August, 2012 we found each other thanks to Bark at Briargate and Dream Power Animal Rescue. Bailey was sitting under a folding chair, and when I walked up to their booth, he looked at me, turned his head as if to say "Hi Mom! where were you"... I had preregistered to meet him, and it was from that first moment we rescued each other. Bailey was looking for a forever home where he wasn't left alone. I work from home, and that made it just perfect for both of us. He was patient with my long hours, and was with me during the day, always knowing it would be his time at dinner, and he'd get to go for a walk and we'd have a lot of petting time in the evening. So many said he looked like a little bear, and so he got the nick name "Iddybear"...|
Bailey was with me at my husband's funeral in 2013. He traveled with me between my offices, a very long 12 hour drive each way. He was a good travel companion and we watched out for each other. I sang and played piano for him, always singing "How Much Is That Doggie"... he knew the word doggie, and knew the song was just for him.
My heart is broken with his passing. Cancer took him so quickly. The holistic doggie doc gave us an extra month we wouldn't have had without her meds. I know he's no longer hurting and playing with the other babies at the Rainbow Bridge, and we'll see each other again. God provided a beautiful blessing when he allowed us to find each other.
10.30.16, Your first time at the Bridge for Trick-or-Treat... You always dressed up as a frog for our Cajun family... hope you'll be a frog again this time... Bailey, I love you and miss you more than you'll ever know.
10.31.16, Little Charlie arrived to meet you at the Bridge tonight. He passed in the loving arms of Connie from the B.R.A.S. rescue. He was only with me for a few days, a mill rescue pom, age 7, and 6 lbs. Heartworms got him. I know you're taking care of him and showing him how to be a loved Bridge-kid because his little life was horrible living in a mill box for 7 years. Take good care of him. I have Charlie's sister Sophia, I call her Charlie's Angel. Also a small pom. We look at your pictures and talk about you a lot.
11.24.16, This is my first Thanksgiving without you. It's been hard today because I thought about the Thanksgivings we spent together, just us. I love you forever and always Iddybear!!! I know you had a Happy Thanksgiving with all your favorite foods along with the other Bridge-kids today!
12.25.16, I heard you and the Bridge-kids singing carols last night at midnight to all of the fur-parents as the tradition goes. This is our first Christmas apart. Little Charlie and all my other guinea pigs and my pets are with you, and I know you're helping them be good Bridge-kids just like you. I'm sure your presents from the Angels were just what you wanted. Sophia Angel is here, she's special in her own way, but it's not the same as having you here with me, but I know you're okay with me sharing love with another fur-baby as you take care of Charlie and the others. I remember our last Christmas together, just you and me. The memories are flooding back today as the day progresses with every thing we did together that day. You'll always have my heart and my love. Merry Christmas my Iddybear from Sophia Angel and me! I love you!
1.23.17, Happy Birthday tomorrow Iddybear from Mom and Sophia Angel! You'd be a teenager! My wish for you is that all the fur-angels will give you a great birthday celebration and you'll feel your very best so you can run and play. You know how much I miss you and love you forever! One day we'll be together forever when God is ready for that time. Meanwhile, you play at the Bridge with the other Bridge-kids / angels... My forever Iddybear! I love you!
2.14.17, Happy Valentines Day my Iddybear (and Charlie too)!! I hope you had Greenybones at the Bridge today for your special treat! - your favorite! You are my Valentine today and always! I love you Iddybear! Take care of Charlie and my other fur-angels.
3.16.17, Happy Easter Iddybear and Charlie! I love you so much! I hope you have fun hunting Easter treats at the Bridge with the other furangels... I welcomed Prince to our family, and Sophia came back yesterday after being away because of my broken leg. I know you're okay with my rescuing two others that desperately need love after being in puppy mill boxes for years. I tell them about you, and they know I'll love them, but you are my forever furbaby. Love, Mom
6.12.17, Hi Bailey, my Iddybear! I just finished the Monday night Candlelight Service. I attend every Monday and type my memories of you and our special time together. You are with me as I learn to walk again. Sophia and Prince are adjusting to our home, but they will NEVER EVER replace you in any way, but they needed love too. We're headed to summer... I think of you every minute of every day... I love you Iddybear!!
7.29.17, Iddybear! This is the anniversary of one of the saddest days in my life - when I had to let you go to the Rainbow Bridge!! I cried so much, and after looking at your funeral pictures cried again this morning. I know the crying should be over and I should continue celebrating your little fur life! Doing my best Iddybear! I know the other bridge-kids are watching after you, and you're watching after Charlie and the others while you play in the meadow with no pain or sickness. Your picture is still on my phone every time I turn it on, and I see your little urn and photo memory frame of you everyday. You remain forever in my heart as my forever furbaby - now my furangel! We will be together in God's time. I'll always love you, just like the song that's playing in your memory!
12.04.17, Tonight I decorated your residency for Christmas and cried again because I still miss you so much. I have two mill rescue furbabies, Sophia Angel (was Charlie's sister), and Prince Charming. They're good babies, but are not you... Your urn is still with me each day, you photo is on my desk, and I still talk to you everyday. I now help write comfort messages to others and I'm sure you're meeting lots of new furangels as I introduce you to their furangels... It will my second Christmas without you! You are my forever one in a million! I will always love you Bailey - my IddyBear!
01.04.2018, It's been a very tough year, but then you know that as you watch from the Rainbow Bridge. You know Mom's broken leg didn't heal correctly and there are more complications ahead. Christmas was quiet with Sophia and Prince here with me as we remembered you. I decorated your residency for your Birthday tonight, and cried. I'll choose the Birthday music a little closer to time. Take care of the new furkids arriving at the Bridge as I write to their families and let them know their furangel will be meeting you. You're still my forever fur-baby. I will always love you - IddyBear!
Thank you to everyone who has signed Bailey's memory book!