Davis - Bailey - North Pole, AK
Santa’s Baileys and Cream
HI! My name is Bailey! Thank you for stopping by to read my story! I was born in September of 2003, at Lanes End Kennel, in Ohio. I would love to be able to tell you who my Mom & Dad were, but my breeder will not give my new family that information (or any other, for that matter). My new owners were able to figure out who my breeder was by researching my micro-chip, which was implanted by my breeder but never activated by my original owners.
I was sent to live with a family in Anchorage, Alaska, soon after being weaned from my mother. I lived with them for over five years in what I thought was my forever home. One day, I found myself taking a car ride with the couple’s nanny (along with my yellow lab brother) to a strange, scary place where I was put in a cage in a large building with many other dogs and cats. I later found out that this place was the Anchorage Animal Shelter. I don’t know what I did to make them abandon me like that. Thankfully, I only had to stay there for three days! A friend of the nanny found out where I was and came and got me. I have found out that my yellow lab brother was adopted by a family that takes him to training classes in Anchorage where a friend of my new mom teaches.
The Nanny’s friend gave me a nice bath and some wonderful food and welcomed me into her home. Unfortunately, she had a child who became very ill the first week I was there, and they were going to have to go to Seattle for a lengthy stay. So, she placed an ad on Craigslist, hoping to find a new home for me very quickly. Luckily for me, the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Alaska regularly scans Craigslist and other online advertising forums looking for Berners in need of rescue. My rescue was set in motion and messages were sent out to all Club members asking for assistance. My temporary family had to leave for Seattle on Sunday, which left only three days for someone to help me; otherwise I was going to be returned to the Animal Shelter. Lucky for me, Ron and Kristi Davis, of North Pole, Alaska were able to come and get me!
As with many Rescue Dogs, I have my issues. Now that I am 8 years old I walk with what my mom calls a waddle because my hips bother me. I never had much training and don’t like to walk on a leash very well. The biggest issue that I have had to work on is controlling myself around other dogs. I like to play and people think that I want to hurt them because I pull and get really excited to see and meet other dogs.
In my new home, I live with Ron & Kristi, and five other Berners (Denali, McKinley, Buster, Holly & Emma) and a Chihuahua/Maltese rescue, (Dinah) and a Bassett Hound named Rusty, (he belongs to Kristi’s son Kenneth). I have learned how to walk on a leash and be out in public. I also get to go outside and lay in my fenced in yard, or come in whenever I want, and I get to sleep in bed with them! Because of my hips I can’t jump up on the bed anymore, I put my front feet on the bed and they lift me in, and that is where I sleep every night. It is nice to know that I am loved and I love my family so much!
Ron & Kristi Davis
North Pole, AK