Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Saying good-bye to my Buddy

   Buddy                                                                                Over the weekend, our loyal friend and constant companion, Buddy, died suddenly.  Although he was 12 years old he looked and acted like a puppy. Buddy was always with us and went on most car rides with us.  He even went on 2 short vacations with us last summer.  We even chose to stay in cabins that allowed dogs so we could take him with us. Since our kids are older (19 and 21) Buddy was our youngest "child".


I am having a real problem accepting Buddys' death.  I don't understand why God had to take him from us so suddenly.  I am sure after much praying I will come to an understanding..I am sure of that. 


If you look into Buddy's eyes you can just see what a kind, gentle soul he was. He lived his life just to bring us joy and to love us. There truly was something very special about Buddy. I have had other dogs who I have loved and lost, have been deeply saddened by, but this fella had something about him that everybody loved.


Ironically, Rick had just finished reading a book about heaven called A Travel Guide to Heaven by Anthony DeStefano. In his book there is a section about wether or not your pets go to heaven. Anthony says, yes, because God will not deny you what you want when you are there. Although hopefully it will be awhile before I make it to heaven you can bet I will want to see my Bud first thing!


Odbsiggykelley

46 comments:

MelissaC said...

I'm sorry for your loss! May the Lord comforte you during this time of sorrow!!

Melissa (SCS: stampin_melissa) said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you lost your beloved companion. {{{Hugs}}}

Sita said...

Kelley,
I am so sorry for your loss! Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayer! He is so CUTE!!

Mary Dinucci said...

We have had several precious pets that have left us through death. It is always sad. But the last was a cat who was in her mid to late "teens" as best we could determine. Her name, given by a previous owner, was Kitten. She would climb up on the back of my husband's favorite chair and lick that almost bald spot at the top of his head. She died a few months before we sold our Indiana house and moved to Florida. That's 7 years now, and he still talks about Kitten and how much he misses her.
I am so sorry about the sudden loss of your Buddy. He was a handsome pet and does look gentle and loving. Savor the memories.

Mary Dinucci said...

We have had several precious pets that have left us through death. It is always sad. But the last was a cat who was in her mid to late "teens" as best we could determine. Her name, given by a previous owner, was Kitten. She would climb up on the back of my husband's favorite chair and lick that almost bald spot at the top of his head. She died a few months before we sold our Indiana house and moved to Florida. That's 7 years now, and he still talks about Kitten and how much he misses her.
I am so sorry about the sudden loss of your Buddy. He was a handsome pet and does look gentle and loving. Savor the memories.

Kathy J (aka Wattle) said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss, it can be heartbreaking to lose a pet. May you find the comfort you need during this time.

Sue McMahon said...

So sorry for your loss, Kelley. Pets make such an impact on our lives. Sometimes more than we realize. Sending {{{HUGS}}} and many prayers of peace and comfort.

Stacy SCS Twinshappy said...

Kelley I am so sorry. Prayers and hugs for you and Rick...

Lorelie said...

I only wished I got to meet Buddy! I fell in love with him through pictures!
I'm sure your loss of your "youngest" is difficult. Please know we are here for a shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen.

Dee said...

My heart and prayers go out to you. We have lost 2 wonderful German Shepherds and it is so difficult. I know your heartbreak. Our pets are truly a gift from God that often fills the empty places and give such joy. I can see Buddy was just that.

Dee said...

My heart and prayers go out to you. We have lost 2 wonderful German Shepherds and it is so difficult. I know your heartbreak. Our pets are truly a gift from God that often fills the empty places and give such joy. I can see Buddy was just that.

DeborahD said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Buddy looked like a wonderful, gentle friend to have around, be around, share with and have fun with. I know you will miss him terribly.

Cheryl said...

Our animal friends teach
us more than we expected,
and loved us more than
we could have hoped
…that’s why we miss them more
than we could have imagined.
Sharing your sorrow at this time!

DawnL said...

awww, I'm so sorry to hear about Buddy...what a shock. hugs
They will not go quietly,
the dogs who’ve shared our lives.
In subtle ways they let us know
their spirit still survives.
Old habits still make us think
we hear a bark at the door.
Or step back when we drop
a tasty morsel on the floor.
Our feet still go around the place
the food dish used to be,
and, sometimes, coming home at night,
we miss them terribly.
And although time may bring new friends
and a new food dish to fill,
That one place in our heart
belongs to them….
and always will.

DawnL said...

awww, I'm so sorry to hear about Buddy...what a shock. hugs
They will not go quietly,
the dogs who’ve shared our lives.
In subtle ways they let us know
their spirit still survives.
Old habits still make us think
we hear a bark at the door.
Or step back when we drop
a tasty morsel on the floor.
Our feet still go around the place
the food dish used to be,
and, sometimes, coming home at night,
we miss them terribly.
And although time may bring new friends
and a new food dish to fill,
That one place in our heart
belongs to them….
and always will.

Rebekka said...

I am so sorry to hear about Buddy. Some years ago I had a dog named precious pudding, I got her as soon as she was weaned, she was the runt of the litter and useless to the breeder and they were just going to get rid of her, she was awesome, and the joy of my life :), and I had to put her to sleep when she was only one year old, she had a brain tumor that was causing back to back seizures, this happened all of a sudden. It has been years, I have never gotten another dog and just to talk about her now brings tears to my eyes. So I know how you are feeling. But precious is waiting for me on the other side as Buddy is waiting for you :).

mary beth said...

My the Lord give you his strength to understand his ways and peace to know your sweet buddy is in heaven waiting for you. He will always be in you heart.

Chrisd said...

My prayers are with your family at this time of the death of such an important member of your family. What a beauty Buddy was, but you will see him again one day!

Ree Donnelly said...

Kelley,
My heart goes out to you, I truly feel your pain. I have been in your shoes 3 times. Right now, I have 3 Labs and dread the inevitable. I've sent you an email with a link to click on. I hope it comforts you.
Lots of love & hugs!

Christina D said...

I's so sorry to hear about the loss of your "Buddy". It's aways so hard to lose a beloved friend. As you said, you'll see him someday in Heaven.

Kim P said...

Sorry to hear of your loss. We do not have any pets...but I know for many of my friends, a pet is like another child. May God bless you with peace and comfort!

Michelle D said...

Oh Kelley, I'm so sorry for you and your family at the loss of your precious and beloved Buddy, and my heart truly aches for all of you as we (my husband, children and myself) also had to say good-bye to our beloved Golden Retriever, Summer - also 12 years old, a year ago. Focusing on and talking about every special memory we had of her, as well as just how much she touched and blessed our lives, as well as the lives of so many others, really helped and I'm sure all of you are also clinging onto your countless wonderful memories of your precious Buddy. We also were greatly comforted at imagining our Summer happily running and playing in Heaven, and now she has another friend to play with Ü.
"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed,
for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness."
Lamentations 3:21-23
God bless you, comfort you and surround you in His love and peace.

Kris Turner said...

Kelley: What a sweet, loving face Buddy had. I'm sure you'll treasure this and all other pictures you have of him through the years. As you're reading, you know we all have stood where you are and feel your hurt. Hopefully, all these words of comfort will guide you through. God has Buddy in His loving hands, I know, and Buddy's smile and loving heart will always bring a smile to mind. Our prayers are with you and your family. Kris, Wadsworth, OH

Jennifer R. said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you grieve Buddy's passing. It is so hard to lose a pet, they are our family members...I have 4 of them and they are my kiddos! Buddy is with God now and he will be waiting for you, I have no doubt about that! I hope in time that can bring you some peace of mind. May Buddy's love live forever in your heart as out furbabies do truly leave footprints on our hearts! All my love and prayers! (HUGS) Jennifer in Minnesota

Jennifer R. said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you grieve Buddy's passing. It is so hard to lose a pet, they are our family members...I have 4 of them and they are my kiddos! Buddy is with God now and he will be waiting for you, I have no doubt about that! I hope in time that can bring you some peace of mind. May Buddy's love live forever in your heart as out furbabies do truly leave footprints on our hearts! All my love and prayers! (HUGS) Jennifer in Minnesota

Teresa said...

My deepest condolences. I have felt the same loss of my beloved dogs, Abbott and Chase. I am sure they are in heaven waiting for us, until that day they will romp and play with the Lord. Blessings!

Vicki Sullivan said...

We had to put our "Buddy" to sleep on January 9th of this year, so I understand some of your grief. Take one day at a time. Both of our Buddy's are playing with Rosie in heaven right now.

Vicki Sullivan said...

We had to put our "Buddy" to sleep on January 9th of this year, so I understand some of your grief. Take one day at a time. Both of our Buddy's are playing with Rosie in heaven right now.

Ruth C said...

Sending prayers of comfort your way. May your memories of Buddy bring you much joy during this difficult time.
Big Hugs!
Ruth C

Ruth C said...

Sending prayers of comfort your way. May your memories of Buddy bring you much joy during this difficult time.
Big Hugs!
Ruth C

Cindy M said...

I am so sorry to hear of your lose, my prayer are with you. Buddy is waiting for you, and until the time that gods call you home Buddy is giving God and his Angels all the joy and love that he gave you.

mimihas5@comcast.net said...

I am so sorry about your loss. I will keep you in my prayers.
Mary

Kim said...

May God comfort you as you grieve the loss of your beloved Buddy. Though it hurts so much to say goodbye, it's a blessing to know that God has given us the capacity to love one of his awesome creatures He has made for our enjoyment and companionship.
Kim

Jill Coleman said...

Kelley -
I'm sorry for Buddy's passing. I know how much you are hurting. We had to put our 10 year old lab Tori down a year ago and we were heartbroken. You will have wonderful memories of Buddy and his love for you. Blessings.
Jill

Lisa W said...

I have lost many pets over the years and each one hurts in it's own way but I also have a special bond with one of my three current dogs that I have had with no other. I dread the day when something happens and the thought of it now already hurts so you have my deepest sympathies.
I hope your hurt lessens and you can cherish your memories of Buddy.
Lisa

Donna said...

Oh my dear Kelley, this breaks my heart as I know how special our four legged children are. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to get to know the very special ones that seem to be able to read our thoughts and our hearts; these are truly gifts to us from our Maker. I am just so sorry for your pain but also know that as time heals the rawness you will be filled with such wonderful memories that will make you smile and get you through until you are reunited with your loving Buddy.
Donna

Linda Crowder said...

I am so sorry about your Bud. I understand and will send prayers to Doggie Heaven. there has to be one since dogs are such gifts of love. God bless and keep you from being too sad. He didn't suffer and God took him quickly and that is a blessing all of us can only ask for!

laurie hunt said...

I am so sorry for your loss. It is true, there are certain dogs that I feel you just have an almost spiritual connection to. My Cotton was like that. Today, I live with Dagny a 14year old Keeshond. I fear for that day with her. And if my opinion counts, I am a true believer in "All dogs go to Heaven"!

Tracy Smith said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. We've experienced the same thing over the past five years, losing three dogs and a cat. It's so hard, I had my Keeshond longer than I've had my husband! But I too believe that I will see them again! May your memories offer you comfort! Tracy in Michigan, crazyforsu@aol.com

colleen in calif said...

I AM SO DEEPLY SORRY AS THE TEARS RUN DOWN MY FACE, MY DOGS ARE THE MOSE IMPORTANT PART OF MY LIFE, I HAD TO PUT ONE OF MY LABS DOWN ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO AND YOU WOULD OF THOUGHT IT WAS ME. BUT I HAVE THIS I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU. I HAVE 2 LABS STILL AND WILL ALWAYS HAVE AT LEAST 2 DOGS IF NOT 3
RAINBOW BRIDGE
Just this side of heaven lies the Rainbow bridge.
when a beloved pet dies, it goes to the rainbow bridge. It makes friends with other animals and frolics over rolling hills and peaceful, lush meadows of green.
Our pets do not thirst or hunger. The old and sick are made young once more; the maimed and the ill become healed and srong. They are as healthy and playful as we remember then in days gone by.
Through happy and content. they still miss someone special, someone they had to leave behind.
Together. the animals chase and play, but the day comes when a pet will suddenly stop look into the distance.... bright eyes intent eager body quivering, suddenly recognizing you, your pet bounds wuickly accross the greeen fields and into your embrace. You celebrate in joyous reunion. You will never again separate. Happy tears and kisses are warm and plenty; your hands caress the face you missed. You look once more into the loving eyes of your pet and know you never really parted. You realize that though out of sight, your love had been remembered.
And now you cross teh rainbow bridge together....
bless you always

Lorie Wolfcale said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. I'm sure Buddy is in a better place with all is friends that have gone before him.
Lorie

Lisa said...

My heart is breaking for you and your family. We lost our 14 year old Casey girl in 2007 and I miss her so...but in our Lord we have hope and mercy! I know I'll see her again and she'll be whole! Hopefully she'll be running with Buddy! I hope you find comfort and peace in remembering Buddy with JOY!

Kathleen Picon said...

My heart goes out to you. I lost my dear and sweet furry child last Christmas, she was always there in times of sorry and joy. I also believe that they are waiting for us and will have those tails wagging when we arrive. My your heart heal in time with Gods helping hand.

Sonya Appel said...

So sorry for your loss, and tears roll down my face as I read the post and comments as I too have lost beloved furry family. They love us unconditionally and that is a perfect picture of Yeshua's (Jesus) and the Father's love for us, which is probably why we grieve them so deeply.

pathuntoon said...

I am so sorry for your loss! I lost my faithful girl in December. I was so heartbroken...I just recently adopted a dog from the pound. Now I have love for both of them! My deepest condolences.

Gina Wrona said...

Kelly,
I know exactly how you feel all too well. My deepest condolences are with you and your family. I just lost Cocoa, 11yr old chocolate lab on March 8th, the day before my dh's bday. It never gets any easier especially when they leave so suddenly to go home to our Heavenly Father. I was going to send you the Rainbow Bridge, but see you already got it. There was a fantastic book at the cemetary that helped me and my daughter. I think the title was Dog Heaven. May your memories bring you comfort at this difficult time.
Take care & Christ's peace & love be with you and your family.