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.
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!
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.