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Dog Will Be Missed in Buffalo Grove

Goodbye to My Loyal Companion

Almost 12 years ago, a colleague in my office was looking for someone to take a dog that her niece could not handle. Foolishly for me, I mentioned this to my youngest son who had been wanting a dog forever. We went to see the dog,and before we knew it,t he dog, all his belongings and cage were in my car, with his owners asking that the only thing they wanted was for us not to change his name. That day, almost 12 years ago, we now had a dog named Bailey.

We went through a lot with Bailey, labs are very rambunctious, and there was lots of damage; shoes, molding, doors, carpet, and more shoes. He got into and ate chocolate, ate a whole noodle kugal, glass bowl and all.  During these times we spent considerable time and money at the emergency hospital. Not once did he ever have an accident in the house.

But even with all the drama, Bailey was always there for me. Whether it was a rough day at the office, the weather was lousy, or the stock market was crashing, he would be waiting at the door, tail wagging, ready to give me a wet kiss. I guess that’s what they call unconditional love. No matter what kind of day I had, I knew he would be there with a smile on his face. Everyday was a good day for him and me with him.

When I had my car accident that should have killed me and definitely should have killed him he survived and was brought home thanks to the kindness of a stranger. When we met up after I got out of the hospital, I thought he cried when he saw me again, I know I did.. When I had my heart attack, he keep licking me, till the paramedics arrived.

On Jan 7th Bailey was diagnosed with osteosarcoma-bone cancer in his leg. After much thought we amputated his leg and started chemo. He had finished his last treatment and was doing great, no side effects, nothing. Then this past Saturday, I found him laying by the front door, where he had his first accident. He had contracted a bug from having low white blood cells (chemo) and was sick. This one he couldn’t fight, he died this past Sunday.

It hasn’t been easy. I don’t think it’s supposed to be. You just don’t forget all the good times that  happened these past 12 years. We will all miss Bailey, not for the love we gave to him, but what he gave to all of us, UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.