So Much More Than A Dog

Unconditional love, loyalty and companionship…those are the words that define my late golden retriever. For anyone who has had a dog, you know he or she is family. I had the honor of being Bailey’s mom for 13 years, we had a very special bond.

She had health issues and we often referred to her as the “come back kid”. Just when we would start losing hope, our wonderful vet helped maintain her quality of life. But recently, her eyes told a different story. Her fight was over and it was painful to watch.

After speaking with our vet yesterday, I ultimately knew it was time to say goodbye.

Driving to the office was painful, I knew it would be the last time she rode shot gun. She hung her head low, as if she knew what was happening. Tears flowed as I patted her head. I took the long route and missed the road twice, on purpose…questioning whether I was doing the right thing. Then she looked up at me with those pitiful eyes telling me it was time.

I stayed for the procedure and held her face in my hands. I gently stroked her nose and kept saying “I love you girl”. She was so at peace as she took her final breath, closed her little eyes and drifted off. Immediately, a sense of calmness came over me! Although a piece of my heart was missing, I knew my angel was no longer suffering. The vet gave me a moment with her which I’ll remember forever. I kissed her snout and thanked her for being the best dog ever! I learned so many valuable lessons from Bailey girl, she will live in my heart forever!

We are taking it day by day. So many reminders everywhere (not that we want to forget her, we just want the heart ache to stop). Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers, they are appreciated!

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11 thoughts on “So Much More Than A Dog

  1. Sam

    Such a sweet girl. You did the right thing and she knew she was loved.

    Sam

  2. She was the absolutely sweetest. Thank you Sam, she definitely was very loved & treasured.

    I just peeked at your site and my heart did pitter patters, your goldens are GORGEOUS!!! Best dogs ever, hands down!

  3. Wow you made me cry reading this! She was a beautiful dog who was loved dearly and gave her love to her family too. Keep those memories close!

  4. I am holding them as close as I possibly can, just wishing I could be hugging on her furry neck. 🙁

  5. Scott

    Made me think about the 3 snouts I’ve had to help get to the rainbow bridge….sitting here in tears and thankful no one is around right now…..hugs to you guys.

  6. Thanks Scott, that’s a tough job for sure. Helping one fur baby get there was painful enough, cannot imagine that pain 3x! Bailey loved you so much, absolutely one of her favorites.

  7. Michele

    Ok you got me crying. The day will come when you can remember without sadness.

  8. Sue

    My eyes runneth over. Losing your loyal and trusting dog is achingly painful. I have seen 3 dogs to the other side; fortunately, their passing was as gentle as Bailey’s. It is courageous and kind to relieve your pet’s suffering. I know from my own sad experiences that your grieving will be continue for quite sometime and hope that someday a lucky dog will find its way to a special place in your heart. Hearts and dogs are a match made in heaven!

  9. I’m so sorry for your loss. xoxo

  10. Thanks Julie, it’s been tough. She had a very special place in my heart.

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