9/25/2005 - 4/5/2020In loving memory of our “Best Boy Bailey Boopers”. Bailey was born on a farm in Fairview, North Carolina to his parents Jack and Gizmo in September of 2005. He came into our home and our lives when he was just 7 weeks old. It was Love at first sight for all of us and Victoria and I became his “Mommas” for the next 14 1/2 years. Bailey went on some exciting adventures hiking in the mountains of NC, strolling in Central Park in NYC, playing endlessly with his beloved doggie girlfriend Ginny and most of all, running and playing on the beaches of Charleston, SC! Oh how he loved the beach and the ocean! Bailey Boopers moved with us to Chicago in 2017 and became a city dog for the rest of his life. We were able to take him back to his beloved beach and ocean last summer and he also was able to visit his Ginny girl on that vacation!
Bailey was serious, stubborn and spunky throughout his life. He always knew what he wanted and liked and would sneeze to tell us so. He was loving and gentle and fiercely loyal to his Mommas. Spending time together at home as a family was one of his greatest joys. We loved him with all of our hearts and he will never leave us. Our hearts are broken and our lives and home feel empty without him. We look forward to the day when he will run to meet us again and we will be together forever. Until then, sweet boy, run free! Your Mommas Linda and Victoria
Linda StirkChicago, IllinoisApril 8, 2020
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Our Boy

No words can explain a friend so true.
A first look at his face and we instantly knew.

Those stern dark eyes, a scruffy gray chin,
His kingly demeanor covered a loyal heart within.

The hours that we spent walking side by side.
And playing on sandy beaches, teasing the tide.

The days turned to weeks, then months, and then years.
He stayed for so long, always postponing our tears.

With out-turned paws, he will still sit and stare.
Bailey’s presence remaining, his love forever shared.
Beth Girvan - April 17, 2020
I knew Bailey for some time and he was the BEST!! Sweet Bailey you were loved! You brought so much joy to your owners and had such a personality. I know you are running free and I hope you are having fun with all the other fur babies who went before you.Terri Locke - April 10, 2020
What a nice tribute! I'm glad to have met Bailey. He definitely was cute! You have my sympathy in your loss.Jurene Breidenbach - April 9, 2020
Linda and Victoria, this is such a beautiful tribute to your beautiful Bailey! I feel so blessed to have been able to meet him and to have helped you set him free in the way he deserved. I absolutely loved hearing about your life together and seeing pictures of him from over the years - the puppy pictures from the first day you brought him home were just too much cuteness to handle! He was so, so lucky to have found his way to your family, and I know he in turn made your family complete. Fly free now, Best Boy Bailey Boopers. Your spirit will live on, and you will never be forgotten. 💜Christina Comm - April 9, 2020

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