Monday, December 31, 2018

Our Beloved Dog Buddy

This year is coming to an unhappy end for us.  Our dear dog Buddy was 15 years old but seemed to be doing well.. then on Friday night he started acting very odd, panting and disoriented and upset.  He had a very bad night with seizures and so Dayle took him to the emergency veterinarian clinic in the morning and they said it looked like he'd had a stroke.. they were discussing running some tests when he fell over and was having a seizure.  Then Dayle had to make a terrible decision.  You can guess the rest.  :-(


I got him as a gift for Dayle before Christmas 15 years ago.  He's been a very loved little dog.


When I brought him home, Dayle was still working and I was his main caregiver.  I put him on my left thigh and would have my laptop computer or crafting projects on my lap on the right.  And that is where he would be for all these years.  Right there.


We took him everywhere.  We took him on our weeklong camping trip to Waldo Lake and family reunion every August - we got him a dog life jacket and he became a sailor.


We let him grow his hair out until finally we realized he needed grooming.. and look at this fancy man who came home.  :-)


He was so calm that I could even do watercolors with a jar of water balanced on my lap.  :-)


He was a frequent subject of my photographing exploits.. I thought he was adorable.


Buddy even loved kayaking.  



A photo of Dayle walking Buddy on our last trip to the beach in October.  


The same trip, curled up in his bed in the hotel.


He kept me company while I crocheted a dozen hats to donate to babies born to underprivileged mothers in Brazil.


Keeping track of the fish in our pond.



He really loved spending time in our trailer at both the beach and at camp at the lake.


When I was scrolling through photos I found this older photo of Dayle and his two little grandsons and Buddy too.  



I must say that I will always be grateful to know that we gave this little fur kid a wonderful life full of love, good food and extremely good care.  And he gave us endless devotion.



So this is my tribute to a dog well loved.  If you have a dog, please give him a pat and a hug and a nice treat for me.. and Buddy.

((hugs)), Teresa 



47 comments:

  1. so sad for all of you ... but our beloved pets live on forever in our memories, and the God that i worship takes care of them in the hereafter- what a treat to have had your precious boy for all these happy years-

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  2. Oh Teresa, I’m so sad for you all. He was a very lucky dog to have been in your family x

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  3. So sorry to hear this Teresa. Our pets are so much a part of our family. Thinking of you all and sending hugs.

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  4. Oh Teresa, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Dear Buddy, I know how loved he was, and your beautiful photos show what a central part he was in your lives. He was very lucky to have such a wonderful family and be so adored. I'm sending you a cyber hug my friend, you are in my thoughts tonight. CJ xx

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  5. I'm so sorry for your loss. It is just so very hard.

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  6. My sympathy to you and your family. Losing a pet is so, so difficult. Take comfort in the good life you gave him and the good life he gave you.

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  7. It is so very difficult to go through the loss of our dear pets. Your Buddy was a very lucky dog with a wonderful family and life. Thinking of you all at this tough time.

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  8. Oh, Teresa, I am so sorry. Our pets leave such big holes in both our hearts and our lives when they cross the Rainbow Bridge. ((hugs)) to you and Dayle.

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  9. Oh Teresa I'm so sad to read this. What a dear dog Buddy was and so loved by you. What a fabulous life you gave him and what memories to treasure. Sending you a huge hug and a purr from Billy. Take care xxx

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  10. So sorry to hear this news Teresa, I know how heartbreaking losing a beloved pet can be. Buddy was a lucky lad to have had such a wonderful life with you and your family. Sending you all a big hug x

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  11. So very sad for you Teresa.
    What a beautiful boy he was.
    Hugs-x-

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  12. teresa and dayle, my thoughts are with you, so very sad, he was such a wonderful pup and i know how much you loved him and will miss him ... sending you much love, my heart is breaking for you knowing the sorrow you are experiencing ... such wonderful photos thank you for sharing them and your heartfelt words ...

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  13. Teresa, What a lovely tribute. I am very sorry to hear about Buddy. All of our dogs are special to us. Some, though, find their way a little deeper into our hearts, to become our souls' companions. We are lucky to have that part of them with us always.
    I have enjoyed your blog silently, until now. Take good care, Fay, the cardis 3 and the new SPoo, from CA/NH/SC

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  14. What a beautiful tribute to an amazing little dog. I’m so sorry to hear this bad news. The loss of a furkid is always devastating and I feel for you and Dayle. RIP little Buddy. Xox

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  15. Very sad for your loss Teressa. Buddy obviously had a wonderful life with you and your family. I hope and pray you feel at peace as you look back and remember the good times you shared together xx

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  16. I'm so, so sorry to read the sad news about Buddy. I know the pain you're feeling and I wish I could take it away. What wonderful memories you have with Buddy. You may think I'm crazy, but I truly believe we will one day meet our beloved fur family members again. Sending you a big hug. 💔 Pat

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  17. Teresa, I’m so sorry. What a sad day. I’m sending a huge hug to you and Dayle. Buddy was such a little sweetheart and I always enjoyed seeing him when I visited. It seems so many of us are losing our beloved pets recently.

    Love to both of you.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  18. Oh Teresa, I'm so, so sorry that Buddy has crossed the rainbow bridge. He was a faithful, loving companion for you and your family. The photos speak volumes about his love and attention to you all. I'm so sorry. Take care. ♥

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  19. What sad news. I so empathise with you. Fifteen years is a long time to have such a faithful friend. Sending cyber hugs. B xx

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  20. Teresa and Dayle as you know I have already sent warm hugs and doing so again here xxoo 💖💙

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  21. Buddy was a sweet dog that I liked to be around when I'd visit you. Sad to read he left you unexpectedly. Adorable dog with good memories to remember him by. So close to when Betsy lost her cat Amelia! Hugs my friend!

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  22. He was a very handsome fellow. While he may not be with you on the couch, he will ALWAYS be in your heart.

    I am so sorry for your loss.

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  23. That was a lovely a lovely tribute, I will give our dog an extra treat tomorrow. Thinking of you.

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  24. Ohhhhh...I am so sorry, Teresa. Thank you for sharing Buddy with us. I enjoyed him and your joy in loving him and am crying with you even while celebrating his wonderful life. I will miss him. xxxxxxx

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  25. That is so sad, I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  26. Oh dear... We feel your heart break. We have cried buckets of tears over the dogs we have have loved and lost. What a dear little man your Buddy was. How lucky are our dogs that we can make decisions that don’t prolong their suffering..

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  27. Teresa, this is just such a horrible way to end the year. My love goes out to you for your loss. Buddy was the best friend ever, funny how they just make a place in your heart that feels so empty now. I know that you loved him so much and he loved in return. I was always so honored that Max chose us, the boys, too. I still miss Max everyday. Grieve my friend, you have lost the most loyal of companions, we will all miss Buddy.

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  28. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear this news about your beloved Buddy. May you find comfort in thinking of all the good times you had with him and the love you gave each other.

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  29. Oh, Teresa, I am so sorry to read about your sweet Buddy....it is so very hard to say goodby to a loved pet that has been part of your household for so long.

    I am going through the grief of having to say goodby to my kitty Bella. and it is very difficult for me
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    Thank you for sharing the happy times he enjoyed with his loving family.

    Hugs from California....

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  30. So sorry to hear this news Teresa, our dog will get extra hugs today. Thinking of you all.xxx

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  31. My heart is breaking for your family. Buddy was the best little fella'. We lost our Gus-Gus (Cairn/Westie mix) in 2014. I miss him so much. Not a day goes by with out thinking of him as I do of all the pups we've lost over the years.
    My eyes are filled with tears for your loss. Please know we share in your sorrow.
    If I had but one wish. That wish would be that pup-dogs would live as long as us humans so we'd never have to say good-bye.

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  32. Oh Teresa...I am so sorry to read that you have had to say goodbye to Buddy...such a wonderful dog and truly one of the family. Your pictures of him show a lovely life well lived at the heart of your family, and you have so many memories of him to treasure. Much love to you and Dayle for 2019...sorry you had a sad start, but wishing you both many happy times in the months to come. XXX

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  33. I'm so sorry to hear about Buddy. What a wonderful life he had and you've captured some special memories in your post. xx Susan

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  34. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful boy. I'm so sorry for your loss. The pain of losing a beloved fur baby is so very difficult.

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  35. So sorry to read your news dear Teresa. I know how much you will miss Buddy but I know too that he had a wonderful life because of you xx

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  36. So sorry.....pets are family and so sad to lose them. Thoughts are with you all.

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  37. Oh my Teresa, as soon as I saw your blog post title my heart sank. I have shed a tear for you, Dayle and Buddy. He was beautiful in all ways and I know you will all be hurting so much. Take comfort though from the fact that he was so loved and well cared for. You gave him a very special life with you and your family.
    Take care Teresa, sending much love and special gentle hugs. xxx

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  38. I am so sorry Teresa. Thinking of you and Dayle, sending you a hug. Buddy had a wonderful life with you and I am so glad you shared so many beautiful and happy years. Hugs to you xx

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  39. I am so sorry to read about Buddy, that’s really sad, he was obviously such a huge part of your life for 15 years.

    The picture and description of him on your lap, plus a jar of water while you painted just serves to highlight how nice and calm a little dog he was. Hugs.


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  40. So sorry, Teresa. it is so hard losing such a loyal friend...

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  41. I'm so very sorry to hear about your little Buddy :( They bring us so much joy but leave such a big empty hole in our heart when they leave this earth! Sending xoxo to your family at this time of lost..

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  42. hello,I have only just seen this post.heartbroken for you all.What a wonderful and devoted dog he was to you all.Sending heartfelt Huge Hugs.xxxx

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  43. Just catching up so it was so sad to read about your beloved Buddy. I am so sorry for your loss. Take care.

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  44. I am very sorry for your loss of your dog Buddy i know what it is like i had to gave my cat put to sleep in july the day after my birthday i cry myself to sleep every night i miss him do much it is going to be odd for you when you come in the house and there not there i'm so sorry for your loss

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  45. Oh, Teresa. I missed this post. Saw your comment on Meredith's most recent post about thinking about adopting another dog so had to come find out what happened to Buddy. I'm so sorry! So sad that it happened so quickly, but I guess in a way it was a blessing, too, as there wasn't much suffering. Buddy sure was a devoted companion and very much loved. May his furry little soul rest in peace. Sending you big hugs!

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