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Therapy dog Bailey's in ICU. Become one of Bailey's Buddies. Your donation will make a difference. Let's help him heal so he can spread joy!

Bailey gives kisses. To anyone--anyone who needs extra loving. And he's never asked for anything in return.

Until now.

As a working therapy dog, Bailey visits people in need. He shares his love generously, and especially enjoys visiting nursing home residents, hospital patients and those undergoing treatment for cancer. An adorable four-year-old Shih Tzu, Bailey brings love and joy wherever he goes.

But all that changed yesterday.

Now Bailey is in ICU, fighting for his life. Something went terribly wrong two days ago, following a surgery that should have had a happy ending. He developed peritonitis, a life threatening condition that spread severe inflammation throughout his abdominal cavity, along with rampant bacterial infection.

Last night, Bailey underwent a 4-hour emergency surgery. Dr. Sarah Evans, his surgeon, found urine pouring into his abdomen, contaminated by massive levels of bacteria. Lab results showed 100,000 colonies of E. coli per ml (I'm not a microbiologist or a math whiz, but Google tells me each colony has more than a million bacteria, so I think that comes out to around one hundred billion bacteria in less than 1/4 teaspoon of urine.) And God only knows how many teaspoons of urine flooded his little body.

Let's just say he's desperately sick. And he sure could use your help.

Here's how you can help:

- Pray for Bailey to be completely restored to health

- Pitch in toward Bailey's medical expenses. Hospital fees have already reached five figures.

- Send virtual hugs here, or email Bailey at his therapy dog email:

- Love on your own furry friends, and be sure they know how much you care

- Let Bailey know if you'd like to donate in memory of a departed pet, or in thanksgiving for your living pet

When you become one of Bailey's Buddies, we will give 10% of each donation to Share-A-Pet, the therapy dog organization where Bailey works. The rest of the funds will go directly toward Bailey's bills. Any extra funds will be donated to Share-A-Pet. Learn more about Share-A-Pet at

THANK YOU for becoming one of Bailey's Buddies!

We believe Bailey still has work to do. And kisses to give. Thank you for making a difference for Bailey, so he can continue to make a difference for those he serves.
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