Saturday, March 24, 2012

Buddy Flys

It was seven years ago that i met him while picking up a load of donated hay. His family were moving to Australia and they were not taking there dogs. I had Jingle in the truck with for me the ride. She was at the time about 15 years old. A very senior boarder collie cross mixed with pit bull. She was a great dog and they did have fun together. When i asked the family what they were going to do with there dogs they told me they had found homes for the others but commented "it was hard to find a home for a big dog". It saddened me for this dog that he would not only loose his human family , but his dog one as well. I asked the man if i could let my dog out would Buddy be okay with her and he promised me he would. And when Buddy got too close to my Jingle Bell she let him know who was boss right away. I knew he wouldn't hurt her after that and this is how Buddy came to live with us.

Buddy who had lived with horses and pigs before was still needing some training. On his first day of "meet and greet" as this family wanted to make sure there dog was going to good home , he kept busy chasing four of my babies . I finally got a hold of him, but on the next test i gave him i knew he was smart and knew he could learn.... if he wanted too. His bowl, his bed, his favorite stuffy and a folder came after .

Buddy would chase the horses if they got all frisky and as he got older he would growl at the pigs if they got in his space. And there was a time when i threw up my hands up and said your not dog for a pig sanctuary and your otta here ..but he was my dog .

So we both learned to keep the pigs out of his way and he learned to get up and move if they bothered him.

It was a sunny day and we had so many freinds here helping us today but its been 25 days since i was told he had cancer. I have every day since then marked on a make shift he appeared to be feeling , what he ate and what he didn't. My fridge is full of little dishes of various temptations. I fed it raw then i offered it cooked , i boiled, fried , and opened cans.

As the days went by I could get less and less into him. He got weaker and i cried my heart out all day yesterday facing our tomorrow. My dog was no longer happy and to keep him another day would be for selfish reasons , he was not the dog he was such a short time ago .

So fighting tears i made the call this morning and Buddy was released from this world and we let him go in his grandmas car, my Moms- so he could get into more easily. I stroked his beautiful face as he went into a deep sleep and on to heaven .

I told him he was a good GOOD dog and that he wouldn't have to put up with pigs where he was going.


Maora Evans said...

So sorry for your loss :(

It's never easy to lose such a special member of your family.

May all the memories you shared with Buddy over the years bring you comfort during this time.

piggie Mom said...

Sorry about Buddy. You were the best thing in his life.

Jean said...

Oh Janice, I am so very, very sorry. Buddy always made me smile, his big head bumping me for treats and checking out my van to see if perhaps there were more inside. I am glad I got to see him a few weeks ago and photograph him one last time.
Buddy, run free good dog. I know you and Jingle will be watching over your mom.

georgia little pea said...

Hello, I just came over from Jean's blog.

I'm so sorry to hear about Buddy. That was a beautiful story, how he came to be part of your family. I don't think he could have found a better one, even if there were piggies around.

I hope you feel better soon x

veganelder said...

Goodbye Buddy...RIP.

Dntfeedthbear said...

Janice..I am so sorry to hear about Buddy. he was a beautiful dog who always made me smile with his antics..I will miss him greeting me at the gate with his wagging tail..
Thinking of you today and very sad for your loss

Caroline said...

my heart goes out to you, Buddy was such a cool dog. the few times we've been at your place, he was always front and center and happy to show us around. Such a cool dog!

Anonymous said...

I love you buddy:( RIP

Unknown said...

We read of your loss from Jean. We are sending big hugs your way.

Pauley James

Pat Oxford n GA. said...

as I set here crying my eyes out I know how you feel, I had to let my Baby go 3/19/11, I am so sorry for the loss. ALL DOGS & CATS GO TO HEAVEN.

Pat Oxford n GA. said...

So very sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

So sorry Janice my heart breaks for you x Buddy - you will ALWAYS be loved x Run free and whole again dear one X X X X Sue and Duwee

lesley said...

Hi Jan,
He sounded like a lovely dog and how fortuitous it was that you happened to meet him that fateful was meant to be and I am sure he was very happy with you, not that it helps when you are grieving! It is such a hard thing to deal with and god knows we have to deal with it a lot don't we!
Take care Jan,

Janice Gillett said...

I know and every time I loose one i think get a grip your going to go threw this for every one that lives with you here but it doesn't get any easier and you don't get used to it.. the 100 things you did a day with them are embedded in your life. You go out to feed i think call Buddy, you finish and i think where's the dog to bring him in with you .. although i am surrounded , he is not here.

Black Jack's Carol said...

I'm so sorry, Janice. I know Buddy had a wonderful life with you, and I thank you for giving him that chance. RIP, sweet Buddy!

Anonymous said...

Hi Janice:
I saw on Global TV Tuesday (11:00pm) news a story on a pot bellied pig Ninja. Kinda cute, but it did mention Hearts and Noses. Looks like a success story.
Keep getting well, and so sorry about Buddy.