Buddy Was My Best Friend

My husband and I adopted Buddy back in January 2010 from Indi Lab Rescue in southern California. When we adopted him, he was severely overweight at 118 pounds, had two ear infections, and didn’t know how to play. I threw him a chew toy and it hit him in the face. Our first walk together, he refused to move and sat in our driveway. Eventually, we got him to take short walks. Then the weight came off. Underneath all the health issues was this charming, lovable, silly yellow Labrador who often used his snout to beg for more pets on his head.


On June 27, 2015, Buddy passed away after waking up unable to move. It was the hardest decision we had to make, but for a dog who loved his daily walks and following us around the house, there was no life for him to be immobile.

Buddy was more than a dog. He was a kind friend, a compassionate soul, and he brought joy to everyone he knew. I loved him deeply. On our last morning together, I told him that I would miss him greatly, but his body wasn’t working any more and it wasn’t fair. He put his big paw on my chest as I cried.

I miss him every day, but I’m so grateful for the five-and-a-half years we had together. He taught me how to appreciate every single day like it was Christmas morning.

I love you and miss you, my teddy bear.

8 Comments on “Buddy Was My Best Friend

  1. I’m sorry for your loss. Buddy was more like a lovable family member than a lovable family pet–but in either case, will be sorely missed. I’m glad you and Brendan will always have good memories, tucked away in your hearts.

  2. Such a beautiful post – I’m sure that you cried as you wrote it (I cried as I read it). You and Brendan gave him 5 1/2 years of love, health and adventure – he shared the gift of love with you, and you shared your heart with him.

  3. Sorry for your loss !! I feel your pain !! My baby girl is staying in ICU of Toronto Vet Hospital now. She has diabetes, Addison’s disease & chronic kidney disease. It will soon be 72 hrs to her treatment & will meet with the specialist later to discuss her situation. We all want our furbabies happy & healthy but how sad they all live a shorter life than us. Buddy is now playing happily & guarding you on rainbow bridge. He will live in your heart forever! Take care…..Hugs….

    • I hope your girl is feeling much better. Thanks for your kind words. Buddy will always live in my heart. He was the biggest mush lovebug so he has a permanent place in my heart.

  4. I just came upon your story. I can’t tell you how sorry I am for the loss of Buddy your “Teddy Bear”. They become so much a part of our family that some people can’t understand. I lost my 11 year old yellow lab, Harley, October 29, 2015. She was my princess and I loved her so deeply. We had find out the end of September that she had chronic kidney disease. We started giving her fluid IV’s every night. That last week she wasn’t eating so we took her in for an scan. The doctor thought she had cancer but if she had surgery she probably wouldn’t make it through it because her kidneys were so bad. The vet wanted to try giving her meds for her appetite and pain to see how she responded. That night she seemed so much better. The next evening after her meds she did ok. Before and after her fluids every night we went for walks. She was so excited that night, my husband got the IV bag ready while we went for our walk. We were gone less than 5 minutes, she wasn’t herself, I yelled for my husband and he brought her into the house and laid her on the couch. I hugged her and told her I loved her, then her legs went straight out and she cried, then she was gone. I’m still having such a hard time because I didn’t think she would go so quick and I didn’t get to say my good bye. I know she knows how much I loved her. So as I read your story, I’ve cried and I feel your pain. Buddy and Harley are now playing on Rainbow Bridge with no pain. They will live forever in our hearts.

    • Thank you for sharing Harley’s story with me. I’m so sorry for your loss. They are truly the sweetest friends. And give so much love.
      I miss Buddy every single day.

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