GOLDEN CHAPTER 8
Hi, it's Buddy :( I'm so very very
sad. I just can't believe it. My bestest friend in the whole wide doggie world died.
My Bloodhound friend Zeb. You remember, "Mr.Snuffleupagus." Oh my gosh, I don't
know what to do. I never knew anybody who died before. Where did he go, where did he go? I
miss him so very very much.
He was right in the middle of teaching me to be a good
people sniffin dog so someday I might be able to be on a real search dog team, and now
he's gone. Oh what am I gonna do? Who will help me now? They all said Zeb had a serious
medical emergency and the doggie doctor couldn't fix him. How come??
Couldn't they find a bigger band-aid? Couldn't he eat lotsa extra chicken soup? I just
don't understand. My mommy said he went to a very special place called the Rainbow Bridge.
She said he'll have lots of good times and special friends there to keep him company.
But what about me? I was his special
friend too! I never lost someone I really loved before. This is really hard. I feels like
I got a big boo-boo that mommy can't kiss and make better. Mommy said my pain is like the
waves in the ocean going out with the tide. First the pain is deep and loud, and then it
gets to less and less painful. She said I'll never really forget Zeb cause he was my
friend, but pretty soon it won't hurt so bad. I sure hope so. I miss my friend. By the
way, what's an ocean?
I decided to do something to make Zeb's mommy Heather not hurt so much. I'm not sure, but
I think I made her feel better. Kinzua Search Dogs hosted a water search seminar last
weekend with a real special search dog trainer from North Carolina. There were K-9 teams
there from throughout the Northeast as well as the members of Kinzua Search Dogs. Heather
was gonna take Zeb. Well, since Zeb was gone, Mommy told Heather that if she wanted, she
could take me . . . Me! Yippee!
Yup, I got to go to a real
live search and rescue dog seminar! It was to teach us how to find drowning victims
underwater. I was kinda scared at first cause I didn't think I could hold my breath very
good underwater. Then I found out, you don't have to get IN the water, you get to ride on
the front of a boat and sniff the water. Cool!
Heather gave the scuba diver my favorite toy, then they teased me with it and took it
underwater with them. Then it was up to me to sniff out where they were hiding. Neither
Heather or I had ever done this before, so we learned together. I was a little afraid of
being on the boat at first, but Heather helped me through it. She talked to me and stroked
me and told me how brave I was. Heather says I'm kinda like the Cowardly Lion on the
Wizard of Oz, but she said she's sure that someday I'll get my badge of courage. I sure
hope so. At first I was scared of the diver. They look like giant scary frogs! Then they
put this thing in their mouths and they sound like Darth Vader! Eeeekkkk!!
But guess what? That scary diver showed me my toy and petted me and all the sudden I
really liked him! Pretty soon, I was sniffin 'em out like an old pro!
Heather was so proud of me cause I did such a good job. All day long I kept giving her extra hugs and
kisses so she wouldn't be so lonesome. I talked to her when we were alone and said that
someday soon she'll have a new special K-9 partner and he will take really good care of
her too. I told her that if she wanted, I could show her new partner all the good stuff
that Zeb taught me about trailing lost peoples. I hope I can remember all that important
stuff and do a real good job so Zeb and Heather will be proud of me. Heather says I'm a
pretty special boy and she calls me 'Buddercup.' I really like Heather, she's pretty
special too. I'm just gonna keep on giving her big hugs every time I see her and maybe I
can help to fix her boo-boo like she's fixin mine.
Hey guess what? I've been getting to play with Willow's puppy. He's real cute! Mommy let
me meet him and she was careful to make sure I didn't get too rough with him. She laughed
at me cause when she put him down by me, she said I got "small." Well gee, he
was so little that I figured I'd be just like him if I laid down by him. So I laid down
with him right between my big old front feet and he jumped up an kissed my face and pulled
at my ears and boy oh boy did we ever have fun! Mommy says I look funny wearing puppy
earrings! Pretty soon I was rolling on my back batting him with my feet and he was
climbing all over Mt. Buddy! He's really good at playing King of Buddy Mountain. When I
run out in the yard, he follows me just like I was his daddy! I just love puppies! They
are really neat. It's like having a real live cuddly Teddy bear!
Last week, I got to do another drug demo for an elementary school. It was pretty hard this
time. Not the drug sniffin part, I did really good at that. It was the part where mommy
tells the kids all about me. That was hard. Well you see, mommy
and I talked about it, and I thought I could handle it, but I was still really
embarrassed. Mommy told the kids about . . . well, er, um, well . . . that I wet my bed.
Don't laugh at me, pleeezzze!! I just hate it cause it makes me cry. Some of the kids
laughed really loud, some of 'em just quietly looked at me in disbelief, and the teachers
just roared. Well, I did not find the humor
You see, when I came to live with Mary and Butch, they put me in an indoor/outdoor kennel.
Well gee, I never had a real bedroom with a bed in it. I thought you could just go potty
anywhere you wanted to. So I went potty on my bed. Mommy and daddy had to wash my bed
lots. Pretty soon I figured out why I was the only kid sleeping outside at night. All the
other kids were sleeping inside on the beds! I get it now, beds are for sleeping on,
they're not toilets! I always wondered where
the flusher was on that darned thing! Well ya know what, after mommy told all those kids
about my secret big secret, and after all the teachers stopped laughing, those kids loved
me even more than before. They said I was very brave for admitting something as hard as
Well guys, mommy has had me studying extra hard with my drug work cause next week, I'm
gonna get to go do a real drug search if I pass all my tests
this week. Uncle Steve is gonna hide the drugs in real hard places so I gotta work extra
special hard to find 'em. Maybe if I do real good, Mary and Butch will want to keep me
after all, do ya think? Or will they think I'm ready to go live with the policeman person
and send me off sooner? Oh I'm so confused! Oh what to do? I think I'm gonna go with my
instincts and do really good, that way they will be sure to want me! Oh I hope so. I think
I'm gonna go study some more right now! Keep your paws crossed for the Budmeister!
Well, I gotta go do my homework now. Don't forget to give extra big hugs to yer friends
this week cause ya never know when they too might have to go live at the Rainbow Bridge.
Sleep well noble Zeb, I'll never forget you. Until we meet again at the bridge...stay
Love and Sloppy kisses, Yer little
buddy . . . Buddy
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