Last week, we said goodbye to our sweetest pup, Bailey. You have to be a dog lover – and especially a dog mom (or a dog Mimi) to really appreciate the emotion attached to that goodbye. Truthfully, I do not consider myself a “dog person” and I am actually afraid – at the least, quite intimidated – by dogs. But, my goodness, Miss Bailey wrapped herself around my heart…just as she did just about everyone. The story of how Bailey joined our family is a bit complicated and twisted – and not all the details are mine to share. But (truthfully) it was through a “friend of a friend.” Someone came to his work and asked him to take this puppy but he already had two pit bulls. And lived in an apartment. He just could not take a third dog and he turned her down. However, when he got off work, there she was – tied to the bumper of his truck!!:( So pitiful. Of course, he brought her home but could not keep her. And, well, long story short – that sweet discarded puppy finally landed with our daughter….and became a princess!!
Boy, oh boy, could that pup ever get into some trouble! She was the naughtiest one…but loved beyond measure and ever indiscretion somehow overlooked and eventually forgotten. She brought so much joy to our home. She has been my daughter’s world for the last 14 (and a bit more….we are not sure) years! Has helped her through really hard days and was the epitome of a faithful companion! She was treated for cancer – not once, or twice but three times. Even had one toe removed but always bounced back like a puppy! This last time, the cancer was just too swift. Thankfully, she was only “sick” for about two weeks. Oh, but such a hard two weeks. We are so thankful for such compassionate and caring doctors and technicians who were available at all hours to help my daughter. To give medical help and advice and, especially, to simply listen. They really were so kind and comforting.
Every dog owner knows what joy pups bring to our lives. Bailey was no exception. Just so much joy! And no a big hole….but we are so grateful for all the joy. All the treats. All the walks. All the sloppery messes. And all the love!