Today is a very special day, my dear reader. May I get a great big 'whoo hoo!' from you all please? Today is Bailey's 16th birthday. Bailey is my dear sweet Pembroke Welsh Corgi, who is the queen of all she sees. She has been here for me through the good times and the not so good times. Been there through raising my children, through holidays and seasons, through moves, illness and pain, sleepless nights, joys and sorrows. Many of my tears have been caught in her soft Corgi fur. She has been my muse, my model, my artwork mascot, my constant companion. She has taught me so much over the years. She can't hear. Can't really bark any more. Her vision is fuzzy. She has been completely down in the rear and completely incontinent for over a year. But she is not in pain. She enjoys her food, snuggling, and watching everyone around her, like she is the royal overseer. But she is getting tired. I know in my heart that this will be her last birthday. She has very few days left here until her angels call her to heaven.
I promised her I would take care of her, as she always took care of me. No girl could have a more loyal friend. I know she will tell me when she is ready to go and I know it will be soon. But today, we are not dwelling on that. Today is about ice cream! Bailey loves vanilla ice cream, so that is her first special treat of the day. Yes, she is dressed up in flowers. And we are celebrating her and all that she is today. Hug all of your Corgis tightly tonight. They are truly a gift. Happy Birthday my dear sweet Bailey Braveheart By The Sea! I love you with all of my heart, and always will.