View Full Version : HOMED: Bailey: 4 year old male blenheim, Ireland

10th August 2009, 11:54 AM
UPDATE: Bailey is progressing very quickly, settling in with a dog he knows, going on walks, getting some training, and relaxing as his pain disappears. Tara, from Dog Training Ireland, feels he will be a happy dog as he is growing more trusting and adapting so very quickly, all positive signs that this is not a long term major issue for him. He should be fine with older kids and dogs in a new home. A new owner will get direct advice on working with him to keep him on his positive path but mostly all he needs is what he is getting now -- a normal home life with normal activity and no pressure. It would be good for him to be in with at least one other dog as other well-adjusted family dogs will set a good example for him.

For an application and further information, see his homing profile here:



Bailey (fostered with Sins) is going to need a very special longer-term foster and/or very special, caring home.

This is a cavalier who has been utterly, appallingly neglected, and unsocialised to dogs or people and has lived with chronic pain for years, with a painful eye and an unadjusted puppy collar that grew into his own neck. He was left by himself in a back garden with no interaction.

He does not get on with other dogs at this time, and can be snappy with people handling him, though also very sweet as he tries to be a normal cavalier (in other words he is not always snappy nor with everyone but is unreliable. He would not be a dog anyone could go up to and pet at this time). I will have him assessed by a professional trainer and temperament tested, but my gut feeling from all I have heard so far from Sins and his vet is that he will rehabilitate with time and with the pain gone and that festering collar and wound gone from his neck.

Assuming he is okayed after an assessment, he needs an experienced adults-only (teen kids OK) home, ideally with some gentle confident dogs where he can be managed appropriately and kept apart as needed. He will not be able to mingle unsupervised with other dogs, at least for some time. He is not appropriate to a home with children or where small children visit.

If I could take him in here, I would work with him -- Sins has noted that his basic underlying cavalier personality tries to rule out over his mistrust and fear. But I am limited in what I can do given lack of anyplace at home to keep him. As always full support and trainer backup are available for a new home.

He is absolutely the worst case of neglect and passive abuse I have ever had come in. Thanks so much to Sins for getting him sorted and giving him some space to relax and breathe. Whether he has a future depends on 1) his assessment and 2) the possibility of a correct home. I do hope he gets that future as he has had 4 years of hell.

This is Bailey, all cleaned up and trimmed and looking a lot happier. If anyone wishes to talk to me about him drop me a PM:


This is how he came to Sins:



10th August 2009, 12:52 PM
I do hope Bailey gets a home. I found DJ my rescue boy on here in Feb 2008, he has his own problems and even after training etc I would still have to be wary about certain people and situations with him, but he is getting a lot better. I think like it has been mentoned about Bailey, his cavalier personality tries to over-rule but he still gets anxious in certain situations.

What I would like to say is that although he has to be treated differently - eg. I walk him on his own without the other two dogs and can't let people appoach him while out on lead also have to be wary of certain situations at home- The joy of seeing him learn to have trust in people and the affection he gives in return is worth all the extra effort. He wasn't treated nearly half as bad as poor Bailey, but there was some element of neglect(as in left to his own devices) with him and possibly he was smacked as punishment.

He doesn't like other dogs at all but loves my two and loves when people come to my house but would snap or maybe bite the same people if he met them elsewhere.

I really think whoever takes Bailey would need to be ready to devote time and attention but above all give lots of love and affection and know what they are taking on and be willing to be in it for the long haul. This is just my opinion as I feel if I'd given up on my boy he would have ended up being shoved from Billy to Jack by well meaning people who thought it would be easy to change him.

I would love to be able to help Bailey but because of DJ I can't even consider it but if someone out there is thinking about having him in my opinion having a rescue is the most humbling and rewarding thing I have done and the joy of seeing him happy really makes my day.

I have never even met Bailey,but someting about his story touched my heart the way DJ's story did and I have never regretted calling Karlin that day to find out more about him and really feel he was meant to find me and me him.

So,thanks to Karlin I have my beautiful little man and fingers crossed someone will be posting a similar post about Bailey on here sometime soon.

11th August 2009, 01:03 PM
Bailey has had a minor setback, he's picked up an infection post neuter and is back on antibiotics again.However he's beginning to mellow significantly and seems calm and relaxed as he recuperates and it's great to see the hair starting to grow back on his neck.
He's eating and drinking well and can be palmfed with titbits and will sit before being given them.
He's able to walk on a leash around the garden with me and seems to be pretty much toilet trained now.He was very happy and in a playful mood this morning and is making steady progress, physically and psychologically.
Once he recovers from his physical ailments he should be ready for assessment,he's now off all painkillers and meds except for antibiotics.
He's a smart dog,quick to learn so hopefully he'll come right given the time and effort.
(he also managed a quick walk on leash with Daisy and apart from normal doggy sniffing, the tail never stopped wagging)

11th August 2009, 05:26 PM
That is a wonderful update and some really exciting news (outside the infection, poor fellow, but that sounds pretty minor). This is indeed a huge step forward if he is beginning to think other dogs are OK and getting the hang of housetraining and some basic obedience and rewards too! I am really hoping we can get him placed so he can continue to become a proper happy boy. :wggle:

15th August 2009, 09:17 PM

The collar lasted 20 mins, he hated it and cried like a baby.
He's now becoming a very loving, affectionate cavalier and loves having his tummy tickled.He's getting on well with Daisy and is relishing his new role as a housedog. I cannot believe this is the same dog!:p

15th August 2009, 09:29 PM
He was blessed to have found you to foster him until he finds his new home.

You seem to be working wonders with him:)

Claire L
15th August 2009, 10:09 PM
Wow!!!! What a transformation!!

from this
to this

Sins, you've done a wonderful job :flwr:
The world is definitely a better place with people like you in it .

15th August 2009, 10:25 PM
Really well done Sins,im so glad to hear how fab he's progressing:D What a transformation,what a gorgeous boy

15th August 2009, 10:34 PM
How wonderful Bailey looks now, dedication has paid of Sins, and people like you are to be blessed.*ng*l


15th August 2009, 10:42 PM
If he had arrived on the doorstep of any of the other board members who foster,he'd have been treated exactly the same.:)
Really it's my groomer Edel who has to take credit for the transformation and resisting the urge to shave him down.If ever a dog deserves a shot at a loving home it's Bailey.:xfngr:

15th August 2009, 10:45 PM
Way to go Sins!

16th August 2009, 04:55 AM
bless him. he looks so much better with the love and attention you are giving him. well done. i hope he continues to thrive & his forever home is just around the corner.

16th August 2009, 11:26 AM
Wow he is coming along so quickly and this is wonderful work, Sins -- Tara is very confident he will be pretty much a normal happy cavalier before too long. He is learning people do all sorts of nice things for him and he will be feeling so much better -- clean now and with his pain addressed.

While this is not a dog for a home with kids, he should be a very rewarding dog for an adult or teen kids family -- ideally with at least one other dog for him to socialise with.

Just for comparison: Ryan's (RJMac) Megan, who came from me and Tara, was nearly this aggressive at the start -- I could not touch her and had to 'decant' her from one crate into another when doing transport. Tara a saw a dog with a lot of fear and no innate temperament problems and look at her now -- she is a sweetie of a dog living with a young boy who dotes on her, and two other dogs.

Dogs like this deserve a chance -- this was one of those few dogs that comes in where you have to make a fast judgement call on whether it is kinder to PTS an unhomeable dog that is very, very unhappy, or to treat the medical issues and trust that the issues are addressable. I talked to both Sins and her vet to decide what to do with Bailey, and talked to Tara for a pro's view. There are some VERY hard decisions to make for anyone doing rescue. I am so glad that my gut feeling and that of Sins, the vet and Tara have paid off for Bailey and he is finding out what it means to be a NORMAL dog with a NORMAL life right now. :) Thanks also to Friends of Ben rescue who initially contacted me about this dog.

Please PM me or email me through the board if you wish to find out more about Bailey and think you have the right home for this little man.

20th August 2009, 02:49 PM
I've created a separate thread for this little guy, and updated his profile on the first post. :thmbsup:

More detail and a homing application can be obtained on his homing profile here:


26th August 2009, 03:37 PM
Reserved pending further discussion. :)

29th August 2009, 09:25 PM
Pleased to say Bailey will be trying out a home with a new girlfriend when he's ready to travel. :mexwav:

MANY thanks to Sins and her family for fantastic fostering that gave this boy a chance and has really turned him around. :) Hooray for fosters!

29th August 2009, 09:47 PM
I am so pleased and hope this works out for him and becomes his forever home.

Well done Sins:)

Brian M
29th August 2009, 09:48 PM

And another fairytail ending is there no end to the magic you three ladies, Karlin ,Sinead and Tara can do it seems not you produce it time and again

29th August 2009, 09:48 PM
I really have my fingers crossed that Bailey finds his forever home. Ive been following this thread hoping he will...

It's weird as I was talking to my Mum about this little guy only today and there has been a bit of me that has thought "if only I lived closer"


29th August 2009, 11:26 PM
:mexwav: Fantastic news. Hope he settles in well to his new home.

29th August 2009, 11:49 PM
I'm delighted for Bailey.:)
It seems like he's found a home where he can continue his progress.At this point he's come as far as he possibly can with me and needs a calm child free environment where he won't be stressed or intimidated to keep moving forward.He's come so far from the semi feral creature who arrived all those weeks ago.
He seems ready to fully integrate into a household and sadly can't do that with my incompatible offspring.
This poor boy has really been through the wars and I'm going to miss his clever little face.The view from my kitchen window will never be the same.
When I put him out into the garden he would just jump onto the table on the decking and stare in the window:p


31st August 2009, 08:19 PM
Reading this thread with tears in my eyes. I hope with all my heart that Bailey has a long, happy life in his new home. Well done girls!!!! :-) And go Bailey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

31st August 2009, 08:33 PM
When I put him out into the garden he would just jump onto the table on the decking and stare in the window:p


He loves his foster Mum. I know you'll miss him Sinead :hug:

1st September 2009, 10:40 PM
Oh Please God it works out for him!! Great job ladies, as always!!

2nd September 2009, 06:08 PM
What a lovely ending after so much neglect. Sins you must have spent so much time helping him socialise, you deserve a pat on the back.:smile:

2nd September 2009, 06:36 PM
Most definitly Sinead had done a fantastic job. :thmbsup:

5th September 2009, 11:58 AM
Bailey left for his new home this morning:cry*ing:

5th September 2009, 12:00 PM
Oh Sinead, I'm sorry. How did it go? Was he ok with his new owners? :hug:

5th September 2009, 12:22 PM
Sinead this must be a mixture of sadness and happiness for you.

You should also be very very proud for what you have achieved with him and for getting him this far. Well done!

5th September 2009, 12:37 PM
He was fine until he figured something was going on.He wasn't a happy camper heading off in his crate,but hopefully he'll settle in a few days.He's bound to be unsettled but it'll be a tough challenge for him to adapt to a new environment,but he's with new owners who are determined to give him every opportunity to have a life at last. Needless to say I miss him very much and I'm feeling anxious that he's been uprooted and now has to go through the process of learning to trust all over again,but if he did it once he can do it again.

5th September 2009, 12:47 PM
Maybe they can call you in a couple of days to let you know how it's going.

5th September 2009, 04:16 PM

Can you keep us up todate with how Bailey is getting on. I really hope he settles with his new family. Im sure all your good work wont be in vain.


13th September 2009, 10:46 PM
Meet his new Mum at the weekend and they are doing super, they have a beautiful, sunny cavalier already who is a right character and I'm sure will carry on with the hard work you have already started b*n*n*

14th September 2009, 12:16 PM
Yes, he is a real character:p. He's bright and clever and very resourceful.
He's landed in clover and I've no doubt he'll go from strength to strength as he's in the perfect environment. I don't think he could have found a better or more suitable home.Thank God(and cavalier rescue) as otherwise he was destined to add to the headcount of dogs who are PTS in Irish pounds every year.

14th September 2009, 12:36 PM
So glad it was a happy ending (beginning) for Bailey.

14th September 2009, 06:21 PM
how wonderful! i wish this poor little boy a long and happy life with his family.

i am very impressed by the very good work done by members of this forum, to rescue dogs and help finding them loving and stable homes!!:hug:

19th July 2011, 10:53 AM
If bailey's story captured the hearts of so many people, you can't begin to imagine how you come to adore him when sharing your life with him. This amazing little dog, who just oozed affected, passed away very suddenly on sunday evening and we are totally devastated. He developed into the sweetest dog imaginable. It was as if he was trying to squeeze a life time of love into the two years we have known and adored him. Myself, my husband and our other cav Molly are utterly heartbroken. Words just can't do any justice to the joy he brought us and the house is an empty shell without him. I am so glad he got to experience love and feel privileged to have had him in my life but it was too short a time. We will miss him forever. Thank you to everyone who wished him well and brought him into our life. I know I'm rambling because I am too consumed by grief to organise my thoughts but I just wanted everyone to know how happy he was for the last few years. I'll love and miss our mr. Bailey (such a little gentleman) forever.

19th July 2011, 12:15 PM
Oh goodness, I am so, so sorry. What a wonderful home you gave him! Bailey was a very special guy and so deserved all the time he has had since coming into rescue with you and Molly. It just shows how this wonderful breed's essential personality shines through, even after abuse. Please know so many of us will be thinking of you and your family. Please consider putting a post about him in the In Memoriam section when you feel ready as I know many will wish to share their support and learn more about him in his time with you. :flwr:

Margaret C
19th July 2011, 12:25 PM
I'm so sorry to read this.

What a wonderful success story Bailey's placement with you turned out to be.
Thank you for giving him the kind caring home that allowed him to develop into the marvellous loving pet he was always meant to be.

RIP Bailey

19th July 2011, 12:50 PM
I am so so sorry that Bailey became sick. It sounds like he touched a lot of people and most importantly his family and I am sure you must have lots of wonderful memories of him. He was extremely lucky to have found what must have been a great home for him, given the way he was able to be the cavalier he was born to be. :flwr:

19th July 2011, 01:21 PM
I'm just devastated to read this,I briefly saw something in the sidebar of the site and prayed that it wasn't our Bailey.The only consolation was that he went so quickly,God knows he'd done enough suffering at the start of his life.
I can understand how much he meant to you,he really was the sweetest boy once he learned to trust people again.I was thinking of him only yesterday when I found some photos of him in a folder on my PC.
He had his paws on my knee,looking for a cuddle.
You'd done an amazing job with him and I'm so pleased he found a wonderful life with you.
I'm just shocked and upset that he passed so unexpectedly at only 6 years old.
During his time with us,our family had grown very fond of him.
He was an unforgettable dog and so many members here,shared the story of his rescue,his appalling feral life and his ultimate rehabilitation and rejoiced when he found his forever home.
I'm so very, very sorry for your loss.

19th July 2011, 04:50 PM
I am so so very sorry. It is the most devastating thing always, but so suddenly. I hope all concerned can take comfort from knowing that you gave him the very best years of his life and let him become a loving happy dog. My thoughts are with you all.

19th July 2011, 07:23 PM
I'm so very sorry about you losing Bailey. It's both heartwarming (that he found a wonderful forever home) and heartbreaking (that you lost him so soon) about this poor little cavalier. Thank you so much for giving him a loving happy home! My condolences to you all and know that we are here for you if you ever want to talk.:hug:

20th July 2011, 12:21 AM
Thank you so much for all your support. We have been finding the last few days very tough. Just read over my last post and I meant to say he oozed affection. It was our little family that was affected and in the most wonderful way. He was a big softy. Thankfully, he didn't actually get sick. He was perfect Sunday morning, bounding around as usual. It wasn't until evening time he changed. We had him in the vet within 20 mins unfortunately because it was a Sunday we had to rush him to an emergency vet. He seemed to be coming around and Jay fully expected to be collecting him the next morning. I had a terrible feeling that he wouldn't make it. He didn't even whimper when he got a needle. However, within an hour we received the devastating news that although the vet had done all he could he had been unable to revive Bailey. It turned out it was an aneurysm. I cannot bear to think of him suffering so at least he did not know any pain. I always believe things happen for a reason, although it's a tough philosophy to uphold at present, I stumbled across Bailey's story while researching puppies. I sobbed and knew immediately I had found our new pal and he has certainly been an addition to our family. He brought immense joy everyday and so much love into our home. The only reason I can contemplate for his abrupt departure from our lives is that God wanted to spare him any long term pain old age might have brought so while my heart feels like it has been torn to shreds, I know it would have been equally hard to watch if had not been able to bound up the stairs at bed time, dance around the kitchen with every feed or boil over with excitement at the mere mention of the words walk or jumbone! So although I wish he was cuddled up on my lap right now I also know that in all good conscience I would never wish an ounce of pain on our beloved boy and find solace in the fact he will never ever know fear or pain again and passed knowing he was our world.

20th July 2011, 11:45 AM
The fact that you had him to the vet so quickly meant he was in good hands and he would have been sedated and comfortable. It is very very hard to lose a companion like this, so suddenly and without warning. But he was where he needed to be to give him any needed treatment and also to ease his passing when that so sadly happened. This would have been a calm and quiet passing as a vet could take the decision once it was clear this was not something he could recover from -- that alone is a blessing. We all hope to have our doglets in that right place at the right time because, as so many long time experienced dog owners here have gently said over time, it is very rare for a dog to simply pass away quietly at home, in their sleep. he was spared any distress because you acted so swiftly.

Be kind to yourselves and grieve. But also know you did all you could and he won't have suffered.

6th August 2011, 08:49 PM
I missed this thread I'm so very sorry.

Sins, you gave this gorgeous boy the chance of a wonderful home, he then went to a truly fantastic home and packed a life time of love and fun into just two short years.

He was lucky to have such a wonderful, loving family - and he blessed your lives too.

You feel so cheated to lose them young, but as you so graciously say, it prevented him from suffering the indignities and pain of old age.

You are in our thoughts.