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Of Buddy

A text message alerted me to call Rebecca. I called.

She asked. “We’re putting Buddy down tomorrow. Can we come up and have you take pictures?”

Buddy is one boy’s dog. Has been since Buddy was rescued from an animal shelter and presented to Nathaniel when he was in the 4th grade. Nathaniel who is now a man. Nathaniel who graduated from high school last year, Nathaniel who takes college courses now, and who works as a roofer. Buddy is a black dog, nine years old (they think). Buddy is sweet. Has kidney failure. He’s big, and can be scary.

Buddy is one family’s dog. Truthfully, since Nathaniel has reached his manhood and taken on such responsibility, much of the care of Buddy has fallen to Rebecca, my daughter, Nathaniel’s mother. We’re all lovers of animals, and both Jerry and I were attached to Buddy.

“Sure, all of you come on up,” I told Rebecca.

I did not take a picture of Buddy wearing a diaper, for it seemed demeaning to that beautiful animal. Blood and urine and pain. Nathaniel would dig a grave . . .in their back yard.DSC_3376We talked. All of us spoke of grief and love and attachment.

“It’s worth it though, Granny,” Nathaniel said once. “The fun, the love, the good times I’ve had with Buddy makes this time of sorrow worth it.”

Rebecca sent me pictures of the grave and of Buddy’s body. Jerry said, “I don’t want to see them.”

I cried . . .as have we all.





By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 84 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

20 replies on “Of Buddy”

Sister Buxton,

I am very sorry to hear about the loss of Buddy. He was a fine looking dog. We had to put our dog down in April. Misty was 13 years old, and we got her the year we moved to Oakley and started the church. We miss her a lot and still talk of her often. I’m thankful we took lots of pictures of her and had many fond memories. I did a post about her, because I felt like writing about it would help, and it did.

Hope you and Brother Buxton are doing well. Love and appreciate you!


What a beautiful dog. It just breaks ours hearts when we loose a pet. They become such a huge part of our lives. They love you 100%. If only humans were as good as dogs..


My dear Aline, you are one person who is as good as any dog–despite how dear dogs are. Lots of good people; a few bad äpples.”Thanks for reading and commenting here. Great memories of beautiful Lake Havasu.


Thank God for giving us Dog’s to be by our side, they are so much a part of our family.
RIP Buddy run free over the Rainbow Bridge.


Sis Buxton, my heart aches for all of you. My (big) pommy is 7 1/2 and my calico cat is 16 1/2.
Your grandson’s Buddy was such a beautiful dog. Love and prayers for all the family to find comfort at this time.


So good to hear from you, Sister Bryson. Happy we share not only a love for Jesus, and for each other, but for beautiful and precious animals. Thank you for your prayers. I love you so very much.


I can understand how hard this is because we have had to do the same. We have always had dogs until we moved to Mississippi. Don’t want to get another one. But we had a cat that adopted us after we moved here. She was so sweet but a neighbor dog murdered her. So, no more pets. I miss them. Sorry for Nathaniel’s loss. Love you all.


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