In August 2009 a young, female basset hound found herself alone and out of time at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake. Luckily, the nice folks at Helping Hands Basset Rescue bailed her out and brought her to Austin, TX. After being treated for heartworms, this dog, now named Tula, was adopted into a nice family. But that wasn’t her happy ending. After only three days, that family returned Tula, saying that she was "unmanageable."
One week later, a depressed Tula found herself at an adoption event when she met a nice human in search of a hound companion. The two decided to take a chance on each other and Tula, renamed Bailey, had found her forever home.
With hard work, patience, and lots of yummy treats, Bailey and her human became a therapy dog team with Divine Canines. Bailey visits hospitals, children's shelters, nursing homes, and treatment centers bringing love and happiness to children, the elderly, wounded warriors, veterans, and people in need.
Bailey has earned her Canine Good Citizen, Therapy Dog, and Therapy Dog Advanced titles from the American Kennel Club (AKC). In 2014 Austin Fit Magazine named her one of Austin’s Fittest Dogs and she was honored by the AKC Humane Fund with an ACE (Awards for Canine Excellence) Award in the Therapy Dog Category, a recognition given to only six dogs nationwide. She has appeared in a national ad campaign for a major dog food company, an ad campaign for a Central Texas veterinary hospital, and several local magazines.
These days, Bailey continues to make people happy all across the Austin area. Though IVDD took her ability to walk about one year ago, she has not stopped in her mission to change the world.
Today, she is fighting to continue to give other basset hounds the same chance to bring joy to people that she was given. If it weren't for HHBR, Bailey's story would have ended ten years ago.
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