Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Farewell to Buddy our Gentle Giant


It is with a heavy heart that I write this post. It won't be long as I am not up to writing much but I just wanted you all to know that our dear Buddy passed on today. I don't want to go into a lot of details as it is all too fresh and hurtful to think about. He was in our lives for about 16 years. My hubby bought him for me for Christmas one year and he was a member of our family from day one. He just moved into our hearts and never left. In recent months he has been having problems with colitis which we have been diligently dealing with but nothing helped. The last couple of days he took a turn for the worse and passed on this afternoon. He is buried out back on a knoll, a place that we rode to often. My yard man was so thoughtful and made a beautiful marker to put at the head of the grave. I will post a picture soon. I am comforted in the fact that he had a wonderful, happy, pampered life here on the farm with us but I will miss him terribly.

39 comments:

nufc forums said...

Check out these sites for some cool blogs and a brand new growing football forum. =]
http://nufcforums.blogspot.com/
http://thebeatles4.blogspot.com/
http://z10.invisionfree.com/Football_News_Forum/index.php?

Train Wreck said...

Oh I am so sorry for your loss! It tears a piece of your heart out when you lose a pet. He was a handsome boy, I'm sure he was as happy to have "owned" you. At least you can still visit him, that will be comforting when the hurt lessens. Big warm far away hug!!

Tonya said...

Oh Lou! I came here to give you an award and now I'm all choked up! I am so sorry....I know there's nothing anyone can say. But please know I'm praying for you!

Palomino Girl said...

What a beautiful horse. And how blessed you are to have spent so many years with a wonderful partner.

Callie said...

OMG! I am so sorry for your loss of Buddy. So so sorry. My heart is with you.

Donna said...

I'm so sorry. I can only imagine what it would feel like if Blue passed on. And of course he will, but I don't want to think about it. Maybe I'll go first.

God bless and comfort you.

Mikey said...

Oh sweetie, I am so sorry for your loss. Words just don't do enough. I'm glad you were there for him and gave him a wonderful loving home.
Thoughts and prayers to you and your loved ones in this tough time.

Twinville said...

I stopped over here from Pony Girl's site, for my first visit. And I am just so sad and sorry for your terrible loss. :(

What a handsome gorgeous horse and what a long time you've spoiled him and loved him. He was very blessed to spend the rest of his days with you.

So sorry and hugs, too.

~Lisa

Tammy said...

Oh...no. I'm so sorry and have tears in my eyes.
You know, just from reading your blog, I was so fond of your dear Buddy. Animals certainly can make their way into our hearts, can't they?
You are so right to try and think about the fact that he had so many sweet years there living with your family. He was loved and well cared for, and Buddy was blessed.

(((LOTS OF HUGS)))
~Tammy

Linds said...

I am so sorry to hear Buddy has passed away. I know how sad you must be. Sending hugs.

KC said...

Oh no.. I'm so sorry
((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))
I know how much Buddy was loved and will be missed.
((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))

Susie said...

I was so shocked to read this, and I know how tough it must have been to put into words
I am so very sorry for your loss and I know your heart must be breaking as Buddy was very much a part of your family.
Rest assured Buddy is now frolicking like a young colt in a beautiful meadow with all his earthly cares now gone...
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Much love and (((hugs)))
xoxox

CrackerJacks said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers today. I am very sorry to hear about your Buddy. He was a beautiful horse.

Janis said...

I am sooo sorry to hear about Buddy. I have been reading your blog for several months and have grown to love your family and horses. I cried as soon as I read your blog this morning. I will miss reading about Buddy.

Linda said...

So sad for you! They become part of the family don't they!

MERRIANNE said...

crap...that is so sad.

all horses go to heaven, too. i know it. ♥

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

That is so heartbreaking. My sympathies go out to you.

palmtreefanatic said...

oh man! I am so sorry to hear about your loss, poor buddy! I pray God heals that hole in your heart!!!!
I found out my Dad is in the hospital with bowel issues and my Pastors oldest child of 7 was killed last night as he was riding his bike, the driver was drunk and we are all dealing with this terrible loss! between 6 and 7 am I found all this out today!Talk about a day of bad news...I Believe God has his hand on each of us!
I pray Blessings over each and everyone of your family! Life is a gift and that goes for animals too!!!!
Blessings!
Tina

palmtreefanatic said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
kdwhorses said...

Oh my goodness! So very sorry for your loss of you "Buddy" I know I have grown attached to him via your blog. What a sweet man he was. Thank you for sharing him with us and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. Big ((HUGS)). What a great place to bury him, where you can visit him regularly. And what a nice gesture for the yard man to make a marker. They are so much a part of our families.

Dawn said...

I am so sorry - he had such a sweet look in his eyes. I know he's been through a lot since I "met" you, and I know you'll miss him terribly. I'm glad you will be able to have his memory close by.

PEA said...

Crying here for you...I know how much Buddy meant to you. I wish I was there to hold you in comfort, my friend. I feel so badly that I didn't have a chance to visit here yesterday, I didn't realize until now that you had lost Buddy. My heart goes out to you but think of all the wonderful memories you have of him!! Love you bunches!! xoxoxoxo

Margaret Cloud said...

I am sorry for your loss, it is never easy to let go even if we know it is best.

Patti said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss! Its hard losing a beloved pet. Buddy will live in your hearts forever.

Pony Girl said...

Midlife Mom, I'm so sorry to hear this news! From one Appy girl to another, I know how they can work their way into your hearts and family. Sixteen years is a long time. Many memories have been built. What an incredible journey you have had. I am sure Buddy loved every minute of his life with you and your family! Prayers to you. Hang in there!

Renie Burghardt said...

Oh, I am so very sorry! This is just too sad. I feel so very bad for you.

Take good care!

Hugs and lots of Prayers,

Renie

Sharon said...

So sorry for your loss. It is always hard to loss a pet of so many years.
Hugs and prayers for you.

Needled Mom said...

Words are at a loss, my friend. I am just so sorry to read this and I know that Buddy had a wonderful life with you as his owner. There could not have been a more loving family to have been in throughout his years. xoxoxo

Musings of a Housewife said...

I'm so sorry. ((hug))

Anonymous said...

My first time to comment although I read your blog almost daily. I'm so sorry you lost your friend Buddy. I lost my lab of 12 years this spring and still have many "Luke" moments. I'm sure your Buddy had the best of the best life with you. Marcia in Wyoming

Suzy said...

I haven't been blogging much lately, and just saw your post about Buddy....I'm so sorry.
We all have enjoyed your stories about him.
Suzy

Nancy said...

The tears are flowing as I write this.....I know how you feel. The pain is so bad in the beginning, but it will lessen. God will see you through it. I had to take one of my cats out on a rainy night one time to the Emergency Vet Clinic and have her put to sleep, and then I had to bring her back home! I even carried her to work the next morning! I didn't know what to do....I was divorced, living in an apartment, and finally my ex came by my workplace at 7pm and took her and buried her for me at my daughter's. I had that dead little cat with me for 17 hours!

And now I have 8 little chests on my mantle of other cats I have lost. And I have 4 buried at my daughter's before I knew they cremated animals. We are facing euthansia here now with both of my son's cats. You love them like your children.

Buddy was just that...your buddy! He was a wonderful boy, and you will miss him, I know. You gave him the best life he could have ever had. He knows he was loved, too.

My son is facing the biggest decision of his life right now, too. Punky was his first pet of his very OWN. He said his cats are like his children since he isn't married and doesn't have any real children. It's just something we have to face with pet ownership. As I have always said, I gave them a better life than what they would have had, and then I turn them over to God. Buddy is in heaven, and he is well now and not suffering. My heart is heavy for you. The knoll sounds like such a beautiful final resting place for him.

I will pray that God lightens your pain.....I want you to know that I am thinking of you!!!

(((((( HUGS ))))))

Nancy

zzop357 said...

I'm so sorry. I know how it is to lose a family member.I'll pray for you.I know God has given Buddy a huge range to run in and is making new friends right now. Take care of yourself,, I know God is watching over Buddy,
My prayers are with you, God bless.
Dobba

zzop357 said...

oops, I meant Donna,
( gonna have to stop typing in the dark) Donna

hippochick said...

There are no words. I am so very sorry. My heart is heavy with you.

~many hippo hugs~
Pam

Marcy said...

I am so sorry to hear about Buddy! I know I am late in posting as I am behind on everyone's blogs, but I wanted to still let you know that I am sorry. It's never easy to lose a family member - whether human or pet!

Alice Grace said...

Oh, I am so sorry to hear this1 I have been offline for a week, and just got to your site. Please forgive me for my neglect! Your loss is so hard, I know. My thoughts are with you and your family.

The W.O.W. factor said...

OH, how sorry I am for you! My heart sure feels the pain for you. It is not easy to love any of our loved ones...we have been here too.
It helps to find peace knowing he was so loved and loved back...and now suffers no more.
You are in my thoughts, Midlife Mom...

Kerri said...

It's been so hard to keep up with blog friends these past several months and I've only just now read that you lost your beloved Buddy.
I'm so very sorry to hear this sad news. I know how heartbroken you are, and hope the passage of time has begun to lesson the heartache you're feeling.
Buddy was so lucky to live with your family. He had a very good life.
Sending you hugs.
xoxoxo