TV personality Rachael Ray is known for being more than a culinary queen. With product lines in the kitchen and food sector, furniture and homewares, Ray also has a corner in the pet food market. The Food Network star is an animal lover and recently shared some of her dog Bella’s menu items and eating habits.
Rachael Ray adopted Bella from a rescue organization
Ray’s longtime canine companion, Isaboo, died in May 2020. After seeing Bella’s photo of a friend who worked at the North Shore Animal League rescue shelter, Ray was immediately hooked and adopted the half- pitbull, half Weimaraner a few weeks after Isaboo’s death. Naming her Bella Boo Blue (Triple B for short), Ray and husband John Cusimano were thrilled with their new addition to the family.
“Bella means gorgeous in Italian, and our dog is aptly named,” Ray wrote in his book, This must be the place. “She’s got a small ass, long legs and a chest, and those Dumbo ears now look like a combed mane that draws you into her mysterious, mesmerizing blue eyes.”
Apparently, Bella likes to be pampered, often pleading for belly rubs while striking a unique pose.
“She snuggles and snuggles like no dog we’ve ever had,” Ray noted, “and loves rubbing her belly so much she can fall asleep on her back with her legs spread.”
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Bella has a thing for pita
the 30 minute meal The star leaked some details about Bella’s penchant for roaming her garden, where she’s taking the liberty with some of the upcoming offerings.
“Bella has some weird eating habits,” Ray explained. “She loves to walk around and graze the herbs in our summer garden, including parsley and mint, and sometimes a little sage. She steals big chunks of bark from the woodpile (too much fiber for sure) and enjoys pumpkin, apple and cheese wedges and noodles of all kinds.
Although Ray doesn’t know why, Bella seems to gravitate towards certain light carbs as bedding and doesn’t like to dine on the same meal within a day’s time frame.
“She’ll steal a pita off my counter and sleep on it like it’s a security blanket,” Ray wrote. “I cook for her…but Bella is picky and refuses to eat the same dish twice in 24 hours.”
Rachael Ray hired a dog trainer for Bella
Ray recruited Elizabeth Lajeunesse to help train Bella in certain behavioral areas. The cookbook author revealed that she and her husband were the ones who really needed the lessons.
“Elizabeth had to work harder to train weRay remarked. “We are the old script dogs and we have been set in our ways. But eager to learn! Elizabeth was calm and collaborative, teaching us to be better listeners and to have more patience and perseverance.
She added: “Great lessons for any human being, whether you belong to a dog or not.”
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