Tuesday, March 14, 2006

About Buddy

Robin asked in the comment section of my last entry where Buddy lives:  Well, he belongs to the next-door neighbors whose house burned in December.  They are temporarily living in our little town two miles away, waiting to rebuild.

Buddy has always run free, just like my Mandy did.  They were puppies together, and were practically inseparable.  In fact, I heard second-hand that a witness said they were frolicking on the road together when Mandy was hit and killed.

The neighbors sometimes take Buddy to their house in town for the night, but he gets in trouble there; the leash law is poorly enforced, but town folk don't take too kindly to his chasing their cats, tearing up their garbage, and pooping in their yards.  He's a high-energy creature, used to hunting in the woods here.    So he is with us more than he is with his family.

I keep dog food out for him.  He does create a problem, since he tries his best to get Sadie to run away with him like Mandy did.  We could turn Sadie loose in the pasture when we take our daily walk, if it weren't for him.  She is as hyper and as fast as Buddy is, so once they disappear into the woods, it's a while before they return.  And my heart stops until I find her again.

Anyhow, Buddy can play a little with Sadie when she's on the 20-foot leash.  And maybe that way he won't miss his old buddy Mandy quite as much.  It's interesting that there are lots of free-roaming dogs in the neighborhood he could be chums with.  I guess they just don't fill Mandy's shoes.     

7 comments:

robinngabster said...

Ok, I thought that was where he came from. Wasn't sure and wondered who fed him. Where do you think he sleeps at night?

madcobug said...

The other people in you neighborhood probably don't treat Buddy as well as you do. Bet no one else feeds him or gives him a treat either. He loved Mandy and guess he thinks Sadie can play and loafer off with him like she did. Helen

am4039 said...

He sounds like a dog who needs his space for sure.  Good thing they have such wonderful neighbors like yourself.  Leaving Sadie on a long leash is a good idea I would be worried sick too.

whitedove3622 said...

I think its you Buddy likes Mo. I think he feels he sort of belongs to you part time. and he always has a friend to hang out with instead of being alone.

mutualaide said...

forgot to add:  He loves you!  :)

mutualaide said...

Buddy needs his run and his running mate, but mostly he needs the kindness of his neighbors!  

csandhollow said...

As adorable SAdie is she will never be a MAndy. I think that it is amazing at how fast we can love another so unlike. This is not coming out right. The 2 dogs are so very different. They both came into your life for a reason.