My Dog Buddymy father passed away 2 years ago.he had been sick a long time .also
he was 94 years old . 17 years befor he had gotten a puppy. a tiny little
thing that you could hold in the palm of your hand without any of him
hanging over.he was named buddy boy. in the ensuing years he grew
bigger and bigger untill he was 95 pounds of patient,long suffering ,
loving Big dog.i inherited him after my dad died. this was because no
one else in the family wanted him.they didn't have a clue as to what
they were missing out on. by this time he was 18 years old which in
dog years is 119. a lot of people would have given up on a dog that old but
this dog is all heart. he just will not give up.we sleep in an up stairs bed room
and for the next 2 years buddy would climb the 15 steps to our bed room
and sleep on his bed at the bottom of ours every night.getting up to go
out usually once at night and again in the morning . he began to have
a problem with aurtheritus in his hind quarters .the vet gave him some
meds for it and he seemed to get around better. i discouraged him from
climbing those stairs.(he still would try to sneak up them) finally he got so
he would sleep on the carpet at the bottom of the stairs. this winter he
had trouble getting up the steps on the porch because of the snow and cold .
but he would not give up. he kept trying till he finally made it back into the house.
now he is doing better because the snow is gone and the days are getting warmer.
i really love buddy boy. he is like the enigiser bunny . he just keeps going and going.
this is an adendem to this story.
Buddy boy made it thru this past winter but his aurtheritus kept getting worse and worse .
one day he collapsed and could not move at all . He was in a lot of pain and we had to call the vet
and they came and gave him a shot that put him to sleep .it was one of the hardest things
i have ever had to do. i loved buddy so much and i miss him terribly.