- Bailey was adopted from a rescue shelter in 2020.
- At first, the dog was fearful and timid.
- Her dad would tuck her in every night.
For an anxious dog named Bailey, getting proper sleep at night hasn’t always been easy.
However, the rescue dog has been sleeping like a baby since her father, Mac Clenney, began swaddling her up like a burrito during their sweet nighttime routine.
Clenney told The Dodo:
“Whenever we would snuggle with blankets on the couch, Bailey felt much more comfortable and calmer whenever she was wrapped or covered with a blanket.”
However, Bailey and her father did not form an immediate bond. In 2020, Bailey was adopted from Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue by Clenney and his wife, and the couple quickly recognized the tiny dog had some fears to conquer.
“When we met with her wonderful foster mom, she told us that Bailey [was] one of the most scared and timid dogs [she’d] ever come across,” Clenney said.
Clenney, who fell in love with Bailey, sought the advice of a dog behaviorist to address her concerns — but it wasn’t easy.
Bailey would jump off the back of the couch and run whenever Clenney entered the living room.
“It took six-plus months before she got comfortable with me even approaching her,” he shared.
Bailey eventually learned to trust her new family, allowing Clenney to come up with the relaxing tuck-in ritual Bailey now enjoys every night.
The couple also has an orange tabby named Penny, who has built her own special bond with Bailey. Penny will tease Bailey with her tail as the two snuggle. Bailey pretends to want to chase Penny whenever she gets the zoomies, but she knows she has no chance, according to Clenney.
Although Bailey was the one who was rescued, the dog taught her parents a valuable lesson.
“Getting through to her and showing her a kinder world meant months and years of patience and understanding,” Clenney said. “She is now going with us to parks, stores [and] breweries. She is becoming her best self.”
Source: The Dodo