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OT (Off Topic) -- I've lost my beloved 'Bailey Storm' on Thurs, 10/11 at 5:30 pm

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VickiSam
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Thursday started out like any other day .. schedules, appointments-- things to do. Now
that the weather is cooler (rain included) here in Southern California -- I took to
baking banana bread, and cookies for a bake sale.

Our daughter, Alexandra took Bailey Storm for a walk, leaving her smaller 6 lb sister -
Emma Rose at home with me baking .. after abt 30 minutes, all hellll broke loose. Ally
emerged into our kitchen holding Baily -- SCREAMING (she was in shock) ..blood, and saliva
dripping from both of them . . . as Ally rounded the corner to our house -- our new
neighbor was pulling out of her garage to pick up her 12 year old -- and her 2 yellow
lab's -- escape the back yard via the opened garage and attacked ..my Baily -- 200 pounds of labs -- yanking, and tearing my little 12 pound - Morkie apart. I grabbed
my jacket, and car keys -- when my new neighbor appeared at my front door -- holding
Bailey's harness and dog leash. She was crying, and apologetic -- I stated that
I needed to get my girl to VET -- I asked her if her dogs were current on all shots --
she said yes ..

Long story short ... 4 hours later --Bailey still in critical condition, ER Vet could not stabilize her -- I made the decision to let her go. Bailey left us at 5:32 p.m. with me holding her, as my husband and daughter caressed her. I kissed her, and thanking her for being my faithful companion. I felt her leave our world, then I gently closed her eyes.
Our neighbor, Sue -- Lab owner, stayed with us the entire time at the Vet

My dog, Bailey was a gift from heaven .. during my chemo infusion which were weekly for 18 weeks -- no breaks .. Bailey never left my side, or my bed. My family would bring
her food up to our bedroom so she could eat. Several times, I fainted during chemo --
.. Bailey would find my husband and bark until he went upstairs to find me ..

Bailey, a house dog, would sit outside our gates waiting for me to return .. each and every week from chemo - no matter the weather, cold, or rain she would sit -- my kids would carry her inside the house -- she would sit for a few minutes, then go out the
doggie door to continue her wait. She knew my chemo routine -- and refused
to stay indoors .. until I arrived home.

So many of us experience the over flow of love, and concern when we start our breast
cancer journey, then gradually in time = our loved ones, family and friends 'get on'
with their lives .. so having Bailey with me -- made my journey a little more bearable.

My heart hurts .. Vicki Sam

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aisling8
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you lost your loving friend. I know how much losing a furry friend hurts. There is just nothing like the loyalty and devotion of a pet.

Sending you a huge hug and lots of love.

Victoria

heart-in-hand
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It is very great. I am so sorry Vicki. Your beloved Bailey truly was a God send and now she is with Him too watching at the gates. What a wonderful dog. Bailey's passing was a difficult one due to the circumstances and it must be very grievous for you to have gone through. I am praying that you will find peace in the memories of your blessed dog.

Dear, dear sister go on and cry, and cry and cry. Holding you tightly,
Kay

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Oh, I am sorry to hear of Bailey's passing. I read your blog and he truly was a faithful, steadfast companion during your recovery. I am glad that he was part of your life and provided you with much heartfelt memories. May he rest in peace.

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Im so sorry for your loss it breaks my heart to read this!

Teresa

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I am so sorry to hear of Bailey's passing, it made me cry just thinking of what you and your family must be going through.
May you get through this differcult time and know she is will always be with you
Hugs Christine

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Oh dear Vicki, I cannot even imagine the pain that you are going through right now. I have tears streaming down my face as I write this. We know how important pets are to us - beloved and important members of our families. To have something so horrible happen to your dear little dog just breaks my heart. I am so, so, so sorry, and I am sending lots of hugs and much love to you right now.
Hugs,
Linda

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I'm so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Our pets truly are family members.

My cat stayed with me as I recovered from surgery, periodically tapping me with her paw to let me know she was there.

Bless our pets and the love they bring to us.

Alice

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I could hardly finish reading this with the tears flowing. I am so sorry to hear this. I know how devestated you all are. Sending big cyber hugs to all of you.

xoxo,
Jean

debsweb18
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I'm so sorry for your loss. It must be so difficult to lose a pet that helped you through a difficult time.

Deb

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Dawne.Hope
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Dearest VickiSam -

I don't check in often but have some this week ... for the first time in months ... and saw this today.

I am so, so sorry. There truly are no words. (Shakes head). I wish I could be there, take your hands in mine, pray with you, give you a hug. I am just so sorry. My heart hurts for you.

We had a dog that was with my mom every step of the way when she went thru chemo ... sounds very similar to your story.

To lose Bailey the way you did ... is especially difficult. It's never easy letting an animal go ... and this is just terrible. I pray comfort for you and for your daughter Alexandra as well. So, so hard.

I wrote a eulogy for my dog when she died ... sounds strange, I know ... but I needed to journal out my hurt ... and sharing your story with us is a good way to deal with your grief. Animals become a part of our family ... their unconditional love ... it's a gift.

Love you, dear sister.

I'm praying for you and for your family.

I know that it hurts.
xoxoxo

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VickiSam
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May day is a little more bearable knowing that you Sisters in PINK have my back --
and so many of you, know how much 'Bailey' meant to me, as well as keeping me sane
and safe during my breast cancer journey.

Loads of love to you all.

Vicki Sam

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sea60
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I am so sorry this happened. How hard this must be. Pets are family and we grieve the loss. My Abby always "felt" my chemo days. They somehow know.

Please accept my condolences on your beloved.

Tender hugs,

Sylvia

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I'm so sorry for your loss. This story sounds so sad. I can actually feel what you went through and I feel for you. Our pets are the best companions, especially during the most difficult time. Prayers are with your angel. And I hope you find peace.

sbmly53
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My heart is broken for you. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Sue

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My dear friend
I am very sorry for your loss. Very tragic death of your loyal Bailey
Hugs

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ladyg
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My eyes are filled with tears as I read your post. I am so sorry you lost your four legged family member. I can only imagine what and unpleasant surprise it was.

Hugs,
Georgia

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as a dog lover, I am so, so sorry for your loss. Your sweet Bailey Storm helped you through your darkest hours. She understood when maybe some humans just didn't. She was there for you. The loss of her must be unreal. I have lost dogs and it leaves a permanent bruise on your heart. She is running and playing in heaven right now and enjoying all the tasty biscuits she can possibly eat.

My heart goes out to you and your family.

Love and hugs, Renee

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fauxma
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I am so sorry for your loss.

sdukowitz
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So very sorry about Bailey Storm ..... may your memories help ease your sorrows .....Sue D

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More tears, Vicki, from over on the kidney cancer thread.

I'm sure you'll have lots of lovely pictures of Bailey which will help to cope with the pain of such a tragic loss. So I echo what Sue D has just said - may your memories help ease your sorrows.

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I am so very sorry you had to go through this!
{{{Hugging you tight}}}
Sandy

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Again, from the kidney site, let me express my sincere sorrow. Can't imagine losing such a beloved pet in such a terrible way and have your daughter witness the ordeal. I know you probably have received this link many times over, but on the occasions I've lost my beloved pets I carry it in my pocket and pull it out and read each time I feel the tears coming on. Again, I'm so sorry.

http://www.petloss.com/rainbowbridge.htm

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Vicki,

I am so sorry. Tears welled up as I read your post. I have little dogs as well, and they mean the world to me. We have neighbors (as I mentioned in the pet peeves post) that seem to think its okay to have large (and small) dogs off leash. Yesterday, our neighbors very large rottweiler got our of their backyard---again! Its a disaster waiting to happen to someone or someone's dogs. I don't even take my dogs out for walks anymore. I am so very, very sorry. It makes my heart ache.

Deborah

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camul
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they are so much a part of our lives, and to lose her this way is especially hard. I am so glad that your neighbor came with you, how hard this was for her also, and how giving of you to welcome her to stay with you.

Hugs,
Carol

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Oh,, Vicki, I am so sorry! My eyes are filled with tears. What beautiful expressions of love--both Bailey Storm's devotion to you and your loving tribute to her.
Angie

disneyfan2008
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so sorry to hear-what a great dog! so much love and devotion...

thinking of you

Denise

disneyfan2008
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so sorry to hear-what a great dog! so much love and devotion...

thinking of you

Denise

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I am so sorry and understand your hurt. It is horrible to lose a pet. Especially one that has been with you through a devastating illness. I think that creates a different kind of bond than if you weren't ill. My heart feels sooooo bad for you. I wish I could change time and change the situation. I had to put my cat of 13 years down last spring, and with this new scare with my dog, I was worried she was seriously ill.

On another note. I know what a gracious, caring, and loving woman you are. BUT, that incident should be reported to the police and if your city has one, the animal police. It hurts my heart to say it, but those labs need to be put down. I am not saying it to be vindictive and my heart aches for their family, but the dogs have been viciously destroying and attacking a dog while unprovoked. I would hate if those dogs escaped again and destroyed another animal. And, I fear for any small children as well.

Also, I don't know how you feel about it and how you are doing financially, but the labs' owner should be responsible for your vet bills for you beloved Bailey Storm.

I have seen this a lot on Animal Planet's animal patrol.

I am sure the labs are wonderful dogs for their family, but they have clearly shown that they ARE NOT safe for the public.

I realize she is your new neighbor and you probably wouldn't want to start a feud or tension, but as dog owners, we need to be responsible. If it were me, I would put my dog down if it killed another dog. It would hurt like heck (a better H word would be better) but it would need to be done.

I would hate for your other little dog to be outside on a walk and that happen to yet another one.

I wish you all you need to get through this, whatever it may be.

I am sending you a big ole hug and shoulder to cry on for you and your family.

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I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Unfortunately, I think I can truly empathise with such a horrific event. Dogs, 3 of them, came into my yard and killed one of my cats last night.

I'm sorry your daughter was terrorized to witness firsthand such a vicious, unprovoked, attack. How helpless and stricken she must have felt as it all unfolded.
For you to lose such a great comfort, a companion, in your time of need is heartbreaking.
These small furry animals that squirm their way into our hearts and lives are missed so very, very, much.

Godspeed Bailey Storm

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weazer
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How very sad, I lost both of my Beautiful dogs, Bear and Angel this last year.
I miss them very much, what little soldiers they were during my Illness.
God Bless you Sister.
Karie

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My heart is just breaking for you and everyone involved. What a tragic accident! It sounds as if everyone involved was traumatized. I am so, so sorry! And I am so sad that you lost your chemo buddy.

I do know this: your pet had the very best possible life up until the end. I have a feeling that I would want to come back as one of Vicki Sam's dogs ;-). And you made the absolute right decision to end the suffering.

I am praying that you all can move forward and remember the great times with Baily. But do give yourself some time to grieve. And please give Alexandra a hug for me and let her know that there is nothing she could have done. Please let me know if there is anything at all that I can do!

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My heart is just breaking for you and everyone involved. What a tragic accident! It sounds as if everyone involved was traumatized. I am so, so sorry! And I am so sad that you lost your chemo buddy.

I do know this: your pet had the very best possible life up until the end. I have a feeling that I would want to come back as one of Vicki Sam's dogs ;-). And you made the absolute right decision to end the suffering.

I am praying that you all can move forward and remember the great times with Baily. But do give yourself some time to grieve. And please give Alexandra a hug for me and let her know that there is nothing she could have done. Please let me know if there is anything at all that I can do!

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