200th Post: A Special Tribute To My Golden

This post marks #200 for The Unemployed Mom blog, so I wanted it to be special. It’s not going to be another toddler tale, eBay tip, product review/giveaway, or anything like that. This post is all about my golden retriever, Bailey! She deserves the love! This September, Bailey will be 11. She has lived a long, luxurious life. As a pup, she used to run through the hills of West Virgina chasing after 4-wheelers and jumping into ponds. When she was 4, we moved to Orlando, Florida where she quickly…

Time Capsule

The other day, I installed a WordPress update that crashed my site…7 years of writing had suddenly vanished! Without hesitation, I shut my laptop and took it as a sign, my blogging days were over. In all honesty, I haven’t written in years. Sure, I’ve shared local happenings and various events, but that is not what “The Unemployed Mom” started out as.  If you’ve been around since 2009, you know the history of my blog name. In an instance, I went from wearing suits and managing multi-million dollar resort development projects to being…

Wordless Wednesday: The Butterfly & 1 Year Of Heartache

This past weekend, my son and I played on our courtyard while a butterfly fluttered in front of our faces and lingered for several minutes. The butterfly came close… so very close and just kept hovering in our faces…and I immediately felt “it is Bailey” thinking she has come to check on us. This same butterfly has visited us for the past couple of weeks, bumping into our windows and making sure we noticed. I thought “this is odd” but the experience outside made me second guess my comment. It’s…

Unconditional Love (A Post I Discovered In My Drafts)

I found this post in my draft folders, it was written on October 14, 2011. I lost my golden girl almost 1 year later on October 16, 2012 (she was 13). I did not edit this one bit, just left it exactly the way it was written…with the 2 photos I originally selected to use (Bailey as a pup in a bandanna and Bailey as a senior in a bandanna). As I tossed and turned last night worrying what the vet can do for my dog (if anything), I kept…

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…

Dog Loss Books For Children

We recently lost our 13 year old golden retriever which has been difficult. Our 4 year old son had a lot of questions, so we hit our local library to find pet loss books. To anyone who has a grieving child, perhaps these books can help bring peace. The books are extremely difficult to read without sobbing, but it is healthy for children to see a parent’s emotions and understand it’s OK to be sad. One book we brought home was Dog Heaven written and illustrated by Cynthia Rylant. The book has helped my…

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…

She Is NOT A Girl Dog Mommy

The other day, my kid heard me call my dog “princess” and he quickly exclaimed “Bailey is a boy and NOT a princess mommy“. So that opened up the following discussion. Me: “Bailey is a girl dog honey, so she IS my princess.” Kid: “No mommy, she is a MudBud and NOT a RoseBud.” ..he’s referring to the adorable golden retriever puppies on the Buddies movies. Me: “Sorry buddy, but Bailey IS a girl. Do you think her name is a boy name?” Kid (hysterical at this point): “Yes, Bailey is…