Sunday, 16 July 2006

BuddyMy lab, Buddy, died today. He was one of my oldest and best friends and lived more than 13 years, which they say is old for a lab.

He was a good dog, and a true friend. I'll miss him more than I can say.

People always commented about how well behaved he was. I trained him to do all sorts of things and he was very smart. One of his favorite things was to hold some sort of snack or food on his nose, balanced for as long as it took until you told him it was okay to toss it in the air off his nose and catch it mid-air. He practically always caught it, and would always wait for the okay, no matter how long it took. One time my son had him waiting, and got engrossed in a TV show and forgot buddy was standing there, patiently and neurotically waiting for someone to give him the okay. A huge puddle of drool soaked the carpet under his feet. He always aimed to please, even if he couldn't control his drool.

Buddy came into my life one afternoon when my first foster son and I went to the local animal shelter and there he was, a tiny little black furball exactly eight weeks old. I could hold him in one hand, he was so tiny.

At any rate, I think everyone that ever met him over the past 13 years truly liked him, and when all is said and done, that says a lot. He'd been getting and appearing older and quite tired and worn out, and it was becoming obvious that time was catching up with him. People who met him before know that's unusual. He'd been almost like a puppy until about a year ago, and in recent weeks his breathing had become quite labored and he had slowed down a lot.

Now he's gone. Tonight I'll take him down to be cremated. My friend Tyson, whom I've known as long as Buddy, is going to meet me. I'll miss him, I'm glad he was my friend.

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Sunday, 16 July 2006 18:10:40 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Buddy was a very unique dog in many ways, in fact he was more human than people would believe. You would have had to play with him or see him to understand. He got bailed out of jail a number of times in New Mexico too! But it really wasn't his fault, it was his playmate that got him in trouble (Smile)
Buddy, you shall be missed by a lot of people that had their hearts touched by you. Rest in peace my friend!
Greg, remember all the great times you had with him, he was indeed man's best friend!
Chris Cook
Sunday, 16 July 2006 18:37:25 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Greg - my thoughts are with you. My golden retreiver (Eliza - now 9 yrs. old) sounds a lot like Buddy. A great companion - smart, affectionate, and well-behaved despite her freakish size (she's 100 lbs.).

We just got back from a long walk in the park and it made me sad to read you have just lost your friend but happy to know you had such wonderful years together.
Sunday, 16 July 2006 20:16:22 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Aw, man. Losing a dog sucks. I'm so sorry...

I had a chocolate lab named Chocolate for about 14 years when I was growing up, and it was really hard when he went (he had arthritis, and we had to have him euthanized).

Remember the good times!
Sunday, 16 July 2006 20:36:39 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I know exactly what you are going through. I lost my dog at the age of 14 as i was 3 years old when we got her. She lived her entire life with me during the most influential time of my life. I am sure you are sad!

As Josh said "Remember the good times!"
Sunday, 16 July 2006 21:14:40 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Sorry greg, he will be missed.
Sunday, 16 July 2006 22:22:30 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I very sorry about Buddy and very sad. I know people who do not have pets won't understand--but I still believe pets are people, just like us in so many ways.
Mary Beth
Sunday, 16 July 2006 23:16:53 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I took him to the good peopke at DoveLewis Animal Hospital in Portland, where they do pet cremations. All the people there were very nice and made it easier. Buddy was over 100 pounds and was a big-framed dog. When he was in a better shape he was still 90 pounds.

Thanks to everyone for your kind words and understanding life stories. :)
Monday, 17 July 2006 02:00:01 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)

Sorry to hear it, I'm a big dog/pet fan and have had my dog (whom is lately showing her age) for more than 10 years - a doberman.

It's easy to get attached to knowing they're always there when you come home at the end of the day anxiously awaiting your return. Dog's have an unmatched loyalty about them.


Monday, 17 July 2006 02:45:36 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)

It sounds to me like Buddy was the kind of friend that everyone should experience at least once in life. Based on what you have shared here, I believe that Buddy understood just how much he was loved and most definitely took that love to heart.

Please email me if I can do anything, man - seriously.
Monday, 17 July 2006 06:19:11 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
My condolences. My lab, Shiner, is now ten years old, and I daily dread the day that he leaves this world. Let us know if there’s anything we can do.

Monday, 17 July 2006 16:01:15 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
So sorry to hear about your loss Greg. Here's to Buddy!
Monday, 17 July 2006 17:05:20 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)

I recently went through the same thing and I sympathize with what you are feeling. It is amazing how much a loved companion such as Buddy can enrich your life and it is a big loss when they are gone. Remember the good times you and Buddy shared and know that you enriched his life as much as he did yours.
Tuesday, 18 July 2006 10:06:21 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
"Well behaved?" Remember that time Buddy ate the entire five-pound bag of gummy bears from Costco? Or that hole he dug in your couch? Hehehehe... He was one crazy dog. I'm sorry to hear he's gone. He'll be missed.
Tuesday, 18 July 2006 21:33:56 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Hi Greg,
I know how you feel when your dig die, i was in this situation 5 years ago.
I felt like i lost my brother and couldn't stop cry all the time.
My thoughts is with you
Friday, 21 July 2006 21:44:59 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Greg I'm so very very sorry. When I lost my dog, I never cried so much in my life. My family was really shaken by it.

Best wishes...
Sunday, 23 July 2006 19:13:40 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Sorry to hear of the loss.
But I'm very happy you were able to those share great times with Buddy.

Keep him high in your thoughts!

Monday, 24 July 2006 05:34:10 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)

We're feeling your loss down here in Texas.

We all have our pasttimes and diversions - mine happens to be training labrador retrievers to become excellent hunting dogs. I love the breed - their intelligence, willingness to serve and yes, even their mischeivious nature, make them the perfect companions. They're as good in the field retrieving downed birds as they are at home playing with children. My black Lab Cheyenne is truly a part of our family so I know how much you must miss Buddy.

Here's to the best dogs in the world. Today Cheyenne and I will throw a few balls and do the balance-a-treat-on-your-nose-and-catch-it trick in Buddy's honor.
Thursday, 27 July 2006 15:51:17 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I'm so sorry for the loss of your dog.

In honor of dogs...prayer seen on a bumper sticker:

"Lord, help me to become the kind of person my dog thinks I am."
Thursday, 27 July 2006 22:25:35 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Thanks again to everyone. I have Buddy's ashes here at home now, and my other lab, Diogi (a chocolate model - about 2 years old and a complete spaz), has settled in a bit and gotten used to spending the days without his constant companion. He just picks on the cat a little more is all, and is all that much happier to chase a ball or hang out with me or whatever. He's adapting well.

Dove Lewis Animal Hospital and Dignified Pet Services in the Portland Oregon area are terrific organizations. The people at Dignified Pet Services are the ones who did the cremation, and Dove Lewis made paw prints and sent them to me on nice cards.

He was a great dog. The hole in the couch and five pounds of gummi bears stories Travis alluded to are good ones. Might have to write about those some day. :)

Monday, 28 August 2006 21:51:04 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
sorry for your loss, thinking of you - melissa and daniel

"wag more, bark less"
Thursday, 12 June 2008 23:25:44 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Greg, I don'teven know how long ago you lost your friend. I just said goodbye tonight to my good boy Eddie. I lost my dad in February this year and while I cannot compare the two, the hurt is real. Eddie was a 10 1/2 year old yellow (white) lab. He had problems since birth but we loved him all the more for his special needs. In the end, inoperable cancer claimed him. I am reluctant to "love again" though I know it is what he would have wanted. Hope all your memories are happy ones.
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