Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Not Today Mom

Yesterday, I was sure Bailey was ready to make the trip to the bridge today. All the signs were there and the Vet was sure we'd be back to visit today. However, she gave us one more option a shot to make up for the meds he'd refused to take orally and a suggestion for meat baby food. Not having much hope DH picked up a couple of jars of baby food knowing the store collects baby food for the local food pantry and if he didn't eat it, we could donate the unopened jars.

Well Bailey's not ready to leave just yet. I'm not sure how much longer he wants to stay, but he gobbled down two jars of baby food yesterday and two today including one with his oral medications which he's refused to take since last week. When he doesn't take his meds he can't keep food down and eventually stops eating all together, which is what happened over the weekend. This is the sign we've been told to watch for as a sign he's done fighting. When he stops eating and we can't get him started again, it is time to let him go. We thought we had reached that point yesterday. DH had to return to the store for more baby food jars. Honestly, I have no idea how that smell appeals to his stomach as it makes mine turn, but as long as he's eating I can deal.

He also was sniffing in the garden today where Katy's been flushing out the bunnies. He hasn't shown any interest in critters for weeks. His back legs are very weak and since that trip out he's been resting quite a bit.

This may just be that last burst of energy some dogs show at the end. I don't know. I can't think beyond the fact that today we are not visting the Vet to say goodbye to Bailey. Tomorrow and the next day I can't predict. We are cherishing the time we have. The Vet said he'd tell us when it was time to say goodbye. Today's message seems to be not today, Mom. I'm not ready to leave just yet.

Thank you all for your prayers. We are continuing to take this one day at a time. He will let us know when he's ready. We just have to follow his leads. We ask for your continued prayers.


  1. Bailey...take one day at a time but don't stop fighting. We're all right behind you, holding you up, until YOU make the decision.

  2. One day at a time - that is the way to go - lots of cuddles, photos and memory making. You know I had a basenji year ago that LOVED baby food - lamb brains - yuk so gross but it was her favorite

  3. So glad he's enjoying the baby food. Sending you and Bailey lots of hugs.

  4. Cherish each day, each moment. Sending prayers!

  5. Enjoy your time together. I know he feels your love and that's all that matters.

  6. Way to Go Bailey... we are glad that you tried and LIKED the baby food meat... We will understand when you make your decision... butt are glad that it wasn't TODAY...
    PRAYERS and POTP coming to YOU and to your loved ones.

  7. Still sending prayers - yay for baby food
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  8. I can relate so much to what your saying, we are seeing the same with Bilbo. He will go without eating or doing much of anything, and we will think he may be telling us it's time to move on. Then the next day he will perk up and, although blind and still needing a bit of guidance, he will wander into the kitchen to eat and enjoy his dinner.

    We are continuing to send POTP Bailey's way, he is such an inspiration!

  9. We have gone through the same thing with Ping in the fall but then she made a total turn around. for two days she didm eat and was lethargic we werent sure what happened and then she just kind of came oout of it. The vet never did figure it out We know this is a tough time and we hope you have more time time together

  10. One day at a time is so hard. The worry ... the relief it isn't quite time yet. We know you cherish every day with Bailey. May there be more good days!

  11. One day at a time. It is not easy being a guardian. :(
    So sorry you are having to deal with this. Sending lots of power of the paw that Bailey helps you with your decision and hoping he keeps eating and enjoying his life for as long as he wants to.
    Thinking of you.

  12. It's hard to know exactly when the right time is but if Bailey's eating that is a good sign that the time is not yet. I hope you have many good days ahead.

  13. You are in our thoughts and prayers, we are praying with all that we have xoxoxo sending Much love....


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