They say the best things come when you least expect them, and Bella was truly that, an unexpected gift. She is the reason I am still here today. After suffering from depression and Generalised Anxiety Disorder for many years, I was in a dark place, ultimately considering ending my life. My long term relationship had broken down due to my partner being unfaithful, and I had also been diagnosed with anorexia and was becoming very ill. Topping that off, we then entered lockdown and I felt like my world was just falling apart to the point I didn’t want to live anymore. But Bella was my angel and my saviour. She gave me the reason to live and not give up on life as she made me realise I am all she has and if she doesn’t have me, her world is gone too. Each day I had dark thoughts of taking my life, but taking one look at Bella helped me to refocus on why I deserve to live a happy life. The beautiful thing about Bella is that, through all of my imperfections, mental health issues, episodes of depression and sadness, she loved me unconditionally and would always be right by my side wherever I went – as though she was my guardian angel. And that unconditional love she gave me helped to fill the void of lack of love I had for myself. The way she always checked on me and did her best to always put a smile on my face, whether it be bringing me a toy, wagging her tail at me or just snuggling up with me every night. I somehow felt she knew I needed looking after and almost like she felt it was her duty and honour to help me to reflect how I had helped her by giving her a new home away from the kennels she was put in. Coming out of lockdown now, I feel I am growing into a stronger person, someone who has a reason to start my path on the road to recovery, a reason to keep living each day and to ultimately say thank you to my amazing dog by giving her a wonderful life like the one she has given to me. Bella deserves a SuperDog Award.