The actress lost her 16-year-old dog Barbara a week ago.
Watching an elderly dog that was raised and cared for in a home, being abandoned in the animal shelter is quite possibly one of the most heartbreaking things you can see. But the harsh reality remains that pet animals continue to be abandoned at animal shelters because of old age, physical disabilities, for being too hard to discipline etc. But anyone who grew up with a pet dog or a cat would know that these are just reasons that should never be more important than the fact that the loving animal has spent their entire life by your side, until they were abandoned.
Actor Kristen Bell recently said goodbye to a furry four-legged member of her family, an elderly dog she had rescued from an animal shelter in LA."I'm going to miss her a ton, but I'm also really, really grateful that I got to spoil her in her last two years," said the 40-year-old, according to Today.
Barbara was adopted from The Dog Cafe in Los Angeles and had been part of Kristin Bell and Dax Shepard's household for the last two years.
On Sunday, October 11, The Good Place star posted an emotional video on her Instagram Stories thanking her fans and followers for all their wishes after the beloved family pet, Barbara passed away on Saturday. "I had and I continue to have such a good experience with adopting senior dogs, and I hope by seeing some of Barbara's antics, it inspires other people to open their hearts to older dogs," she said. "I know they're not like the ideal thing to take on and obviously it's sad when they die, but it's no comparison to the feeling you have knowing that you spoiled someone in their twilight years."
And she couldn't have been more right. While having a pet at home is already quite wonderful, there's nothing more rewarding than knowing that the dog or cat you're looking after has been saved from a tragic life that would have otherwise been spent in a cage, alone, at the pound. The family has another dog, Frank, who was also rescued from the same organization.
Talking about how Barbara brightened up their lives in the two years after they brought her home, Bell said, "I will miss Barbara's proclivities so much, but I'm so grateful I got to know her and spoil her. I feel really lucky to have been able to do that and I hope that anyone who is considering being open to a senior dog does so because they are just the best."
She first spoke about her pet's imminent death in an Instagram story on Friday, October 9, according to US Weekly. The caption read, “Our beautiful @barbarabiscuits got sick this weekend." Continuing, she said, “Vet diagnosed Giardia, and it looked like for a while like Barb was gonna pull through. Even though Barb is a (gorgeous) fighter, shes gone septic and her lil body doesn’t look like it’s gonna pull through.”
According to US Weekly, Bell had also put up an Instagram story on Sunday, in what seems to be her furry friend's final days. "On our way now to say goodbye," she wrote. "Trying to stay super grateful for the 2 years we got to spoil her like the Queen that she is."
Bell also spoke about losing her dog on The Ellen Degeneres Show a few days later. When Degeneres asked her how she was doing, she said, "I'm okay, I'm okay. It was sudden and obviously, it was a really big bummer. But we got to say goodbye. Both my girls got to say a nice goodbye where they held her."
She urged people to adopt senior dogs on this platform as well. She said many would say that older dogs are not the right fit for their family because the dogs will die. Her response to this was "Newsflash, everything dies". She said that she hopes that anyone who fell in love with Barbara finds it in their heart to adopt senior dogs. Bell went on to say she had a wonderful time getting to know Barbara and that she "would carry her [Barbara] in her heart forever."
According to Yahoo! News, Bell has used her social media presence to support this cause over the past few years. She has posted pictures of animals in need of a home as well as shared fundraisers from animal rights' groups. She has also urged followers to 'Adopt, don't Shop' as the phrase goes.