Tarra And Bella: One of Our All Time Favorite Love Stories

You remember the story of Tarra the elephant and Bella the dog. It’s an unlikely friendship and an unforgettable story. Sit down with your dog and press play.

“Certainly her whole demeanor changed,” said Rob Atkinson, the sanctuary’s CEO. “She became more reserved, quieter, she was depressed.There’s nothing we can do to take away her pain. The only ones who can help now are the elephants. And that is already happening.”

Atkinson said the elephants are “stepping in and stepping up.” He said they’re spending more time with Tarra and being extra nice – making gestures like giving her a portion of their food.

Bella will never be forgotten by Tarra and we will all never forget as well.

Tarra & Bella: Unlikely Elephant & Dog BFF’s & Unforgettable Story

Grab the tissue. This one is a tear jerker of a story, all about the unlikeliest of friends and a bond that challenges convention. Bella and Tarra met 7 years ago when Bella, a stray at the time, showed up to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. They had an immediate connection and were seen roaming the sanctuary all day together, they even spent nights together in the barn.

Steve Smith, sanctuary worker, witnessed their bond first hand.

They were so close, in fact, that when Bella got injured a few years ago and had to spend three weeks recuperating in the sanctuary office, guess who held vigil the entire time? Twenty-two hundred acres to roam free, and Tarra just stood in the corner waiting.