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The Life and Adventures of Our Sweet Baron

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BC: He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your pet. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." --Unknown

FC: TO REMEMBER | Years | SweetBaron

1: Dedicated to our Sweet Baron and to All Who Loved Him . . .

2: A dog is a bundle of love wrapped in fur." | Bear | Bear | Baron at Camp Koehl in Lucy's bed.

3: By Julia Williams If you believe what you read on the internet (sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t) the reference to dog as “man’s best friend” originated in an 1821 poem in The New-York Literary Journal. Regardless of where it came from, the saying has been quoted by countless dog lovers since. Of course, cat lovers say felines are just as worthy of the title. But why designate one or the other as humankind’s “best” friend? Dogs and cats each have their merits. And what about horses or any other pet for that matter. Given the proven healing power of pets and all the many wonderful things they offer us, I think every animal deserves the title of best friend. Anyone who’s ever shared a close bond with a pet has undoubtedly witnessed their natural healing abilities firsthand. Be it physical, mental or emotional healing, our pets can greatly improve our lives. There have been many reports in recent years of these remarkable healing pets — among them, dogs who can smell cancer before any medical diagnosis has been made; dogs who can alert their owners to seizures before they happen; horses who help handicapped riders develop balance, strength and confidence. Cats and dogs are frequently used as “therapy animals” for seniors in nursing homes because they provide love and attention to those who might be feeling lonely, sad or forgotten. I know from experience that Purr Therapy can be very healing. Many prisons have dog training programs, which gives the inmates a sense of purpose and helps them deal with the depression, anxiety and tension caused by incarceration. Some prisons even have “cat care” programs to help the inmates learn to be compassionate towards all living things. It’s clear these prison programs provide a healing experience for the inmates. | Animals as Best Friends and Healers

4: These natural healers with wagging tails and furry coats enhance our lives in so many ways. The peaceful purring of a cat or the friendly nuzzle from a dog can calm our frazzled nerves. Stroking their soft fur is therapeutic for both body and soul; it can lower blood pressure and reduce stress, while helping us to open our hearts to love. Walking the dog and playing games with our pet provides beneficial exercise for our bodies; it also lifts our spirits and provides a respite from the stress and strain of life.. Pets can improve the quality of our life and positively influence us in so many ways. They inspire optimistic thoughts in those who are disheartened, and gently remind us how important it is to nurture not only ourselves, but others. In his book, The Healing Power of Pets, Dr. Marty Becker writes "Our beloved pets are life vitamins fortifying us against invisible threats: like seat belts cradling against life's crashes; like alarm systems giving us a sense of security. Taken together, the healing power of pets is powerful medicine indeed." I think that is one of the best quotes about pets I’ve ever read. Our pets also seem to have an uncanny ability to recognize when we are suffering, whether it’s with a physical ailment or emotional distress. They also seem able to know exactly where we hurt and may concentrate their healing attention to that part of the body. I’ll never forget a powerful healing experience I had with my cats when I was nearly done in by the flu. In the midst of the delirium caused by the pain, I wished to die. I somehow managed to fall asleep, and when I awoke the first thing I saw was Annabelle; she was sitting on my pillow, gazing at me intently. Mickey and Rocky were lying near me, one on each side. My cats almost never sleep on my bed during the day, yet here they were, not one but all three, keeping watch, willing me to live. I smiled at Belle weakly through my pain. I knew I would recover, because my “angels with fur” were there to help me.

5: It’s not just family pets who have this innate healing ability, either –virtually any animal can serve as a healer to human beings. Both wild and domesticated animals can sense changes in the human body and the mind. People who have encounters with wild dolphins have experienced amazing, life-changing healing. Watching the silly antics of a wild squirrel in the park can provide gentle healing through laughter. Observing the industrious nature of ants and bees can heal through inspiration. And seeing a butterfly or hummingbird float gracefully through the garden can remind us to slow down, relax and enjoy the simple pleasures life brings. Animals truly are remarkable healers, and they ask for so little in return. I am honored by their presence, because I know they make the world a better place.

6: The Early Years

8: Baron meeting sister Brandy for the first time during his first stay over. It was instant love. After his first Brady bath, he wanted to go back in their cozy home, but Mama said not yet! | Labor Day 2000

9: Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. - Bettina Eddie | Yoplait's 2002 Spokesdog | Baron and Brandy loved licking our leftover Yoplait containers.

10: Mama's Little Helper... making the bed was a ritual. This was Baron's attempt at making the bed alone.

11: Baron delivered this special Valentine to his many friends at Texas Children's Hospital.

12: Special Travels

13: Door County | Montana | Colorado

14: Tucked in together after a long day of playing in the snow in Door County, Wisconsin in February 2002.

15: Baron took over night-owl duties with Mama once Brandy got older. Brandy died 12-5-2002.

16: Baron enjoying his stay in Montana.

18: Family Time at Blue & Bear Lakes in Colorado | "Dogs and people can come into your life as blessings or lessons. We learn things from both, but honestly, dogs have taught me MUCH more about being a better person than people ever have." C. Goode

19: No matter why it hurts, dogs make you feel better.

21: Adventures in Colorado's mountain valley meadows...

23: Hiking with Mama and Papa!

24: Baron's Special Friends

26: A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself." - Josh Billings | I Love Lucy!

27: Lucy + Baron = LOVE

28: A Dog's Life | Baron and friends....

29: He especially Loved the ladies.

30: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

31: Dear Sister Sophia, We are not sure when we will see you again, but we now think of your face when we look at the sun. The sun comes up in the east, and Atlanta is east of Houston, the sun is happy and bright just like you. We are trying really hard to be good and are very serious about our jobs at Texas Children's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House. We want you to be proud of us just like we are so proud of you. We Woof you and are sending a wagging tail wave to you. BARON & CHLOE | Awe. I miss you both so much! I miss being able to pet you. When will I see you again?? Love, You sister, Sophia | Dear Sophia, We are not happy, our Mom will not bring us to see our sister Sophia. We miss you so much! Woof you, Baron and Chloe

32: Sophia first met Bear when she was 2 1/2 and affectionately called Baron her brother. Bear was the first dog she ever petted since she's allergic to dander.

33: Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. - Bettina Eddie | Sophia was almost 4 during her last visit with Bear.

34: Special Caregivers

35: Christie | Doris | Maura & Herb

36: Nanny Doris loved | to spoil Bear.

37: Christie | Maura & Herb

38: Baron's Community Service

40: Caring Critter Days - since 2001 | Baron brought smiles to so many lives through Caring Critters ... | Bear's first day at TCH

41: he logged nearly 400 hours of giving love.

42: Baron on duty.

43: Baron's Service at Ronald McDonald House

44: Baron and his nursing home team.

46: Bringing smiles and joy to many as Caring Critters.

47: Baron bringing sister Chloe on board. | Baron & Chloe

49: Baron NEWS | 1/28/2011 Howdy All, Baron was neutered today because of a growth in his testicle. David just picked him up, he walked to the truck from the vet and into the house. David made him a nice padded bed to lay in but he moved onto the saltillo after about 10 minutes. He has had injections for pain and needs to start taking pain pills tomorrow morning. Have a nice weekend. R | Hi Robin I thought you would like to see this. Baron is mentioned in the RMH Yearbook. When you enter click on Hospitals then at the bottom where it say to continue story. Karen Guzman | Houston’s Ronald McDonald releases its Annual Yearbook - featuring Baron! | Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 12:57 PM Subject: Most Grateful Denise, Thank you is what I am typing, but in my heart that feels so inadequate. The attached pictures were taken one week from one of the worst days of my life and on that day I didn’t think I would ever see Baron standing and eating in our kitchen ever again. David, Baron, Chloe and I are so grateful to you for your support and your recommendation of Dr. Robinette. Baron had his second acupuncture treatment this past Monday and continues to improve by leaps and bounds daily. I truly am blessed to be part of such a wonderful organization as Caring Critters and to rub elbows with people such as yourself. God bless you and keep you and your family always. Robin

50: The Later Years

52: Great times with family and friends...but 'where's my cocktail,' he asks brother Kent? | The Gals | The Guys

53: Baron, like all the Brady pets, loved being near the Christmas trees and with family. | The Family

54: "My little dog, a heartbeat at my feet." -Edith Wharton

55: Missing Mama after she left for home. | Wheeler-time fun with the family - Baron's last wheeler trip.

56: Messages From The Heart

57: I am sad to say, I retired Baron yesterday as a Therapy Pet. It was a VERY HARD decision for me, as I have never had to do that before. He did a great job yesterday as always and totally seemed to enjoy his final visit. It has become increasingly harder and harder to handle him as he is now totally blind and deaf. He is still quite strong and remembers where to go, which is not always the route I want to take a blind, deaf dog - not a good, safe situation. Once again I thank the Lord for his wisdom as he placed him in the hands of a Caring Critter team leader at the time of his rescue. Hats off to Baron, he has logged over 400 hours since he became certified as a Therapy Pet in 2001. Robin

58: We send you both lots of love in his retirement. I did not realize that he is now totally deaf and blind. He is such a wonderful dog, and he is so lucky to have such wonderful parents. Hugs, Marilyn | From: Michele Brown Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2012 10:23 AM To: Robin Brady Subject: RE: Retirement Omg robin I can't stop crying. That is just the sweetest ~ | From: Kimberely Williams Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2012 10:24 AM To: Robin Brady Subject: RE: Retirement Hey Robin, Job well done!!

59: From: White, Cheryl Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2012 10:27 AM To: Robin Brady Cc: White, Julius Subject: RE: Retirement What a Blessing! | From: Courtney Murphy Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2012 11:50 AM To: Robin Brady Subject: RE: Retirement I know he brought so much joy to so many people. What an amazing dog and friend. Chloe will make Baron proud in his place. | Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2012 12:17 PM To: Robin Brady Subject: RE: Retirement Just think of all the smiles Baron gave to people. He passes the torch to Chloe. Judi Rankin

60: Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2012 1:06 PM To: Robin Brady Subject: Re: Retirement Sorry to hear that. Seems like you just got him. Time flies with kids and pets. :-( Mary

61: Baron Memories & Messages of Love | Wednesday, May 2, 2012 We had to put Baron down yesterday morning - he started passing out, and I didn't want something really bad to happen which would have caused him unnecessary pain. It sure hurts. - Robin | Baron | On May 1, 2012 Want you all to know, we made the decision to put Baron down this morning, life was becoming very hard for him. Love, Robin et al

68: Great niece Sophia drew a picture upon hearing of Baron's passing. It's raining tears as she pets him with a smile, but there's still a rainbow, and a sun shaped like a heart. Sophia’s drawing was heart touching for sure. LYAR

70: Hello Robin. I'm just reading that Baron has crossed the Rainbow Bridge in the CC newsletter. It's so hard to lose a pet. I know he was well loved and cared for. But he is with you all in spirit as you're working with your new critter in the program... Take care. Kim Winkler | Kim, Thank you for taking the time to send me/us these very comforting words. He was afraid of his own shadow when we got him & then he discovered love through the pat of a stranger's hand. He was so happy when he went to work. I believe being a Caring Critter was the heart of his being to the very end. Thank you for all that you do & have done for all these years for Caring Critter's & your blessed pets. Robin, David & Chloe

71: Robin, Whitney just told me about Baron. I am so very sorry, my friend. Sending love and light your way. Love, Mary | Hi Robin, I am so sorry about Baron. What a great guy he was. You gave him a wonderful life and he did a brilliant job of bringing happiness to those he met through his work. I respect you for deciding that his quality of life was not what he deservedI know that was difficult to weigh out. Love to you both from us both. Karin and Gary | Robin, is this your way of saying that Baron died? Did not know he was ailing. If yes, I am so sorry...I know he was beloved by you and your family. He was a lucky dog to have a family like yours and for you, am sure he can never be replaced. The picture of him is ....words escape me. Our thoughts are with you. Love, Judy So sorry to learn about Baron. I am sure he was a loyal and good friend to you and David. I liked the photo a lot. Love, Dave

72: Baron Memories & Messages of Love | Brigitte, Thank you so much for these kind words regarding Baron, and the SO SO sad news of Cheyenne’s death. When did you lose Cheyenne? One of my absolute favorite & saddest memories was the time you came to the nursing home and you took a group picture of Cheyenne’s team mates, it was her last visit with us. I have looked at that picture several times over the past week and immediately felt comfort and pride, what awesome critters. I miss Baron so much and I know you will say the same regarding Cheyenne. They sure have a way of getting into our hearts and the beauty is they never leave it. Chloe is doing VERY well, she has not missed a beat, works four times a month at TCH and does very well. Thank you for connecting us and for helping me to figure out how to adapt to her spirited personality. I will take care and you do the same. Fondly, Robin | Robin, I am so sadden to learn that Baron passed away. I feel your pain. You gave him such good home, you were both so lucky to have found each other. Baron is now probably hanging out with Cheyenne and talking about old time. Take care Brigitte

73: Baron was such a good dog -- easy to like and love! Kevin On 5/1/2012 6:47 PM, Robin Brady wrote: Baron is playing with Sassy tonight. LM | Robin, I’ve been thinking about y’all since last week. I’m so sorry about Baron. I wanted to call you so many times but I’ve been a sobbing mess with this tooth ache. I cried my eyes out when Carolyn T told me that morning. I figured I wouldn’t of been much comfort. I hope you, David, and Chloe are doing okay. I feel like I haven’t seen you in forever. (((((((HUGS)))))) -Whitney Clanton | So sorry, I thought baron was sleeping with a toy of Lucy's. He was lucky to find his home with you to and had a blessed life. Love Kenty | Oh I am so, so sorry. Though I never met him, your stories, pictures and the joy he shared with so many are a testament to his character, compassion and love. Know that my heart aches for you, David and Chloe. Bob Page 832.308.2784

74: Baron Memories & Messages of Love | Dave & Robin – I just heard about Baron. I know how difficult it is to have to say goodbye to a canine member of the family, and send my thoughts and prayers your way. He was an incredible dog, and I know he’ll be greatly missed. He blessed many people with great memories in his years, and will be remembered fondly! Jeffrey J. Tafel, CAE | Prayer Concerns: Robin Brady's wonderful constant companion for 12 years has gone to doggy heaven. The canine had logged 97 volunteer hours at Texas Children's Hospital alone. Yours in Christ, Alan Wilken | I am so sorry. There is nothing else I can say. He is now pain free and with all of our kids playing. Take care, Judi Judi, We had to put Baron down last Tuesday, life was getting too hard for him. He did his regular visit the week before. Now he is working from above. We miss him so much. Robin | He was a wonderful dog. You are all in our prayers. Hugs Marilyn and Dave

75: Robin/Dave, My sincerest apology for my tardiness in offering my condolences regarding Bar! I went to bed with you guys in my spirit and woke up this morning with you on my heart. I know you guys are heartbroken however I also know what a blessed life Bar lead and how many lives he touch besides yours! What wonderful parents he had and what a privileged life he lead and will continue to lead in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys! Be Blessed Dear Friends, Cheryl & Julius | Oh, Robin and Dave (and Chloe), that is such sad news and I feel your pain at losing such a special friend. The Bear had a great life and brought much joy to those in the hospital – as well as the rest of us. Truly a gentle giant. Peace be with you. - Linda Beverly Linda, just read this again, not sure if I acknowledged last week. Thank you so much for these comforting words and thoughts. He was such a good friend, he and I were together alone so much. Most of his life with us David was IFMA’s CEO and traveling & away from home was just what it was. I was blessed to have him by my side. Love to you all, Robin

76: Baron Memories & Messages of Love | Sheila Thank you so very much for your kind thoughts regarding our "Bear". He was a special guy who so looked forward to his Caring Critter visits (as recently a 8 days ago at Ronald McDonald House at Texas Children's Hospital). Dave | David & Robin, So sorry to learn you had to make that tuff decision and let Baron cross over to Rainbow Bridge. My heart goes out to both of you and Chloe right now. It’s never easy; just try and remember all the good times you've shared and how he was such a blessing in your life. I mention this in my next vet report in the Critter Chronicle. Love & Licks, Sheila, Sandy & Barney

77: His name truly fit his spirit. Baron was regal throughout his life with the Brady's and with everyone he interacted with.

78: Hey Bear, Bear - This is a sad, sad day for Mama. I feel you telling me not to be sad cuz you will always be with me, but I just can’t help it Big Guy. I’m gonna miss YOU, your smell, and the feel of your soft, thick, beautiful furry coat. I will miss my presents, even though I cannot remember when you started doing that every time I walked in the door. I will miss making the bed with you. It isn’t something we do every day anymore but when we do, it is still so very special cuz you are such a big help pulling at the blanket. I will miss your smile - I couldn’t help smiling back. I so LOVE YOU. I am so proud of you and all of the hours you have worked so hard at being such a good little Caring Critter in spite of your rough start. I do not think you ever forgot who ever hurt you, but I truly believe you forgave. People look at you and love you and you love them back, with your eyes, heart and spirit. Baron, I am so glad you found us. You are truly GOLDEN and so deserving of the love and hugs we all have given you these past twelve years and the love I wrap around you now. “Happy Tails Baron, Till We Meet Again.” | DOGS ARE OUR WHOLE LIFE, BECAUSE THEY MAKE OUR LIVES WHOLE :) | Baron died with my head on his head May 1, 2012, laying on one of his favorite spots in our home, at the age of thirteen - fifteen. A part of me went with him and a part of him stayed with me. I will be forever grateful for the Caring Critter members who connected our souls - Rose who was responsible for Baron’s rescue and Terry for insisting we “just go look at him”. | From Mama's heart

79: Life well done Baron, life well done!

80: The Train of Life Some folks ride the train of life Looking out the rear. Watching miles of life roll by, And marking every year. They sin in sad remembrance, Of wasted days gone by, And curse their life for what it was, And hang their head and cry. But I don't concern myself with that, I took a different vent, I look forward to what life holds, And not what has been spent. | So strap me to the engine As securely as I can be, I want to be out on the front, To see what I can see. I want to feel the winds of change Blowing in my face, I want to see what life unfolds, As I move from place to place. I want to see what's coming up, Not looking at the past, Life's too short for yesterdays, It moves along too fast. So if the ride gets bumpy, While you are looking back, Go up front, and you may find, Your life has jumped the track.

81: It's all right to remember, That's part of history, But up front's where it's happening, There's so much mystery. The enjoyment of living, Is not where we have been, It's looking ever forward, To another year and ten. It's searching all the byways, Never should you refrain, For if you want to live your life, You've got to drive the train! | Baron Brady | "L" = Life, Love, Loss

82: Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

83: You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... Author unknown...

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