For the love of Bailey

by sarah m
(hamilton new zealand)

Bailey was our beautiful pure bred black Labrador. She was 5 years old, fit and healthy, not a grey hair on her; she was just stunning, so gorgeous we had 3 litters of pups. Her last pregnancy went well but unfortunately she needed a c section for the delivery.

I knew something was not right and called our vets at 430 they said to bring her in if we were concerned, my husband wanted to give her more time. We gave her two more hours when the pups were still not born. Our usual vets were not on call and our only option was an unfamiliar vet centre.

To cut a long story short our girl was sent home after delivering her 7 pups and died in her sleep while her babies fed from her on 11.3.10. I later found out that this was the first c section the vet had ever done and my girl was over-dosed with pain relief and bled to death. We tried to get help in the night but were told she would be fine and to bring her back in at 7 in the morning (the vet clearly wanted to sleep).

We were left with her pups to hand rear, it was so hard. I just wanted my girl back so bad. I have never felt so traumatised in my life, pups can die during labour, not the mothers. It was a very long road with the pups they all got many infections due to not having enough colostrum from their mum. It cost me thousands of dollars to keep them alive, one died and 6 lived.

We have kept one of the pups to try and help with the pain of losing Bailey, she is a black girl just like her mum. We named her Maddy and love her hugely, the only problem is I still just miss her mum so much. I still cry most days and it has being 3 months.

She was our pride and joy the best gun dog my husband has ever owned he can't bring himself to go hunting anymore as he too has lost his best friend. It amazes me how much we can love our pets and I hope one day I will get over this. I hope one day I can smile when I think of her and not cry and focus on the fact that maybe one day I will meet with this beautiful soul again.

RIP my gorgeous girl you will be loved and remembered always xxx

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