Saturday, June 4, 2011

Goodbye, Old Friend

I wanted to update about agility today, but suddenly agility doesn't seem so important.  Marge's good friend, Buddy, who she has played with for about 2 years, is very ill and will likely need to be put to sleep.

I saw him this morning, and he looked pitiful, laying by the door, not wanting to get up.  It was heartbreaking.  He did give me a little smile and tail wag when he saw me, but the energy and happiness I knew and loved about him was gone.  He is not eating and doesn't want to move.  I have been in tears all day thinking of the sight of this poor dog looking as awful as he did.

Turns out he got suddenly very ill yesterday and a trip to the vet revealed what appears to be a large mass near his liver.  I know from my (very little) prior experience that these types of cancers usually grow very rapidly and are aggressive.. explaining his sudden illness.

At 10+ years old, and in the state he's in, it would probably be unfair to put him through anything.  But, I did urge his owner to call his regular vet, just for a second opinion, just in case.

I am forever indebted to Buddy for being a friend to Marge when she didn't have many other dog friends to play with.  I will always remember fondly their play-dates together and Buddy's unwavering exuberance in everything he did.  It's hard to believe that I have known him for five years now... sometimes seeing him every day while I delivered my newspapers.  Whenever Marge is in the car with me on the route, she recognizes his house and whines and tries to jump out.  She so loved going in to his yard and playing with him and his people.

I am hoping for a miracle, but know that more likely than not, one will not come.  We will miss you, Buddy, thank you for being a friend.  We'll never forget you.


Kari in Alaska June 4, 2011 at 4:04 PM  

Goodbye Buddy, you will be missed


Sue June 4, 2011 at 4:16 PM  

It's heard to say goodbye to good friends. We've lost a couple recently and we know how sad you feel.
Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

Sierra Rose June 4, 2011 at 4:50 PM  

Oh we are in tears too! This is such a touching post! We are hoping for the best for Buddy...what a wonderful friend and inspiration!

Sweet hugs,
Sierra Rose

Diana June 4, 2011 at 5:12 PM  

Poor Buddy. My heart goes out to his family.

An English Shepherd June 4, 2011 at 5:26 PM  

So sorry to hear about Buddy.

Stella June 4, 2011 at 6:16 PM  

Well, he is not gone yet, so lets just call on the Power of the Paw
and do some prayings for him. I do hope they take him to his regular vet who knows him!

Kisses, and good wishes to Buddy!


andrea June 4, 2011 at 6:30 PM  

awww Marge ... and Sam .. never easy to lose friends ... hang in there

Muttsandaklutz June 4, 2011 at 6:59 PM  

Oh no.... so sorry to hear this. Very sad. His joyful spirit shines in that picture.

Amy / Layla the Malamute June 4, 2011 at 7:03 PM  

I'm so sorry to hear about Buddy. He must've helped Marge quite a bit by giving her experiences with a good dog. Every time she's able to go to a trial, park, or busy place where there are a lot of dogs, it'll be partially due to Buddy. He sounds like a very good dog and a very good friend.

Cyndi and Stumpy June 4, 2011 at 8:26 PM  

Poor Buddy. Poor Buddy's family. Poor Marge and poor you! So hard on everyone! Life really hits us hard sometimes. I, too, will be hoping for a miracle and many more romps and rumbles with Buddy!

Stumpy and me

Chris and Ricky June 4, 2011 at 8:27 PM  

Poor Buddy - I hope he does not suffer long. He sounds like such a good friend to Marge and a special dog.

houndstooth June 4, 2011 at 8:51 PM  

Sometimes it's just so hard to let them go and say good bye! Prayers going out to Buddy's family that they can be at peace with whatever decision they make for him.

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ June 4, 2011 at 9:21 PM  

This is all so sad, we will keep you and Buddy and his family in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Golden Samantha June 4, 2011 at 9:35 PM  

What an absolute cutie pie. Soooooo sad to hear that he is not well. We have paws crossed and the hoomans have fingers and toes crossed as well.
Huge Hugs xoxoxo
Sammie and Avalon

Two French Bulldogs June 4, 2011 at 11:20 PM  

Ahh, so sorry to hear about your friend..
Benny & Lily

Unknown June 5, 2011 at 12:41 AM  

Oh dear, poor Buddy! It's really hard to say goodbye to our family members and friends. Buddy is a tough guy and I hope he doesn't suffer much.
Crossed paws and prayers are on the way to his family. He will be missed by us.
Hugs to his family.

Lorenza June 5, 2011 at 12:54 AM  

It is very sad to know about Buddy. I am sure his owners will do that is best for him.
Paws crossed.
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Kathy Mocharnuk June 5, 2011 at 2:10 AM  

I am so sorry about Buddy, I feel so bad for his people, .......

LauraK June 5, 2011 at 8:55 AM  

We'll be thinking of you all, and our thoughts and prayers are with you. Good friends are such a blessing, and it's always hard to say goodbye to them, hang in there!

Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart June 5, 2011 at 4:58 PM  

Well, shoot. Just too-too-too much sad news in our dog community in the last week. We send all our love and support to Buddy's family.

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