Sunday, August 12, 2012

DogMom: Our Boy Buster

Stunned and with a broken heart, I have some sad news to share. In the early morning of August 9th, less than two days after saying goodbye to our precious Hobbit, DogDad and I lost our dear beloved Buster. He got very sick within a 24-hour period. We took him to our vet and she ran tests and treated his symptoms as best as she could. He seemed to be doing better, but then he took a turn for the worse. It happened so fast. He died in my arms here at home. He was in a familiar place with his Maw and Paw. All night I lay with him. Paw and I loved on him, spoke to him and prayed to God to give him peace.

Our vet has since found what took our dear Buster away from us. Stomach cancer. It very well may have been the cause of his illness one year ago. He was a very sick boy then, but he ended up recovering well and enjoying life in his new Georgia backyard. Paw and I loved seeing him walk through the woods down to the lake and then come running back to us with a smile on his face when we called his name.

Buster Brown Booglebear was a big strong boy, but he was always our baby. He had been with us since we found him as a little 8-week-old puppy abandoned on the side of the road. We saved him and that's what helps us deal with the pain of losing him.

Buster, your Maw and Paw loved you more than you could imagine and we miss you so much. You have left a huge paw print on our hearts. We are so thankful we had you in our lives and one day we will see you again. We will hug you, love on you and kiss that beautiful, handsome face.

Dear God, thank you for giving us 11 1/2 wonderful years with our Buster and please keep him close to You in heaven.

This has been such a very sad and difficult week, yet DogDad and I can feel God helping us navigate through it. We are focusing on the joy and laughter Hobbit and Buster brought us and the fact that we gave them each a happy, safe and loving home.

DogDad and I can just see Lindsey, Annie, Bogey, Huck and Hobbit in heaven as Buster arrives. "Looky thar, it's a Booglebear!" It's a funny little line we used to say and makes us smile.

Missing our boys,

Buster's Maw / Hobbit's Mommy / DogMom

Our cute little puppy Buster. Just 8 weeks old.  

I loved that speckled nose he had as a puppy.

He loved to explore.

A smiling two-year-old Buster Booglebear.

A healthy and handsome Buster. He loved the snow.

10 years old, still smiling and more handsome than ever.

Paw loving on Buster before his surgery last year.
Just a few days after surgery. I always loved his profile.

Buster looking strong in recovery.

Buster loved the dog beds.

Big brown-eyed Buster.

Paw introducing Buster to the lake.

Buster liked the water and sandy bottom of the lake, but just wasn't sure how to walk in it. 

With my boy Buster just a few weeks ago.

Our beautiful boy Buster. You brought so much joy to our lives.







12 comments:

  1. Awww, your posting made me cry. I feel so very bad for you having to go through this is such a short period of time. Words don't soothe the pain but coming from one who has experienced it myself I know the grief that this leaves. It is good that Buster is no longer in pain or suffering but our last beloved family member died at home and it made me a literal basket case and I miss him just as much today as 5 years ago. They leave such a hole in our heart but one day we will be reunited. I firmly believe that. I grieve for your loss.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. They help.

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  2. I'm so sorry for your loss. I had 2 of my heart animals - one cat and one dog went to the Rainbow Bridge 3 weeks apart earlier this year. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    1. Thank you. I'm sorry for your loss.

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  3. Prayers for you..............:)+

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    1. Thank you. They are welcomed and needed.

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  4. Oh, I can feel your pain. I will certainly be praying for you. It must be lonesome not only for you, but for little Abby as well. All I can offer in comfort is you gave them a good life, they knew they were loved and they loved you just as deeply. And you will see them again. When the time feels right, Georgia is full of high kill shelters and they are filled with dogs who want to live in the kind of home you can offer. How about fostering a dog if not adopting? You have so much love to offer. Love does can not divide or subtract, only add and multiply. When the time comes and it isn't now, I know. Lovingly, Beth, auntbeth54@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you. We still have our 13-year-old Gus. He doesn't get around well due to arthritis, but he is a happy dog. Abby and he help keep smiles on our faces throughout these tough days. I have met with a representative for the local humane society and, when we are ready, we will help out in some way. Thank you again for your love and support.

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  5. Now I'm bawling....but I am so happy your dogs have the two of you who care so deeply and completely for them. May God's balm cover you as you grieve.

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    1. Thank you very much for your compassion and prayers.

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  6. I too have followed your blog since I read about Hobbit in Guideposts. I am so sorry you lost Hobbit & Buster so close together. I know from my own experiences that having other dogs lessens the loss just a touch but the hole/void is very deep. We survive by remembering our love for them and their love for us along with knowing they are waiting for us in Heaven and they will be delighted to show us their new healthy selves in all their glory when they run as fast as they can to join us. In wondering why dogs cannot live as long as we do so we don't have to suffer their loss in our lives, I find comfort in believing God wants us to have many in our lives so we can have many wonderful memories of different dogs and their very special personalities. My heart is heavy for all of you and all of you are in my prayers. God Bless, Judy (dogmaw to 4 dachshunds)

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  7. Beautiful words and very comforting. Thank you. Our hearts are still breaking, but having Gus and Abby Grace does help warm them.

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