Message to Buddy and some favorite memories.|
I went to an adoption event to help out; wasn't looking for a dog. As a matter of fact, I was a cat person, not a dog person. Kyle begged for us to bring you home...you were known as Wags at the time. I relented and convinced Mike as well, reluctantly! Then something happened, you became my dog. You didn't play and go for walks like Kyle was looking for. You were an older dog with lots of health issues, as we discovered later. You converted me to both a cat and dog person!
I believe God put you in our path so that we could take care of you these past four years. You became part of the family. Loved hearing Mike say "Hey Buddy" when he came through the door. You were always the first to greet us, so you got the first hello, pet and hug! Even Mo Kitty came to tolerate you and not look at you with detest (most of the time). You would always jump on my legs to say hello and welcome me home and tell me that you missed me; even if I just went up to the mailbox!
You famously hated everyone, except us, Sue and Jerome, and barked at everyone who came to the door or in the house. You had a special fierceness for Pete and Tim Sandford. It drove us nuts!! But now I see it as your special way and what I wouldn't give to hear you bark at Maurice the UPs guy when he comes to the door.
Grandpa was not happy with you this past Christmas when we left you at home alone and when he came back before we did, you chased him out of his house barking at him. He sat out in the backyard on a lawn chair until we came home! I am pretty sure he has forgiven you for that!
Your health issues were numerous through the years....heartworms when we got you, cushings, thyroid issue, heart murmur, diabetes, special food and enlarged heart most recently. The medications were numerous and required a schedule. 7:00 in the morning and night is not the same now. What I wouldn't give to be able to do our medication routine one more time. The past couple of mornings and evenings have been tough without that routine. Mo Kitty is right there looking for his treat and wondering where you are.
Dr. Gore, Carol, Ann Michele and everyone at Spring Forest Animal Hospital took such great care of you for these past four years. They loved you too! You weren't always the happiest to see them, but I think you knew they were just trying to help you be as healthy as possible.
You loved it up here when we moved to the lake. You would roam around like you owned the neighborhood. You were so happy out there doing your rounds and checking over your domain. You acted like a puppy! When you were done, you would come home and stand at bottom of the steps looking at the door. Waiting for us to look out and see you to open the door. Then you come bounding in looking for your little treat. Sometimes I think you just went out just so you could get a treat! You were playing us! I find myself standing at the door staring out looking for you to come romping through the yard back home.
You even made a friend up here; Mo, our neighbors dog. When they come up, you would want to go outside and greet her, Pat and Tony and welcome them to Your house as you thought that was your house too! Tony loved the way you growled your hello to him when he would say hello to you. Mo barked for you yesterday when they got here. She wondered where her little Buddy was. She misses you too.
We have no idea how old you really were, nor what your past history was and what you may have gone through. Four years went so fast. I wish we had more time together. I was and am not prepared to say goodbye to you. The joyful news is you have no more sickness, no more pain, no more medicine. You are a happy and healthy puppy in the Rainbow Bridge. I look forward to the day you come bounding to me and jump into my arms.
I miss you my little Pupala. You left quite a big impression for such a little guy.
Sunday was a very hard day, but in my heart I know it was your time to rest. My friend Cheryl said you were quite the champ and you fought the good fight. It is now your time to rest, be well, play and be happy until we meet again. You take a piece of my heart with you.
I love you. I miss you and we will always remember you and share our Buddy stories.
Have fun Buddy! Enjoy showing them who is boss up there!