Buddy came into our lives on January 31, 2009 as a foster dog with medical issues and a very sad history. His introduction into our “pack” of Aybear (a 6 year old cockapoo) and Henry (rescued little something or other that looks like a Ewok) went fairly well.
Buddy needed this time to recuperate after his heartworm treatment. The first couple of weeks, he was very sedentary, sleeping, eating and only going outside to take care of business. We do have a very large deck with a gate and he enjoyed spending time outside. His treatment was successful and his transformation has been amazing.
We originally agreed to foster him during this time and hoped he would find a family that would welcome a loving, gentle senior citizen, but as time went on he decided that he wanted to stay. I think the turning point was when our daughter came home and found him sleeping very comfortably in our bed! As he is pretty deaf, he didn’t hear her come in and was quite startled when he woke up and saw her standing there! He was starting to settle in.
Since that time, we have found him to love walks and car rides. If you open the car door and he is anywhere in sight, he will be in, waiting for a ride. We’ve also found that he loves playing with balls – especially Aybears’ favorite. Aybear has never had anyone (human or canine) treat him with such disrespect! After all, he IS king you know – except in Buddy’s eyes!
Now, at the end of the day when we come home, he greets us with a wagging tail and loving heart (once he sees us of course). How could we ever think of giving him up? He has been through enough in his 10 years and if we could give him a happy ending, it’s the least we could do for such a sweet old guy.
Karen – thanks for bringing him into our lives!!!
Love and best wishes to all!
Jan, Tom, Meredith, Aybear (actually spelled Hebert), Henry and now Buddy!