Bailey Gebhardt Stone “Bailey Bug” was born on August 25, 2001 and crossed the Rainbow Bridge on May 22, 2017 at the age of 15 years and 8 months old.
Bailey was adopted from the Roanoke SPCA in October 2001 when he was only 6 weeks old. When I turned that corner and saw him, I knew he was meant to be mine. I picked him up and held him, he cuddled up and fell asleep in my arms. I was hooked.
During his 15 years and 8 months on this earth he was loved by many, mostly his Mom and Dad, Kristen and Jonathan Stone, and sisters Abigale and Hannah. Bailey was the perfect definition of a loyal and loving best friend. He loved meeting new people and showering them with kisses regardless if they asked or not. He loved playing with his toys, batting tennis balls with his paw to us, chasing and jumping for bubbles, car rides, chasing and barking at the squirrels, bobbing for ice cubes, long walks, head rubs, hogging the majority of the bed, cuddling with his humans, greeting us at the door even when we had left for only a few minutes. He would always use his paw or his nose to nudge us when he wasn’t done receiving loving. I can’t forget cheese as it was his favorite snack.
Bailey and I grew up together, he helped me to learn what true love is and how selfless and devoted a pet can be. Over the years he welcomed his Dad and two sisters into his life to complete his family. We loved him greatly and he loved us greatly in return.
In his later years Bailey began to slow down and we believe he had Cushing’s Disease, severe arthritis and in the end his mind started to slip away. It was absolutely the most heartbreaking decision we have had to make, to let go. Bailey, I believe is in Heaven and in no more pain and able to do his favorite things once again. Our home will never be the same without sweet Bailey, you will always be my first baby. We will see you again one day!
A very special thank you to Dr. Staley and the staff at VCA Valley Animal Hospital for the care you provided to Bailey over the many years. Bailey always loved seeing Bee Jay at Valley Animal Hospital and always got a second treat because he never chewed the first one. Thank you to Marjene and Oakey’s Pet Funeral Home and Crematory for your guidance, compassion and care for our beloved Bailey.