We lost our beloved Bailey on Thursday evening, March 17th peacefully and calmly at home with us telling her we loved her and that it was okay to go. The decision to let Bailey go to heaven was overwhelming at times -- we knew in our hearts we were doing the right thing for her, but what about the pain it would give us? We had her for 16 wonderful years -- what to write about this little rascal who gave us so much joy and love?
She was born in Louisiana on January 21, 1995 and early in March we brought her home with us. From that first night, I lost my heart to her. She was a delight as a little pup, so eager to please and quick to learn! Eight months later we flew with her to Germany where we lived for 4 wonderful years. We lived in a small village close to a Nature Park and we would go for long walks each day -- she carrying her soft ball and occasionally running off to chase a rabbit. Sometimes I thought she would not come back, but she always did. Those years were the best! Bailey was the best traveler, always ready to go when she saw her travel kennel being loaded into the car. She went to so many places her kennel was plastered with stickers! Being an American Cocker she was quite a rarity over there and many people took her photograph and wanted to know about her. Travelling with a four legged friend in Europe is so easy; they can go just about anywhere. Returning to the US in 2000 didn't stop us from travelling with her -- we went yearly to the Outer Banks in North Carolina; Ohio to visit family; South Carolina, the Jersey shore and surrounding countryside. We loved to go to the DQ or Herbie's for an ice cream on our Sunday drives -- she was always a willing participant!
When she tore her ACL four years ago, it put a bit of dent in her activities -- she no longer chased Sammy Squirrel, but the longing was there -- chasing Sammy was the reason for the torn tendon! She continued to be a loving companion at all times, but over the years she slowed down and developed various health issues. Eighteen months ago she lost her right eye to Glaucoma, and that didn't slow her down; then she lost her hearing gradually but still she got around just fine. Two weeks ago she suddenly lost the sight in her left eye, again to Glaucoma and we were devastated for her as we did not see this coming. Walking by the river one day just trying to clear my head, I stopped and closed one eye, then plugged my ears up so that I could not hear the loud rushing river, and then finally, I closed my other eye. There was nothing -- no sight, no sound. I knew then that I did not want my beloved Bailey to live in a soundless and sightless world. The meds were just short term as surgery was not an option and we did not want to risk another emergency where we might have to make a hasty decision in some cold examining room. It was a heart wrenching decision to make to send her to heaven, but our final gift of love to our faithful, loving companion.
Our house is so empty now, none of the familiar things we loved about her - no wagging tail, no licks, no more preparing her "chicky chicky", no more begging taps on my leg when I was eating my dinner; knowing exactly when it was time for her lunch biscuit or dinner or that the frozen peas were coming out of the freezer! She made us laugh - she simply was the best of the best, we loved her so much. My life was centered on her -- as her Poppa would say "she has you under her paw" and yes she did and I loved it. I would do anything for her. It will take a long time to get out of the routine we had together every day. Everywhere I look, there will be Bailey. I hope she knows that the decision we made was because we loved her and wanted what was best for her, no more pain. We are in pain, but we will be okay.
Bailey you will live in our hearts forever, we will continue to tell you each day that we love you as we have for the last 16 years. We know that you are now chasing Sammy Squirrel because you can see and hear him and that ol' tendon is not bothering you any longer. Run, run, and run to your heart's content and one day we will be reunited -- your Momma, Poppa and Susie are sending you kisses and hugs.
Hello my sweet Bailey, well it has been 6 months since you went to the Bridge and there is such a huge hole in our lives still - we think of you each day and send you kisses. We missed you last week at the beach, but had a memorial service on the beach for you. We had to laugh about the time you were so excited and broke free of your leash and took off after the birds ! As time went by you couldn't hear them and had less interest, but we know that now you are having a good time once more, free of pain - your eyes are clear once again and you can see and hear those pesky birds! We are smiling as we are sure your ears are flapping also as you run! Watch over us and we will be reunited with you one day, of that I am sure. Love always, Momma, Poppa and Susie xx
Hello sweet puppy, sorry I have not written anything on your page in a while -I visit you often and read tributes to other pets which always makes me feel sad for their families. It is always harder for the ones left behind. Your Poppa and I just came home from visiting with my family for the first time in three years - I just would not leave you behind. It was still very hard to talk about you, you will always be in our hearts. I think that Susie misses you too - she likes to sleep in your basket. She was with Linda while we were gone and I am not sure she wanted to come home - she had made herself right at home (Iwhich was good) so I didn't have to worry about her. She still is a sneezy kitty, but doing okay. I remember how excited you always were to see us when we picked you up - so many kisses and tail wags - cats are just not the same!! We are supposed to get snow tomorrow - you would have loved it! We love and miss you each day - watch over us. Momma xxxx
Hello Sweet Bailey, Happy 4th of July! Today we'll be going to Hot Dog Johnny's, one of your favorite places. We'll have a hotdog and French fries in your honor. It is so hot here right now you would hate it, but know where you are is so much nicer for you. Love and miss you every day, you gave us so many wonderful years. Momma and Poppa xxx
Happy New Year Miss Bailey! I thought you would like a ham bone to start off your year. We love and miss you each day, always always in our hearts. Momma and Poppa xxxx
Hi Sweet Pup, Happy Easter - remember these bunny ears - you really didn't like them and it shows in your sweet scrunchy face! Be on the lookout for Chloe who crossed the Bridge this week, Kya who also crossed the bridge and Miles the kitty - you and Susie take good care of them. We love and miss you each day. Lots of kisses, Momma and Poppa xxx
Hello my sweet baby, well summer is almost here - it is a long time coming this year. We will be visiting one of your favorite places soon and I know you'll be there. Love and miss you, never a day goes by that I don't think of you. Always in my heart, Love Momma and Poppa xx
Hi there sweet pup, we were just at one of your favorite places - OBX. You always loved it there so much, but we know a part of you is still there. Love and miss you each and every day, you were the sweetest little pooch and I miss you so. Hope you and Susie are looking after each other. Much love, Momma and Poppa xxx
Hello my sweet pup, well today we are having a snow storm - you would have loved it! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and we will be home. I am thankful for the 16 years that we had you with us, every day was a gift. Love and miss you each day, Momma and Poppa xxx
Well Christmas is here and how I would love to find you under the tree all wrapped up for me! Know that you will be getting your share of turkey - love you always, Momma and Poppa xxx
Happy Birthday my sweet pup - the 21st would have been your 20th birthday - somehow I always thought you would still be with us, but it was not to be. We had 16 wonderful years with you - love you always ! Momma and Poppa xxx
Dearest Bailey, changing out your photo and the season - Fall is upon us and then winter and snow - your favorite! Not a day goes by that I don't think of you, so wish you were still here with us. Little Cheeka is on the Bridge now and I know you are taking good care of her, both you and Susie showing her the way around. Love and miss you, hope you miss me too! Momma and Poppa xxx
Sweet Bailey, Christmas is nearly here and as always it brings a lump to my throat when we hang all our "Bailey" ornaments on the tree. You are greatly missed and always in our hearts. Love you, Momma and Poppa xx
Sweet Bailey, your birthday is a few days away. Know that your Momma and Poppa will be thinking of you as we do each day. Wish I could nuzzle you one more time. All our love, Momma and Poppa xxx
3/17/16: My sweet Bailey, today is the 5th anniversary of your saying your goodbyes. Not a day goes by that I have not thought of you, you were so special, you gave us 16 years of devoted love and companionship. I still smile when I think of us taking you to Hot Dog Johhny's and even though you could no longer see or hear, you still had that great nose and you found the French fries! I have cried many tears since you left us, but know I will see you again one day. Hope you and Susie are taking good care of each other. All our love always, Momma and Poppa xx
12/9/2016: Christmas is almost here and we put all our Bailey ornaments on the tree, still brings a lump to my throat, so many memories of our 16 years together. Still think of you each day, you were so special and never forgotten. Love you always, have a great Christmas on the Bridge. Momma and Poppa xx
1/21/2016: Happy Birthday sweet Bailey! I hope you are having a blast on the Bridge with Susie and all of your new friends. Thinking of you and sending hugs and kisses, love you always, Momma and Poppa xx
3/16/17: Sweet Bailey, how can it be that it is 6 years since you crossed The Bridge and left such a huge hole in our hearts? We love and miss you each day, you are never far from us. I would give anything to hold you again and get some "dog spit" from you :) Lots of hugs and kisses, Momma and Poppa xxx
12/20/17: Merry Christmas sweet Bailey, we didn't put up a tree this year, so did not get all of our pup ornaments out. You are in our hearts each day and forever. Love and miss you, Momma and Poppa xxx
1/21/18: Happy Birthday to my best bud ..... hope you and Abby have met ..... sweet Abby went to the Bridge on January 21st and you were born three years later on the same day - had to be a sign! Poppa and I love and miss you so much. All our love,xx
3/13/18: Sweet Bailey, can you believe it is 7 years since you left Poppa, Susie and me .... it seems like yesterday. I think of you every day, and miss you so very much. You gave us so much joy and love for 16 wonderful years. Love you with all my heart, Momma and Poppa xxx
12/13/18: Hello my sweet pup, can't believe another Christmas here and you are not with us - you are always in our hearts, not a day goes by that I don't think of you. You were the light of my life. Lots of love and kisses, Momma and Poppa xx
1/18/2019: Happy Birthday to you my sweet pup! Think of you each and every day, you took a large part of my heart with you when you went to the Bridge. I hope you are having fun with your new friends and taking care of Susie. Love and miss you, Momma and Poppa xxx
3/13/2019: Hello my sweet love, I can't believe it has been 8 years since you went to the Rainbow Bridge on March 17th. There is not a day that passes that I don't think about you, you were the best companion to me and Poppa. Love and miss you so much. Lots of kisses, Momma and Poppa xx
8/30/2019: Thinking of you today my sweet pup, think of you each and every day, still the pain is there. Love always, momma, xxx
12/15/19: Christmas is almost here sweet pup, but never the same without you. The tree has our beloved Bailey ornaments hanging, each one with a special memory of our good times together. Love and miss you every day, never forgotten. Love and hugs, Momma and Poppa xxxx
1/20/20: Will be sending birthday hugs to you tomorrow my sweet pup. Love and miss you every single day. Still a huge hole in my heart. Kisses Momma and Poppa xxx
3/16/2020: Miss you and love you as much as ever .... its been 9 years and just seems like yesterday that we said our goodbyes. I know you were ready, but the hardest decision we ever made. Your last day with us was a good one though - beautiful sunshine and you rolled in the grass and then ate French fries at Hot Dog Johnnies! I know we'll see you again one day, until then, you are in my heart always. All our love, Momma and Poppa xxxxxx
10/17/20: Sweet Bailey, sorry I have not visited in a while - the whole world has gone crazy with a virus .... but I am sure you are safe on the Rainbow Bridge. Bailey, please send your Poppa some healing prayers, he is sick and we need you to help him stay strong .... we love and miss you sweet pup. Love always, Momma and Poppa xxx
12/22/20: My sweet Bailey, so sorry I am late with my Christmas greetings - such a lot going on here with your Poppa and his illness. Know that you are in my heart each and every day, miss you so much. I know I will see you and Susie again ..... you know we have all of our puppy and kitty ornaments on the tree. Love you lots, Momma and Poppa xxxxx
1/21/21: Happy Birthday my sweet pup, so sorry I am late wishing you love, but Poppa is quiet ill and the last few days have been busy. Know you will forgive me. Think of you and Abby - she passed away on this date in 1992 and you came along three years later. Have a lovely, playful day, all our love, Momma and Poppa xxxx
2/22/21: Happy Valentines my sweetie, love and miss you so much. Lots of hugs and kisses, Momma and Poppa xxxxxxx
3/16/2021: I can't believe tomorrow will be the 10th anniversary of your leaving Poppa and I. I remember the day like it was yesterday, I think of you each and every day, loved every minute of our 16 years together. I'll see you one day again .... lots of love and kisses, Momma and Poppa xxx
12/13/2021: Its been a while since I've been on here, forgive me, so much going on with your Poppa's health. You are always in my heart and my thoughts, being on here makes me cry again - I cried so much when you left us and over the years, I hope you know how much we loved you. Even though there is no snow here where we live, I changed the season for a couple of weeks ..... know we have all of our Bailey and Susie ornaments on the tree. Hope you haven't forgotten us ... all my love, Momma and Poppa xxx
3/14/22: Another year without you my sweet pup, I still shed tears over you, I hope you know how much you are missed and are loved. I think about you each day, the hole in my heart is still there ... all our love Momma and Poppa xxxx
12/26/22: My sweet Bailey, how I have neglected you this past year - I'm so sorry, your Papa has been very sick with Cancer and passed away on October 31st - I hope you have shown him the way ... I miss him so much - you, Susie and Papa .... I am alone now and I miss you all so very much. Look over me and take care of Papa ... All my love, Momma xxxxx
3/14/23: Dear Sweet Bailey, even though you have been gone now for a few years, I think about you often, you are very much missed. I have lost you, Susie and now your Poppa - it is so very lonely. We were such a happy family, you gave us so much joy. Love and miss you, Momma and Poppa (in heaven with you) xxxxx
My sweet Bailey - I know I have not written anything to you in such a long time. It has been a difficult time for your Momma. I promise I will do better. I hope you and Poppa and Susie and Abby are all together for the holidays. I love and miss you sweet pup. xxxxxxx
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