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With great sadness Buddy left us to be with Willow, Austin and so many others.


Buddy didn't always have to best post retirement life. Adopted from Seabrook, he lived with a family for a few years, the wife of which wasn't able to accept dogs for what they were. Some times they might come in with muddy feet, water sometimes spills on the floor, sometimes they might get sick in the house. Sometimes they didn't want to be bothered while on their dog bed and didn't react kindly to being forced off it. It seems he spent a lot of time outside or banished to the basement if wet or dirty.


My friend Laurie heard of these people through a 3rd party. She offered suggestions to help, but they were not taken seriously. They were seriously considering putting him to sleep. Laurie and her husband took him for a weekend to evaluate him. Laurie wanted to keep him, but they already had 6 or 7 GH's and her husband said that was enough.

So back to his family he went and Laurie said he seemed happy to be there. These events were happening over the course of a few months in 2007.


In Sept. 2007 Willow left to be with Austin. So it was Matt and whatever foster I might have. Since Matt seemed like he would be fine as an only dog, I kept it in mind that I would keep that space open for a hound that needed a place to go. At Dewey a few weeks later, I received an email that Buddy had to go...and now! So I answered that if was was cat safe he could come live with Matt & I. Knowing that he would need a dental, Laurie arranged it with her vet and I would pay for it. The initial estimate was off by a bit.

So my 'free' dog...with the $1000 dental... came home to live with us.


Looking back it probably wasn't the best time to bring a new dog home. So soon after losing Willow and what was going on with my Mom's illness. Buddy fit in well enough with the other dogs, but he wasn't my favorite by any means. He became quite attached to me and made it difficult to do much without him causing a fuss. That first winter when I would have to be in the barn and the dogs stay in the house, he would bark and howl at the picture window. It was always covered with dog drool. He would get the other dogs going and it would be quite a racket. Thankfully I didn't have any close neighbors. Even though we have just come home form a walk, if he saw me come out of the barn and didn't go in the house within a few minutes, he would pee inside. :( We also had issues with him trying to eat the other dogs food when he was done first. That's when I saw the other side of him. This dog that would seem so quiet, plastering himself on anyone's leg who was standing near him...would turn into Cujo. Snapping and snarling. The same if I wanted him to get off his bed for some reason. he was a bit scary and he only had 2 teeth left by this time. So even though I originally thought his first family were nuts, maybe not so now. They did have a couple of other dogs and young children. Well I found ways around his quirk's for the most part. The window was always covered with drool. He stopped trying to steal every ones food and became a decent foster brother to a few GH's. The only bad thing was that he was teaching them all to bark.


Last Sunday all seemed well. We went for a walk at the tree farm as we usually do most every day. When we got home he tried to hop the 4 steps in 2 hops as usual and he couldn't do the first hop even. I'm still trying to get 2 others GH's in th house, he tries again and falls over. I try to get behind him and steady and guide him up, but he is having no part of it. He struggles and falls again and doesn't want to get up. So I wait a few minutes. Someone had given me a dog ramp last year, so I go get that, but he wants no part of it. He didn't want me to pick him up. By now he's panting, upset and very unsteady & wobbly on his hind legs. I managed to get him in the van and off to the evet we go.


The vet was very nice and gave us some pain and anti inflammatory meds. Telling us to get xrays at our regular vet on a follow up visit as soon as we can get an appt. My vet would charge us 1/3 as much as the evet would of. He was willing to walk, but was a bit unsteady still.

Followup xrays showed no breaks or fractures and his spinal column looked quite good for a 10 year old dog. He took us off the other meds, the effects of which acted like a narcotic. Wanted to see how much of his hind end issues were him or the effects of the drugs. He was put on Prednisone. Not wanting to put him in his kennel overnight while I was at work, I x-penned him in the living room. I got out Willow's waterproof crate pads, mattress pads and regular kennel bedding and made him a stall...and prepared to wash bedding every night. I also had to carry him in the house. 70 lbs....ugh. I found that if I picked him up a few feet away from the steps he was OK. He groaned...or it was a soft growl...each time. Mine was a groan.


I was to call the vet on Thurs. to give him an update. We decided to wait until his prescription was out to decide. Thinking that was Monday, I had another appt. for him on Tues. His meds were going to run out on Sat., so Friday AM I called for a refill. Friday was a bad day for him. He really didn't want to get up at all. He would fall and his hind legs would splay. Once his front legs as well. That night I kept asking him if he wanted to go out and he didn't even lift his head. I was in the other room an heard the jingle of tags. Thinking he was getting up and wanted to go out, I went to check on him. He had peed laying down was was lying in it. This time he did get up and go out, but staggered back the 10' to his area, barely able to make it that far. I made the decision then to let him go on Sat. AM.


He was a good dog. Once I figured out how to handle his quirks, we became friends. When I have only 2 dogs, they can ride in the truck to go on errands. He must of been in trucks before, he always sat on the seat beside me, and Matt had the floor. Most times either his head or paws on my leg. Always an attention getter at M&G with his snaggletooth, he would lean on anyone that stopped to chat. We will all miss him. :weep


Snaggeletooth (Please excuse the dirty rug :blush )



A mild case of ETS



At Dewey last year.



Their Easter card. Buddy is on the right.






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I'm so sorry. :cry1 Sometimes the "imperfect" dog finds the perfect home--as Buddy did with you.


Godspeed Buddy.

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I'm so sorry for your loss. :grouphug :groupug

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Buddy was lucky to have found you and I'm sorry you had to say goodbye - RIP Buddy.



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I am so sorry for your loss. Yoi gave Buddy the love, understanding and patience he so truky needed.


Run with the angels sweet Buddy, you are with some of the very, very best -

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Diane, I am so sorry for your loss. Buddy was destined to spend this time with you. He found someone who came to understand him, care for him and in the end he bonded closely with someone he trusted. He was one of those characters that because of his quirks becomes so memorable. I know you will miss him and my heart goes out to you.


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I'm sorry, Diane.


Godspeed, sweet boy.

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Lucky Buddy to have found you Dianne. I am very sorry for your loss.




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You were wonderful to step up and take him in. I am so sorry :(


He certainly loved Diane and I thought he was a sweet old boy. I will miss him too.

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I'm sorry for your loss. Buddy was lucky to find someone willing to take the time to understand him. Godspeed Buddy! f_yellow


(PS Buddy & my Faolin have a common ancestor in Flower Design.)


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I never knew Buddy's story. Was Paul there with him? Again, I am so sorry for your loss.

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I am so sorry for your loss. How wonderful of you to have given him the second chance he needed. He was loved

and I'm sure he was grateful to you.

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