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We Are the Cure” project.
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We put them here to let you know how much cancer
in dogs has broken the hearts of many a dog lover.
We put them here because the story about every
dog that has died of cancer deserves to be written.
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By Gary Nice
Oh Bailey, I love you and miss you so much. You have given so much
to me, and loved me so unconditionally that my heart breaks every
day that you are gone. It hurts to see our lives continue and that
you are no longer a part of it, so I do every thing I can to keep
you in our life still.
Bailey you were never just another dog or pet, you were the beginning
of a whole life that Sara and I would never have had without you.
We would never have been to so many places and met so many great
dog people, some who are our closest friends still today.
I would never have proposed to Sara at the top of the Empire State
Building if we were not there for the Westminster. We would never
have gone and stayed in the wilderness of Alaska, one of my life
long desires, if we had never met Bruce Schultz, who is my dearest
and closest friend. Bruce, thank you so much.
Most of all, Bailey if it wasn’t for you, I would never have
had such a great loving dog as you to share my life. You showed
your love and loyalty in so many ways. When I was sick that time,
you stayed right by my side, and licked my eyes and never moved.
You played and swam in the pool with us, you took walks and car
rides and you knew just how to lay with me on the couch and just
I love you Bailey, I hate the fact that cancer had to take you at
only eight years and three days old. I promise you Bailey I will
dedicate the rest of my life to fighting cancer in dogs.
By Sara Nice
In January, 2006, I suddenly lost Bailey to cancer. Bailey had
just turned 8 years old, it was one of his good days. My husband
has already told Bailey’s story up above. Bailey’s swift
turn down hill and early death has had a great effect on me and
my family. There is a huge hole in my heart that misses Bailey daily.
What Gary didn’t tell you about Bailey is that he was our
first show dog champion. Not only a champion, but one who loved
to show and showed his way into the Show Dog Hall of Fame. If you
were to meet Gary in person, he would just smile with great joy
as he told you of all the awards that Bailey won and how he liked
to sit in his lap and watch TV with him. I loved to watch the goof
ball swim. Actually, it wasn’t swimming, it was more like
standing on the side trying to get the balls to come to him! I loved
standing out in the back yard and seeing him charge toward me so
that he could have some love on a beautiful Arizona afternoon. And
now, we miss him terribly and wanted to do something to honor him
and to help other families not have to go through the terrible journey
we went through.
What affects me most was that we had absolutely no warning that
Bailey was in danger. He was a very happy go lucky couch potato
that just loved life and oranges. He started with an eye problem
in December and it took the vets a month to find out that what was
causing his problems was cancer. We were getting ready to accept
that we would have a blind dog and were coming to terms with that,
when they noticed his blood pressure was high and finally started
to look internally for the cause. The morning we found out, we had
dropped Bales off to have a chest x-ray and an ultrasound which
we were told would take ½ day. We were called back within
the hour to see the horrible snow storm x-ray that said it was cancer.
Once it was diagnosed they said there was nothing they could do
because it wasn’t caught in time.
This is for you Bailey
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