Buddy's Foster Journey - Rainbow Bridge 12/24/09
12/24/09 - After 6 1/2 wonderful years with us, Buddy passed away on Christmas Eve. He was only sick for 2 days and passed quietly and peacefully surrounded by his family. Thank you for being part of our lives.
10/6/04 - Well, it has been a whole year since Buddy joined our family and he has been a wonderful addition. He had some little aggression issues when we adopted him (they were the reason we kept him instead of adopting him out) but he has come around very nicely. I think the that we have seen a really big change in him since Kaiser was adopted in Feb. He has learned the right way to seek attention. He used to go after strangers hands as a protective move, but has not done that behavior in at least 6 months. We dearly love our 90 lb. big boy! Here is a picture of him with his new little brother, Kaiser.
4/20/04 - Buddy has been with us for 6 months now and is just such a special boy. He has gained a little too much weight and we are restricting his intake now. We lost his brother Joey, a few months ago to degenerative mylopethy and now Buddy has taken over as the head of the dog household. Then we added a new Boxer puppy, Kaiser, to the mix in March and they are all getting along very well together. Buddy is a bit too large and a little too exuberant for the puppy sometimes, but they are working on it. We have started Buddy in obedience training and he is a handful. He is having problems sitting and after the first class last night he was limping very badly on his rear leg, so I think we need to have that looked at. He is really just a great big baby and we love him so much. He has found his forever home.
11/1/03 - What a shame, Mom is so busy putting up updates on all the new BAR dogs that she has neglected to update her own new son!! I have settled in to my new home just fine. I has become very fond of Coco and she and I play non stop. The old guy here, Joey, is the king and I respect him and his space. Since Joey can't get up on the chair anymore, he and Mom spend a lot of time sitting together on the couch which leaves a nice big green recliner empty. It looked so inviting, that I have staked my claim to it and boy is it comfy. (See the picture to the right) Mom and Dad say that I am a very good boy and I listen to Dad's commands very well. Boy am I a lucky dog to have found such a good home. Thanks Uncle Gary and BAR for rescuing me from that shelter.
9/13/03 - Buddy has officially been adopted by
his foster family.
9/8/03 - Well, I have been telling everyone that
Buddy should be the only dog in his "forever" home..... not
necessarily...... we had a breakthrough today! I was getting the
feeling that he really wanted to play and be with our two dogs, Joseph and
Coco, but it was also evident that he did not like our other foster girl,
Peggy Sue. I had every intention of trying him with just our 2 dogs
when she left. Yesterday Peggy Sue, now named Ali ,was
adopted. This morning I unintentionally left a door open and Buddy
came face to face with our male and they acted like "Ho, hum, so
what!" I couldn't believe it, they were absolutely fine
together. So later on in the day I got real brave and opened a gate
and Buddy came in to the main part of the house with the other 2 dogs and
all 3 of them acted like he had been with them all along!! I guess 6
weeks of seeing each other from behind gates desensitized them to one
another. To the left at the top is a picture of them all playing in
the yard together. The indoor pictures didn't come out well, but I
will try later to get some of them all stretched out together in the
family room. I just can't tell you how great it was today to see
them all interact so well. I knew that Buddy was coming along nicely
with my husband training him, but I was really impressed at how well he
listened to him while with the other dogs. As a matter of fact, he
listens much better than our own two dogs! Buddy just needed to have
love and to feel secure before he could drop his guard and realize that
all other animals are not enemies. Who knows how long this poor boy
was on the streets having to fight other animals for every morsel of
8/29/03 - Buddy, Buddy, Buddy, when is your forever family going to find you? You are such a good boy and getting better with our female, Coco, everyday. This is one super good dog and will make a great companion for the right family who has no other animals and no small children. He is an exuberant puppy who is content to be with his "people" and give lots of love. We wish you could tell us of your your past, but I guess it is best forgotten as you move on to a new life of love and security. Won't you consider giving Buddy a chance to prove what a love he is?
8/20/03 - Buddy continues to get along splendidly
in his foster home. He is such a good boy here. Just a minute
ago my husband came in from his morning outing and realized that he has
forgotten to open the back door for Buddy. He said that Buddy looked
at him like, "Come on Dad, I really have to go!" So he
opened the door and Buddy went right outside and did his business.
He has not had even one little accident in the house.
8/9/03 - Buddy here - Mom let me write to you
today to tell you how well I am doing. I am feeling so much more
relaxed and so secure here. I have realized that I am no longer a
dog without a home who has to fight his way on the streets - thanks
to BAR, I have a wonderful foster home and am just waiting for the perfect
forever home to find me.
8/3/03 - Buddy is making great strides. He
has not jumped up at all for the last 3 days. That is a major
accomplishment for an energetic puppy like him. We used
"off" and the hand sign for stay, but most of all, we used
positive reinforcement. If he didn't jump up we bent over and hugged
him, petted him and gave him lovin' and it worked! He loves to play
with toys and we can take them away from him with no problem. I can
take his food bowl away while he is still eating and do anything to him
and he never makes a peep. He just absolutely loves people and will
make a wonderful family member. His only drawback is that he is just
not too fond of other animals. He needs to be with a family and feel
secure, and also attend obedience training to socialize him with other
7/30/03 - Since we lost our cat, a family of
bunnies and a lot of squirrels have set up housekeeping around our house
and boy is Buddy interested in them! And of course I think they know
he can't get out of the fence to chase them and just hop by slowly to
torment him! He has tried to dig under the fence to get to them and
we had to put some concrete blocks against the fence too. I don't
think he would be a good candidate for an invisible fence. And
because he is overly interested in small creatures, I'm afraid cats might
fall into that same category.
7/28/03 - Buddy has certainly become my husband's
"buddy". He just brought a flashing ball into the office
and dropped it at his feet as if to say, "Come on, it's time to
play!" My husband lost his cat 2 weeks ago and was feeling
pretty blue until Buddy came into our lives. Buddy needs some
individual love and attention and my retired husband has the time to spend
7/26/03 - Buddy is getting along so well here
that we have decided to extend his stay indefinitely. I really don't
think he will be here all that long because he will probably be adopted in
no time! My husband is really fond of Buddy and takes him out into
the fenced yard every couple hours to play and then does some obedience
training with him. He is a big, strong boy who will need to attend
obedience training when he is adopted. He is sooo... eager to please
and already knows "sit", "stay", "paw", and
"down" (most of the time) and is learning "off".
In just the 2 day that he has been here, he has really improved.
7/25/03 - The Canine Castle has a weekend guest who is spending a few days with us until he can be transported to LI on Sunday. He is a "gorgeous" flashy light fawn boy. He is too skinny and will be a nice size boy when he fills out. He has that handsome, large classic Boxer head. He seems to be a real sweetheart too. He checked in at noon and took a leisurely walk of the grounds. He was observed eating grass so the chef whipped up some hamburger and rice to help settle any little stomach upset he may be experiencing. Then he decided to take an afternoon nap. He is in need of a bath and has an appointment at the spa later on this afternoon. Stay tuned for future updates.