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MyBella
Hi MJ,

Hope this finds you doing well and pretty much ready for the holidays, I bet Charlie is so excited with everything that is going on.
Maybe Bailey is showing him how to sniff out the gifts to see which ones are for him, I bet there is even a gift from Bailey for his little brother. 
No Peeking now Charlie....good boy.

Sending my warmest wishes for a beautiful weekend, may your wonderful heart always feel the pure love and light of your sweet Lion hearted Bailey, bringing with his love, the continued peace and healing you so deserve.

Your Friend Always, Don
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Bailey15
Hi Don,
We are almost ready for Christmas but still a few gifts left to wrap and some of those are Charlie's. I will definitely include one from his big brother Bailey - thanks for the wonderful idea!!
Our little lion hearted dog is never far from our minds and I guess it will always be that way but it's a good thing as, more often than not, it brings a smile to our faces. His memory will be especially present this Christmas as he always loved the festivities so much, and yes, I think he has been teaching Charlie to sniff out his presents under the tree! We've allowed him to open just a couple. Cheers to a wonderful Christmas for all! 🎄
MJ
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LUCYLULU

Hi MJ~

Just stopping by to let you know that I am thinking of all of you, and Charlie & Bailey too. I hope that you are feeling well & looking forward to a wonderful Christmas! Thank you for your words of comfort & understanding on Lucy's thread. We are lucky indeed to have had so many years with Bailey & Lucy. And here's wishing that we have many wonderful years with Charlie & Daisy Clover :-)

Merry Christmas!
Huge hugs too,
Kasey

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Chinadoll
MJ: I just read your post on China and Nicky's topic, I wanted to thank you for such an uplifting post and the wonderfully kind words you wrote. It always means so much when someone takes the time to read our stories, it has a special way of giving us a little comfort and helping us through these times. I went back and read your story of Bailey and Charlie, looked at all the pictures, brought tears and smiles. You have a golden heart, you reach out to so many people here and your journey has helped comfort the ones who found this forum during a very difficult time. I saw quite a few people asking you about the process you went through when you rescued Charlie, I know a lot of people wonder if or when they could think about getting another dog. I've dealt with that myself recently. I just finished sitting my son's dog while they were on a two week trip, it was the first time a dog had been in our house since China and Nicky. It was both helpful and difficult. It was an emotional rollercoaster two weeks. In the end, I would say it helped. I made some progress, and the little toy poodle Allie was so sweet with me. I don't know where this journey will lead me, but it is wonderful to have people like you here to lean on. Thank you for all you have done for so many. Blessings and peace to your family.
Charlie
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jimmy17
Hi MJ!  Thank you so much for "being there" for me and so many others here on this wonderful and healing forum.  Not only have I found a Canadian sis, I have made a beautiful friend who I feel I know so well - even though there are many, many miles between us!!  Wishing both you and Reinhard - and of course handsome Charlie - a peaceful and Happy Christmas, filled with lovely "Bailey" memories.  

                                                                           Huge hugs,

                                                                       Jackie and Brian. x
J Taylor
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CKMP
MJ
Thank you so much for the support, the kind words and wonderful thoughts on Maggee's and Kassee's thread...I can not thank you enough for always remembering us...As we all know these days are very difficult and eerily quiet....Wishing for you and family a calm, and loving Christmas filled with Bailey moments and signs from your special one...May Charlie bring new and happy moments that will become those precious memories of tomorrow...Hugs for you and so much gratitude for all you have done...
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normsmom

MJ,

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. I love Don's idea about a present from Charlie from big brother Bailey. No doubt he is making himself one of his perfect "blanket beds" and supervising the festivities this year with a smile. You were the first person to respond to me on this forum, in my earliest darkest days of heartwrenching grief. It sounds like Norm and Bailey had so much in common, and I almost fell of my chair when I later realized we even lost them on the same day - November 10th. Thank you for everything you do in this forum - you bring so much comfort to so many here, and you have such a way with words. You always know just what to say and it is clear that you understand how deeply our love runs for our animals, since you have been there too. I am so happy for Charlie that he has found such a wonderful and loving home. This will be your third Christmas without sweet Bailey. I will be thinking of you and wishing you peace and many signs from your sweet boy over the holidays. Thank you for being one of my first forum friends. Your support has been a lifeline. 

Merry Christmas from a fellow Canadian! :)

Heather

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MyBella
Hi MJ,

Hope you and your husband enjoyed the holiday season, I am sure your sweet Charlie helped with making it a little less painful, but I am sure there is that missing piece that will always be, the emptiness of your sweet, handsome Bailey and all his fun Christmas antics of checking out the gifts under the tree.
How did Charlie like his gift from his loving big brother Bailey, I imagine Bailey was so happy to see his little brother open the gift especially for Charlie from him.
Such a beautiful way to honor your handsome Bailey.
Please give my warmest wishes to your husband, let him know he is in my thoughts, and always to you my dear friend, my biggest wishes for such love, peace and healing to always find that wonderful heart of yours.
May the love and light that is your Lion Hearted Bailey, always warm your heart.

Your Friend Always, Don


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CKMP
MJ,
Thank you so much for the beautiful message on Maggee & Kassee's thread...Your words brought tears as they 'hit' my heart - so kind and so understanding.   Hoping your Bailey was hovering near you all through the holidays - and so so excited for his brother to open his gift...May his soft paws always pad along side you and guide you through those moments that are the harder ones of the days.  May his 'courage' strengthen yours always - as you, Bailey, Charlie and your husband stand together as the forever 'pack'...Bonded by love, loyalty and those precious moments spent together...Hugs for you.
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Chinadoll
MJ - Thank you for the warm and uplifting post on China, Nicky, and Noel's thread. It means so much each time someone takes a moment out of their day to help others, and you helped me. I'm so blessed to have so many friends here, it is a comfort that could only come from someone who knows what we are going through. The story of Baily and Charlie is precious, I hope one day I might be at that point of adopting another dear friend. Your words let me know that it is possible, it could help the healing. Thank you for being there.

Your friends, Charlie and Deborah 
Charlie
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Bailey15
Hi Don,
You are so right - Bailey is (and will forever) be missed and Charlie does bring us so much happiness! I took your wonderful suggestion and picked up a special toy for Charlie from his big brother! I'd given most of Bailey's things to a rescue - with the exception of a few of his favourite toys. One of them was a cute pink pig that we keep in his memory box so I decided to get one for Charlie (from Bailey). Wouldn't you know - he loves it!! 🐷 I think Bailey must have been so proud watching him open it and run with it - so thank you Don for that lovely idea - and also for you very kind wishes for my husband and our little lion heart - Bailey.


CKMP,
Thank you for the beautiful wish: I love your description of the "forever pack"! It's such a wonderful thought and is so very true! I know that Kassee and Maggee are a beautiful part of your forever pack as well. 💕
It really does feel like there are 4 of us as Bailey is never far from our hearts and he did seem very near to us through all of the holiday festivities that he always enjoyed so very much! Big hugs back to you Cody!!


Charlie,
It makes my heart sing to hear that Bailey and Charlie's story is helping! I honestly never thought I would be able to have another dog but I have found that it really can work and helped my husband and I so very much. It does have to be the right time though, I know, so I think you are wise to wait until you feel ready but I believe that when the time is right it will definitely be possible and will bring you and Deborah so much happiness! The nicest part is knowing China, Nicky and Noel will be right there cheering you on when that time comes!! ⭐️️
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Monty13
Hey MJ, Happy New Year! Thank you for your advice and especially for all your support. If someone had told me I was going to have a beautiful precious kitten at Christmas this year I would never had believed it! My bf is crazy about Candy and we had so much fun playing with her. I hope you and your hubby had fun with Charlie too. I'm sure you did! I just read about his special toy from Bailey. Awww.... what a great idea. Pets just make everything better. I hung my special Monty ornament on our tree and we just took everything down last night so it brought some tears to be packing up Monty's ornament again. I hope you had lots of sweet Bailey moments during Christmas. I think Monty and Bailey were probably together and having a blast together! Thanks again MJ. Take Care and happy 2018!!!
Michele Xx
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PeanutWee

Hi MJ,

Thank you for your sweet message on Peanut's thread. Peanut being proud about something brings tears and I am grateful, thank you so much.

I looked at some of Bailey's photos you posted and he's so adorable. The Christmas photo where Don wrote "caught in the act" is so sweet. I hope to go back and read more of your posts soon.

Wishing you a peaceful 2018,
Peanut's Mom

"Sometimes even the smallest things can take up the most room in your heart"
-Winnie the Pooh

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normsmom
Hi MJ,

Just popping in to wish you a Happy New Year and thank you for all the support you've given me and everyone else here in this forum. I have told a couple close friends about how wonderful it is to have a place to come where I feel I can be myself and talk about how deep the pain of losing Norm is. 

I hope Charlie is enjoying the snow and that you feel sweet Bailey close to you each day. 


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Bailey15
Hi Michele,
I'm so sorry I missed your message somehow. I am so, so happy that everything is working out with little Candy - who is likely not so little anymore! Would love to see some pics!! I know it's so difficult seeing our babies' ornaments and in particular having to then take them down but please know that even if Monty's ornament is safely packed away, he is still with you - always! ❤️
Wishing you all (including Candy and forever Monty) a happy and wonderful New Year!!
Hugs, MJ
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