The concept of inspiring good deeds to be done for others by doing one yourself doesn’t just apply to humans – just ask Beau, a black lab/chow mix. Beau survived Hurricane Katrina and was left running the streets, where he was attacked by a pack of dogs and left for dead. If some wonderful people had not come along and saved him, he would not be here today. So when Beau heard that his best friend Bailey of Hailey (who had been adopted) was missing from her home in Las Vegas, he knew this was his chance to pay it forward. Beau didn’t hesitate for a second; he rallied two staff members to get a van and supplies ready, and then hopped into the crate in the back.
The ride to Vegas seemed to take forever as Beau worried about Bailey, knowing as he did all too well the dangers of living on the streets. When they finally arrived at the park Bailey’s dad took her to every day, Beau jumped out of the van and began searching. Beau searched tirelessly well into the night, leaving his scent everywhere to attract his friend. A trap was set, and Beau was forced to call off his search until morning. After four hours of shut eye, Beau was up and at it ready to start the search again, but back at the park there was still no sign of Bailey. Beau walked around for an hour or so, then hopped back in the van so the staff could drive around and hang up more flyers. Beau crossed his toes that someone would see one of the flyers and call with a sighting of his friend.
Lo and behold, that’s exactly what happened. Bailey had been spotted about two miles away from her home, in a trailer park. As the staff drove to the area, Beau was amazed at the busy streets Bailey had safely crossed – he had to find her before something terrible happened! Once at the trailer park Beau was raring to go again. He hopped out of the van and started combing the streets. As he passed a burned down trailer he paused; this would be the perfect spot for his friend to hide! He looked under and around the trailer, but did not see Bailey. He continued to walk down the street, when behind him… he heard a noise. He spun around, and there she was! Bailey had been hiding deep under the burned trailer, and when she smelled Beau she couldn’t believe her nose. She had poked her head out to confirm it was him just as he started walking away. Bailey ran right up to Beau, smiling at her long time friend. As they were enthuastically greeting each other, Bailey’s former caregiver was able to crawl on her hand and knees and grab Bailey’s collar. It was quite a reunion there in the middle of the street. Beau and Bailey are now both back at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary happily living together, waiting for the day that Bailey is able to pay it forward.