community and shelter. She decided to act as their spokes-dog to spread the word. Known for her impeccable sense of design and keen ability to seek out a good deal, not to mention being a friend to all, she could not resist the temptation to write a column. In this column she will share what she finds and friends she meets along the journey.
With the opening of the Thrift Shop, a venue filled with treasures came alive. Animal lovers of all kinds went into their attics, created extra closet space, asked her friends and found things that needed a new home. The result is a store waiting for passersby to come in and find picks of their own!
Before Bella heads out to roll in the sand and chase sticks into the sea, she often spends Saturday mornings hanging out with Jack and Joe, the store directors. Last week, she got a pet from the Shafiroff daughters, Liz and Blank, along with Charles McConnell. They brought in a few items to donate to the shop. Also, they were planning their Junior Committee for the Unconditional Love Benefit on July 16.
One of Bella’s favorite people passed by her, on her morning walk, around Lake Agawam. That person was Ann Fletcher. Ann was accompanied by her beloved rescue Greyhound, Miss Tulip. They will be lead walkers in PAWS across the Hamptons coming up on June 11. Ann is an irresistible person. Her love of animals, especially rescue animals, makes anyone’s heart sing. To meet Ann and Miss Tulip, and to see the love between them (their eyes tell it all), makes Bella and me smile.
So, as Bella is now panting and telling me she needs a break from dictating, not to mention her well-deserved swim, we are off to the beach.
While we are out, please visit the Southampton Animal Shelter website, southamptonanimalshelter.com, to see some of Bella’s Picks as well as to learn more about the Shelter. As a Memorial Day bonus, for anyone who mentions this column, Bella is giving Bella Bucks Back – 20% off all purchases through Memorial Day weekend. What a great way to say hello. Come be a friend of the Shelter, a new friend of Bella’s, and who knows maybe make a new friend of your own. Everything is possible at the Thrift Shop.
Summer is here…and the fun is just starting! Not to mention, the water warming…from those frigid days of Polar Bear swims at Halsey Beach. Enjoy every second as they pass so fast and before you know it the summer corn is gone, and the fresh tomatoes are now all turned into soup…
P.S.: Bella wants to thank Kevin Maple and his team for their support and great donations. It means a lot! There are huge, giving hearts at the Kevin Maple Salon. Unfortunately, they don’t do doggie comb-outs.