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Closest Thing To A Kid

by Kelli
(Saginaw, MI)

I got my Mini Australian Shepherd in January 2008. She recently passed away and I am brokenhearted. I miss her so much and I have been having such a hard time dealing with her not being here. I am 21 years old and I treated her as if she were my own child. She touched my life in so many ways and her intelligence always amazed me. She was the most talkative dog I have ever met. When my mom would discipline her, my dog, Bailey, would talk back. Although it wasn't always funny to my mom, I couldn't help but always crack a smile. She was amazing at catching the ball and every moment of everyday she wanted to play. She loved going on our speedboat yet she was terrified of water. But one time when our boat shutdown, we all got off the boat and swam to shore. I was shocked when I turned and saw Bailey jump in after us, knowing how much she hated water. That was only one example of how loyal and loving she was. Whenever I was upset, she would jump up on me, wrap her arms around my neck, and give me kisses. I cherished everyday with her and will always remember the love she brought to my life. I am getting another Aussie from the same breeder to help with the healing. A piece of my heart will always belong to Bailey. I can't wait to see her once again. I thank God for the time that I got to spend with her.

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Jun 20, 2010
Closest Thing to A Kid
by: Nonnie

Your Bailey looks so much like our toy black tri, Maggie Mae.
She is only nine months old.

We lost our mini black tri in September 2009, one week before her first birthday. It was unexpected, traumatic and difficult. We got her when she was eight weeks old and only had her for ten months. Her name was Carly Jo and we loved her so much. After her death, we were devastated for weeks. We did nothing but cry. Then we decided we wanted another Aussie. We waited a little while, but the pain was so great, we needed a puppy to love.

We found a breeder in our state and fell in love with a female blue eyed, blue merle mini and named her Bailee Joy. A month later, we decided to get her half sister, a toy black tri and named her Maggie Mae. Bailee has many of the exact same expressions that Carly did, but her personality is her own. They are the joy of our life. They play together and yet are so different. Every day is an adventure.

I hope that you will remember your Bailey but let your new puppy bring you great joy.


Jul 01, 2010
Reply to Nonnie
by: Kelli

Nonnie, it is such an extremely difficult thing to say goodbye to a member of my family. I know some people don't understand but dogs feel like members of the family and you love them with all your heart. I love to hear that there is another dog out there that looks so similar to Bailey. I bet Maggie Mae is adorable. I am sorry to hear about Carly Jo. I am still heartbroken and I cry many times still, especially if Bailey is brought up. Your story has really given me hope and I appreciate you sharing it with me so much. I love Bailee's name also. I will never be able to forget Bailey and she will always have a piece of my heart. I think about her frequently and all of her unique characteristics. I recently received pictures of our new puppy and he looks so much like Bailey. I can't wait to meet him and have a dog in my life again. Thank you so much again for sharing your story with me. It really helps knowing that I'm not alone in these situations and that there are brighter days ahead.

Oct 04, 2010
so sorry for your loss
by: Wilda

I am so sorry for your loss, she was so young, do you know what she died of? forgive me, but why would you want another from the SAME breeder? I would definelty get another Aussie, because there's nothing like an Aussie, the love they give us is unmatchable; but I would not go to the same breeder. please forgive me, I do not mean to be unkind. I recently lost my boy, he was only 5 and I plan to get another, but I am not going back to the same breeder. my boy was epilptic, and I know sometimes that can be caused from inbreeding, and I really don't want to go through that again. It"s just so cruel and painful for all concerned. I really wish you the best.

Oct 04, 2010
God Bless
by: Dwayne Carrick

Truer words could not be spoken.I lost my BO 3 weeks ago an i cried harder than when i lost my dad and me and him were close.Bo was with me 24/7/365 i was fortunate enough to be able to take him to work with me and everybody in my little town knew Bo.I have a 4 door dodge truck he always hung out the back door behind me so i put his name on the door so people would know his name.I could pull up to a stoplight and he would hang out and i coud see people smiling at him telling him hey Bo.i have hurt so bad i almost had to take off work.I got a new one another aussie a blue mearle girl.She has really helped with the pain.there will never be another Bo but he was here for a reason and God has him now an some day i will see him again.God bless you and get another one they are the best dog's on earth

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