Bailey (Snowolf Raz'N'Hell of Icescape) came to us from Sharon Loades of the Snowolf Kennels, and we will always be in her debt for trusting us with such a wonderful boy. Bailey's temperament was typical of an Alaskan Malamute, he was extremely friendly with people, loved children, liked to be with his family in the home, quietly lying by our side, he did have his moments, he loved to run like crazy around the garden, then throw himself down for a belly rub, and although at home, he was not a noisy boy, he did have a quick howl everytime he heard a fire engine's siren, even when out walking he would stop to howl when an engine went past, which would attract strange looks from passersby, at rally's when we worked him in harness, he was the one that was shouted the loudest that he wanted to set off. These things made him a very entertaining special boy, we never got bored when Bailey was around.
In 2011 he was diagnosed with cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, we were advised to "let him go" but we wanted to give him a chance, so he underwent surgery, chemo therapy and radiation treatment, to everyones delight, he was given the "all clear" for the cancer, but then he stated to show some after effects from all this treatment, he started to regurgitate on a regular basis, we were advised he probably had an ulcer, given some meds by the vets, and waited to see if this helped, the regurgitation slowly got worse, over a 12 month period he had also started to slowly lose weight, we had him referred to Northwest Veterinary surgeons who diagnosed Idiopathic Megasophagus, there is no cure for this and can only be "managed" by feeding upright in a verticle position,allowing gravity to move the food into his stomach, we built a chair for him which in fact is known as the Bailey Chair as the original dog that this design of chair was made was also called Bailey, Bailey allowed us to place him into the chair, and did in fact eat a few times while sat in this position, but he was not happy to be placed in it, he was uncomfortable, so we tried, feeding him with his front feet placed high on a stool, we also bought a collar for him to wear that raised his head when sleeping.
Sadly even though we tried everything we could, on the 26th May 2013, his regurgitating got much worse, he also started to bloat, and it was at this time, we had to make the terrible decision that it was time to let him go. we took him to the vets, he lay down, placed his paw in my hand, and looked at me for the last time and slipped away peacefully, Bailey was one in a million, he was my trouble causer, he was the boss, he was our cuddling companion, he was our demanding pain in the ar*e, bigger than life boy, who has left a grand canyon hole in our lives by leaving us.
REST IN PEACE MY BEAUTIFUL BOY, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART