Monday, December 21, 2009

Poor Pupster

Our little Bud Man has been sick . . . . really sick. For a day or two, I really thought we were headed toward a "Marley & Me" unhappy ending. Thank Goodness and Dr. Ben, he's better but still a little puny. Have you ever seen a more adorable little puppy face?

Little Bud became a member of our family a few years ago when my adorable mother had to go live in a nursing home. She had always had little white poodley dogs (which I had really never been all that fond of -- tempermental yappers, you know?). Mr. F C and I had always had big dogs -- Irish Setters & Collies, and well, frankly, I'm ashamed to say, we were big dog snobs and thought all little dogs were yappy, spoiled, and annoying. But, we had recently lost our collie, Heather, and were dogless (a sorry state!), so I thought maybe getting a little white poodley dog would be a good idea because we could take it to visit my mom and hopefully bring a little cheer into her life. 

So, I visited the humane society over and over again and searched the newspaper daily, but I didn't have any luck months.  Then one day, I saw an add in the paper for little cocker/poodle/maltese puppies. I went to see them and fell in love with one particular little ball of fur. I really chose him (aside from the fact that he was indescribably adorable) because he seemed the least hyper of the litter and I needed a puppy that I thought would be well suited for nursing home visits, so Buddy it was.

 From the beginning, this little guy was just a pleasant, smart, loving little puppy. Not to say he didn't do his share of shoe and carpet edge chewing, but he was easily housebroken and to this day will never, and I mean never have a little accident on your best rug, or any other rug. Anyhoo, this was a very stressful time of losing one parent, dealing with the serious illness of another, and business worries (among other things), so my store of creative energy was pretty depleted at the time (not that I'm ever sparkling with it), so our little pup got stuck with the rather ordinary name of Buddy. But, I'm not really sorry about that b/c that's really what he is -- our little buddy. And anyway, names that some folks give their pets (and kids), like maybe Beowulf or Angrboda, can be a little too much, don't you think?

Well, Buddy became the world's best little nursing home therapy dog, and Mr. F C and I took him with us almost every time we went to see Mother. Everyone there was happy to see this friendly little guy come marching in (and he did march). He would sit on the bed with my mom, and she would share the fries we'd taken her with him - eating one herself, giving one to him, then giggling. It was so interesting to me that a little active energetic puppy like Buddy just seemed to instinctively know that he had to sit still and be good when he was sitting on the bed with Mother -- almost like he understood that she was sick and might be disturbed by a jumpy little face licking puppy.

So, that's the story of Bud and how two big dog people became the unashamed worshippers of a little poof named Buddy and are so  very very grateful to have this loving, devoted, happy little man as a treasured member of our family.

Merry Christmas to you and your families (man & beast)!


P. S. More pics of Bud here, here,  here, & here.  I can't help it -- he's just so darned cute!


SusanB-knits said...

He is cute!! I hope he gets to feeling better soon. We've always had little tiny yappy dogs, lol. (I hate to admit I'm afraid of big dogs)
We got Ellie (Yorkie/Silkie mix) this last Aug. They are so cute and fun to watch.

Pom Pom said...

Oh, he IS adorable! I like him! I'm glad he's getting well. We keep saying no more dogs, no more dogs, no more dogs, but you never know! I like Buddy and I want one like him. Shhhhh . . . don't tell! I am off to buy Blue Bunny Peppermint ice cream soon. Yum, yum.

Jodi said...

Oh, poor little Bud! Speedy recovery to him.

Small dogs, large dogs, fat cats, tiny cats... I like them all. :-)

Denise said...

He's so adorable, I hope he's fully better very soon. Merry Christmas to you all.

Anonymous said...

he is so lovely!!!! I hope he will feel good very soon. My dog is the opposite: is big and black... but the eyes are the same!!! So lovely!!!

IrishgirlieKnits said...

He is too cute!!! Hope he is feeling better soon!

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