It’s been three months now since Bella took her last walk on August 26th, 2018. Then on September 15th, I took the leap and brought a new friend into our little household and the world changed again.
Bringing Buddy home was the best way I could find for me to heal. It’s been an adventure that’s for sure. What else could it be going from an 11 year old relaxed best friend dog who had the power to take people with dog phobias and gain their trust and who could see the spirits in the room that none of the rest knew were there to a ten week old bundle of chaotic energy?
I still miss Bella, I suppose I always will. She carried me through some tough times along with many good ones and traveled with me for quite a few miles living in two states and at least six different homes over our years together. I suspect the cats miss her too sometimes, especially when young Buddy is attempting to use them as living chew toys.
Buddy is a special little guy too though and is finding his way into my heart and many others. He’s some sort of lab mix, born on the White Earth Indian Reservation who came to me via the Humane Society of the Lakes.
The morning I went to the Humane Society I’d actually gotten approval to adopt Buddy’s sister, but while people can submit applications and get approved they can’t reserve dogs. I promised myself that if a family with kids was there to see the puppy I’d planned on I would let them have it without questions. So, when I arrived to find a family with kids I looked to the other puppies. Buddy jumped right in my lap and started to chew on me and I fell in love with the little 10lb clown. We’re still working on the chewing though.
It’s been an exciting few months. Buddy is a high energy dog and growing fast. He’s already put on 15lbs in our just over 2 months together. Without enough running everything becomes a chew toy including the cats and his favorite human. Tickle takes being a chew toy quite well and just bats him around a bit. Tonks, not so much. She’ll only come out from under the couch for trips to the food dish, the litter box, or when she’s feeling really brave. The good thing is that Buddy’s been encouraging me to get in plenty of time hiking and playing out at the local natural area.
Up until very recently I thought I might have to buy stock in the pet stain remover company. Accidents were coming multiple times a day. He had favorite spots on the living room carpet! We’re down to about one accident a week now. I have hope.
He’s a smart little guy, other than taking a while with potty training and chewing. I was happy to see him holding a ‘stay’ as I stepped several feet away today. He’s also doing well with sit, come, shake, spin, and lay down. Roll over is tough. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it means the human gets a puppy nip from a puppy who really wants a treat. We keep trying.
In a few weeks, we’ll be embarking on the next step of our journey together. Buddy and I are going to puppy school. It’s the first step of the journey for Buddy to become a therapy dog. Bella provided therapy by nature. I’d thought of having her certified, but wasn’t aware of the option until she was old and it was past her time. I suspect that Buddy will give a lot of good just by his spirit, but hopefully, he’ll have the certification to take him places too to help elders or kids or maybe folks facing illness. We don’t know yet. There are many questions to be answered.
I hope you’ll join us along this trip together.