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Memories of Bailey
11/11/2019: Bailey, today Mommy and Daddy had to make the most painful decision we've ever had to make. We kept fighting to help you live a longer and more comfortable life, and while we weren't ready to quit or give up you were probably trying to tell us that while you wanted to keep living your body just wasn't able to. We had to let you go to the Rainbow Bridge today with the peace and dignity you deserve rather than watch you suffer another day. It would be selfish of us to put you through that just to have you with us a few more days.

As I told you many times, it's worth saying again here for you and for anyone who comes here to read this: DOGS MAKE PERFECT PETS. THEY ARE NOBLE, LOYAL COMPANIONS WHO WANT NOTHING MORE THAN TO BE LOVED. THEY DON'T JUDGE YOU, THEY JUST WANT TO BE WITH YOU.

While your name was Bailey you had MANY names! Bailey-bark-bark, Little One, Boo Boo, Little Buddy, and others. You may have been a Papillon, but deep down you wanted everyone to think you were the most dangerous creature in the wild--a Chupacabra, feared by all creatures big and small. But we all know that wasn't true...but we humored you just the same.

Your family--Mommy and Daddy, Grammy, and Grandma-ma, will all miss you dearly and we will never forget you. Papa is no longer with us but we'd like to think he came to get you at 11:07am today when you were in Daddy's arms, and to show you the way ahead. Your body may have died, but your memory never will--we won't let it. One of Mommy's favorite songs is a very mellow song called "Hold on to Memories" from the heavy metal band Disturbed. Its message fits perfectly how we all feel about you. Lyrics:

Listen, everyone
The time will come when all of us say goodbye
Feel that aching in your heart
Leaving you broken inside
But we're never really gone
As long as there's a memory in your mind

So now go do the best things in life
Take a bite of this world while you can
Make the most of the rest of your life
Make a ride of this world while you can

Take the ones you love
And hold them close because there is little time
And don't let it break your heart
I know it feels hopeless sometimes
But they're never really gone
As long as there's a memory in your mind

So now go do the best things in life
Take a bite of this world while you can
Make the most of the rest of your life
Make a ride of this world while you can

And hold on to memories
Hold on to every moment
To keep them alive
The world's greatest tragedy
Souls who are not remembered
Cannot survive

So now go do the best things in life
Bring the fight to this world while you can
Make the most of the rest of your life
Shine your light on this world while you can

And hold on to memories
Hold on to every moment
To keep them alive
The world's greatest tragedy
Souls who are not remembered
Cannot survive

And hold on to memories (Hold on)
Hold on to every moment
To keep them alive (Keep them alive)
The world's greatest tragedy (Hold on)
Souls who are not remembered
Cannot survive

We will miss how excited you'd be when we'd get home from work and we will greatly miss your daily greetings. We will miss your excitement at Christmas when you would unwrap your presents. You loved being tickled. You loved ice cream, pizza, french fries (mainly McDonalds of course), goober treats, denta-stix, and your Sunday morning special breakfasts.

We will miss you laying on our bed when we watched TV at night, and we will miss those times we let you "sleep up on bed". You would go back and forth between rooms in the evenings to spend time with Mommy and Daddy if we were in different rooms doing our hobbies, making sure to spend time with both of us. You didn't ask for anything other than to be LOVED and you were loved more than you can know. We will all miss you and we will never let your life go un-remembered. Be at peace our little one.


11/12/19: Bailey, it's Daddy again. I woke up at 2am this morning, November 12, thinking about you and what I had to do yesterday, and I couldn't go back to sleep. Just thought I'd share more memories of you that will always endure. Like when as a puppy you discovered toilet paper rolls and how much fun it was to unroll them with your paws and chew them up. When you kept doing it we had to keep those rolls off of the holders and where you couldn't get to them. That's OK, you were having fun and we weren't mad.

I will miss the "new food ceremony" we did every time we opened a new bag of bil-jac food and poured it into your dog food container. You go SO excited every time I opened the bag and you'd stick your nose into it and smell that food you loved so much.

I will never forget when you were just a puppy how determined you were to learn how to go up and down the stairs. The day you figured it out and did it all by yourself while Mommy and I watched and cheered you on, and how excited and proud of yourself you were when you went down and then turned around and went back up again and again will always live in my heart. Remember how much we celebrated after that? I do.

I was going through your toys this evening, the day after you had to leave us. Many toys you had! We always wanted you to be happy and I think you were. What hurts me now is the squeak some of your toys made--I was making them squeak just now, remembering all the great times we had playing with them, even though you outgrew toys 2 years ago. I will miss those squeak toys, throwing them across the room time after time, until you got too tired to go get them and then would look at me with that "if you want that toy go get it yourself now, you threw it there" look. Another thing I will forever miss.


Bailey, it's Mommy. I remembered when I put a doggy hat on you and all the neckerchiefs you wore. I miss the "Bailey-itis" running around. And when I was sick, you were right there. All the special kisses you gave me - just got up from laying down and would just come up to me to kiss me. All the icy cubes you ate. I hope you're running around and playing but I wish you were here. I'm sorry I couldn't be there with your Daddy for the last moments of your life, please forgive me.

11/14/19: Bailey, we brought your ashes home today, only 3 days after we had to say goodbye. On your pretty light brown wooden box we have a plaque that says:
BAILEY
Mommy's Boo Boo
Daddy's Little Buddy

You will ALWAYS be my Little Buddy, and Mommy's Boo Boo. On top of the box we set a small figurine of a black and white Papillon and it looks like you.

The house has been so empty these past 3 days. We've both been very sad but now that we have you back we feel a bit more comforted to know that we have your essence in the house with us. Even though we can't see you, pet you, play with you, we at least know that you are at home with us. Enjoy yourself at the Rainbow Bridge, my Little Buddy.

11/18/19: Bailey, it's been one week exactly since we had to say that painful goodbye. Mommy and I still hurt and we miss you greatly. Tonight is an online candle ceremony and Daddy plans to take part in it to honor you and other beloved pets who have passed on and gone to the Rainbow Bridge. We miss you Little Buddy.

11/25/19: Bailey, it's been 2 weeks since we had to say goodbye. We still miss you very much. Mommy and I put up the Christmas tree yesterday, earlier than usual but we did it anyway. The first two ornaments we put on the tree were a new one with your picture and the phrase "always remember the paw prints I left within your heart", and also we hung Papa's picture ornament as we always have since he passed away in 2011. You and Papa will always be the first ornaments to go on the tree, and the last to come off the tree after Christmas.

12/24/19: Hi Bailey, it's Daddy again. We miss you so much. This will be the first Christmas since 2005 that you aren't here in our lives. Like every Christmas you had there are a lot of presents under the tree, but this year there are less because we're missing presents for you. I wish you could still be here. Tomorrow will be a very different Christmas without you there to be the life of the party. You always loved Christmas so much. You could unwrap your presents with your paws and you'd be so excited when you saw what was inside. Then all the excitement would wear you out and you'd take a break and nap, or sit with us while we all watch "A Christmas Story" on TV. It's really hurting me now. I wish you could still be here.

5/21/20: Bailey it's been a while since I left you a message here, but I say good morning to you every day, and good night every night, and Mommy does too. I just read through your memorial again and it made me cry. It's been a very tough time lately, and I've had a lot of bad days at work for 4 weeks, and I wish you were here to give us both kisses and make us forget the bad times. You were such a good boy and we miss you still.

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