Buffy…My Good and Faithful Friend

 

Buffy on her weekend visit

Buffy on her weekend visit

 For many years I worked at our local elementary school and we always got off  a little early on Fridays.  After leaving school I’d go to the animal shelter 20 miles away and volunteer until 7 o’clock in the evening. 

On a particular Friday in February, 2005, I drove up in front of the shelter.  It wasn’t uncommon to find one or two animals roaming free to greet me.  On this particular Friday, it was a small, older, white shaggy mutt named Buffy.

What can I say?  Buffy stole my heart immediately.  She was old, but she was very smart and loving.  She looked a bit “thrown away” but I loved her anyway.  I decided to bring her home with me to visit for the weekend, and take her back to the shelter on Sunday evening.  Occasionally, I did that on the weekends.

Needless to say, my husband wasn’t too thrilled to see Buffy.  I’d gotten into the habit of bringing home an animal just about every Friday, and most of them ended up staying…we already had about a dozen and a half cats, as well as, 3 dogs.

Long story made short, when we went to take Buffy back to the shelter on Sunday evening, it broke both mine and Buffy’s hearts.  I left crying, and she stood watching me through the window as we slowly drove away.  Shrotly after that,  Buffy ended up living with us…one more added to our large group! 

I’d never had a house dog, and really didn’t want one, but it was February and I wasn’t sure about putting Buffy outside.  So she became a pampered house dog, she got regular grooming and boy did she hate those hair bows!  She usually didn’t rest until she’d worked them out of her hair.

Buffy after grooming

Buffy after grooming

She was housebroken, and would either go outside or use a puppy pad placed in the bathroom for her.  She never went anywhere else.  She slept in a doggie bed beside my bedroom door.  My son tells me that when I would leave for work in the mornings, Buffy would always let out a long, mournful howl as I was driving away.  She was always at the door to greet me each afternoon.

Eventually, Buffy ended up living outside with my three other dogs.  They are all large males, and Buffy was a small female, but she could hold her own!  Nobody messed with Buffy!  I think somebody forgot to tell her that she was small…I think she was actually happier outside, where there was plenty to occupy her while we were gone.

 The biggest problem with Buffy was her mouth.  She barked at everything!   When she got started, she went on and on and on!  It wasn’t uncommon to hear my son-in-law, who lives next door,  outside in the middle of the night scolding Buffy for barking and waking him up!

I don’t really know how old Buffy was when I got her,  but she was old.  She had cataracts.  She had a skin condition on her back.  She’d had many litters of puppies, and she had heart worms.  I had her spayed, and tried to treat the persistent skin condition.  I didn’t even worry about the heart worms at her age.

This year Buffy’s health really declined.  She became blind in both eyes, and almost deaf.  The heart worms began to get the best of her.  For the past month we heard no barking from her.  She usually just laid around on the front porch–in front of the door.  When I’d feed her, she didn’t always want to eat her food immediately.

On Wednesday, August 12, Buffy left us.  My husband found her little body under our car shelter and buried her for me.  I chose not to go out and see her after she’d died.  I will miss my little shaggy friend, but I know she’s much better off.  Rest in peach, my faithful friend.

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  1. She is so pretty. i am so sorry for you loss. Dog work you way deep in to your heart.

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