A Farewell to Bailey

Published: October 30, 2013


Dear Bailey,

We liked you as soon as we saw you at the adoption day back in September 2004.  You weren’t the peppiest or loudest beagle in the bunch, but we were drawn to your subdued demeanor and adorable little face.  Besides, we were looking for a quieter, calmer, couch potato kind of a dog.  We didn’t quite get what we thought, but we don’t regret it for a minute.

We changed your name from Dennis to Bailey and spent the next 9 years with you as part of our family.  We’ll never forget that time.  We learned a lot about you during those 9 years.  But we also learned a lot about ourselves, most of all what it means to love unconditionally.  You helped to teach us how.  Through good times and not-so-good times, you were always there to greet us with a howl that could be heard down the block.  And we always felt the comfort of your presence, because all you ever really wanted in this world was to be near us.

We’ll always remember the things you loved best -- crisp fall days, when you could take an extra-long walk and sniff everything in sight; food, whether you were doing your little dance for dinner or a treat in your kong; rolling around on your back in the grass or on the carpet; laying down next to us getting a good scratch; practically jumping out of the car when we went to your favorite park; and napping in the sun, on the couch or curled up in your favorite blue blanket.  And we’ll never forget the jingle of your dog tags, the deep soulful look in your eyes or the softness of your fur.  We’d give anything just to pet you one more time.

Saying goodbye to you was one of the hardest things we’ve ever had to do.  And not a day goes by that we don’t think of you.  But we hope that you are resting in peace, finally free of anxiety and pain.  We love you deeply and tried to do the best we could for you.  We can only hope that we came close to succeeding.  We miss you more than words can really say.  But you will always be in our hearts.


With love,

Kim & Dan


2 Responses

  1. Debbie Wise

    we just put our girl to sleep on Sept. 12. I still cry for her. All the things you described about Bailey sounded exactly like our Gabby. We didn’t get her from BREW but from a group called Hedgesvlille Hounds. They weren’t sure how old she was but thought she was around 4 years old. They thought she came from a puppy mill as one of the dogs they used to just keep producing puppies. When we got her it was obvious that she had recently had puppies. She also was not socialized because she was scared of everything. But you should have seen her when we’d take her for a walk. She looked like she was in heaven. Her head was held high & her tail was a wagging. She was so fearful of everything. My heart is still broken at the loss of her. I will never forget you Gabby. I’m glad we could give you 9 1/2 years of a loving home. Rest in peace sweet baby. My condolences to you & your family at the loss of your best friend.

    • Erin

      Hi, Debbie – we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Thank you for rescuing Gabby and for giving her such a wonderful home!

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