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Adventures with Bailey

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Bailey is not a normal dog, in fact. She is a special service dog. Not all superheroes wear a cap or some tacky costume, but this superhero has four paws; a wagging tail, and one happy smile when it comes to having adventures with her favorite human. Her best friend Maddie is a human who is chronically sick with many invisible chronic illnesses and disabilities, but they do not stop her if she has Bailey by her side. Together they have a special bond that does not stop them with their adventures between hospital stays, doctor appointments, school, and anything in between. Wherever Maddie goes, Bailey is there on her side protecting and helping her become her own superhero on top of fighting for her life. Together they raise awareness for service dogs, illnesses, and disabilities, in fact, without each other they will not be a team.

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Prodigy: All About Me (Bailey POV)

Hi, my name is Bailey but sometimes I go as Bay like bae when you call your significant other as a nickname, I have four paws which sometimes my human little sister likes to paint my nails from time to time, but I don't mind it plus my paws look so cute with update nail polish trends; one happy wagging tail which sometimes gets me into trouble when I accidentally knocked things over or whack people in random areas of their body which happens to be an accident, two big floppy ears that are a little too big for my head but I will grow into them but bows to help make me feel comfortable in my own ears and light pink belly which loves rubbing and even scratching from time to time. I have a tiny heart-shaped birthmark on my tongue that is in the middle front spot of my tongue where you can see it when I open my mouth; my fur is the mix colors of orange, golden color which is pretty to look at under sunlight, and I have the most beautiful color eyes which are a mix of light blue and green. Some of my favorite things to do are protect my human from evil squirrels, taking long naps with my girl when she is not feeling so good, and I also love having Netflix marathons and blogging on YouTube with my girl. I do enjoy going on adventures with her such as school, shopping at the mall with her friends, going to them at the main hospital in the city that has all her doctors in place which I love because everyone there loves me, did I mention I get all the snacks and tummy rubs with the attention I want.

When my girl is in the hospital doing a test, treatment, producer or even in surgery, I stay with her little sister Morgan, who is also my little human who is more like my mini buddy, although she does not have a superhero like me but maybe some soon or in the next couple of years. My girl Maddie trusts her sister with me, besides being important just like a superhero, well more like a super dog. My girl trains me to listen to Morgan and protect her if something bad happens like if someone was trying to kidnap her while we are together or she has fallen or is not feeling good due to her illnesses, I stand my ground by barking so loud that the sound can get some attention for help. When I am with my girl Morgan, she reads me some books or even plays fetch even though she has not really gotten the idea of the game in which she ends up throwing the ball and then runs after it just like I do. Morgan likes to help Maddie take care of me which also is helpful because sometimes I can get a handful when it comes to bathing and grooming which I am not a very big fan of the dye and water hose.

Sometimes I like to play a game called chase me if you can just for fun, it helps with getting my girl out of bed and it gives us both some fun especially when I have her favorite things like her sippers which I cannot carry two, but one always does the trick. Morgan likes to explore the hospital with me, which sometimes gets us lost, but with my trusty nose, I find the way back to where we should belong but sometimes, I just take her to the hospital café just for a big cup of whip cream and of course something delicious for my girl to eat, sometimes we do get lost and end up getting into some serious trouble or worse grounded.

Most people who see me are like "oh look a puppy, I am going to go pet it because it looks so cute" but really, they do not see my Tardis blue service dog harness and leash that says things like "service dog; please do not pet me I am working; do not distract me, and other important patches that girl has picked out for me. I do hate the fact that people try to pet and distract me when I am on duty protecting, alerting, helping with mobility, and other many tasks that I help my girl when I am off duty then sure I am just a regular silly dog who happens to be one of those dogs who are not normal. I just do not come up to people and start to sniff them and pet them with my paw, which does not get me wrong, it is a funny idea and wrong too. One fun thing to know about my human is that she loves Doctor Who and has a major crush on David Tennant which is why I have Tardis blue color service dog harness and leash, and oh yeah do not tell her I said that we should just keep it a paw secret between us. You see, if you distract me, I can put my human in danger when it comes to not alerting or helping her and it is my job to protect her and not fail her when it comes to her safety.

] Sometimes when people ask my human to pet, she either says yes or no, and she also teaches people why our service dogs are so important to someone like my human. It is not always easy being a service dog, it takes a lot of training and lots of work to take care of me. I do get off-duty breaks, but I always keep my eyes and stay close to my girl when she needs me. You know that saying that every superhero has a sidekick, well the superhero is Maddie, and I am her sidekick, but without me, she would have died when she was about thirteen years old. I came from a special dog program called Paws of America, which is one of the best programs in the country. I started to train to become a service dog when I was about six months old, back then when my trainer was training me, I was most interested in being a puppy and did not care to learn how to do tricks or learning to behave while working. I graduated from the program and was introduced to Maddie when I was a one-year-old. The first time I saw her was when I knew she was going to be my human best friend.

Ever since I was paired up with her, we have been unsupported just like a superhero and a sidekick. I love going on adventures with my human, especially when we go to fun places like a park, so I can get some exercise by chasing evil squirrels away from Maddie, like one time I chased one so good that I caught one and brought it back to my human that her best friend Emily screamed like a little girl on a roller coaster at a haunted house theme park, I guess she didn't like my squirrel hunting skills, unlike Maddie. Sometimes going on adventures, my girl Maddie has some sort of health issues that make us end up in the hospital, which she does not like being alone, so I do my best to confront her by snuggling with her until our family comes. The hospital staff does not mind that I am with her, in fact. They love me so much that every time I come; I get tasty treats if it is okay with my girl which she always lets me get treats from the hospital staff. I do love it when I get lots of pets from the hospital staff and when I am with Morgan, she tends to make sure I get lots of kisses and belly rubs.

I bet you are thinking how I can write this with no fingers, after all, I am just a dog, well I got the help of my little human Morgan who happens to know Maddie and myself well. Do not worry, I promise not to make this like one of these stories that are so boring that will put you to sleep. I will let you know ahead of time it is my part of the story, so you will not get confused. Also, I hope you will learn a lot about chronic invisible illnesses and disabilities also about service dogs. This story is not to make fun of anyone who has an illness or a disability or anyone who has a service dog, in fact, this story is to raise awareness. I really hope you can help some who are chronically sick or even have a disability, and not judge someone who is dealing with a life-changing thing in life. Well, I guess you are getting tired of reading this, so let us get started and begin our stories of adventures with my superhero Maddie and me.

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