“When we have the deepest affection for a dog, we do not possess that love but are possessed by it, and sometimes it takes us by surprise, and overwhelms us”
Dean Koontz “A Big Little Life”
Linda and I had to take Bailey in last evening for his final rest and it was most difficult to let him go. It was our first time having to do this and it will not be repeated as Bailey was enough dog for a lifetime.
That is what you must do though as a responsible pet owner, you take the pain so they do not suffer.
He had begun to fail since we moved from Locust Ave and his dignity in the end was paramount to us.
All the family albums are packed away from our move so I have no photos to share of the camping trips when he was a pup, nor photos of Bryce and Jeff loving him up. I have a photo of him and his Mom too buried someplace when we picked him up from our breeder Irene Selden. This post is for everyone that got a chance to meet Bailey and also so we can visit it from time to time, though all the images and feelings are stored forever in our hearts.
Bailey did maintain that game exuberance, “let’s go for walk ” right up until a few weeks ago. Anyone that met him about Town was amazed at his age.
He was a good boy.
Thanks so much to the staff at Exeter Veterinary in Stratham for last night and to Bittersweet Kennel in Newfields for all the care they rendered over the years.