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Honoring Golden Boy Buddy

It has been about a month or so now that our old Golden Buddy unexpectedly passed on. We put him to bed a happy jumpy boy and in the morning he was gone. In July we had removed his front leg for cancer and thought we would have a few more years with him. It turned out to be only six months, but they were a really wonderful extra six months.

Old Golden Tripawd Buddy

Buddy came to us as a huge exuberant year-and-a-half goofy puppy – a 75 pound puppy who could put his front paws on your shoulders! He was left in our neighborhood, along with two other dogs, when his people moved out of their house. We tried to find homes for the dogs and when we couldn’t find them a place we decided we had a large fenced yard and our dog liked having them around. So they stayed. When we got them out of the house where they had been left, there was a softball with “Buddy” marked on it with felt marker, and a towel knotted into a pull toy. The towel has disintegrated in the nine years since then, but he still loved to carry his softball around. We buried it with him.

The dogs got lots of other toys at our house – real toys like tennis balls and hard rubber pull toys and squeaky toys – and toys he liked such as squashed gallon water bottles and random sticks. Buddy loved to carry his toys around in his mouth and play with us with his pull toys.

At the dog park Buddy loved to run around and get all the people to pet him. He was tall enough that he could just stand next to people and his head was right there where their hand was and they would just pet his head as they talked with each other. He loved to swim in the lake. Even after his leg was removed he hopped around to all the people he could see at the park and even swam in the lake still.

We knew that Goldens were prone to cancer and that their life expectancy was usually around 11 years. We were happy that he continued to be in good health and a happy goofy boy at 9 years old. Even when he got a cancer lump we had it removed and the vet said it wouldn’t spread but it could recur. So we were really hopeful for more years. The next year he began limping; the cancer had come up on his front elbow and we had to have his leg removed. It was much more difficult this time. But we also felt it would mean more time with him.

It turned out we only had another six moths to be with him, but we were so grateful for those six months. We knew we couldn’t have him forever and really enjoyed our time with him. He was a really bright spot in our lives. And this community here at Tripawds has been such a wonderful family for us, helping us to have the best time with Buddy in the time we had with him. Thank you all so much.

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3 thoughts on “Honoring Golden Boy Buddy”

  1. Wonderful way to honor Golden BUDDY…..Golden Smiling Buddy!!!

    Yeah, smiling through the tears. at all the delightful visuals you shared of your boy! What a well loved boy who knew how to live life to the fullest!

    I went back to make sure I hadn’t missed any of Buddy’s blogs…..missed one or two. But I’m caught up now. And stll xmiling through the tears. Ane you know what? In doggy years, six months is a year and a half! And when you “saved” Buddy and his two pals, he experienced more love, more joy, more fun, more toys, more spoiling than most dogs ever experience in a lifetime!!!

    I hope Buddy has made his presence known to you now. He is still with you. For whatever reason he decided he needed to run to the Bridge. Perhaps he knew that piece of crap disease was lurking and woukd cause him pain…perhaps he new he had filled his soul’s purpose and he wanted frog poop laced water!. Yeah, at the Bridge dogs can have anythin they want anytime they want, including lots of personalized softballs!!

    Buddy will inspire seniore dogs who are facing this journey. Anyone having a rough recovery and then seeing how much fun a dog can have after recovery….yeah….his legacy will carry on!! Buddy’s life matters! He touched us all!

    Thank you for honoring him in such a life affirming way. When you feel like it, a lot of us who have our dogs at the Bridge continue to share our journey under Tripawds Alumni or on their respective blogs. We are family and no ine understands the ups and downs of the journey like we do…or the depth of grief and void…or the bliss of immersing ourselves in the tousands and thousands of days of glorious memories we shared!

    Love and light

    Sally and My Eternal Light Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

  2. Buddy was a wonderful companion, and will leave permanent memories. We all know they will go before we do, and we have to be grateful for having been chosen to be their family. hugs from Daniela & Johnnie

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