When our very own Blanca (Walker) heard about Bailey’s death, she immediately wrote this touching poem that describes the unique relationship and resonance Bailey and Fray shared:
From the First I Saw You
By Blanca Walker
From the first day I saw you, I knew I wanted to take care of you.
You were so strong and tough, yet so fragile and timid. I knew I wanted to protect you, love you and show you what having a family is like.
You had lost hope and trust in humans as your heart was shattered into a million pieces by neglect and abuse, yet you still had a glimmer of light and hope in your beautiful eyes.
I wanted nothing more than to love you and help restore your trust in humans again. You took a second chance and opened your heart to me.
We stuck together to the end, in good and bad times. You kept me going. Your determination and strength was my inspiration.
You were unable to move your legs, but that never stopped you. You took care of me and I took care of you because that’s what families do.
We shared lots of cuddles and love, lots of moments that I’ll never let go. Our walks together I’ll forever miss.
My life has been changed forever because of your love.
And even though I’m not walking next to you anymore,
your paw prints on my heart let me know you’re still walking by my side.
Run free, my boy – you have traded your wheels for wings.
We can now only imagine Bailey leaping and flying along the path to his afterlife – whole and strong again…Look out everyone – a panther approaches!
Please join me in sending love, Reiki and prayers for Bailey’s next adventure.”