Reminders Help Us Heal

There are reminders everywhere, which make my heart ache at times. Sometimes, I think I catch a glimpse of Bailey in the back yard, but then I realize it is wishful thinking. We put our Christmas tree up and found her ornaments. My son kissed them and said “I love you Bailey” and we gave them a special spot on the tree. I also saw these dog antlers at Target the other day and they stopped me in my tracks. I was quickly whisked back to Bailey’s puppy years when she used to wear them on her head, she was the cutest little reindeer pup!

The other day, I was listing items on ebay when I saw a husky dog walk up my steps. I couldn’t believe my eyes, staring at me was this beautiful dog with the prettiest blue eyes. I went outside and she was so friendly and loving. I could tell she was thirsty, so I grabbed a bowl of water. Her tag indicated her name was Layla. Then, something sparked Layla’s attention and she took off. I walked up and down the street calling her name and searching frantically, I was worried she’d be hit by a car. A neighbor came out and we were able to coax Layla back and hook a rope on her (like a leash). We found a telephone number on her tag, so I called and left a voicemail. I also called the vet number on her rabies tag and had the vet communicate my information to her owner. A little while later, I was able to reunite Layla with her family. They had been searching for 2 hours after Layla had escaped from her grandma’s back yard. It was so wonderful to see the family reunion, the spark in the owner’s eye and the wag of Layla’s tail! My heart smiled.

When we lived downtown, we had the same UPS delivery guy Jim for 3 years (aka DeeDee’s friend because my son referred to her as DeeDee when he was learning to talk). Jim was someone Bailey would have run away with forever, she loved him and would go crazy when she heard his squeaky truck coming down our street. You would have never known she was an elderly, ailing dog because she’d jump to her feet and take off running to see. He would deliver our packages then love on Bailey. He always had a milk bone dog biscuit, too. If we were not home, he’d leave the milk bone on top of our boxes for his sweet girl. Anyway, a box was rerouted to our new home and delivered by our new UPS guy. My son and I opened the box and a milk bone dropped out of the flap and onto the floor. We both just looked at it and lost it. We knew Jim obviously was the one who rerouted it and tucked a bone in for his girl.

Every single day, my son calls her. We have a vintage telephone and he uses that phone as his hotline to Rainbow Bridge. He shares what’s going on in his life, how much he misses her and always tells her to have fun playing. According to him, there are even times she’s unavailable because she’s eating ham biscuits or chasing squirrels (from the book Dog Heaven). The good news is, this is helping his little heart heal and I can now listen to the sweet conversation without crying.

During my morning run yesterday, there was an old, white faced golden retriever walking in a yard. I heard the owner say “come here Bailey” and it took all I had not to stop and put my arms around the dog’s neck. My face had a huge smile on it as I thought about my precious girl.

Lastly, a letter was rerouted to our home yesterday, it was from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. I wanted to share the first paragraph:

“We have recently received a financial gift from Downtown Pet Hospital in memory of your beloved Bailey. Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your pet. Losing a pet is never an easy experience. If you feel the need to talk to someone who will understand your loss and grief, please contact our grief counselor”. 

How amazing is that? We loved Downtown Pet Hospital and their generosity is awesome! We are so appreciative of their thoughtfulness. If/when we decide to add a new furry family member, without hesitation Downtown Pet Hospital would be our veterinary choice. Besides being loving and kind, they have a state of the art facility and are technologically advanced. They took such wonderful care of Bailey and I will forever be grateful.

 

 

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10 Thoughts to “Reminders Help Us Heal”

  1. That is amazing what the pet hospital did! I’ve never heard of a vet doing something like this before… Bailey must have been very special to them too.

  2. Bailey was a special girl, everyone she met loved her. 🙂

  3. Brian

    I just cried my eyes out…

  4. Jen

    Beautiful tribute to Bailey and her life with your family.

  5. Thanks Jen, we miss her so much.

  6. Neen

    I loved your stories of your beloved Bailey……I am sure God directed me to this site, as I was only looking for pix of “Milk Bones”, and since your stories contained this treats name, I went there….It was very comforting to read of your love for your Bailey….I just had to put down my 12.5yr old Golden, Sandy on 2/11/13. She too has left a void in my heart, and I have several times heard her “yip” to come back inside (since her passing), and heard her tags jingle…..every thing has a reminder that is linked to her loving soul….Thank You for sharing your memories of Bailey. I hope your son never stops calling the Rainbow Bridge….I told my Sandy to “run, baby run….chase those squirrels…You can do it now!” as she was making her way to the Rainbow Bridge…..What a comforting thought that leaves, knowing that she is now again running and romping with all the other Puppy Dogs…Chasing the critters!!!
    Thank You Again!!!

  7. Thanks Neen, and I am so sorry for your loss! My heart goes out to you, it’s so tough losing a furry family member. Sandy sounds like an amazing dog and I know your heart must be aching. Bailey has been gone for 4 months and it still hurts! The only comfort I have is knowing she is no longer hurting.

  8. Neen

    “Mom”….Thanks for the condolences….I too am comforted know that she is no longer hurting either…She had Cushings Disease and it played hell on her liver and her muscles were atrophied due to the excess Cortisol “eating’ the protein in her muscles. She was a beautiful dog and gave us soooo much endless love and companionship…..Thanks again for your kind words…..May God Bless you and your son!

  9. Neen

    Sorry…..**knowing**…

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