Sadly, we said goodbye to our beautiful boy, Buddy, on Friday.
His journey here on earth has ended and he is now safe and happy on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.
Buddy wore many hats during his stay with us...
He was our good and loyal friend...
Our peace maker...
...he made us smile most of the time.
When he came to us he had so many behavior issues. He was six months old and didn't know how to walk on a leash. He and Jerry formed a strong bond from the very first and, I am afraid, that if anyone else had been that lucky to find him, it would have been a short lived relationship.
It was a long, and sometime seemingly impossible, task to teach him some good manners but it was so well worth the effort.
He was a large boy with a large personality and an even larger heart.
As he grew older he had some health issues. He had breathing problems and nerve damage in his rear legs, but he never complained.
He was always willing to go for a walk or a ride and was so happy just to be with us.
Over the last month he started having problems with his left front leg and after x-rays, he was diagnosed with bone cancer. It is one of a list of ailments that affect Golden Retrievers, and amputation of the leg would have fixed it, that is if the cancer hadn't spread to other areas.
Because of his age and because he learned how important his two front legs were to being able to lift himself to a standing position due to the nerve damage in his back legs, we opted not to pursue this route.
His leg became weaker and it was becoming harder and more painful for him to get to his feet.
It was so amazing that it snowed the week before. Buddy shined when it snowed. He loved the cold weather the best and he could really make some serious snow angels!
I tried to get a good picture but he was so happy to go outside he wouldn't hold still long enough.
How could these actions be those of a sick dog? It was so hard to comprehend.
We are so grateful and blessed that we had these fast and short thirteen years with him.
We know he is running free now but can't help feeling selfish enough to still want him here with us.
Only in our hearts will he remain forever, along with the great lessons of love that he taught us.
"We give them the love we can spare
The time we can spare
In return dogs have given us
Their absolute all
It is without a doubt
The best deal
Man has ever made"
A quote that hangs in our vet's office by: Roger Caras
Good job, Pooh