animal companion, animal rescue, Bailey dogs, border collies, Christmas, missing your dog, Starbucks, the rainbow bridge, unconditional love
It was so good to FINALLY hear from you! I had to tell you this little story. You know how everyone at Starbucks adored you? You loved the little red cups at Christmas time to drink your water in the car. And who loved Puppy Lattes MORE than you?
The other day, Papa and I went to Starbucks and we thought we could try to sit outdoors with Joy. Lots of dogs go there and she is used to going there up North, but usually in the drive through Starbucks. I thought this would be a nice change for her and she could get a puppy latte (whipped creme in a cup, for those of you readers who might think I give my Joy coffee, no!)
Russell stayed outside with Joy while I went in to retrieve our drinks and tiny cup of whipped creme. Joy was SO excited. A man came towards our couch and said, “I have to come and pet that cute dog,” and at that very moment Joy started barking at him. I said, “sorry maybe another time!” A few minutes passed a younger guy named Evan came towards us and said, “Oh my goodness, you are just too adorable with those freckles on your nose.” Joy did not bark a word! She liked him and let him pet her. “I have to go get my dog, she is in the car.”
He was wearing a cool t-shirt that said In Dog We Trust, maybe that is why Joy knew he was okay! Next, I said, “Oh what kind of dog do you have?” “A Sheltie,” he said. She is kind of shy like Joy.” “Awww, a Sheltie? I love Shelties. What is her name?” I asked? “Bailey he said.”
Of course it was. He could have had any kind of dog with any name in the world, but it was a Sheltie in the same collie family and she shared your name. It could not have been a more perfect moment. You shared it with us because you are always omnipresent. Always. I feel you everywhere I am and I am glad you make your presence known in many different ways. That was the best Christmas present I could have been given. Thank you Bailey – you and the Sheltie….
With all my Love,
PS: Two pics of you and two of Joy to show everyone in Hyfryd!!!
sherri, it’s funny but so many dogs have the same names! I’ve seen more “Sasha’s” and “Sascha’s” than I could shake a stick at — heck, some were CATS….some were BOYS.
I know a couple of Bailey cats — though I think one spells it “Bayleigh”.
I never thought of a puppy latte, but we often took Sasha to the Dairy King and got her a “doggy cup” — a tiny vanilla ice cream in a cup with a milkbone on top! Boy, how she loved that. She was a superstar at Dairy King, all the kids wanted to pet her and everyone would be all “oh that lady is buying ice cream for her DOG”! LOL!
Alas, my new dog can’t do that — she’s not social or friendly, and she dislikes children (we think she might have been abused by kids). She often growls if strangers approach her, which is so sad to us. I have to tell people not to pet her.
I am so happy to see Joy enjoying Florida. Our dog and our cats loved it there so much — we lived there for 3 years in the early 00s — and I don’t think the cats have ever forgiven us from taking them away from the land of tiny running lizards.
Sherri Maddick said:
Thanks for reading! I think with time your dog will come to like people. Joy still growls a Carribean Pirate Growl (muffled) sometimes if she does not like someone – but not as often as when I got her. Her world is so much larger now that to her, everything is new. A puppy mill, a pound and a shelter – now life….I don;t know your dog’s history (maybe you can share sometime if you know it) but give it time….hugs, sherri