07/15/2004 - 01/02/2019

Memorial created 01/08/2019 by Al & Karen.

Rest in Peace my Little Buddy

I’ve heard it said that if you start the year off on a low note, then things will always be better as time moves on. Well, 2019 is off to a rough start.

I can’t remember the exact date but in the Summer of 2007 Karen and I took a drive to Boxboro, Massachusetts and there at a rest stop the wonderful folks from Maine Sheltie Rescue handed me this little half shaved ball of fur named Buddy. He was a bit of a mess and not a lot was known about him. They suspected he had lived all of his life either in a cage or on a chain.

I remember bringing him home and putting him in the back yard where he just stood there, apparently waiting to be hooked up to a chain. He waited a few moments and then looked up with this puzzled look and once he realized he was not going to be tied up, he just took off running. He must have run laps for the next hour or so. He was always a study in motion.

We took him to rocket launches where he would bark incessantly at the small rockets and watch approvingly as the big ones flew. I recall one of the Dumas brothers (Rich Pitzeruse, I think) walked up and said he was going to get him a shirt labeled “Go Big Or Go Home”.

He was a dope, but he was my dope.

Today we had to let him walk across the Rainbow Bridge as he was no longer living as a dog should. His kidneys had apparently shut down and he had stopped eating.

God, I’m gonna miss that lovable goofy fuzz-bucket.

Thanks for everything Buddy, you were as good a friend as someone could ask for.

Rest in peace my friend.

Candles left in memory of Buddy

  1. Donna says:

    What a sweet and gentle face. I don’t know what it is with Shelties and kidney disease/failure, but maybe the docs will figure out something one day. Best wishes on your healing journey.

  2. Lisa C - Taffy says:

    So sorry for your loss of Buddy. I feel your pain. We lost our little Sheltie of over 13 years just over a week ago, on New Year’s Eve. Like Buddy, she had kidney disease (and subsequent protein loss), among other health issues, and had lost too much weight and muscle as a result. She, too, was no longer living as she should. She was my little shadow and I miss her so much as I know you do Buddy. We need to try and remember that they are no longer feeling ill and are able to run around and have fun again. It’ll take time, but know you’re not alone in your sadness.

  3. Lisa says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss and I feel and relate to your pain. We lost our little Sheltie of over 13 years on New Year’s Eve, just over a week ago. She was my little shadow, she grew up with my kids and I miss her so much. Like Buddy, one of her illnesses was kidney disease and she’d lost too much weight and muscle and, just like your Buddy, was no longer living as she should. May you find peace knowing you gave Buddy a wonderful life and he’s no longer in pain.

  4. Sue says:

    Having just lost my beloved boy on New Year’s Eve, I am with you in spirit…rest in peace, Buddy, go and find my tri-boy Ice!

  5. Kay says:

    Run and play forever at the Bridge, sweet Buddy, until you are together with your family. ??

  6. Debbie says:

    Run free

  7. Trish Turner Custard says:

    May the memories of Buddy be a blessing.

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