In Mount Clemens, Michigan, Buddy the 14-year-old dog who completed the best “bucket list” known to canine pleasure happiness passed away on Monday evening, reported his Facebook page aptly called Buddy’s Bucket List.
When Buddy’s lifetime owner passed away unexpectedly in February, the dog went into a serious depression and refused to eat or pay attention to anyone at the shelter. That’s when A Rejoyceful Animal Rescue took him in, but tragically discovered during his physical examination, that the Labrador retriever, who had lumps all over his aged body, was suffering from terminal cancer which had metastasized throughout his body. But instead of being sad, rescue volunteer Loren Cazan, decided to foster Buddy and made out a bucket list to compress a lifetime of amazing experiences into the short time Buddy had left.
So Buddy went out on a doggy date with an age appropriate pooch, became an honorary fireman, dined at a restaurant, ate ice cream, chased geese in the park and slept like a baby in a human bed. And then came the bad news from Lauren on Buddy’s Facebook page Monday evening:
“It is with a very heavy heart that I let everyone know that Buddy crossed the Rainbow Bridge today surrounded with love and hugs. Over the last several days Buddy’s health has taken a decline, and today it got really bad and he looked at me and his eyes told me it was time. I knew it was inevitable but it doesn’t make it any easier. I’m so very glad I was home today from work for my birthday because that meant I got to be with him all day. He went very peacefully with hugs and pets and being told how loved he was.”
Lauren wrote that Buddy looked at her and his eyes told her it was time. As the two drove to the vet, Lauren stopped for a special treat for the dog “who rescued her.” Loren went on to describe those particular lovable quirky actions of a dog she loved so much, despite the short time they had together.
“Buddy, I will miss you. I will miss the way your lips curled up when I talked to you as you intently listened…I will miss the way you threw your head against me when you wanted to snuggle…I will miss the way you got so excited for treats that every trick I asked you to do became ‘speak’… I will miss the way you snuggled… I will miss the way you smiled with joy when the neighbor’s kids came to see you… I will miss the way you loved the two pups here… I will miss the way you whacked me with your paw if I stopped petting you… I will miss your slobbery eating and drinking that would call for the entire house to be cleaned after a meal… I will miss the endless amount of hair I cleaned up after you… I will miss you running through mud and then trying to hop on the couch… I will miss your sweet paw prints when it rained… I will miss your perky ears any time we pulled into the drive thru because you knew I was there to get you a treat…”
Read Buddy’s previous story here. Rest in peace Buddy; if only all dogs could head to Heaven with love and respect like you did.
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