Buddy in Our Hearts

Buddy, our chocolate lab, poses on a gray background.Our Buddy in 2010.Buddy politely poses on a beautiful July morning in 2010. We had adopted him just 8 months before. He was a senior rescue at age 6 or 7. Buddy, our beautiful chocolate lab, crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Saturday, December 17, 2016. A senior rescue at age 6 or 7 years, he was a huge and wonderful presence in our household. He was the most mellow guy with our 4 cats and guarded the house with relish and zeal. He barked and bounced like a madman and then brought one of his 30 toys to greet the visitor. 

Three years ago he was diagnosed and then cured of Masticatory Muscle Myositis (MMM disease). Read about our fight against this disease starting with my first post right here . He did not die of MMM, Buddy was 13 or 14 and had developed a cancer tumor on his right hind leg. His spirit was untouched but his body was breaking down. He hadn't picked up one of his precious toys for about a week and just getting around the house was slow for him. 

We made the difficult decision to let him go with dignity and while he was pain free (on pain meds for a few days). We were with him to the very end and he knew we were there for him with our touch, voice and sight. We will always mourn his passing but the numerous photographs and especially our videos have made us smile and laugh. 

"We love you Buddy. Oh yes we do! We don't love any dog as much as you! When you're not near us we're blue! Oh Buddy! We love you!" Words and Music by Shelle and Beth. We would sing this to our guy daily. Corny? Absolutely!


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