|Our dear pets that we lost during 2003: Pudders, Bailey, Rubie and Toffee (the Rollie Cat).
|May, 1991 - February, 2003
|Bailey moves on
|We have sad news about our official
stable greeter, Bailey. He wasn't acting
like himself on Tuesday evening, so
Dave took him to the vet. The doctors
diagnosed Lyme Disease, but found
that he had some other complications
and opted to keep him over night.
Yesterday they did an ultrasound and
discovered that he had a tumor on his
spleen, as well as fluid around his
heart. When they tapped the fluid, they
found that it was blood. Needless to
say, this was not good news, as all
symptoms were pointing to at least
one form of cancer. In the afternoon,
they sent the ultrasound out for
analysis and told us Bailey was feeling
more comfortable and that we'd get the
results today, December 4, 2003.
Then we got a call early last night
telling us that Bailey had passed away.
Naturally, we were stunned, since we
really weren't prepared for this news,
especially since he'd been feeling
better yesterday morning. Dave and I
went over to the clinic last night to say
our sad goodbyes and to make
arrangements for a private cremation.
It doesn't seem possible that he
slipped away so quickly. When he
wasn't at the barn he always slept
under my desk, and it seems very
empty as I sit here typing this note.
Bailey was so happy living here at the
farm, and we always said that he lived
in Golden Retriever heaven. We're glad
that his last four years have been so
wonderful for him, and thank you to
everyone who helped make him feel
like the special boy he was. We will
miss him tremendously.
Dear Lord, please open your gates and
call St. Francis
to come escort this beloved companion
across the Rainbow Bridge.
Assign her to a place of honor, for she has
been a faithful servant and has always
done her best to please me.
Bless the hands that send her to you,
for they are doing so in love and
freeing her from pain and suffering.
Grant me the strength not to dwell on my
Help me remember the details of her life
with the love she has shown me.
And grant me the courage to honor her by
sharing those memories with others.
Let her remember me as well and let her
know that I will always love her.
And when it's my time to pass over into
please allow her to accompany those who
will bring me home.
Thank you, Lord, for the gift of her
and for the time we've had together.
And thank you, Lord, for granting me the
to give her to you now.
- © Brandy Duckworth, 1998
nose to go