Our House Burned Down
On June 25th, 2016 my family’s home burned down in Guilford, CT. I (Robert) being the youngest member of the family, also shared this home with my mother Lucy, my older brother Randy, and our superhero dog Bailey.Everyone is OK, and for that we are forever grateful. Bailey saved my brother's life in this devastating incident. He was home alone in his room listening to music when the fire began. To bring attention to the fire, Bailey ran upstairs and began barking very loudly at his door. Upon opening the door, my brother realized something was very wrong. He took action to see if everything was ok downstairs. He came to find a completely smoked-out first floor. Thankfully Randy was able to grab Bailey and make it out the back door. It wasn’t till then that Randy realized the entire house was engulfed in flames. I rushed home when I heard the news, only to find the charred remains of what used to be our home. It is a unique feeling of sorrow when you lose the house you grew up in. It feels as if both my brother’s childhood memories and mine can never be replaced. Although that feeling causes great sadness, we are extremely happy everyone is healthy and safe. Tonight will be our first night spent, of many, staying in a hotel room. Though this journey will be long, we plan on keeping a positive attitude. With that being said, we kindly reach out to our friends and family for any support they can provide for us during this upcoming battle. We thank everyone in advance for lending a helping hand in this time of tragedy. We send love to all of you, and greatly appreciate the help. Any donations will be going directly towards essential living materials. If you can’t spare any money at the moment, a brief message, thought, or prayer would go a long way for us right now. Thank you again to all of those who have been there for us; as well as those of you to come.
Our dog Bailey has been receiving a lot of attention since the incident. She has been featured on Guilford Patch, thedodo.com, Huffington Post, and soon the New Haven Register. She deserves all the attention she gets. She relishes being in the spotlight.
I remember when Bailey and I took first place in our agility class. The instructor came up to me and said "You must have trained Bailey very well". The truth is that Bailey was just very easy to train, she's a very special and bright dog. I've always loved her, but now I owe my life to her as well.
I'm happy to announce that Bailey has finally gotten used to hotel living and has calmed down a bit (the new crate and bone she received played a role in this).
As for the rest of us, we're doing a bit better now thanks to all of those close to us that have donated food and clothes, and of course because of all you GoFundMe backers. You guys are the best.
Here are the links to Bailey's articles with plenty of pictures:
As an added bonus, here are some recent pictures of her in the hotel room:
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