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)