lynn has been after me to write his eulogy, i wanted to wait til i could put in a nice picture..lynne wins.
blonde buddy has a personal connection for me, he belonged to one of my daughter's students whose mom sadly passed away. it made me sad that this young man lost his mom and then his dog because he had to go live with his older brother where dogs were not allowed, it was sad for the boy and it was sad for his dog. life is not very fair.
buddy was 15 and a half when he came here to live, that is pretty darn old for a yellow lab. he had some arthritis and painful hips, and tempermentally he was a bit of an anxious guy around here.
when lynne lost big bambi, her other beloved foster dog, she asked about taking jelly in. jelly has been sitting around here for years, no one ever applies to adopt her and yet she is such a very nice dog.
when push came to shove and i thought about it, i thought blonde buddy needed out of here more. lynne already loved him so when i said, jelly is happy here but blonde buddy is not, lynne was happy to make the switch in fosters and bring blonde buddy home.
i have no doubt that the last few months of his life were as good as they possibly could be. lynne made sure he went for great walks, ate great food and felt loved constantly. buddy, had a family that he lost, but he found a new family in the end.
providing end of life foster care is not always easy. it is hard to only get to love them for a few months and then lose them. once the heart loves, well it loves...you can't measure the heartbreak by time, you measure it by the hole they leave behind.
and at the end of the day when blonde buddy passed away, lynne's heart was broken but buddy's heart was full. and that is the way it is supposed to be, they pass happy;
it is a gift.