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Memories of Buddy
Buddy, (aka Beaglejuice), was a senior rescue dog. He was around 8 years old when we adopted him, and he was with us for almost 5 years. He had a lot of odd quirks, but was a pretty good dog - when he wasn't shredding stuff! I had to euthanize him today due to several terminal health issues. My beloved Juice, may you be restored to health and youth at Rainbow Bridge, and I miss you so much already! Love always, Mom.

10/23/10 Beaglejuice, last night, out of habit, I reached down to pet your head before I went to sleep. Halfway through the gesture, I realized that you're gone, and I won't be petting you again. When I got up this morning, it was still dark, and out of habit again, I made sure I didn't step on you. Only you weren't there. It will take awhile to get used to that. Your urn is right near Space's, and I hope you two have found each other at the Rainbow Bridge. I'm so sorry I had to make the decision to end your life. I have been second-guessing that decision, but you were so sick, and I think I made the right one. I love you, and will miss your jack-o-lantern smile! Mom

10/24/10 Juice, so many nice people have left notes for us. It's been a bad day, but knowing I am not alone in my grief is so comforting. Bless them, one and all.

10/26/10 Juice, I still start to reach down and pet you before going to sleep, and I'm careful where I step in the morning. Old habits are hard to break. I miss you terribly, and love you lots, Mr. Snuffleupagus! Mom

12/3/10 Juice, I was at my desk in the office when Orbit started sniffing and licking at the bottom of the wastebasket. I moved it, and there were several tufts of your hair! I don't know how they got under there, but I like to think you sent them to me. I miss you more than I ever imagined I would. I love you, basketball Jones! Mom

10/28/10 Beaglejuice, when I feed Orbit and Bubba after work, I still sit on the landing steps by your bowl to protect it from 'roving mouths'. You were a little slower with your food, and the others would try to steal it. I know I don't have to do that anymore, but it was a habit I got into last year when Orbit came to live with us. Just like I still try to step around you, there are a lot of habits that will take some time to stop doing. I miss you so much, but I know you couldn't stay. I pray that you are healthy and young again, romping in the sunshine with all your new friends, and of course, your old friend, Space. Love, Mom

10/31/10 Juice, today is Halloween. It will forever remind me of you, just as it has in years past. Your three missing lower front teeth always reminded me of a jack-o-lantern, and it was one of your most endearing qualities. I love you, and miss you very much. Mom

11/3/10 Juice, I was looking through some photos of you last night, and because I saw you every day, I didn't notice the gradual changes that took place over five years. The upcoming holidays will be very difficult without my "Old Grey Mayor"! I love you, and miss you. Mom

11/6/10 Beaglejuice, I was looking for something in the kitchen cupboards, and found one of your prescription boxes in a coffee mug. I am again reminded of our relatively short time together. I keep vacillating between whether or not I made the right decision to humanely end your life. The vet said you were lucky to make it this long, but on your good days, you seemed healthy and happy. Then I remember the x-rays and blood results, and I believe I made the right decision. Still not an easy one to live with. I love you, and miss you! Mom

11/11/10 Juice, I miss you; even with all of your weird quirks. I especially miss your 'happy food dance'! I'm so sorry that your health deteriorated so quickly toward the end. I hope you weren't in any pain; I have been agonizing over that. You were a joy to have here, when you were 'here'. The bad days were challenging sometimes, but looking back, I would do it all over again. I hope I gave you a good life here for your last years, and hope you'll forgive me any failings. I love you, knothead! Mom

11/16/10 Juice, I heard a step on the creaky wood floor the other day. I turned around, but there was nothing there. It sounded just like the way you would clomp around the house. Maybe it was you, letting me know that you're okay. I still step around your bed in the morning, and probably always will. I miss you so much, and I hope you and Space are together, and waiting for me. I love you, Old Grey Mayor!

11/20/10 Juice, today was a bad day; I'm sad, and missing you a lot. You were so gentle to everyone you ever met - animals and humans. Those five years just flew by, and I wish you could have come to live with me when you were a lot younger. Make sure you and Space look after each other. I love you, and miss your jack-o-lantern smile! Mom

11/25/10 Juice, Happy Thanksgiving! You used to love the special treats from this day, and I miss giving them to you. I miss you, and wish we had had more time together. I love you, knothead! Mom

12/3/10 Juice, I was sitting at my desk in the office, when Orbit started sniffing and licking at the wastebasket. I moved it, and there were several tufts of your hair. I like to think that you sent them to me. I miss you more than I ever thought I would. I love you, basketball Jones! Mom

12/11/10 Juice, I still keep expecting to hear you clumping down the stairs; a sound uniquely yours. Aunt Brenda was sorry to hear that you died, and told me that it was good of me to take you in. You kept getting passed over at adoption events because of your age. I'm glad we got together, but it meant that we would not have as much time together. We had almost five years, but I didn't realize how much I would become attached to you. I know you get lonely, so stay close to Space. Love, Mom.

12/17/10 Juice, today would have been your 5-year anniversary with me. I remember the ride home from the adoption event. You were so tired from all the viewing and petting, so you slept in the back seat all the way home! I miss your calming presence in the house. Your laid-back demeanor was helpful in calming the other dogs. I miss you, and love you lots, knothead! Mom

12/26/10 Juice, I thought I had logged on yesterday, but I guess I didn't. I'm sorry. I was sitting alone on Christmas Eve, thinking about you and Space, and all the past Christmases we had together. Now you're both gone. I miss you, and your quirky habits. I love you, Basketball Jones! Mom

1/8/11 Juice, it's a new year, and time for changes. I wish you were here to share these changes with me. I miss you so, Mr. Snuffleupagus! Mom

2/20/11 Beaglejuice, I was just telling Space that I want to sell the house, and leave Michigan. It will be very hard to do this right now, because you have only been gone a short while. The memories of you here are still so fresh, but they also live in my heart, and you will both come with me no matter where I go. I miss you very much, Knothead, and I love you! Mom

4/14/11 My beloved Beaglejuice, I miss you so much! Our five years together just flew by. I put some of your things away, but your bed is still next to mine, and some of your medicines are still on the kitchen counter. It is springtime, and the weather is starting to get nice. I remember how you would walk around and around the yard, sniffing everything twice! I miss you, Mr. Snuffleupagus! Mom

5/14/11 Beaglejuice, just leaving a note to let you know that I miss you very much. I also wanted to let you know that I rescued another doggy, just like I took you in. You made me fall in love with Beagles, and I will rescue another one some day - there are too many dogs in this house right now! Thank you for teaching me patience and tolerance. I love you, and miss your Jack-o-lantern smile! Mom

7/3/11 My beloved Beaglejuice, tomorrow is Independence Day. Independence from what, I sometimes ask. I miss you, knothead, and I love you lots! Mom

10/22/11 My beloved Beaglejuice, a year ago today, I made the very difficult decision to let you go to a better place. Your x-rays showed masses in your abdomen and lungs, and your seizures were getting worse. I know they frightened you, and they frightened me too. I took you home after the diagnosis so we could spend some time together, and to gather my thoughts and strength to make that horrible decision. I hope you forgive me. I did what I thought was best for you, even though it crushed me. I love you, and miss you lots, especially your jack-o-lantern smile! Mom

12/24/11 Beaglejuice, it is Christmas Eve. I think of you and Space every day, but even more so on this special holiday. I am grateful for the time we had together. You taught me to be patient with you, and learn to accept your special needs. You helped me to become a better person, and I thank you. I love you and miss you lots, Mr. Snuffleupagus! Mom

8/4/12 Beaglejuice, I am so sorry I haven't written in a long time. I do think of you every day though. It's been very difficult dealing with Grandpa's death, and it doesn't seem to be getting better. I'm so thankful that I had you and Space to see me through some very rough times; you both made things easier. I miss you lots! Mom

10/21/12 My beloved Beaglejuice, you have been gone 2 years already. I miss your quirky Jack-o-lantern smile, your little grunts when you were content, and especially your happy food dance. I wish we could have shared more of your life, but you were already a senior when you came to live with me. I will never understand the dumping of dogs at shelters, especially senior dogs. We did have a lot of fun times while you were here though. By the time I noticed that you didn't seem well, your cancer had spread to your spleen and lungs. I made the agonizing decision to humanely end your life, and I hope you have forgiven me. I love you, and miss you, Mr. Snuffleupagus! Mom

12/25/12 My beloved Beaglejuice, it's Christmas Day, and I'm sitting here by myself. Grandma Clark just left to go see Uncle Dan. I miss all of you who are gone now; Grandpa Jerry, Grandpa Frank, and your friend Space. I am so blessed to have had you all in my life, and you are dearly missed and loved. Mom

9/26/13 Beaglejuice, I'm sorry it's been so long since I left you a note. I just renewed your residency for another year. I think of you each day, and I miss your silly antics. You were a good boy, and I love you, and miss you. Mom

10/22/13 My beloved Beaglejuice, it's been 3 years since you've been gone. I so remember your silly quirks; your happy food dance, the pieces of carpet in your teeth, along with the innocent look of "What?" Your snoring would keep me awake sometimes, but I would love to hear it again now. You were loved, and are missed very much! Mom

10/22/2015 My dear Old Gray Mayor, I'm thinking of you today. You were such a good boy, and it was hard to let you go. I love you, and miss you, Beaglejuice! Mom

11/24/16 My dear Beaglejuice, I'm so sorry I'm late with your anniversary visit this year. I still think of you often, and miss your gentle soul. Some of your quirks are evident in Linus, our newest beagle. Rest in peace, Mr. Snuffleupagus! Love, Mom

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