|Sep. 18th, 2007 01:16 pm R.I.P. Bailey Kershaw|
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Someone once said that "Dogs leave Paw Prints on Your Heart."
by Merrie Kershaw
There is no truer statement one could make about Bailey Kershaw.
He lost his battle with cancer yesterday, after what can only be described as a valiant fight. He died with dignity and grace, something we all aspire to, I am sure. He was a good friend and a great companion. He loved his work as a Humane Society of Broward County Pet Therapy Dog. He wore his cape proudly and he really missed going to school this past year and a half. He was a great pal to Scruffy, who lies by my side as I write this.
During these past two+ years, he has really watched over me. Even in his diminished capacity, in so much discomfort, he would touch me with his big Collie nose every night to make sure I was OK as I sleep. Some people think it's crazy to care so much about an animal. But, Scruffy and Bailey have been a foundation for me as I worked through my grief.
The Ph D program I have enrolled in will require a major effort for sure.
Bailey's care was both time consuming and costly. In whatever way you think of God, you can't help but wonder if this isn't a gift from God, giving me the grace to move on. Everything changes with time. Bailey is now at the Rainbow Bridge. He and Tom are playing really loud music with heavy base, pissing people off because of the noise and having a good laugh about it!