Bailey Smiles

Bailey and her three siblings were rescued on the streets of North Carolina. The rescue Crate Escape goes down there periodically to make big pulls of dogs and bring them up north, where they will be safe. Unfortunately, shelters down there can be overwhelmed with dogs, and sometimes there is a need to euthanize. My boyfriend and I met Bailey in October of 2015, about two months before I was due to graduate nursing school – probably not the best time to adopt a dog. But the second we met her, we fell in love. She was a bit timid but had the sweetest temperament, and we could just see the love and life in her. We took her for a walk and I jokingly said, “Okay, if you go potty for me, we&’ll adopt you.” She did, and once we went back inside she fell asleep, nestled in my boyfriend’s lap. Immediately, we knew it was meant to be, and we adopted her. Bailey continues to be the most incredibly loving and supportive dog. We found out that she is mostly American Staffordshire Terrier, which is a type of Pit Bull. I never imagined I would have a Pit Bull, but she has opened my eyes to how amazing and misunderstood the breed is. She greets everyone she meets with a wagging tail and a grin – she actually smiles! I also have a niece, Brianna, who is almost the exact age as Bailey, and they have been growing up together. Bailey is incredibly gentle, patient and loving with her. I am a Registered Nurse, and my goal is to get Bailey certified as a Therapy Dog so I can bring her into hospitals and nursing homes to brighten peoples’ days, just as she always brightens mine. I would also love to use her to educate people on the Pit Bull breed, to help dispel some of the misunderstandings. My boyfriend and I may have rescued Bailey, but she has rescued us just as much, if not more. 

— Kristi Irish, Wappingers Falls, New York