A mother loses her son, but shares a healing bond with his pit bull.
The first time I met Baley she was so small, she fit in my son’s hand.
As you can see, she has grown to be a beautiful red-nose pit bull that is loved by so many. She truly is a nanny dog. She’s entertained my friend’s 18-month-old baby who brings her toys, and she sneaks in kisses. The baby laughs so hard when this happens that he gets all of us laughing.
Baley and my son John came to live with us a few years ago. She stayed by my son’s side when he was in his room, in a chair or in bed. When my son would fall asleep, she would snuggle up with him to get warm. It became such a habit that he would lift the covers in his sleep when he felt her nose touch him.
The morning of April 29, 2009, she laid waiting in his bed for him to come out of the bathroom. Sadly, he never did; he died during the night from a drug overdose.
After some time, Baley started feeling a little better and so did I. She knew I was going to take care of her. She is now my princess, and I love on her every chance I get.
Prior to my son’s death, we got ourselves a little guy named Buddy. He is a little black and white bundle of joy and Baley’s best friend. She lets him bite her lips, her legs, and she flips over so he feels like he’s tough. He can do anything to her because he is her best friend and the leader of the pack. She goes by whatever he wants to do.
As far as our shared grief, Baley and I are better each day – but some days we have our heavy thoughts of John. On those days, we just let ourselves feel the grief.
We have this rock in our backyard and Baley loves to stand on it. She acts like she’s queen of the yard. It’s a joy to see her standing there.
I have heard all the stories, heard all the bad things pit bulls do, but I have never had such a sweet dog. I will defend them until the day I die. I believe it’s all how they are treated.
I say you want a wonderful pet – loving, dependable, adores you and is your best friend –get a pit bull and treat them right.