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The Love of A Pet

Joined: 5/8/2013
Posts: 4
We adopted Bailey in the Summer of 2010 from the local shelter. Passing by cages and cages of beautiful dogs, all who looked like they needed a good home, it was Bailey who instantly sprang to lick my hand when I reached up to read her BIO. Bailey was a neglected and stray Pit Bull mix that had recently given birth. Her teats were dominant, the end of her tail and ears were feathered from being succumbed by fleas, and her figure was daunting to say the least. She was on the urgent list; she had been at the shelter for weeks and was continuously being looked over because of her appearance and breed. But when I locked eyes with her, I immediately knew she was the one.

A huge party was commenced the day she came home. She sauntered right in and fit in the family and took a great liking to her overstuffed bed that she would lay on once she got tired of being mischievous. She was overwhelmed with all the great treats that were given to her by her new family and chunked up within months of being in her home.

Bailey was a great protector, gave the best cuddles, and was an amazing companion. She broke all the barriers that we had in regards of the American Stafford Terrishire breed by proving that not only was she a great dog to have, but that she could be trusted by all who visited our home. This was very important to us as we have a very large family.

We ended up adopting another dog a year later, Axel, and instantly both of them became the best of friends. Her jealous boyfriend Kane, who was Axel’s brother, would often get upset, but all 3 of our family dogs got together beautifully.

A few years later, both Bailey and Axel managed to escape our home in what I would like to call a 10-day vacation, and our family was heartbroken. It was then that I truly realized what type of hold an animal can have to your heart. It was worse than losing a family member, because I was their voice, I was their savior. For ten days, we lived in agony not knowing if our dogs would ever make it back home. On the 10th day, Bailey and Axel were both reunited. Within an hour of each other, on opposite sides of Sacramento. I found Bailey, My husband found Axel in what I could only call a miracle. It was the most victorious day in our life and I vowed never to let these two rascals out of my sight.

It was Bailey’s second homecoming party, and we once again had a large gathering commencing the fact that these dogs never gave up. They knew they had to come home and fought being on the streets to stay alive.

On October 2012, Bailey felt ill. She could not move her head and lost a lot of strength in her body. We took her to the vet where they ran various tests, and we tested her for everything. We figured that dog’s get sick just like us humans and a little medicine would help.

2 days later Bailey took her last breath in our arms. She was only 3 years old.

We took her to a 24 hour vet where they confirmed her death and she was set to be cremated a few days later. I got a phone call from her Vet the very next day who told us that Bailey had Stage 4 Lymphoma cancer. By the look of my dog you would never think she would have any type of illness. She was so young and full of life that Cancer never even crossed our minds. It was then that we realized that Bailey had cancer all along, but she never showed it. I suppose she didn’t want to cause us the grief.

I still have Baileys ashes in a wooden box in our home. I don’t think I am ready to let go just yet. I feel comforted in knowing that we were able to give Bailey the best years in her short life and that alone makes me so proud that we got a chance to make a change in her life.

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Comment by michness

Joined: 1/25/2011
Posts: 210
I'm sure Bailey appreciated your kindness and love. You will see her again over the Rainbow Bridge! Thanks for sharing your story.
Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 8:04:14 PM
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