Bernese Mountain Dog’s corn cob incident sparks non-profit’s formation

Bailey and his owner pose for a photo. His family started The Bailey Project to provide money to people who have exhausted all other options for getting their pets emergency veterinary care. Courtesy photo
Bailey and his owner pose for a photo. His family started The Bailey Project to provide money to people who have exhausted all other options for getting their pets emergency veterinary care. Courtesy photo

Bailey was lucky his family could afford emergency veterinary care after he swallowed a corn cob and damaged his insides.

The Bernese Mountain Dog spent two weeks in the veterinary hospital and endured multiple procedures, but he survived the ordeal in 2012. Out of the near-tragedy, his family launched The Bailey Project. The non-profit organization provides money to families who have exhausted all other means to get their pets emergency veterinary care.

The Bailey Project will be the beneficiary of a Shop and Share fundraiser at the Lilly Pulitzer at The Gardens Mall Sunday. Ten percent of sales from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 13 will be donated to the organization, according to Executive Director Barbara Smoliak.