Cast Blog: #RHOA

Kenya on Velvet: "She was My Everything"

Cynthia on Her Drama-Free Trip

Has Kenya Found Love?

Claudia: Kordell was Barely Flirting

Kenya on NeNe's "Embarrassing" Behavior

Claudia: "These Double Standards are Killing Me"

Kandi: "I'm Not Two-Faced"

Phaedra: I Appreciated Demetria's Apology

Are Demetria and Phaedra Cool?

NeNe on Her Apology

Cynthia: Claudia Can Read with the Best of Them

Claudia: NeNe's Behavior Needed to Be Checked

Kenya on "The Beasts"

Phaedra: Demetria Took Things Too Personally

GIF Recap: Lessons in Reading

Phaedra's Ignorant Comments

Claudia: I'm Not Surprised by NeNe's Ugly Demeanor

Kenya: NeNe Doesn't Want to Like Me

Cynthia: I'm Moving Forward in Grace and Love

Kandi: "I Wasn't Trying to Set Demetria Up"

Phaedra on Being Recognized by the Bar

NeNe: "I'm Not a Fake Friend"

Demetria Responds to the Rumors

Cynthia: Forgiveness is a Process

Phaedra: My Mother is My Rock

Kenya: "An Acknowledgement is Not an Apology"

Claudia: I Do Not Own a Flip Phone

Cynthia: It Was Awkward Seeing Phaedra Uncomfortable

Demetria: I Have No Beef with Kenya

NeNe Explains the Wig

Phaedra: I Was Hoping Apollo Wouldn't Create a Scene

Kenya's Not Interested in Roger Bobb

Claudia: "I'm the Samantha of the Group"

Kenya: Cynthia Commanded the Runway

Phaedra: You Don't Often Come Across Hair Burglary

Cynthia: "I Pray We Can Make Peace"

Claudia: I Could Relate to Cynthia's Insecurities

Cynthia's "Non-Conversation" with NeNe

NeNe: The Pit Bull Act is Not a Good Look

Kenya: If It Looks Like a Fraud...

Phaedra: "I Moved Past This Years Ago"

Kenya on Velvet: "She was My Everything"

MY PUPPY BABY

Perhaps for the first time in my life I’m at a loss for words. It’s very difficult for me to come to terms with the puppy love of my life not being here on my lap and by my side or in her little purse that she made her home.

I grew up my entire childhood and adult life without any pets. My grandmother who raised me didn’t allow it. I had never been a big animal lover.

Once driving home I rescued a dog in the street. It was uncharacteristic of me and everyone was shocked. It was a female yorkie who almost got run over by a car. I cared for her for about a week. She was well behaved and relatively quiet and followed me from room to room. I was at a very low point in my life emotionally and I enjoyed “Prissy’s” company.

Having Prissy compelled me to find a dog of my own -- small enough to travel with because I was always on the go, and a puppy so that I knew its history and behavior.  I walked into the breeder’s and as soon as all the litter came out Velvet ran straight to me. She was so tiny, but she had the biggest personality!  It was love at first sight!I remember taking so many notes from the breeder, because I had no clue of what I was doing.  When we got home she checked out every inch of her new home. We quickly learned about each other. Velvet and I were alike in so many ways. She was stubborn, smart, highly adaptable, strong, and bossy. As a terrier it’s in their nature to be protective of their masters.  You could not tell her that she wasn’t a Pitbull.  At two months old, she was the most beautiful little puppy I had ever seen, just big enough to fit in the palm of my hand.

I learned a lot from Velvet.  How to love something more than myself; How to be patient; And how not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. She was my soft place who melted me. She was my normal.  She was my laughter. She was my protector. She was my everything. She was my life and I lived for her and she lived for me.

I haven’t been able to tell my family or friends… I thought I could do this but I can’t my loss is too new and I cannot find the strength yet…

Thank you for your love and kind condolences.