Friday, February 8, 2008

Bucky's Fairy Tail Ending

We lost our dog TJ just before Christmas 2006. Our hearts were broken and we were pretty sure that we weren't interested in going through it again anytime soon. How fast things change. We are in the pet industry and at the trade show in April, most everyone asked us what kind of dog we had. It was then that we realized that we were ready and that we missed having a four legged friend in our home.

When we got back, we decided that we would start looking for that new addition. Our friend Pat led us to Amanda, Natalie and the Prairie Dog Canine Rescue. I made contact with a complete list of requests for our perfect companion. Amazingly, Amanda had just the ideal candidate in mind. His name was Buck but Amanda was not very forthcoming with his heritage... I guess some people tend to shy away from big black dogs that are part Rottweiler. (There is actually a syndrome written about in our pet magazines, they call it Big Black Dog syndrome, BBD for short). We love all dogs, big and small and were not daunted by Buck's seemingly questionable lineage. We were up for the challenge, bring it on.

Natalie set up our first meeting at her house. Out comes this big black German Shepherd cross with enormous amounts of energy. The first people he ran to were our two young boys, he stopped dead in his tracks and dropped to the ground in front of them for a belly rub. That was it, love at first sight. We brought Buck home on a trial basis a few days later. It didn't take long for us to know that he was the one and that he would not be leaving.

A few weeks later, Buck (now called Bucky) tested us. He quickly found out that the trampoline net chew job wound him up in a bunch of trouble. He found his own way to the dog house quite quickly after that.

A month or so after that, we tested Bucky right back. With a family reunion planned in Fernie, with no place for Bucky to go, we decided that he would have to come with us. Forest smells, critters running around in the woods and then the moose walking right past the wide open front door didn't tempt Bucky. Our new boy stayed put despite all the temptations making us very proud.

Bucky is a very treasured and much loved member of our family. We can't imagine our lives without him nor do we want to. We are so happy with our Buckster that we decided that we needed to open our homes to other dogs that need help. We are a now a proud foster home. Everyone should do it!!

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