I knew when Mindy T. Dog went to the Enchanted Forest that a dog would show up who needed to live with Dusty, Bear and me. This dog is Bailey — and because of his Viking appearance, I’ve named him Bailey Egilsson after Egil, my favorite (and most bizarre) hero from the Icelandic Sagas.

Bailey was — long ago — tied up in a yard and abandoned, then my friend rescued him. This happened in San Diego. My friend moved to Colorado Springs but Bailey wasn’t happy there because of the VERY numerous and long thunder storms and a puppy who harassed him. This past weekend, he came to live with us in the relative calm of Monte Vista.

He’s very sweet, rather elderly, and just an all around good dog. Dusty and Bear don’t seem to like or dislike him. The dominance fracases which are inevitable have been brief. Dusty is not a dominant dog and neither is Bailey. I’m sure Dusty could have lived without having another dog in the house, but he doesn’t really mind. Bear likes to play with Bailey who will play hide-n-seek with her.


38 thoughts on “Bailey

  1. I had a dog named Bailey. I loved him so much. I thought when I named him Bailey that it was a unique name, only to find that it was the most common name among beagles! I hope all of you will be happy together.

    • Wow. It’s a common name among Golden Retrievers, too. It’s a real gift to love a dog “so much.” I guess that’s one reason I keep living with dogs. Thank you for your kind wishes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I love that you have Bailey! They are furry angels, aren’t they? And they deserve so much more than many of our brethren give them.

    • Oh my. Today at the vet (Bear’s been under the weather) a man had brought his dog. The dog was old and seriously ill, possibly had had a stroke. She was dehydrated and confused and other things. The man was from out of town. So as they cared for his dog (things began to look up) Bear stayed with the man, sensing his worry and letting him pet her and pet her and pet her. It was really something to see. They are furry angels. And they need us. โค

      • This story is so lovely and does not surprise me. I always say that you can tell a lot about a person by how they treat dogs. Itโ€™s just true.

  3. Bailey looks like a sweetheart. I’ll bet he fits right in. Welcome to the Land of Love, sweetie. This is the best home you could ever hope for.

  4. Tom Curley believes, as you do, that the dog you need will show up. His always have. I’m happy for you and hopefully, you are happy for you too. A picture would be nice ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I’ve missed so much while I’ve been sick. Welcome Bailey Egilsson. Golden Retrievers are a firm favourite at my dog club. They seem very stoic and good natured. Bailey will be glad of his new friends I’m sure.

    • I’m sorry you’ve been sick — I haven’t posted in a while so (at least as far as my inanities and/or profundities) you haven’t missed anything. Dusty and Bailey (well, Dusty) had his dominance scrap yesterday while I was walking Bear. I hope they’re done with that. They’re both very submissive dogs. I actually think Bear keeps them in line. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I’m glad you’re on the upswing. ๐Ÿ™‚ I just have to be sure that Dusty knows he’s my great love (I’m his) and, for a while, I will not leave them alone in the house together. Dusty didn’t do any damage — a tiny scratch on Bailey’s nose — but Bailey is a very meek dog and I don’t want him to go through more shit in his life than he already has.

      • I do feed Dusty first. And I’m back to training with cookies making sure Dusty gets the first command and the first cookie. I don’t sense any bad feelings between them, though Bailey is NOT going to walk in front of Dusty. He just won’t. But this morning they all ran out to the yard to do their thing as always, and played, as always, came in and peacefully ate their breakfast. I think it might have been one of those eye-contact accidents.

      • I hope so, Martha. The GRs that Makea and I have encountered have never been reactive around other dogs, although some have been a little anxious about other things, like storms. Good luck with Bailey. I look forward to updates.

      • I posted a cute photo of them all on Facebook. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve noticed today that Dusty is actually trying. I’m taking him for a solo walk later on when it cools off. That ought to make him feel special.

  6. Aww congrats on the new addition to your family! We rescued a dog two years ago, Loki. He is a catahoula leopard dog, weighs 150lbs and I couldnโ€™t imagine my family without him now. Bailey sounds lovely! Keep up the good work ๐Ÿ‘

    • He’s a sweetheart. Yesterday we went to the vet for shots, and it was his first experience with the Halti. I think this evening we’ll take our first real walk. He’s the king of good-natured passive resistance. Yesterday I took Dusty and Bear on a little hike. Afterward, Bailey brought my hiking shoe into the house kind of as a warning, “You leave me behind again and see what happens to your shoe.” ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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