Well, he might as well be since I spend more time with him at the moment…He is the smartest dog I’ve come across in a while, and he’s so loving. He actually tries to “converse” with us. If I make a certain sign, he will sit and raise his paw up for me to shake it. He will also “speak”. It’s getting harder for him to play fetch now…Even when he did, he thought he was supposed to grab the ball and make us come after it! 😀 He moves a little more slowly now, and pays attention a little more…Then I realized something that almost slipped away since he was so excited to see me today…This dog is almost 12 years old.
It seems like it was just yesterday that my son, Kevin brought him home. He was a puppy–not more than eight weeks old at the time. Kevin said he’d found him with the fishing hook through the bottom of his mouth. We took him to the veterinarian, got his shots and were set up to let the Humane Society adopt him out. Well, they had no room so we agreed to foster–only one month turned into another. Finally, we decided to scrap that idea and keep him. He’s part of the family. He is so sweet and none of us could resist that face.
He doesn’t like people with uniforms of any kind because our FORMER postman sprayed tear gas on him when he was about 12 weeks old–even though Buddy couldn’t reach him. Kevin being ever so brave went berserk and called the postmaster general! That carrier was removed from the route because of the fact that Buddy was still just a puppy and the supervisor saw no need for such action since Buddy was in an enclosed area–just close to the yard.
Buddy also likes to come into the house and see everyone. His favorite thing to do is to put his paw up on the arm of a chair and try to “converse” with us. He also likes catching dog treats!
Now as for giving him a bath–we have to spell that. He hates water. He doesn’t like getting his coat brushed either, but will let us do it. God help us all if I take him to get him groomed any time soon. However, taking him on walks is fun…He takes the leash in his mouth and thinks he’s walking us! He likes going to the vet too. Weird huh? 😀
Anyway, it seems like just yesterday that Kevin brought Buddy home. And it was just a few days ago that Kevin told the true story of what happened. He said the kid he took Buddy away from threw a fishing rod and was “reeling” Buddy in, so Kevin went up to the kid in the street, decked him, broke the fishing rod and took Buddy from him as the kid ran down the street crying. He said Buddy’s yelping really got him upset and that boy didn’t deserve him so he took him. I was wondering why no one ever claimed him because he is such a sweet-natured dog.
I always got onto Kevin for his temper because he always thought he had to jump in–but that was one time where I couldn’t say much. When I was his age, I (most likely) would have done the same thing…I brought strays home ALL the time and drove my parents absolutely NUTS!
Buddy and some of his humans! Kevin is on the left and his brother Eric is turned away from the camera!
This is my youngest son, Kevin...Eric is the darker haired one. I guess Kevin is a hero, huh? LOL
Oh…That chihuahua is Kevin’s “daughter” 🙂 Princess! Her leg was broken when she was accidentally dropped last year but she’s fine!
Buddy likes to sleep at the foot of our beds, so if he moves in with me, he’ll be an indoor dog for the most part. He’s going to be on my fenced patio while I’m at work though. He’s got a doghouse and such so he’ll be fine…I’ll just have to lock my gate. I’m glad he likes watching TV and listening to music. Then again, as I said earlier, he’s part of the family!
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