My beloved Stella Star. She was my treasure, and my best girl. Stella understood every word that I ever said to her. She did everything that I ever asked of her and more. She looked after me, and her best friend Ben. She was my Chelly Teddy and my little Pork Chop. She kept watch, she paid attention and she loved us.

Stella always aimed to please, and tried her very best. Nothing gave her greater happiness than doing what she was told, especially if I asked her to do her personal favourite: a deep water retrieve.

She was everything you could ever hope for in a Spinone or any kind of dog. I feel so honoured that I had Stella in my life, and I will miss her everyday. I hope she's out there somewhere in dog heaven, with her head down a rabbit hole and her little tail wagging with delight.