Meet Buddy, today is his birthday, he’s the big 2! He enjoys doggie treats, rides in the car and the boat, snuggling, short games of fetch, and walks at Drake Harbor in Warsaw.
James acquired Buddy last February (February 4th), he had been looking for a dog for himself….a buddy, if you will, and found this sweet miniature schnauzer on a Facebook rehoming page. An elderly lady got him from a breeder but later she had to go to a nursing home and from there he went to people who didn’t care for him. We don’t know exactly what happened to him but he was very timid and scared for quite a while after we took him in, he still is at times. He wouldn’t look James in the eye for the first 3 weeks, he was very skinny (about 8lbs) and followed me everywhere. Needless to say, he became “my dog”. It was bizarre, he would stare at me like a new born baby, he was smitten lol, and, if I’m honest, so was I. I haven’t really ever been a dog person, not in the way that those radical dog lovers are, you know, those fur moms and dads calling their pets their fur babies and kids. I always thought that was a bit much but….ahem, I started acting like one of “those people”…talking about him all the time, showing pictures, you name it, lol.
He really is such a sweet dog, so gentle and loving and is so patient with our granddaughter. She is really good with him but has accidentally bonked him, she plays “this little piggy went to market” on his toes and takes over his domain (gets in his dog bed with him) and he just lets her have her way. He barks at everyone who walks in the door except for me and her 🙂
Buddy has come a long way with people, it just may take him a little while to warm up to them. He now likes James and will jump in his lap for scratching and cuddles. He has really taken to James’ mom, she dog sits when we need to go somewhere and she loves it, I think he has converted her to a dog person too. Everyone thinks he is handsome with his baby blue eyes and black and white fur. But his sweet disposition is his greatest attribute.
Now, I’m not one of those “all dogs go to heaven” people but I do love this little guy and believe the God placed him in my life when I needed someone (a dog of all things) to love me unconditionally. Oh, my darling husband and bestie, Jamie, are so wonderful and supportive and I am so grateful for them. But Buddy was and is a precious reminder of God’s love for me. The end of 2019 and the year of 2020 was probably one of the most difficult I’ve had to endure. And when there seemed like there was no consoling me, Buddy was there to lay in my lap, to hug on and with no judgment, criticism, or even words of wisdom (ha!). I guess that’s one of the nice things about dogs, no lectures, or “suck it up, buttercup”… just a listening ear (or maybe they’re not but they don’t seem to care what you’re saying).
So, I’ve become a full-fledged Dog Mom, complete with hat and shirt, thanks to my bff, and I don’t mind.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”James 1:17 CSB
I am thankful for a God who sees me and gives me even the sweetest little glimpse of His love for me. It may seem silly to some but I bet if you looked, you could see a gift from the Lord in your life that might seem trivial to others. He is good and He loves us so.
*This Little Piggy – Author unknown.
In 1728, the first line of the rhyme appeared in a medley called “The Nurses Song”. The first known full version was recorded in The Famous Tommy Thumb’s Little Story-Book, published in London about 1760.