Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Buddy, we hardly knew ye.


IN MEMORIAM
BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO
circa 2006 - January 10, 2017

Mike here, with what will be this blog's final post.

It is with deep sorrow that Jeannie and I announce the passing of Buddy, our wonderful Canine Couch Potato. Crippled by arthritis and hip dysplasia and suffering from a number of chronic medical ailments, he was gently euthanized at home around noon today. He spent his last hours and final moments lying outside on his "blankie," enjoying the warm sunshine of a beautiful day.

We were blessed with almost seven years of Bud's loyal companionship and feel that a gaping hole has been torn in our hearts. In tribute to this amazing stray dog--who in the opinion of some animal rescue experts "might as well be considered feral" and "would never be happy living in a house"--we present strong evidence to the contrary. Here are some of our favorite Kodak moments (with captions as we imagine Buddy would write them):

"Life on the run was not much fun."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"But raw sirloin steak tidbits heal a lot of wounds."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"After weeks of M and J plying me with food and drink, I let their friend Davina put this stupid lasso around my neck. Big deal."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"April 13, 2010 - My first day at home with M and J, where I immediately laid claim to their couch. Didn't even stop to take my leash off. Me--feral? Not very likely!"

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"Lilliann's the nice lady who let M and J trap me in her backyard."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"I show Davina the proper way to maim a toy."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"Does this bed make my butt look big?"

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"Ahh--a perfect fit!"

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"Our first family portrait, as it appeared in The West Volusia Beacon."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"Friends gather to celebrate my new life as a housepet."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"My new digs came with a liveried chauffeur!"

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

 "On the road again . . ."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"Pardon me--was this seat taken?"

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"Whaddya mean your English muffins?"

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"My favorite yoga position--upward-facing dog!"

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"A dream is a wish your heart makes . . ."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"I'll have the McDouble, plain--and hold the fries."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"Thang you--thang you vurra much."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"I thought I told them to hold the fries."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"Uh-oh, we're walking the plank. I'm gonna drown!"

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"Can we please go back up on dry land now?"

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"Ding-durn it, I said pleeeze!"

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"This is better, I guess--but not much."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"All that beach combing wears a body out."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"You can call me Corporal Buddy, USMC. Semper fi and Ooh-rah!"

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"I won't wear a silly hat unless I can sit beside a sillier one."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"You say it's my birthday, and we're gonna have a party?"

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"Okay. Bring on the dancing girls!"

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"Awww--nuts! I'm in for it now."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"When you lie down with dogs, sooner or later someone will take your picture."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"Look, J--I'm a reindeer!"

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"Central Bark Dog Playground is a great place to celebrate Jenny's birthday."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"What am I supposed to do up here--tap dance?"

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"How long do I hafta keep smiling?"

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

The Big HalloWeenie is on the march. Trick or treat!"

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"I guess this makes me and Arlo BFFs. Truth be told, I'll do most anything for a daily head bath."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"Fred and Ginger came to visit, and I got to show them around. (Not Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers--the other ones.)"

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"I like me some flowers. I'm just a big ol' nature boy."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"How many dogs you know look this cool in a Glengarry?"

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"Honestly, what is it with me and cats? Say hello, Rocky."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"I love helping M with yard work. We take lots of breaks!"

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"One of M's favorites is called coffee break."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"I don't mean to sound rude, but boy, I thought my ears stuck out!"

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"I don't think we're in Kansas anymore."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

"After our walks, I get a treat on the front porch. This sure beats living rough."

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

Yes, it does, Buddy. And how we wish you had more time to savor it. We love you!

Note: For several years, Buddy and I enjoyed walking from our home down to a footbridge and back, a round-trip of about a mile. Usually we went farther, and often we did it twice a day. But in recent months Bud's infirmities made it hard for him to walk more than a short block or two. On January 7, 2017, to my surprise, he made it all the way to the bridge. But at that point, afraid that if I let him go across and beyond it, he might not be able to walk home, I insisted we turn back. I could tell he was disappointed.

Two days later we made it down there again, and this time I took him across--and we ended up going perhaps a mile-and-a-quarter! This would turn out to be be his final trip across the bridge. I celebrated the event with this photo, adding the rainbow colors for symbolic effect--and because who doesn't like rainbows?! Today he crossed the mythical Rainbow Bridge, and we wish him a happy journey.

BUDDY, CANINE COUCH POTATO

Good dog!


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25 comments:

Cathy Studstill said...

I am heartbroken for you M & J. He was a Good Boy💙

Unknown said...

Annabelle told me such wonderful things about buddy. I am so sorry for your loss.

Terri said...

Jenny has shared quite a few stories with me about Buddy. I'm sooo sorry for ya'lls loss. Sounds like you have some wonderful memories though.

Elizabeth Boyd said...

I am so sorry for your incredible loss. He was a very good boy. I enjoyed meeting him at the family reunion.

Robert Boyd said...

I am sad for your loss. Mike, I know Buddy was much more than your writing partner...he was an important part of your family. You and J are in my prayers.

Heidi Eckstein said...

I'm Bonnie's friend and I feel like I knew Buddy. He was a lucky boy. Farewell, Buddy.

sherrijj said...

Aw, Uncle Mike, I am so sad to read this. Buddy was such a special dog. I'm so glad he spent the later part of his life with people who loved him as much as you and Jeannie did. Rest In Peace Buddy!

Kim said...

I'm so sad to hear this news! I never met Buddy, but I felt like I knew him from this blog and Jenny's stories. It's wonderful that you have documented his stories here to remember him by. I'll be thinking about you all!

Terri Jennings said...

This is so touching. He was a beauty inside and out. So terribly sorry for your loss. What a special love you all had.

Ally Boyd said...

Thanks for being his best friends these past 7 years, Mike and Jeanie. You knew Buddy needed someone badly and you never gave up until you gained his trust. Thanks for loving a big dog with a big heart.

TGSJ said...

I am SO very sad for you as you must deal with the heartbreaking loss of your beloved best pal and companion. I will greatly miss Buddy's wonderful blog sharing his views and adventures, wit and humor, and the very special love of family that blessed his seven years with M and J. Cherish the memories.

Carl said...

Mike and Jeanie,
Always a terrible thing when you lose your "Buddy". Just always know that you gave him a wonderful life that he likely would never have enjoyed from anyone else. You guys were fabulous, caring and loving "Parents".

Sabrina said...

So sorry to hear about Buddy's passing. I tried one day in the rain to get Buddy into my car when he was living over near the Family Dollar. I was so
happy to hear from Bonnie that you all had been able to take him in. He was so very lucky to have you two and what a wonderful life and love you gave him!

cleemckenzie said...

I feel as if I've lost my dog. Well, in a way, I have. Thank you, Mike, for sharing your wonderful friend with me and all of those who stopped in to see what you were up to over the years.

So long Buddy. I've loved your adventures on the couch and on the beach with your humans.

Bonnie said...

Farewell, sweet Buddy. I will miss being greeted by him and his headless bear the next time I go home.

Anonymous said...

Buddy was the best dog!!!! He will be forever missed!!!

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your loss.Buddy was a very special dog.He will be greatly missed.

January 12,2017 2:30pm

Robert Brault said...

I will so miss Buddy's appreciative (and funny) comments on my blog. My condolences to both of you. I know his passing leaves an empty place in your life. I know well the feeling.

"It is a special friend who dispels your loneliness but leaves your solitude intact."

Betsy Spencer said...

Thank you so much for sharing this with me. I never had the pleasure of meeting Buddy, but I can tell from your photos how special he was. What a lovely gift he gave you.

Lori C. said...

Oh my, you have lost a dear member of your family. We are so sorry to learn of Buddy's passing. Our condolences to you both. We enjoyed reading the final blog and learning more about Buddy. What a sweetheart he was. It is going to take time to grieve for this sweet baby. We have been there too, the grieving is never easy or completely over. Your house will seem empty. We are so, so sorry and wish you both the strength to get through each day remembering the good you gave him and the wonderful memories you shared with him.

Jenny said...

Such a gentle giant! We miss you so much, Buddy!

Diane Stripling said...

My heart is broken for you M & J. I read this with tears running down my face. I felt like I knew Buddy personally from his posts. Will miss them. Love, Prayers and hugs.
Diane Stripling
Lyons, Georgia

davina Cueto said...

My heart is broken. I hold a special place for you lil Buddy as even the law couldn't keep us apart lol.
I'm so glad M&J took you in and gave you the bestest home ever. Forever in my heart for I felt love for you the 1st time you looked at me with those precious eyes.Ill see you in the review again but till then hugs,kisses,leans n slobbers from the Cueto Crew. Love always from me to you.

Linda H said...

What a lovely tribute to Buddy and what a special boy he was. I have found it to be true of cats as well, once a feral, not always a feral. There's something very special about when they cross that line and realize it's not so bad to be loved by a human. Thank you for this wonderful story in pictures and Buddy will always be in your heart. I believe they watch over us after they are gone.

Missey said...

So sorry for your loss. Remember all those times in the shopping center parking lot trying to round him up. But you two certainly had something I did not. I am so glad Buddy had wonderful last years thanks to you guys!! He indeed was a special dog. Thank you,

Vicki Knabenshue
Former Dollar General Manager
Deland, FL