Golden Retriever /Cocker Spaniel
62 lbs.
Saugus, MA
November 1, 1996
10.5 years
August 4, 2009
12.5 years
Not Sure
3-6 months
673 days
October 5, 2009
Bailey's public profile :
Bailey's story

Just months after I lost my father to lung cancer and several strokes, my beloved Bailey was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The doctors advised me that my Bailey had only three to four months to live, but with chemo we might be able to extend his life by six more months. For months prior to Bailey's diagnosis, I saw my father battle this disease, subsequently suffering one big and several small strokes. I watched helplessly as it took its effect on his body and spirit; a scenario I didn’t want to see repeated with my loving pet. As the voice for Bailey, I had the unfortunate and fortunate position of having to make all of his decisions. He couldn’t verbally tell me what he wanted, but I knew my old dog would never survive chemo and above all, I didn’t want to see him suffer. Since I am a strong believer in holistic remedies, I went online and studied alternative remedies to cancer. In addition to changing his diet and adding herbs/supplements to his diet, I began what I referred to as “healing sessions” with Bailey. This technique was taught to me by a dear friend who is a clinical massage therapist with training in the art of Reiki. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. We all know the effects of positive energy and despite the lack of scientific data to back it, even the most skeptical people I know turn to some sort of spiritual-based thinking in times of need. I would begin by putting on soft, meditative music. I'd then place my hands on his body, particularly in the areas of his heart, lungs and prostate. I would breathe deeply into my body and then envision positive energy flowing through me to him. I would imagine the blood running freely through his veins, into his heart and lungs and picture all the organs in his body functioning properly. I would envision the tumor in his prostate shrinking until there was nothing of it left in his body. Performing this ritual, I could feel the energy running down my arms, out of my fingertips and into his body, like a flow of electricity. When feeling this sensation, I always knew when it reached his body as he would jolt just slightly and then lift his head and look directly at me. This happened each time, without exception. I would perform these sessions at least once a week, sometimes more often, if he was feeling particularly low on energy. After these sessions, he would be more alert and lively, often acting like a young dog again. I am completely convinced that his new diet and the healing sessions are the reason that, 21 months after Bailey was given four months to live, he was diagnosed as being prostate cancer free. Sadly, one month later, in the same way as my father, my old boy suffered a stroke and lost his eyesight and hearing on the left side of his body. And just like my father this seemed to be the last straw for him. He stopped taking food and getting excited when we came home. It seemed an effort for him to even raise his head but he always did. The night before he left us, he was no longer able to walk without assistance and I and my husband had to carry him outside to relieve himself. The next morning he looked at us with his loving tired eyes and we knew could not deny him his rest. When we took him to the vet for the last time, they assured me that Bailey had lived out his life as any normal 12+ year old golden retriever would have, even if he had never been diagnosed with cancer. And the fact that we were standing there, in that terrible moment, on that sad day and not on a day 22 months earlier, was purely remarkable. I am so grateful for nearly two extra years with my dog. I am grateful to my friend for teaching me about the power to heal ourselves, to the internet for being such a wealth of information, to the vets who supported me in my holistic approach and to Aimee Quemuel for creating this site as a tribute to her dog Cody and the love that we all have for our pets. Her book and this site will be a Godsend for those who are faced with the difficult challenge of fighting cancer.

Cancer fighting tip from Bailey's owner Jeanne A.

POSITIVE and negative ENERGY are extremely powerful tools and should be used wisely. Surround your pets with the things they love, especially you. Make their environment CLEAN and HAPPY, feed them HEALTHY FOODS, EXERCISE them regularly and above all, let them know how much you LOVE them. Dogs just want to please you so the more pleased you are with them and the more positive attention you are giving them, the HAPPIER and HEALTHIER they will be. This proven method also works very well with children and There are several good websites out there about holistic healing which I will list in later postings but for now, please see Cody's story for tips on feeding. We researched many of the same sites and used many of the same foods, herbs and dietary supplements. Veggies are great, especially tomatoes. NO RED MEAT AND A LOW FAT DIET! Cancer feeds off fat and the properties in red meats. Commercial dog foods are full of fillers an are NOT good for them, regardless of what the advertisers say. There are some very high end kibbles out there like "Blue Buffalo" & "Neutro" which I would use as a supplement when he wouldn't take the herbs. These kibbles do have a lot of the vitamins, herbs and nutrients they need. But if your dog will take anything you give him, then I would stick to what you make yourself, this way there is no doubt what you're feeding your pet. FLAX SEED is a wonderful cancer fighter (but don't use oil unless you won't be cooking it because it becomes toxic when heated). It has been known to stop and even reverse the effects of cancer, especially prostate cancer. It was interesting to find out that only dogs and humans are prone to prostate cancer. Therefore, EVERY MALE, dogs and human alike, SHOULD BE ADDING FLAX SEED in their daily diets.

Bailey's treatment

Natural >

Reiki/Touch/Healing Sessions

Natural > Diet >

Home prepared (cooked)
Dry Kibble

Natural > Vitamins/Supplements/Minerals/Herbs (Chinese and Western) >

Green algae
Digestive enzymes
Fish oil
Olive oil
Milk thistle
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Vitamin A
Vitamin B12
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    Bailey's owner For everyone (including me) who is missing their fur babies, I thought this poem might help :)———— Request From Rainbow Bridge - by Constance Jenkins In Loving Memory of Isolde Jenkins ———— Weep not for me though I am gone into that gentle night. Grieve if you will, but not for long upon my soul's sweet flight. I am at peace, my soul's at rest, there is no need for tears. For with your love I was so blessed for all those many years. There is no pain, I suffer not, The fear now all is gone. Put now these things out of your thoughts, In your memory I live on. Remember not my fight for breath. Remember not the strife. Please do not dwell upon my death, But celebrate my life. ——— I miss you boo.
    over 7 years ago on Bailey's wall
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    Bailey's owner "So long as the memories of certain loved ones remains in my heart, I shall say that life is good!"
    over 7 years ago on Bailey's wall
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    Bailey's owner Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.
    over 7 years ago on Bailey's wall
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    Cody's owner Thank you for the sweet note. I really appreciate it. Although my Cody can never be replaced, I will tell you that CJ, my other dog has made it easier ... and you know what? I love my CJ as much as I did Cody. For different reasons, but nevertheless, true love. That in a way gives me some peace -- though still sad for the loss of Cody. I think when I was about to lose Cody, I was afraid that I could never love another animal at that level. But as evident with CJ, I know you can. I am not saying getting another dog will make the pain go away as I still mourn for Cody, but the happy moments with CJ kind of balance things out. Anyways, just some food for thought. Take care my friend.
    over 8 years ago on Bailey's wall
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    Cody's owner Did you get my emails regarding picture for the book? We are in production and need picture ASAP. The one in your profile is so cute. Can we use that one? If so, please email to me. Thanks so much!
    over 8 years ago on Bailey's wall
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    Bailey's owner Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the Virtues of Man, without his Vices. This Praise, which would be unmeaning flattery if inscribed over human ashes, is but a just tribute to the Memory of Bailey, a Dog. ~taken from George Gordon, Lord Byron, "Inscription on the Monument of a Newfoundland Dog" (original name of dog is Boatswain)
    over 8 years ago on Bailey's wall
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    Bailey's owner Copy and paste the following link into your browser's address bar to view the video Ode to God and my Dog: Don't just click or you'll go to my channel home page. If you do click on the link, look for the "Ode to God and My Dog" video in the top right hand corner.
    over 8 years ago on Bailey's wall
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    Bailey's owner How sweet that Bailey has his own wall. I'm sure he's looking over rainbow bridge right now. I miss you so much my boo especially now that autumn has arrived. You always loved this time of year and you looked so pretty against the fallen leaves. Big hugs and kisses my puppy.
    over 8 years ago on Bailey's wall
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    Cody's owner Thanks for sharing your story. I hope you are hanging in there. Comments are now working. We are launching the site in a few weeks.
    over 8 years ago on Bailey's wall
  • Aimee Quemuel What a cutie. Thanks for sharing your story. I hope you are hanging in there.
    over 8 years ago on Bailey's wall