This afternoon Bob Baillie said good bye to his best friend and constant companion of the last four years, the one and only Devon Baillie, and all of us in the MIRA and Baillie families share in the heartbreak of such a tremendous loss. Devon was an “old soul.” He radiated love and unflagging joie de vivre. He carried himself with grace and an amazing athleticism for such a large dog, and as Bob’s guide and protector from the danger of the streets he was always at the ready for the next speaking engagement, road trip, or airplane ride. Devon guided Bob with a focus that was remarkable (except, of course, in Fresh Market by the pastry table where he figured out a way to walk straight ahead for Bob while keeping one eye and his nose fixed on the table “just in case.”)
Devon was the light of our lives in the office. We will never forget how seriously he took his role as “MIRA official greeter,” always grabbing his stuffed “baby”, a pillow, or on one notable occasion a mouthful of t-shirts off the credenza as an offering to MIRA visitors. The cookie jar will never be the same. It was Devon’s pride and joy, and he knew how to manipulate Bob into giving him “just one more” whether it was with a persistent paw on the arm or coming around the desk and laying his massive and gorgeous head on the computer key board until someone paid attention. When he came through the front door of the office each morning a bundle of joy and love accompanied him. And he touched everyone he ever met with that same joy and love.
We called Devon our MIRA Ambassador. He was truly exemplary in that role. Guide dog, Ambassador, Dixie’s playmate, Bob’s devoted companion, friend to all. and the consummate chow hound, Devon left his mark on all of us, and we are so much better for having known him. Godspeed, sweet boy…..