Buddy and "his baby" The Kitty.

Buddy and "his baby" The Kitty.

What you need:

  • 1 beautiful Golden Retriever named Buddy
  • lots of love
  • lots of holding Buddy's hand 
  • lots of cheese 
  • lots of walks

Steps: Lots of them

 

Rated: Super Friendly

Our best Buddy is gone.  We lost him to a bone disease not uncommon in Goldens.  Buddy was a  very sweet dog that just wanted to be right by your side at all times of the day and night.  He loved to give you his hand to hold, and when you thought he'd gone to sleep and let it go, he'd put his hand right back up and ask you to hold it again.  Buddy always gave unconditional love.  Our children loved him dearly because he gave so much love back.  He was always waiting for you at the gate wagging his tail when you came home.  He was the perfect companion and always seemed to be smiling.  He was best friends with our Maine Coon cat, Dobie, and often they would sleep next to each other.

He loved to go on walks but you had to watch him because he would suddenly cross right in front of your legs as you were walking.  (I took a fall while running with him and had a broken nose to attest to that. Poor Buddy kept circling around me until help came.  I could tell he was thinking, "Oh, oh, did I do that?")

Our children loved to take Buddy to Laguna Beach.  Everyone would talk to him, Japanese tourists would get very animated saying, "Bear! Bear!"  Others would just say he looked like a bear.  He would often be greeted with, "Hello big head" because he had the boxy head of a champion.  Many people who didn't know him would just say, "Hello Buddy" because he just seemed like a buddy.  Buddy was registered.  Both his parents were champions.  His father was Sasha, who was out of Kala, who was the number three champion on the East Coast.  Buddy was gorgeous, but it was his personality that made him so beloved.

When we went to pick out a puppy, my boys wanted to get his brother, but the breeder told us his name was "Trouble" and I said we weren't going to get a dog named trouble, and so we took Buddy home.  The next day the breeder called and said, "Hey, I made a mistake.  The puppy you bought is Trouble!"  But, he was never any trouble to us. 

Buddy loved to swim and would go in the pool and dog paddle about 5 times a day.  He didn't go too far. He would just cool off, or he would go on a ride in the pool in our big red inner tube.  Buddy would always accompany me arranging flowers.  He loved to be there right in the middle of it all. Buddy has been a part of this site.  There are quite a few post with Buddy, and some with Buddy and his favorite toy the kitty.  He would carry it around gently in his soft mouth and he would sleep with it.  My son bought it to give to my daughter, but Buddy liked it so much my son gave it to him.  We would say, "Where's your baby?" and Buddy would run and find the kitty and bring it back.  So, if you miss Buddy from my posts, we are missing him too.  As hot tears have been washing our faces I told our kids that we will see Buddy again, because he was so much a part of our family.

I thought about all of the pets that we have had.  The rabbits and fish we won't miss too much.  They were cute, but you can't have a real friendship with them.  I thought about all of the pets that I had growing up. I'm not so sure I want to be greeted by brother's pet crocodile on the other side, that bit his finger and devoured whole frogs right before our eyes.  He was an interesting pet to be sure, an exotic.  He gave us something back too, but it was a kid's version of a horror show in technicolor, accompanied by our shrieks and "Oh"s, while Buddy gave back love and companionship. He wanted to share every moment of your life with you, waking and sleeping, a fine friend who held our hand even to the end.  Farewell Buddy.

 

When he was a puppy, the breeder called him "Trouble" but he was never any trouble to us.  He was our Buddy.

When he was a puppy, the breeder called him "Trouble" but he was never any trouble to us.  He was our Buddy.

"That's right.  Both of you pet me at once.  Oh, don't stop now."

"That's right.  Both of you pet me at once.  Oh, don't stop now."

"Hey can I come in?  I won't get much hair in the filter!"

"Hey can I come in?  I won't get much hair in the filter!"

"I like flowers, but grass is good too.  Oh yeah!" says Buddy as he scratches his back.

"I like flowers, but grass is good too.  Oh yeah!" says Buddy as he scratches his back.

"Ah, I am so happy 'my boys' are home.

"Ah, I am so happy 'my boys' are home.

"They let me sleep on the bed and get on the couch.  Shhhh, don't tell."

"They let me sleep on the bed and get on the couch.  Shhhh, don't tell."

"I'm so happy the whole family is home.  I get lots more pets and cheese."

"I'm so happy the whole family is home.  I get lots more pets and cheese."

"Hey you have to pet me with the other hand if you pet Dobie."

"Hey you have to pet me with the other hand if you pet Dobie."

"Ahhh they're all home. I'm so happy I can't stand it.  Oh, keep rubbing me there."

"Ahhh they're all home. I'm so happy I can't stand it.  Oh, keep rubbing me there."

Here are some of the floral posts that Buddy has appeared in (with Dobie).

From  the 'Peonies at $1.40 a Stem and Narrow Neck Bottles' post, link below:

http://www.floristinyou.com/peonies-at-140-stem

And here they all are together.  Glorious.

And here they all are together.  Glorious.

"Yeah the sun does feel good,"  he says,  "What's it to you?"

"Yeah the sun does feel good,"  he says,  "What's it to you?"

"Oh nothin' " says Buddy,  "But do peonies taste like cheese?"

"Oh nothin' " says Buddy,  "But do peonies taste like cheese?"

From the 'Make a Peonies Arrangement for $4.99' post, link below:

http://www.floristinyou.com/make-a-peonies-arrangement-for-499

Now you have created a mood...with the hues of the scarf, and the sparkle of the crystal in the candle stick holder.

Now you have created a mood...with the hues of the scarf, and the sparkle of the crystal in the candle stick holder.

Even Buddy agrees.

Even Buddy agrees.

Who me?"  he says.

Who me?"  he says.

"Aw, shucks.  I love these flower arranging days, 'cus I love being in the middle of the action, and I always get my treats!"

"Aw, shucks.  I love these flower arranging days, 'cus I love being in the middle of the action, and I always get my treats!"

From the Kosta Boda Leopard Cat Modern Arrangement' post, link below:

http://www.floristinyou.com/kosta-boda

"I did a good job.  Oh boy, that's pretty!  Can I eat it?"  says Buddy.

"I did a good job.  Oh boy, that's pretty!  Can I eat it?"  says Buddy.

Tie a sheer ribbon on one of the supports or orchid stems.  Cut the ends at a 45 degree angle with sharp fabric scissors.

Tie a sheer ribbon on one of the supports or orchid stems.  Cut the ends at a 45 degree angle with sharp fabric scissors.

"Ahhh, I'm really tired after helping with the flowers!  I'm just gonna lie here in the sun and relax.  I'm not gettin' up," says Dobie the cat.

"Ahhh, I'm really tired after helping with the flowers!  I'm just gonna lie here in the sun and relax.  I'm not gettin' up," says Dobie the cat.

From the 'Amber Vase and The Glass Pumpkin' post, link below:

http://www.floristinyou.com/amber-vase

Float the Spider Mums in the vase and add one white pumpkin.

Float the Spider Mums in the vase and add one white pumpkin.

"Oh, I like the pumpkin!" Buddy says.  "But can I eat it?  Would it taste like cheese?"

"Oh, I like the pumpkin!" Buddy says.  "But can I eat it?  Would it taste like cheese?"

"Oh.  No.  Then I'll roo, and think about eating a big white pumpkin that is made of cheese."

"Oh.  No.  Then I'll roo, and think about eating a big white pumpkin that is made of cheese."

From the 'How to Make a Christmas Wreath' post, link below:

http://www.floristinyou.com/template-1

"Well it looks like a bird, but it doesn't smell like a bird," says Buddy.

"Well it looks like a bird, but it doesn't smell like a bird," says Buddy.

"But don't even think about it Dobie, cus' I'm keepin' an eye on it."  

"But don't even think about it Dobie, cus' I'm keepin' an eye on it."  

From the "Mercury Glass Chalis' post, link below:

http://www.floristinyou.com/mercury-glass-chalis

Its the end of a California winter day and Buddy's 'shagged out'.

Its the end of a California winter day and Buddy's 'shagged out'.

"I don't even need a fireplace, " he says.  "I can just lay in the sun."

"I don't even need a fireplace, " he says.  "I can just lay in the sun."

From the 'Fresh limes, Spider Mums and Daisies' post, link below:

http://www.floristinyou.com/fresh-limes-spider-mums-and-daisies

"Owh!  These aren't good to eat yet.  She has to make a pie out of the big one first," says Buddy.

"Owh!  These aren't good to eat yet.  She has to make a pie out of the big one first," says Buddy.

 "Guess I won't run off with these and roll around on them.  I'm a good boy," he says.

 "Guess I won't run off with these and roll around on them.  I'm a good boy," he says.

from the 'Tulip Swirl with Lights' post, link below:

http://www.floristinyou.com/tulip-swirl

Even Buddy wants to see.

Even Buddy wants to see.

But he doesn't go anywhere without his new toy "The Kitty".

But he doesn't go anywhere without his new toy "The Kitty".

From the 'Catch these: Lilacs, Roses, and Daffodils'        

post, link below:

http://www.floristinyou.com/lilacs                                From us:

Buddy says,  "Oui oui, these smell sweet to me!"

Buddy says,  "Oui oui, these smell sweet to me!"

Farewell fine friend.

Farewell fine friend.