Went to Rainbow Bridge 5 April 2010

BAILEY 16/04/99 to 05/04/10

Bailey passed away on Monday, 5th April.  He had just returned from a short walk in the field next to us just before lunch and was lying on the patio, as he often did after a walk, watching me check things in the garden.  A little while later I went over to speak to him and realised that he wasn't breathing and there was fluid trickling out of his mouth and his eyes were fixed.  I called my husband and we rubbed his chest but got no response. He had been treated for the previous 10 days for suspected Kennel Cough and was making good progress.  He had been vaccinated last July and had not been in kennels since early September and didn't have much contact with other dogs because he preferred to meet people so I don't know how he managed to catch it.  I have spoken to Bailey's late owners sister today and she said that she had to take him to the vets this time last year because he had breathing difficulties but not a cough.  I do wonder if his bronchial tubes were blocked, a problem I had with an old Labrador, but he gave no signs of gasping for breath like she used to when walking.

Bailey was a much loved addition to our family and gave us a great deal of pleasure during the 9 months that we had him.  He was popular with our local community and greeted everyone that he met both in the fields and down in our village and always looked  towards coat pockets to see if a titbit was forthcoming!

He was a good companion for Lotty, our Springer cross, and we miss him very much.  We are really glad that we were able to make the last months of his life happy after the trauma of losing both of his owners to cancer last year.



We have a secret, you and I,
That no one else shall know,
For who, but I can see you lie,
Each night, in fireglow?
And who but I can reach my hand
Before we go to bed,
And feel the living warmth of you
And touch your silken head?
And only I walk woodland paths,
And see, ahead of me,
Your small form racing with the wind,
So young again, and free.
And only I can see you swim
In every brook I pass.
And, when I call, no one but I
Can see the bending grass.


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