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Happy Tails: The Bond Between Us - Buddy

A couple from Vermont spotted Buddy eating from a garbage can in Columbia and searched to find his owner. Neighbors said the dog had been loose for several days. The couple called Sugarfoot Farm Rescue where the easy going boxer lived until adopted as a companion for an elderly woman. The dog and the woman became fast friends. But when the woman was taken to a convalescent home, Buddy became distraught. He worried and wouldn't eat. Then, on the day his friend came home, something dramatic happened - something which demonstrates just how strong the bond between dogs and humans can be.Click on headline for complete story and the rest of the story
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By Peg Schaeffer

A couple from Vermont was in Columbia visiting relatives when they saw a dog eating out of a garbage can. The dog was skinny and not wearing a collar. They put him in their car and drove through the neighborhood looking for his owner. Where ever they stopped they got the same answer - he'd been seen wandering all week so apparently he was a stray.

They called me about him. They couldn't take him home with them as their jobs with an airline had them away from home for long periods of time. Yet they weren't going home until they knew he was safe. I agreed to take him in and either find his owner or a new home. I named him "Hogan".

He was a Boxer mix with an easy going personality. He was never claimed so I put him up for adoption. Two women came looking for a dog for their Mother and fell in love with Hogan. They took him home and he became their mother's constant companion. He was renamed "Buddy".

I would talk to them from time to time and they told me how good he was with their mother. She would sit on her porch and he would romp in the fields. He never strayed out of her sight and would return to her side and sit and enjoy the time together.

She fell one day and broke her hip. While she healed she stayed in a convalescent home. She was gone for eight weeks. While she was gone Buddy became distraught without his friend. He worried and wouldn't eat. He had a broken heart. The day she came home - he died. He had literally worried himself to death.

Now you're probably saying "This is supposed to be a Happy Tail". It is. This lonely dog, starved and abandoned, and foraging for food in garbage cans found someone he loved and she loved him back. They had a special bond that couldn't be broken. Although he died it was with joy because she came back. He'll be waiting for her at the Rainbow Bridge when the time comes.

The story of Sydney

I have a Red Heeler called "Sydney". I rescued Sydney from the Humane Society in Newington, CT. He and I have always been close. He travels everywhere with me and is never a problem. He is used to going to horse shows and spending the night in hotel rooms. In 2004 I had a serious heart problem and was admitted to the hospital. I was there for almost two weeks.

After I had been there almost a week when Keith came to visit he told me that Sydney was depressed. He said he spent the day sleeping on my side of the bed only getting up to go outside to go to the bathroom. He would go back on the bed and keep up his vigil waiting for me. He wasn't eating and Keith was worried.

I spoke to my doctor and explained the situation. I asked for permission to go out to the parking lot and visit with Sydney so he would know I was alright. Turns out the hospital had a pet therapy policy and well behaved pets were allowed to visit if the other patient in the room consented. My roommate agreed and it was arranged for Sydney to come and see me.

The day of his visit the nurse brought in a bed pad so that he could lay in bed with me. Keith came to the door with Sydney. He spotted me in the bed, jumped up and laid by my side. He put his head on my lap quietly as if he knew there was something wrong and spent the day with me.

Whenever someone would come in he would lift his head, lovingly look at me, lick my hand, and rest again. Everyone who knew me wasn't surprised to see me with a dog in my bed. They said if anyone could do it I could. When Keith came back that evening to take him home Sydney left hesitantly but relaxed. He knew where I was and would wait for my return. He kept up his vigil in the bed but would eat now. I don't know who was happier when I came home - me or Sydney.

This shows the bond between a dog and his human. I won't say "owner" because it's more likely that they own us. If you have a dog you understand completely. They will never betray you and you owe it to them to return the love they give you unconditionally. - Peg Schaeffer
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Peg Schaeffer
860 Sparksville Road
Columbia, KY 42728
Home telephone: 270-378-4521
Cell phone: 270-634-4675

This story was posted on 2013-02-17 02:50:32
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The Bond Between Us: Sydney, Peg Schaeffer's best dog

2013-02-17 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Flying Horse Photography/Todd Sutherland. The Bond between Us: There's a deep, deep bond between Sydney and the writer, Peg Schaeffer who writes: "This is a picture of Sydney, my best dog. I adopted him on December 1, 2002. He turned 12 in December, 2012. He is now totally blind and deaf but that doesn't stop him. He still uses the pet door to go in and out, knows where the food and water is, and will sit beside me while I eat or watch TV." - PEG SCHAEFFER
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