December 22nd 2012 4:10 am
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I can hardly believe that 7 years have passed since we picked up Bailey as a tiny puppy. On one hand it feels like we just got her and on the other it is like she has always been here. I can't remember her not being part of our lives.
I waited a long time after our first Bailey went to The Rainbow Bridge to get another dog. We traveled a few times a year and we were busy with the grandchildren and I thought we would be fine without a dog in our lives. I started thinking we needed a dog again and mentioned it to my husband. I wanted the grandchildren to have a dog to play with and I was missing having a dog around the house. Once my husband was on board with the idea I started looking. He wanted another American Eskimo. He loved the fact that our American Eskimo would swim in the pool and was convinced we needed another one.
I contacted American Eskimo rescue groups without success. Looking back now with what I have learned from being on Dogster, I probably did not do it right or should have been more persistent. I then started looking at breeders. We did not want out of state breeders shipping us a dog that we had not seen. We also wanted to be able to see where our dog had come from. I finally found one about two hours away from us. I had to keep calling her reminding her that we wanted a puppy. On one of my calls, she informed me that they had a litter of puppies and we went to see them when they were 3 weeks old.
We selected one of the female puppies and gave her a deposit and then waited for our puppy to be old enough to come home. We went to get her just a few days before Christmas. We had already decided to call her Bailey. We bought puppy equipment in preparation of her arrival. We took our new crate in the back of the SUV to pick her up.
After meeting with the breeder and talking with them about her care, we took our little Bailey out to the car and put her in her crate. We maybe got as far as one mile away before we had to pull over and take her out of the crate because she was crying so much. The rest of the trip she sat in my lap.
When we got to the house I took her out of the car and walked her around the house with her leash and tiny collar that was too big for her. She was only 4 pounds. She then marched into our house like she owned it and has been in charge of our life ever since.
She has been a wonderful companion to us and a fun playmate and lifeguard at the pool to the grandchildren. We found out that first summer that she also, loved to swim. We did obedience classes with her and also agility classes. We have taken her on trips and when we were both working she would go to doggy daycare because we never wanted her to be left alone. Now that my husband is retired she gets to keep him company when mom goes off to work. Both my husband and I think we have never been so close to a dog like we are with her.
Thank you Bailey for the last seven years and I am looking forward to spending many more years with you at our side.
Happy Gotcha Day!
Mom and Dad
Happiest of times and days !