Success Story: In Memory of Bella

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Success Story: In Memory of Bella

Today we hear from Kelly Armstrong of Tonica, IL. Her dog Bella sadly passed away in June 2021. She was originally only given 1-2 weeks to live but with the help of Lolahemp, she lived 5 more comfortable months doing all the things she loved. Read Kelly's touching story below:

Can you tell us a little bit about Bella ... when and how did you get her, describe her personality, provide a back story?
We brought Bella home at 6 weeks old when her breeder broke her leg and could no longer care for her.  She was a little butthead, constantly bullying her human brother. She a huge counter surfer and ate literally everything in sight including 60 tea light candles (because they smelled like vanilla), frozen pizzas, headphones, you name it.

She would bolt out of the house and race to the creek nearby to swim if you weren’t careful and would run all over our neighborhood playing “catch me if you can”. Bella was headstrong and the absolute love of my life, my heart dog. I can still feel her “hugs” or the way she snuggled next to me in bed, how she would jump up on the bed in front of the window and wait for me to open the blind so she could “watch her show,” -- that’s what we called it. 

She loved to dance with me and would hook her forearms over my arms and just sway to the music with me. She thought water was life and swimming, canoeing, fetching sticks in the water, those were her happy place.  She was only 7 when I lost her in June but there would have never been enough years with this girl.  

gold retriever Bella smiling with tongue out in car with brunette woman owner

What kinds of symptoms / conditions did Bella have before you found Lolahemp?
Stage 3 Lymphoma. All of her lymph nodes were the size of baseballs or larger. 

Did you try any traditional treatments at first?
Prednisone - she did not respond.

golden retriever Bella smiling in car

Did Bella experience any worrying side effects from prescription medications?
Prednisone caused her to drink and urinate frequently and made her alternately anxious and lethargic. 

What are some of the specific improvements you noticed after using Lolahemp? 
The majority of her lymph nodes shrank to nothing or almost nothing and she had more energy - she acted like herself again. 

How long did it take to see improvement after starting Lolahemp? 
We saw a significant decrease in the size of her lymph nodes within 1-2 weeks and she was acting normal again. She was able to start breathing better within the first week when her neck nodes started to reduce right away. 

How much Lolahemp did you use? 
She was given 1ml of the 600 bottle twice per day. She started out on .75ml twice per day but we increased it to see if it would help with the remaining large lymph node.

Were there been any unexpected benefits? 
Our vet had given her a prognosis of 1-2 weeks at the most (if not just a few days as of Feb 2nd). With Lolahemp we were able to have almost 5 more months with our girl that we wouldn’t have had.

She got to go canoeing again, hiking again, see Spring come and almost Summer. She got to lay in the grass, swim at the lake, she was able to do all of the things she enjoyed.

What made you choose Lolahemp? 
I came across the ad on Facebook and when I spoke with Joey, he took the time to really talk to me about Bella and what Lolahemp could do for her - his compassion and patience with me will never be forgotten.

Would you recommend Lolahemp to a friend? 
Absolutely, I have recommended to several people and will continue to do so.

Anything else you'd want our audience to know? 
The customer care and compassion the Lolahemp staff has shown is unparalleled in any industry I’ve ever encountered.  They are amazing people and this is an amazing product.  If I ever find myself in need again, I will not hesitate to go to them for help. 

Gold retreiver Bella laying in the grass in the sun wearing a pink tshirt
See more photos below:
Golden retriever Bella in a canoe with black lab

woman in gray hat and black pants kneeling next to Golden Retriever Bella in the snow
Golden Retriever Bella laying next to Black lab
brunette woman in purple shirt cuddling with golden retriever Bella
Golden Retriever Bella sitting on gray carpet looking straight ahead
brunette woman in green shirt hugging golden retriever bella
Golden retriever Bella on a hike with woman in gray hat and black lab
Golden retriever Bella laying down in the snow

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Joey founded Lolahemp in 2018 after the success his own dog (Lola) experienced with hemp oil for her debilitating stress and anxiety. He has now made it his mission to educate pet owners everywhere on the benefits of holistic health and the therapeutic properties of the hemp plant. Joey is the visionary behind the brand, managing the director level team members and keeping the company's course. He enjoys long city walks with Lola, traveling with his wife Christa and spending time with family.