Monday, July 13, 2009

In Memory of Bailey

In Memory of Bailey


April 1998 - July 11, 2009

Bailey came to us as a puppy of about 8 wks. of age. We had a dog, Lady Bug and they became fast friends. Bailey and Lady Bug would take off on dog adventures, looking over their shoulders to see if we were going to stop them and be gone for hours sometimes exploring the woods and creeks and who knows what else. Bailey was a faithful companion to Lady Bug until her death 3 yrs. ago.

Bailey was a beautiful dog, black lab/Australian Shepard mix. She was a very loving and faithful companion to me and my husband. She was our baby. When my granddaughter was born 8 yrs ago I cared for her while her Mom worked and Bailey would lay beside the playpen while Addie napped, never leaving until she awakened and I picked her up. She was so attentive to Addie until the day of her death. Addie was able to see her Saturday morning before she passed away and brushed her for the last time. Bailey loved being brushed.


We know we love our pets but I have found since she is gone there were so many things I took for granted. She was a form of security for me when I would venture outside. Every time we went out she came with us. She did chores with my husband every morning and evening. Every night when I got up to go to the bathroom I would have to maneuver around her either beside the bed or in the hall. How I have missed that the past 2 nights. I walked into the living room this morning to open the curtains and looked down expecting to see her lying on her rug. I haven't been able to go outside yet today because I don't have my companion.


She was raised around many cats and litters of kittens. She was so gentle with each and every one of them. I have one cat named Baby who was her special friend. She would nibble Baby's neck until it was so wet. Baby will miss her special friend and her neck nibbler.


Bailey had a special canine friend named Elsie, a beagle who lives across the road. They too enjoyed many runs and adventures in the woods, pastures and cornfields that surround our house. They had a run just 2 days before her death. I am so thankful she was able to enjoy her life until the end. Bailey took a walk with me, my husband and our granddaughter on Friday evening.


Since I became disabled and home bound Bailey has been such a source of love, companionship and security for me. She was a major part of my days. I shall miss her greatly.


Bailey had been battling congestive heart failure for the past several months. She took a turn for the worst on Friday, having increased difficulty breathing. She passed away quietly at home Saturday evening with her head resting on a pillow I had placed in the floor for her with both Jim and myself beside her like she has always been for us.


"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened. "
(Anatole France)


9 comments:

  1. Hi Kelli:
    That is just so sad. I dread the day when our mini-pin goes; he is 11 l/2 yrs old and has a long list of ailments. He is our Baby. We have been on and off deathwatch for the last three months. As long as he is not suffering, I won't put him down.

    My thoughts are with you.
    Anne

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  2. Hi Kelli,

    Really sorry to hear about Bailey, she sounded like a sweet dog, a very good friend.

    When our dog Daisy died in 2006 we cried for one week.

    Then we talked about her alot, quite a few funny stories of her funny little ways, we found it helped us alot.

    Take care.
    Love,
    Herrad

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  3. Hi Kelli,
    Just came by to say hello.
    Love,
    Herrad

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  4. Hi Kelli,

    Hope you are doing well today.
    Thinking about you.

    Love,

    Herrad

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  5. Hi Herrad. Thank you so much for your love and concern. It means a great deal knowing others understand. Our grieving continues and we are at the place we are reminiscing about her past antics and are sharing many memories. I didn't realize how much security she was for me home alone all day. My husband is having a very difficult time with this. Thanks again.

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  6. Anne,
    Losing our babies is so difficult. I know our Bailey was like a human being to us. I feel blessed that she succumbed quickly.
    I hope your Baby is with you for some time to come.

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  7. kelli, I know that losing Bailey has beed so hard on you. All the while you are suffering heartache in other areas of your life. You ahve been through so much since I met you and still you know how to hold your head up high and you know when to cry and let it all out. Like minds there. I love you for your strength and courage as you may not see that you have either of those, but I see it in you each and everyday. Take care of you my Sweet.

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  8. Conni ~ Thank you for being supporting me this past week during my grief. We have to keep our strength and courage to get through all of life's trials and tribulations.

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  9. Hi Kelli,

    Came by to say hello and send you a big hug.
    Love,
    Herrad

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