Losing the Best (Running) Friend

Sweet Bailey Girl.

Sweet Bailey Girl.

We adopted Bailey from a local shelter 10 or 11 years ago. She was just a puppy. A stray they had found on the street. We’ll never know where she came from, but we’re glad she ended up with us.

Sadly, she just entered the big dog park in the sky.

Bailey & Guinness - the Irish Car Dogs.

Bailey & Guinness. Best buds.

When she was younger, I’d take her on my runs. Her short stubby legs trying to keep up. As she got older, it seemed her hips bothered her some, so she stopped joining my runs, but still loved our walks!

I think this is the last photo taken of her (too bad I cheesed it up). It was on a recent walk. Her grey muzzle in full effect.

I think this is the last photo taken of her (we were both panting). It was on a walk a month or two ago. Her grey muzzle in full effect.

She loved people. Even at the dog park, she couldn’t care less about the other pups, all she wanted to do was find humans to pet her. If anyone ever sat down anywhere (home or away), she’d put her chin on their lap, encouraging you to scratch behind her ears.

A few years (and lbs) ago. Her chin was forever on people's legs, just wanted to be petted.

A few years ago. Her chin was forever on people’s legs, just wanted to be petted.

She was also a great sport. In fact, I used her in several short films I made. If you have a few minutes and want to watch them, then here are the links:

Once Upon a Time in Dogtown (Grand Prize Winner at PetFlix Film Festival 2007)

Have a Knife Day (Best Short Tail Winner at PetFlix Film Festival 2008)

My New Best Friend (Official Selection at PetFlix Film Festival 2009)

She liked pirates as much as me.

She liked pirates as much as me.

A few months back she began having seizures. They were short at first – a minute or two, but gradually got longer. The internet and the veterinarian both said it can happen to older dogs. Could be a brain tumor. But as long as she was happy, then it was ok for now. She was happy.

She had the most soulful eyes.

She had the most soulful eyes.

Around 5am the day before Thanksgiving, I heard some noises coming from the living room. I went to investigate and it was Bailey having another seizure. There’s not much you can do, except move stuff out of the way so she doesn’t hurt herself. Other than that, just comfort her. So we comforted her…for nearly an hour. By far the longest episode. By far.

Finally it slowed down, but she wasn’t snapping out of it like previous times. I knelt next to her and put my hand on her side. I could see the breathes get shallower and shallower, but I could still feel a heart beat.

Then the heart beat stopped. It just stopped. I still can’t believe I felt her last heart beat with my own hand.

Always a happy pup, with so much intelligence in those eyes.

Always a happy pup, with so much intelligence in those eyes.

I didn’t know what else to do, so I went on a run to clear my head. I made sure to run her favorite routes. I think she was with me in spirit and enjoyed being able to get back out there like when she was younger.

When I got back, the kids were waking, so we let them say goodbye to her. She was always so gentle with them.

Bailey and Grif a couple years ago. Just chillin.

Bailey and Grif a couple years ago. Just chillin.

Today we are supposed to pick up her ashes. I’ll be sure to take them with us on our walks whenever possible. She always loved our walks………..

Goodbye sweet Bailey girl.


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20 thoughts on “Losing the Best (Running) Friend

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about Bailey, Scott. Sounds like she was an amazing dog, and I think it’s so great your kids got to know her!
    Hope you guys are doing ok.

    • Thank you. She was pretty amazing. You’re right, the kids did get to know her. The little one doesn’t quite understand that she’s gone though…

  2. I’m all choked up reading this. I’m sorry for your family’s loss. Sounds like you have some great memories with her and you were able to be with Bailey when she passed. Thinking of you guys.

  3. I am so sorry. It’s tough when they go. Sounds like she had a pretty fun life and you even made a movie start out of her!

  4. I’m so sorry about your doggie. Hugs. 😢

  5. I’m so sorry Scott. It’s devastating to lose a fur baby but to feel their last breath – there are just no words. I loved reading about what a sweet girl Bailey was. I’ll be thinking of you and your family.

  6. Huge hugs to you! I am so sorry Bailey got sick and passed. 😦 In a way though, I do think it’s so great you were able to comfort her and be there.

    • Thanks so much! Yeah, I’m glad we were there too. And I’m glad we didn’t have to take her to be put down. She’ll be missed.

  7. Ohhh, I’m so sorry to hear this. I had tears in my eyes reading this. I remember having to put down the dog i grew up with because she was so sick. Ginger was her name and she was a golden retriever. They truly are man’s best friend and it’s like losing a family member. My thoughts are with you my friend.

    • Thank you so much. I’m sorry to make you cry though. I’m sorry about Ginger, she sounds like a great dog too. It’s amazing how all dogs are so good!

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. Having a pet is a truly wonderful experience and they bring so much love, warmth, understanding, and comfort to our crazy lives. I love our rescue so much I can’t imagine our home without him and I shed a few tears over your beautiful post.

    • Thank you very much. Those are very kind words and they mean a lot. Enjoy your rescue while you can! Bailey going was such a sudden thing for us.

  9. Oh that’s such sad news. I hope you’re all doing ok. I remember absolutely breaking my heart when the dog I grew up with had to be put down. Sounds like she was a great friend to you and your family.

    • Thank yo so much. It was hard watching her die, but I imagine it’d be harder to have to put them down. I’m sorry about your doggy.
      She was great, and we got her ashes back, which surprisingly helps. Kind of like she’s in the other room.

  10. Oh my gosh I just read this and my eyes teared up. So sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful doggy! I can’t imagine what it felt like losing your little furbaby 😦

    • Thank you Amy. I’m sorry to make you cry. But yes, it was a really sad time. We have her ashes back now, and that oddly helps a little.

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