Her rescuers in Houston had done their very best to care for her since they found her cold and wet in a parking garage in January. Linda took her to the vet where they discovered she was very high positive for heart worm. She was treated with antibiotics and steroids for other ailments. It was determined she most likely wouldn't survive the treatment for HW but was given Heartgard to hopefully beat them back slowly and give her more time... but was considered terminal.
Linda had major surgery and too many dogs and cats of her own but she did not give up on a solution.. She paid for her to be boarded at her pet sitter's facility. She was outside with the igloo for shelter. Everyone hoped this would be temporary, but had no one to offer better. We knew her medical would be expensive for her cardiac work up and that was where we asked for help. We reached out to the community and got amazing results! With enough money to cover the veterinary care, my son and I scheduled our flights that were generously donated by Pictographics. We stayed at Linda's house and headed back to Las Vegas in a one way rental. Before we left, we had prepared a special space to incrementally introduce her to her new home. We studied ways to help her use other senses for positive association and navigation so she can gain confidence and trust. We were committed to providing her the best forever home full of comfort, love and accommodation for her blindness. I was not prepared for the overwhelming rush of love I felt meeting her for the first time. We slept together on the floor, her head resting on my arm, and when we woke in the morning, she kissed me like she couldn't believe I was still there. Our drive home was a dream and she couldn't have been a better traveler. I began to believe that this was all meant to be.
Her ruptured ear drums began to heal and she was responding better to the sounds around her. Her skin sores began to clear up and she shed her winter coat... Another thing she will never need again.
With all those belly bugs gone, comfy places to sleep, and an abundance of love, Bailey began to blossom. She loves to ride in the car and if its not too hot, her head is out the window, ears flapping in the breeze. She came to work with me every day for about 6 months. She made many friends who sometimes would show up just to get some good Bailey kisses.
She started nose work class and has big fun sniffing the boxes to find her treat.
We had another health scare about a month ago. Bailey suddenly became very lethargic and began coughing. She didn't want to go on walks anymore. After another negative heart worm test and many others to ruling out Cushings and Addison's disease, we moved on to the specialty care docs for a heart ultra sound.. He confirmed he saw no visual signs of HW and her heart was functioning properly.. He suggested she may have a pulmonary disease but those are extremely difficult to diagnose. A prescription for Doxycycline is what the doc ordered and it did the trick.
She started feeling better in a few days and felt like a million bucks by week 2! As a matter of fact, she got so spunky and full of personality that she told me she doesn't want to be stuck at work all day anymore! I get it! We built bailey her own side yard so she can choose when to go out or stay in and she loves to lay in the sun! We still haven't had luck introducing her to our other dogs, but thats ok. She feels strongly about being left alone and I sure can understand that. We are able to provide her with her own comfortable environment so she can relax and not feel threatened. She is living by her own rules for the first time in her life.. and I'm so happy to give her anything and everything that pleases her. She teaches everyone she meets how to be brave in the face of adversity and that what seems impossible.. just isn't.