A short but shining career

Bailey set the bar for Goldens!

Bailey set the bar for Goldens!

Another Love Dog will be retiring this June.

Bailey began his therapy dog career in December 2010.  He was seven years old then, but seven is the perfect age for a Golden to have settled down enough to be a steady therapy dog.

Bailey loved having children all around him

Bailey loved having children all around him

Bailey has always been one of our larger dogs topping off at one hundred and five pounds – a gentle giant.He began his career working in schools and library programs with children and at skilled nursing facilities.

Get that Cheerio up there!

Get that Cheerio up there!

However his shining moments came towards the end of his career when he spent dedicated time with a young boy on the autism spectrum, Julian. Perhaps the months working with Julian were what Bailey was really meant to do.Watching the little boy afraid of boys hold on to Bailey was something incredibly special to see.

Walking Bailey was quite an accomplishment for Julian

Walking Bailey was quite an accomplishment for Julian

Watching Bailey balance a teeny tiny Cheerio on his nose made Julian laugh like no other trick.Watching Bailey slowly go up and down his ramp in and out of his car showed us all what tremendous spirit the dog had.

Watching Julian walk Bailey on his second leash showed us what boy and dog could achieve together.

We called Bailey our breathing pillow as he loved nothing more than having several kids all lying on top of him.

A gentle giant

A gentle giant

Bailey will make a handful of “special appearances” before he officially retires this June.We all appreciate the all too few years Bailey was an active therapy dog but he will always be a Love Dog.

Thank you Kelly, Craig, Stevi and Jon for sharing your beautiful dog with us.