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