“Rest in peace sweet Bailey girl”: Dallas Mavericks’ Bailey, the NBA’s first emotional support dog, has died

The 2-year-old, 24-pound mini-Bernedoodle “made every day so so special,” a Mavs’ social media manager said.

DALLAS — Bailey, the NBA’s first and only emotional support dog, “made every day so so special,” Dallas Mavericks’ social media manager Becca Genecov said.

Genecov and Bailey’s caretaker, Heather, shared on social media Saturday that the 2-year-old, 24-pound mini-Bernedoodle has died.

“Rest in peace sweet Bailey girl,” Genecov wrote. “We will miss being your social media managers every single day. The cuddles, kisses, and support made every day so so special.”

As we reported in March, Bailey was brought into the Mavericks organization at the suggestion of their wellness department to help reduce stress. Heather Mau, the Mavs’ assistant athletic trainer, served as Bailey’s caretaker and said players like Dwight Powell, Josh Green, Timothy Hardaway, and Maxi Kleber were especially close to her.

“From the moment I got you, your personality lit up every room. You exuded confidence, and at times a little bit of sass (just like your mom), but also had such a tender and caring love for everyone. It’s like you were meant to be the first ESA in the NBA!” Heather wrote on Instagram. “You were taken away from us too soon sweet girl, and I don’t understand why and may never know why, but just know you impacted so many people.”

Heather asked followers on Bailey’s Instagram account to share photos in her memory.

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