Friday, August 15, 2014

Buster: A Sad Goodbye to a Loving Friend

We had to make the difficult decision to let Buster go today. He was 16 1/2, an age we never expected him to reach, having had osteosarcoma in 2008.

We adopted Buster from a JRT rescue when he was only nine months old. We were the third family to have him, and this (as with most rescued dogs) was not his fault. His first home decided to "switch to poodles," which landed Buster and another JRT with the rescue. His second home had children, who tortured him by cutting his hair and painting his nails with green sparkle polish (green really isn't his color), among other things. When we adopted him, his hair had mostly grown in, but there were still signs of that hideous polish on his claws - I would have reacted poorly to children, too!

He was such a loyal boy, following Brad around the house like a lost waif, and barking incessantly when Brad wasn't at home. He loved playing with Trouper and Lucy, having his belly scratched for hours on end, and just cuddling next to his humans. He was also a typical wiry terrier, ready for a tussle and not willing to give up. He would chase animals - not the usual squirrels or rabbits, but deer. We have no idea what he thought he'd do if he actually caught something 10 times his size, but who really knows what goes on in the minds of these tiny terriers who think they're the size of Wolfhounds.

Here's to a devoted and loyal friend, a companion like no other, and a true little fighter. We'll miss you, Boo. Very, very much.


  1. I am so sorry about Buster. ((Hugs)) I too lost my Ragdoll Nico to HCM in July, he was actually euthanized. He was only 5 years old. :-(

  2. Oh, Cindy and Brad. We are so sorry that Buster had to go to the Bridge. Thank you for loving him so much, and so well, and for giving him the best forever home ever. Hugs to you both.

  3. I'm so sorry for your loss, Cindy and Brad. He and you were lucky to have found each other.

  4. Having just lost Ancient Pip at 16 plus last December we so understand. We know how much they are and always will be a big part of our lives. Boo luckily had a wonderful life full of love and companionship. Precious memories always and gone but never forgotten. We know you made the right decision for your sweet pal. Run free and fast over the rainbow bridge sweet Boo. Sending virtual hugs your way.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. Sending hugs and love your way - I'm so sorry.

    Monty and Harlow

  6. We are sorry for your loss. The many years of good memories of Buster will always be remembered with fondness.
    Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai & Forgie


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