In Honor of Buck


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Dear Friends,

After almost 2 wonderful years, we said goodbye to our friend Buck last week. He was diagnosed with tumors on the heart and spleen and we were told that he didnít have much time left no matter what course of action we took.

We are grateful for the time we did have with him and he touched us and our lives deeply. He made an impression on passersby on the street who couldnít resist his charm and good looks and had to pet him (and a few who didnít). He was a saint when it came to tolerating costumes and children who just had to hug him. His guilty pleasures included watching dog shows on TV, being toweled off regardless of whether or not he was wet, anything with peanut butter and drive-thru windows. He was a joy to watch running in the snow and across big open fields. Through it all, he taught us to find happiness in the simplest things.

We owe a special thanks to many people who were a part of Buckís story for the last few years:

  • Nancy Stutts - for being the "matchmaker" who found an amazing friend for us. ∑
  • Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation (AARF) - for doing such great work in our community and for being there for Buck in the early days of the adoption process. ∑
  • Veterinary Referral & Critical Care (VRCC) - for providing great care and compassion in the beginning and at the end, especially Dr. Broaddus, Dr. Fallin and Dr. Rios and all the staff and technicians who befriended Buck. ∑
  • Colonial Veterinary Clinic - for all the routine care and minor issues, especially Dr. Mangelsdorf.

He will be missed by all who knew him, especially his cat friends- Millie, Flora, and Ivan - but not so much by the squirrels.

To donate in Buck's Memory

The Last Battle

If it should be that I grow frail and weak and pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done, for this -- the last battle -- can't be won.
You will be sad I understand, but don't let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest, your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years, you wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go. Take me to where to my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end. And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see. I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me. Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved. Don't grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We've been so close -- we two -- these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.