Today’s answer to the question : Where is Buddylee? Is a sad one. Corbe always says, when she found Buddylee in the middle of a well-trafficked road(about to be hit) almost 14 years ago, that every day we had with our wonderful hound was a bonus. Based on an age guess, we have had roughly 5000 bonus days. Mr. B’s life has been slipping away ever since we have returned from Florida, so after several rough days we had to make the inevitable decision this morning. In lieu of flowers please send “likes” and “loves” and be sure and spend a few minutes on whereisbuddylee.com to view the many photos that represent our Happy Hound’s life. This blog image was taken this morning at 8:00AM and is Mosey saying his goodbye to his brother. (both pups were breathing comfortably, but Bud is worn out)
After years and years we finally found a stuffed toy longer than the Happy Hound. Mr. Buddylee and Mosey can share the same toy and never get in each others’ space. So far the 24 legs are still attached.
We spotted “Tinybite”, a 6 foot gator who is using the boat launch inlet as her livingroom. Possibly a month by month lease during the Spring and Summer? The Happy Hound and Little Imp head North in a couple of weeks. They won’t be cooling their belly’s any time soon in the Withlacoochee River.
Boat Basin Park is 200 feet from Mr. Buddylee and Mosey’s home. For most residents this is a Town boat ramp. For 4 legged residents including the Happy Hound and Little Imp this is a dog ramp/wading pool. A cool moment after their mid day walk. Update: A baby gator has been spotted not far from this ramp so the pups will not be untethered from their leashes during their daily wade.
Mr. Buddylee is all ears when listening to this “Fire Igniter” explaining the equipment on his fire control truck. In the near future on the grounds of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, Mr. Buddylee and Mosey’s favorite walking park, a controlled burn will be thinning the under brush. Performed regularly, the burns lessen the possibility of devastating forest fires, recycles nutrients back to the soil, and promotes the growth of trees, wildflowers, and other plants. This means the Happy Hound and Little Imp’s “playground” will be around for a long time.
Surf’s Up! for Mr. Buddylee. Our old boy was feeling his oats on St. Augustine Beach this past weekend. He was ready for body surfing, but we forgot his wetsuit. Mosey was intrigued by the shore birds, wading in the surf and looking for tasty crustaceans. Just South of the Happy Hound and Little Imp were body surfing humans plunging into the best waves all week. We all enjoyed the waves and Florida’s “white stuff” blanketing the sand. New Hampshire’s “white stuff” is another story.
Mr. Buddylee is enjoying his leisurely stroll through Rainbow Springs Park. Mosey constantly checks on the progress of his big brother. The Happy Hound is aging gracefully and happy not to need his toes freed of ice or snow chunks. The Little Imp has no idea what the white stuff is. HERE IS a recent photo of Buddylee and Mosey’s New Hampshire headquarters.
Mr. Buddylee and “brother” Mosey with the Little Imp’s siblings at a fun morning reunion at Mary Lou and JP’s dog park (backyard). It was great to see the Happy Hound tolerate a pack of Jack Russel Terriers and blend into the craziness.
The Brothers, BuddyMoseyLee, are enjoying a warm winter afternoon on the bank of the Withlacoochee River in Dunnellon, Florida(15 miles up river from their home). The gentle slope into the River, in Centennial Park, makes a great “dog launch”. Mr. Buddylee’s ears are perfect dip sticks for measuring the depth of this fresh water source.