I’m kind of a basket case of emotions lately. Partly because I’m prepping for my wedding and a big move in just a few short weeks, but mainly because my dog, Bailey, is sick. He’s dying from cancer, and recently he’s been getting weaker and weaker. So when I saw the video, “Denali,” a few nights ago while cuddling with Bailey, I basically lost it. It is definitely worth watching, especially if you are a dog person. I must warn you, though, that if you are anything like me you will cry.
The video is narrated by Denali, who is Ben Moon’s beloved dog. Denali is dying, and this video showcases Denali and Ben’s love for each other. It is a beautiful little film, and it’s crazy how much I can relate to it right now. Much like Ben does with Denali, I take Bailey with me everywhere and I don’t like leaving his side for even a few minutes. Early on in the video, Denali recalls Ben asking him to let him know when he’s ready to go. I’ve had the exact same conversation with Bailey, telling him to let me know when he is ready to go. I don’t think I will ever be ready to say goodbye, but I’m hoping that Bailey will let me know when he’s ready.
Bailey when he was just weeks old.
Bailey is my best friend. He’s been there for me during some of my best days and also some of my worst. And since he’s always been there for me, I am trying to be there for him now. I’ve been spending my days taking him to the park, cuddling with him on the couch, and making him scrambled eggs with cheese (his favorite). And I consider myself very lucky to be able to put my business on hold so that I can do all these things with him.
Bailey and me as youngsters.
I love and appreciate all the time that I’ve had with Bailey- sixteen years we’ve been together. I’m grateful for all the walks we’ve taken together, all the times we’ve played in the snow together, and all those little moments where he has just made me so happy. And until it’s time to say goodbye, I’m glad that we still get to have a few more of those moments together. I know that he’ll always be with me, even after he’s gone. But, wow, it‘s tough having to imagine life without seeing his happy, wagging tail or petting his soft, silky fur anymore…