There is a reason you saw Bess when she entered the shelter. You were meant to be together. To think what Bess' life could have been and how well she is doing today is just incredible and very touching. What I enjoy the most in your post is that she has blessed your lives as well.
You two have really taken great strides! Congratulations on your wins I have no doubt the two of you will advance quite far in whatever you choose to do!