Oh, Jean ~ Your post brings tears to my eyes. I am so sorry to hear about your devastating and troubling loss. Please try to release the guilt you feel. Bailey knows you would have moved heaven and earth for him if you could have. You're right ~ he would have had a long, tough recovery after the surgery, and we all know that surgery doesn't always guarantee a full recovery. Bailey understands your decision and he will live in spirit and in your hearts forever. Another thing that really hit home for me about your post is that my family found a Basset Hound named Bailey when I was little, and I remember the heartache of parting with him when his family showed up at our door to take him back home. He had been with us for several days, and I was already attached to him. We also had a Beagle named Freckles when I was a toddler. I was young enough that I don't remember Freckles much at all, but he is present in so many family pictures from that period that I know he was a big part of our family life. As I was reading your post, I could almost see Freckles and (our) Bailey greeting your Bailey upon his arrival in his new realm of perfect health and happiness. Bless you for giving Bailey the ultimate gift of love by letting him go and not putting him through any more surgery and recovery. He had already endured so much of that. He knew a lifetime of love and excellent care in the seven years he was with you, and that is something so few dogs get to know. It takes time to heal. We will be here for you every step of the way. Please come back and tell us more about life with Bailey as you're able to. You and Angel Bailey are in my thoughts and prayers.
My heart is battered and bruised, but I will not let it break. It holds such precious cargo, I must protect it now. (Susie Squillions)
"Memories of loved ones are like songs in our soul." Margaret Wakeley
BUDDY GUY AYRES~LYNCH'S RESIDENCY:
KING BING THE GOD CAT'S RESIDENCY:
In one of the stars, I shall be living.
In one of them, I shall be laughing.
And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing when you look at the sky at night.
~ The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery