Remembering Bailey – November 2003 – October 2017

Yesterday I had to say goodbye to my Bailey girl. It was probably the hardest thing I have ever done, but it was necessary. She was ready.

She was with us for many years, gave us much joy, spots of concern, some aggravation, but oh so much love. Her life, in summary:

At 8 weeks, when we brought her home:

Working on relationships:



The beginning of the ball attachment:


Pretty girl, posing at the park:


Keeping watch with her sister, Shasta:

Whoops, disturbed their rest:

Last month:

Last night I dreamed that Bailey was running around in a grassy field, playing with other dogs. That was a gift.

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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32 Responses to Remembering Bailey – November 2003 – October 2017

  1. Carol — In my experience, saying goodbye to animal companions is one of the most heartwrenching emotions a human can experience. I’m so happy for the time you and Bailey had together.

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  2. Ruth says:

    Lovely pics Carol ❤


  3. loisajay says:

    My heart is breaking, Carol. Much love to you and Shasta. God speed, Bailey. Meet up with my Daisy and Muffin. Tell them I still miss them. ❤

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  4. dawnkinster says:

    I’m so glad she visited you in your dreams Carol. I imagine she’s doing exactly that. Running in a beautiful field, making friends, enjoying herself, but missing you and her sister too. Maybe she was letting you know she’s OK. I love the photo of the two of them looking out the door. How is Shasta doing today? Was that last picture taken recently? She was beautiful until the end.

    HUGE HUGE Hugs.

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  5. I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved Bailey, Carol. The dream was a wonderful gift, as was her life with you. Love to you and Shasta, and to your whole family.

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  6. I am so happy sad to read this news on your blog. I don’t know how you were able to write about it. I was devastated when my dog passed almost 18 months ago and could not bring myself to share. Anyone who has had a dog knows how attached we get to our faithful companions. In some ways their loss is more painful than that of a human family member . Godspeed to Bailey and I wish you comfort in your memories of her.

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  7. Apologies for the typo (blame autocorrect). I am sad, not happy, to hear the news. Best wishes.


  8. I was doing fine until I read the last line about dreaming about Bailey running in a grassy field. My heart is breaking for you, hon. ❤

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  9. Lisa says:

    Carol, my heart goes out to you. I’d like to think Tanner met Bailey at the Rainbow Bridge and ushered her into that grassy field wherr they are playing together today! You were a wonderful companion for her, and she was one back to you. It will be really hard, but you will get through this. You are in my prayers. xoxo

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  10. Cee Neuner says:

    That was Bailey tell you it’s okay and all is well. Bailey is playing again.

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  11. Marylee says:

    Bailey has left her “FOOTPRINTS ON YOUR HEART”!!! You made the right decision – it was time!!! and she’s reassured you in your dreams. Beautiful

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  12. We know when we get dogs that we’ll likely have to say good-bye someday. That doesn’t make it any easier when the time comes. They are perfect love, and missed so much.

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  13. Laura says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Carol. Dogs hold a piece of our heart and recovering from losing them is a slow process indeed. Thank you for sharing Bailey’s photos…they show a life of love.

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  14. Embeecee says:

    My deepest sympathies Carol. You’ve had a tough year, so be extra kind to yourself now while the grieving process plays out. Bailey was beautiful and I’m glad she came to tell you (in your dream) that she’s feeling wonderful and healthy now. The Rainbow Bridge and what lies beyond must be a mystical place. I’m anxious myself to cross and reunite with my furkids…

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  15. leendadll says:

    That dream really was a great gift.
    I’m so sorry you had to let your fur friend go.

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  16. Rose Palmiero says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Bailey. I feel your pain for your loss. It reminded me of my dog Maxie when he passed. You will always feel him around you. He is gone on earth but in spirit he is still with you. You feel him with you just as you did in your dream. He is with all the other loved pets watching us every day.

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  17. I am so sorry Carol and I am sure Bailey did visit you in your dream to say she was fine. It is so hard to part with them even though it’s good that we can save them from suffering. You’ll always have the happy memories of her whenever you look at your photos.

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  18. Ally Bean says:

    Beautiful photos. Love Bailey and the cat “sharing” a flower pot. I’m sorry for your loss.

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  19. Gobblefunkist says:

    That last photo broke my heart.
    So sorry Carol.

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