A day I will never forget is February 1, 2014, the day hemangiosarcoma took my sweet and loving Bailey. She was just shy of her 10th birthday, being born on Cinco de Mayo in a litter of 5 puppies she was registered as Dream O Baileys Party Of 5. For the first time since I brought her home in 2004 she wasn’t at the side of the bed whining for me to get out of bed to let her out and of course feed her breakfast.
When I found her lying in the living room she excitedly got up to come greet me, but only managed a few steps before all four legs gave out and she collapsed (just the night before we went for our nightly walk and of course played some fetch and there were no signs of what was to come). I immediately knew something was terribly wrong, quickly got dressed, carried her to the car and rushed to the vet’s office. Within hours I received the devastating news and had to make the heart wrenching decision to put her down so she would not suffer.
She was the best companion anyone could ask for, she helped me during some rough times, if I was crying she would come lick my tears away, knew when I was upset or not feeling well and would show me unconditional love simply cuddling up with me and resting her head on my knee always made the day better. She will forever be missed, but I cherish the time we had together and the memories we made on trips to the ocean, mountains, camping, and hiking. You are forever in my heart my sweet Bailey!
I pray that the study will lead to earlier diagnosis, treatment, and most of all a cure for our beloved Golden Retrievers. They ask for nothing and give us so much.