R.I.P. Buddy

We had to do the hardest thing we have ever had to do this morning… Buddy is now running and playing in the plush green grass in doggy heaven.

R.I.P. Buddy

Buddy has been sick for a long time.  He has had epilepsy for many years and needed to take some pretty powerful drugs to keep from seizing.  For the past five years or so he has had trouble with his back…so bad that sometimes he had trouble walking.

He would get better, but not all the way better.  The next time his back acted up it was worse.  Again he would get better, but not better than he was before.  It was a roller coaster ride….downhill.

Despite all of his ailments and injuries he was a happy and playful dog.  Buddy got to do and see more things in his nine years than many people get to see in their lifetime.

I remember when we first got him.  He was the runt of the litter, but was the only survivor.  He had no hair on one of his paws or his tail, but had the best attitude of any puppy I have ever seen…always playful, happy, and loving.

One memory that sticks out clearly in my mind is when Buddy was little and Momma was wearing a pair of bib-overhauls.  Buddy would ride in the front pocket with his two little tiny paws hanging out over the edge.  I’ll never forget that..!

How about the time that he went running through the grass.  The grass was taller than he was and you couldn’t even see him.  He would run…and trip…and run…and trip.  Too cute!

The first time we left Buddy home alone overnight he let us know what he thought about it.  He was still very little and somehow managed to jump up on the couch, drag down a cushion (which was about 10 times his size), pull the cushion to the front door, and poop on top of it.  When we got home the first thing we saw when we walked in the door was Buddy’s welcome home gift.  :D

Another time, when we were moving out of our apartment in Colorado,  Buddy ran out the door and charged full steam at a guy walking a Pit Bull and Doberman.  Right into the middle of them Buddy went.  All I remember is the Pit grabbing him on one end and the Doberman grabbing him on the other.  It was like a fight you would see on Bugs Bunny…a cloud of dust and arms and legs protruding every now and then from the cloud.

The Pit grabbed Buddy and threw him probably 20 feet through the air.  Any other dog would have ran away, but not Buddy.  He ran full steam again and leaped onto the doberman’s back. Again the fight ensued and I had to get in the middle of all three dogs and pull Buddy out.  Somehow Buddy came out of the situation with only a few cuts and scratches.  He was one tough dog!

Buddy loved the Rocky mountains!  He loved to go hiking and camping with us.  Once we were driving down a dirt road through the mountains at about 25 MPH.  Buddy was in the back seat sticking his head out the window letting his ears flop in the wind.  Momma turned around and Buddy was no longer in the car.  I looked in my rear view mirror and he was sitting in the middle of the road all alone…probably thinking that he would now be left to fend for himself in the wilderness.

I stopped, put the car in reverse, opened my door and backed right up to Buddy.  He never moved.  His ears were hanging low and his tail was between his legs.  I’ll never forget the look on his face.  He thought he was a goner for sure.

Buddy never liked bridges or being close to the edge of any kind of drop off.  Any time we went for a walk and had to go over a foot bridge he would low crawl, with his belly about 1/4 inch off the ground, at about 100 MPH across the little bridge.  Being scared of heights didn’t stop him though.  He low crawled across the Royal Gorge Bridge (the highest suspension bridge in the US), and went to the top of Pikes Peak numerous times with us.

I know I’ve said this before, but Buddy was one tough dog!  He never gave up…and he never would have.  I feel bad for giving up on him.  I know he would have continued to fight, but he was fighting a losing battle.

It was the toughest decision we have ever had to make…to take the life of a loved one.  But, I think we made the right decision.  Buddy was not happy.  He was not the playful dog running through the plush green grass anymore.  He was not the dog that would charge two dogs that could kill him with one bite.  He wasn’t the dog who yearned to go for a hike in the woods either.  He was still our little Buddy though…

I’ll definitely miss all of the good times we had, but I’ll also miss driving through the housing complex for hours looking for a run a way dog.   I’ll miss him peeing and pooping on the carpet just after we paid to have it cleaned.  I’ll miss waking up in the middle of the night to hold down a seizing dog to keep him from hurting himself.  I’ll miss him barking like a lunatic every time someone knocked on the door.  I’ll miss stepping in his poop every time I mow the yard.  I’ll miss all of that stuff, no matter how many times I bitched and cussed about it.

All in all Buddy had a great life for a dog.  He was THE PERFECT DOG…at least in our hearts.

Buddy, I hope you are in a better place where you can run and play like you used to.  I hope you are surrounded by kids on bicycles to chase down the street.  I hope you have an unlimited supply of Pupperoni treats.  And most of all I hope you realize that we did what we did…for you.

We miss you and love you Buddy!  And always will!

Buddy Enjoying Christmas
Buddy Enjoying Christmas!

Buddy Rolling Around On Our Bed
Rolling Around On Our Bed

Playful Buddy
Playful Buddy

Jared and Buddy Lounging On The Couch
Jared and Buddy Taking A Nap

Buddy Camping In New Mexico
Camping In New Mexico

Buddy Always Liked To Sleep Under The Covers
Buddy Loved To Sleep Under The Covers

Buddy Loved To Lay By The Fireplace
He Loved Laying By The Fireplace…Nice and Hot!

We Miss You Buddy!
We Miss You Too Buddy!

We Miss You Buddy!
He Could’t Do Steps, But He Would Always Wait At The Top Until We Came Back Up

Always With His Tongue Hanging Out!
Buddy Smiling!


14 Comments

  1. VegasDad says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Buddy sounds and looks like he was a great companion. I sure he’s running, pain free, in the plush green grass of doggy heaven.

  2. PG says:

    Tough decision for sure. But take comfort knowing that you did the right thing. It’s so hard with animals, you can’t explain to them what’s going on and why they don’t feel right.

    It’s clear that you loved Buddy very much. He will live forever in your memory. Strong and healthy.

  3. Annie says:

    Ohh! So Sorry for that loss. May his soul rest in peace in Doggy’s Heaven!

    Buddy looked too nice, cute and gorgeous! All puppies are always precious pup!

  4. BusyDad says:

    Buddy was a bonafide BAD ASS. What a pair of balls (not sure if you neutered him, but he had balls nonetheless). This was an excellent tribute to a best friend. Hell, I miss him now!

  5. Jason says:

    I believe Buddy is looking down from doggy heaven just loving life. Hes in a better place and it seems as though you gave him a great life. Very nice tribute and wonderful stories. Although not a dog person myself my wife “came with two dogs” so I have learned to enjoy them since we got married. Sorry for your loss.

  6. Amber says:

    I am so sorry for all of this guys! I loved Buddy so much and so did Bo!! I will ALWAYS remember special memories of Buddy and Bo playing in the backyard and “doing their lovin”!!! I will remember him wimpering everytime we came in the door to visit. I will remember our pups exchanging gifts at Christmas. Buddy was an amazing dog and will be missed!

  7. Dad of Divas says:

    I am so sorry for your loss Jared. He does sounds like a great companion and friend. We are a cat family ourselves and I know that when our 2 cats pass on it will be a difficult for all of us.

    Buddy definitely will live on inyour memories for all of the wonderful times you shared together.

  8. Momo Fali says:

    Oh Jared, I am so sorry. And, if he crawled across the Royal Gorge Bridge, he was braver than I will ever be.

  9. Chuck says:

    Oh man, that is tough Jared. We have been there. All the best to you, Ace and Momma. Rest assured that Buddy is in a better place.

  10. Katy says:

    Oh…we’ve had to do the same. My heart goes out to you.

  11. cathy says:

    I never knew how much that little dog meant to me.I think I have a hole in my heart,I am so sad that Ace will never be able to remember his little Buddy dog.He was my first grandchild I miss him more than I can say. If I can do anything for you, please just say so.I’m so sorry. This is a wonderful tribute to him. Well done.
    Love to the three of you.

  12. Kim says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your adorable pet..

    I am so sorry for you loss though.. hugs to you guys.

  13. Sorry to hear about your loss. Buddy has, and always will enrich your life.

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