Requiem for the Goodest Dog

As I write this I’m sitting on the sofa. Normally Buddy would be lying beside me with his head touching my thigh.

But Buddy died today.

It’s crazy. We were just at the vet yesterday having a growth on his tail checked out. The vet who saw him said it was no big deal. Buddy flirted with the techs and ate treats.

The Goodest dog

This morning I called the vet clinic again because Buddy wouldn’t get up. He didn’t want to go potty or even into the living room with me. I somehow managed to get him in the car and back to the vet clinic where they determined he had a ruptured hemangiosarcoma on his spleen. After talking with the vet, I agreed to have him euthanized.

Just like that my sweet dog is gone.

At the vet yesterday

I know he didn’t want to go. It was so unfair! He finally had a home where he was loved and cared for, and cats who doted on him. But life isn’t fair, and no amount of wishful thinking was going to change his fate. Still, he wasn’t happy about it and bit a vet tech as she attempted to insert a catheter in his leg for the euthanasia drugs.

Buddy, I will miss your always being close to me. How you looked at me like I was the most wonderful person in the world. How you barked at me to make room for you on the couch, And how you snuck around trying to get into a litterbox when you thought I wasn’t paying attention.

Sniffing my tires to see where I’d been

You were the goodest dog, Buddy. And I am never going to forget you.

50 thoughts on “Requiem for the Goodest Dog

    1. I am so sorry Jen, It seems like he only just came to live with you so recently and yet he was truly a loved member of your family. I am so sad that this terrible illness came upon him so suddenly and now he is gone . Please know in your heart you made the end of his life very special by living with such a loving family ❤

  1. Oh no, poor Buddy and poor you. We are so very, very sorry to hear this news. Although he wasn’t there long enough, we all could sure see the love in his sweet eyes. Hugs, hugs and more hugs from all of us.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. Our Waldo was ripped away from us by the same awful cancer three years ago. He was ten. It was not enough time. He was the most amazing dog we ever had, and my heart will never be the same. Henangiosarcoma is vile, how it lurks undetected until it’s ready to take it’s victim. It steals years of companionship away. We either Waldo, to, because we didn’t want him to suffer a single moment of pain. He was too special. We loved him too much to allow that. He was confused. He didn’t understand what we were doing or why. He didn’t bite, but he fought to stay with us. I hope you can find peace eventually in your boy’s passing, that the pain softens, that his memory is a blessing. 💔

  3. Oh Jen I am so sorry. I know you loved Buddy and I know how hard it is to lose an animal friend, especially when the time is too short. Buddy had loving care from you and your kitties and I hope you can take comfort in that. Hugs.

  4. Oh no Jen! I’m so very sorry. Buddy was the goodest dog. I was so glad when you brought him home. Buddy loves you and you love Buddy so much. I hope in time you will bring another sweet dog home to love. My heart is breaking for you and Buddy. (((hugs)))

  5. Oh no! I am so very sorry, this is just so sad and totally out of the blue. At least he had found a loving home, albeit for a short time, but it doesn’t make it any easier. I feel your pain, and my thoughts are with you.

  6. I’m so very sorry to read this, my heart breaks for you. Your family did not have enough time with Buddy, but the time you had sounded so special. ♥

  7. I am so very sorry, too, about your losing Buddy. We’ve been there too many times so Pretty and I send our deepest sympathy. Nothing takes their place. Stay safe and sane for his sake, tho.

  8. So sorry to read this sad and painful news about Buddy. I hope you can find some comfort in the warm memories of a beautiful dog. You are in my thoughts.

  9. Oh Jen, I’m so sorry. Thank you for giving Buddy his best life ever. We adopt seniors so I feel your pain. It’s never long enough but all any of us can do is give them their best lives ever for as long as we have them. You did that for Buddy.

  10. How could this be happening Jen?? I am typing thru my tears…OMG I am so very sorry that Buddy went to Summerland. Somehow we have to remind ourselves you were meant to adopt him & give him the best days of his Life being loved by you & the cats. It is NOT fair Buddy was sick or that he had to leave….but please know your LOVE kept him here; your LOVE gave him the BEST days of his Life. And Buddy is looking down on all of you….
    He sure was THE Goodest Doggie….
    Run free Buddy!
    And Jen please accept our condolences on your loss.
    Love Sherri-Ellen & **purrss** BellaDharma
    P.S.: When my Mingflower had to be put to sleep I had Vet come to our place. I was holding her & when Vet tried to give her drug to make her woozy she BIT ME!! She was in total Renal Failure & she too did not want to go….but she was suffering so much….I hope she finds Buddy in Summerland……

  11. Dammit. I’m sitting here crying because you are right, it’s just not fair. We are so sorry, Jen. Thank you for giving Buddy a lifetime’s worth of love in the short time he was with you.

  12. Please accept my condolences, Jen. I wish there was a sadness emoji, instead of merely a “Like” button for these kinds of blog posts. I guess the best thing in this situation is that – for the very short time Buddy lived with you – he knew the feeling of what it’s like to have someone love and care for him.

  13. I can’t imagine the amount of pain you’re in. I am so sorry this happened to Buddy, and to you. I can only think how blessed you both were to have found each other, angels for each other, and had a perfect life for that short time.

  14. I am so very sorry to hear about Buddy! What a terrible heartbreaking thing to lose a beloved pet. Our heart goes out to you!

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