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Buddy June 21, 2021 Dear Friends, I packed my jammies, got my knap sack full of toys and I am staying with Gertie for a whole 11 days. I have my very own bed at her house and of course I have my very own bowl. We walk in the morning, if it isn’t too hot we go to the woods in the afternoon and then have an evening stroll too. I always get a part of a biscuit when Gerties mom leaves the house. I am thinking I have it pretty good. Gertie is a great friend. Guess what I found! A new button in my town moms’ car. In fact it was new to her too and she had to get that silly ol manual out to try and figure it out. I just smiled and said to myself wonder what else I can find she doesn’t know about. Zeke and I love all the buttons. Gertie is in the back seat or I am sure she would be finding buttons too. My town mom’s friend sent her the following story. It was from People’s magazine. Maybe you saw it – I thought it was pretty awesome so I wanted to share it with you. This took place in Virginia and it was a Goldendoodle his name is Harley. Harley was swimming which was not unusual but what was unusual is he was swimming with another animal. It was a very small fawn. When Harley noticed the fawn in the water he swam right over and sort of nudged him towards shore. They swam about 200 yards. Harley’s dad noticed he was helping this animal and so he watched very carefully. When Harley and the baby fawn got close to the shore he helped the fawn out of the water. Know what Harley did? He licked him. He was careful and seemed to not want to leave his side. The fawns’ mom was watching from the distance and when Harley’s dad noticed the doe he put Harley in the house. The fawns’ mom waited and when she thought it was safe she went towards the fawn. This next part is really cool. The next morning Harley’s dad noticed he was restless, sort of pacing around the house. He went from window to window as if he was looking for something. Looking for something indeed he was. It was the fawn. He was at the edge of the woods making a sort of crying sound. Harley ran up to him, nose to nose they sniffed one another and then Harley went back into the house. The fawn and his mom went back into the woods. I think the fawn was saying thank you. Now I say to you how very cool is this? I sure hope you are checking your pets water. With it being hot again the water disappears very quickly. Make sure there is fresh water everyday. Think about it would you want to drink icky water? Your ‘fur-ever’ friend, Buddy.
Buddy June 14, 2021 Dear Friends, Zeke here! Hope you are enjoying warmer weather. Speaking of weather it got me into a little trouble with my dad. Last week on our way to Pa. we stopped for supper and my dad left the radio on for me. He doesn’t know this but there is a certain station I like and I always switch it because he thinks I like what he does. I don’t understand all of this but it means when the radio is on dad must have the key in accessory position. While he was eating it started to rain. Along with the radio on it also means I can put the windows up and down! Guess what – I choose down. So, when my dad got back we had wet seats. I didn’t get scolded but I probably should have. Lucky it was time to camp out for the night, and by morning the seats were almost dry. After that it was pretty much uneventful other than the beauty of the mountains and the icky traffic. Neither bothers me as I take a snooze or look out the window. Until next time, Zeke. Zeke let me clue you in on some things. When the radio is on you also can run the wipers, the emergency button, the mirrors, the washer fluid, and if you are lucky punch in some directions. Don’t let you dad know I told you this. I love pushing the buttons in the car. It always brings a little attention to me. Not to say it is always good attention. Have you read the story of the two lab mixes named Bear and Bull? I guess they love finding trouble, or trouble loves finding them. They are both rescues and have been partners in crime from day one. Sometimes the trouble is not good like pulling down drain pipes and messing with lawnmowers. They live in Virginia and their mom really loves them. I am thinking it is a very good thing she does. The greatest of their antics is when the mail lady parked her truck and walked to their house to deliver some packages. The two brothers jumped into the truck – and – ate the mail ladies lunch. By the time she returned to his truck the guys were licking their lips. The mail lady wasn’t mad but she thought she should let the owner know just in case the brothers got sick. She left a note saying the dogs ate an egg, some carrots and pumpkin seeds. It was a FYI kind of note. The owner of the brothers was so touched by the mail ladies concern she wanted to do something. She decided to give her a gift card for a lunch and a note from the brothers apologizing for their once again antics. I guess they love jumping into cars and trucks. Once they jumped into a Fed Ex truck. The truck driver threw biscuits out to try and get them to jump out. I am not real sure how he got them out of the truck. They sound like guys I would like to be friends with. I bet you they would love my friends the pigs. Your ‘fur-ever’ friend, Buddy Adopt, don’t shop
Buddy June 7, 2021 Dear Friends, This is a new experience for me. I received a letter from some friends in Virginia. Zoey and Harley, they are sisters and they are not dogs. It is ok with me if my friends of the feline nature write. I enjoy hearing from they as well. This is what they have to say. Dear Buddy, My name is Zoey and my sister’s name is Harley. She is not a motorcycle. My dad calls her that because she has a white tip on the end of her tail and actually calls her all of this: Harley Davidson motorcycle company chief cat executive officer because she motors through the house. I get called Zo Zo bear. My mom just liked the name. I am sort of cuddly like a little teddy bear. I’m ok with that. I like to be cuddled. Our mom always takes her jewelry off at night and puts it on the dresser. Well I don’t know if you know much about jewelry being a canine and all, but it is really sparkly pretty and shiny. My sister and I like to roam around the house at night and find new adventures. You guessed it, we found that shiny sparkly and pretty stuff on the dresser. There was one thing that was really shiny. I told my sister let’s play soccer. She wasn’t too sure that should be done, but I talked her into it and we picked out the shiniest thing and oh my goodness we had a blast. It scooted across the floor, banged up against the wall and came back to us and we did it all over again. Back and forth and back and forth. Our mom never woke up and so we just kept playing. Our dad played soccer in college and so we knew some of the rules and stuff like that. We didn’t pay much attention to this off side stuff. When mom got up the next day and noticed that shinny bright soccer ball was gone she could not believe it. Mom and dad searched everywhere, suitcases, floor, called her mom to see if maybe it was at her home. No luck. We were sort of afraid to say anything so we just kept quiet. My mom was sick. Well, all is well. About 6 months later we were playing with something when my dad was getting ready for work. We were having a good time and our dad couldn’t figure out what we were playing with. He got down on his hands and knees and yep you guessed it my soccer ball was our mom’s ring. What did she do? Well, I can’t yet figure this out because she cried. I thought she would be happy. We had played so much soccer that the ring had found its very own home tucked way back under the dresser and behind a leg. We are sort of sad because we lost our soccer ball but we are also happy because our mom is happy now. You can catch our pictures on the Ark website under Buddy’s Antics. Dear Zoey and Harley, Soccer? Wow. I didn’t know cats played soccer! What do you use for a ball now? Glad to meet you both and thanks for the letter. I will look forward to another one real soon. Your ‘fur-ever’ friend, Buddy Collar, tag and chip.
Buddy June 1, 2021 Dear Friends, Well, I have quite an adventure for you today. It has been some time since I have been this adventurous. I was looking out the window at Gerties home and I saw a funny looking thing in the yard. Gertie has a fenced in yard, you may remember that plus a dog door. So, we come and go as we want to. I like this because I can go in and out whenever I want. Well, me being the curious one I went out to see what it was. It was actually outside the fence but it looked like it was inside. I barked and barked and pounced and ran alongside the fence it just sort of sat there. It was hot so I gave up and came inside where it was cool. After our daily walk in the woods I was looking out the window again and there it was but this time it was inside the fence. My town mom didn’t know what was going on. Yikes, I took off out the dog door and nailed it. Now I said to myself what do I do? Like any one who is proud of what they have done. I wanted to show it off so I took it inside the house to show Gertie and my town mom. I will have to tell you I haven’t seen my town mom move that quickly in a long time. I pranced through the kitchen, in front of her in the living room and back to my bed. She was there right after me. I dropped it not on the floor mind you but on her bed so she could see it up close and personal. It was a woodchuck. Now I am not a very big guy so for me to end this woodchucks life was a challenge. Then to haul it into the house and all the way through and back to her bed, man I was whipped. What did she do? Promptly mind you she picked it up by the tail and deposited it in the garbage. My prize possession, in the garbage! From there it quickly went to the garage into a bigger garbage container. Gertie and I followed closely wondering what she was going to do. After all that she sat me on the footstool in the living room and told me that woodchucks can be very dangerous. That what I did was very brave but that I should not do it again. She said most of the time woodchucks will not begin a fight with a dog but sometimes that does happen and it could be dangerous. She told me I was very brave but that she really didn’t appreciate me bringing it into the house. I wagged my poof at her and got a pat on the head. It was a struggle for me and I was glad to just sack out on the couch the rest of the day. This reminds me of the time I found a deer leg in the woods. I was much younger then and I carried that leg all the way to the car. It was a long way too. I got back to the car before Gertie and my town mom so I just jumped in with the leg. When she got back to the car ha, she was shocked. Now I am wondering how is the deer leg much different than a woodchuck? I got a cool picture with the deer leg but a talking to with the woodchuck. Catch the picture on Ark’s website under Buddy’s Antics. Your ‘fur-ever’ friend, Buddy A new life begins for a shelter animal with YOU!
Buddy May 24, 2021 Dear Friends, Zeke strikes again! He is one busy guy, traveling all over the country and still takes time to write. Here you go. Greetings Buddy. Zeke here! My dad has had me working real hard and I haven’t had much time to write. People have worn out so many tires we had to change up our operation. Not the operation on a table but the kind of operation my dad and I do. We went to Lebanon, Pa. and back twice in one week! Plus other loads too. That’s a lot of work! Guess what else! I got my summer haircut. Just like every spring, then it gets cold and I have to put my jacket on so I don’t shiver. I’m lucky I have a jacket at home and one in the truck. The one in the truck is reflective so people can see me at night! Hopefully it warms up soon because I want to ditch the jacket and the breeze! All for now. Your trucker buddy, Zeke. Thanks Zeke, always good to hear from you. I am wondering do you bounce up and down in that huge truck? Do you get to sit up high so you can see out the windows? Zeke, I saw a great commercial on TV the other night. In fact my town mom let me see it several times. She pushed a button and it came up again and again. Have you seen the commercial where the papa dog is driving and the mama dog is sitting in the seat beside him? The pup is in the back seat and he is in a special car seat. They pass a huge truck like you and your dad drive and the pup in the back seat makes his front paw go up and down several times and you know what happens? That big truck lays on the horn. It made my town mom laugh. I thought it was pretty cool too. When I am at my town mom’s house I like to sit on the back of the couch and look out the window. She calls me a built in door bell. I have been watching a bird building a nest. I bet if she had gone in the little tree one time she has gone a million times. In and out and in and out. I am not sure what kind of bird but I do know she has been very busy. It doesn’t seem to bother her that I watch – until I bark that is. I got my summer cut this week too. Just in time for some hot weather. My lake mom says I smell better too. Me? Well I think I am ok with or without a haircut. I will have to admit it is cooler. Speaking of warm weather, got to remember to tell your mom and dad to make sure you have fresh water every day. No one likes to drink icky water. Know what Gertie does? When she wants fresh water she goes to her bowl and just stares. She is so funny. I think she has her mom well trained because when she does this know what happens? She gets fresh water! Here are some cool things I ran across this week: Dogs are like that. They know how to fix you without every saying a word. Old dogs like old shoes are comfortable. They may be out of shape, a little worn around the edges but they fit well. Dog’s lives are too short. Their only fault, really. What is your favorite saying? Mine is bark less wag more. Send them to me; I would like to know what they are. Your ‘fur-ever’ friend, Buddy A new life begins for a shelter animal with YOU!
Buddy May 17, 2021 Dear Friends, Do you like dogs? Ha what a silly question if you are reading this column. Sure you do. Do you like cats? Another silly question if you are still reading. Here is the third, do you like books? Have any idea where this is going? I spoke with my friend Jack at the Paws and Claws bookstore and he told me they really need some more volunteers. Jack knows because he is there every week, sometimes more than once. He is sort of the greeter at Paws and Claws. He gave me an email address, here it is – email@example.com and also a phone number, 260-562-2100. Now all you have to do is take the next step. Oh, one other thing, you can work only an hour or you can work as much as you would like. Now, can’t beat that. And, you do know where the money from the books and all the extra stuff they have goes, right? Well, after the bills, you know the electric, water, internet, phone are all paid all the rest goes to help those dogs and cats and occasionally an elephant that we have at the rescue. Try it out, it’s fun and you might even get to meet Jack. Now, this is quite a story. My town mom’s friend sent it to her. It’s a good one, might even bring a tear or two or at least a smile. There is a young boy in Minnesota, his name is Paxton and he is 7 years old who has a prosthetic leg. His mom and dad opted to have the leg removed as he developed a bad infection. He had to have it removed 3 years ago. Marvel is his name and he is a golden retriever. Her brothers and sisters were all born with all 4 legs, but Marvel was born without a front right paw. It was through Paxton’s therapist that the two were introduced. I probably don’t need to go any further but I will. Paxton’s mom said, “It gives him the opportunity to tell the kids, ‘oh, she’s missing a paw, she’s like me,’” Marvel might need a wheelchair or prosthetic or her own as she grows larger and gets older. For now they are just enjoying being together. I am thinking this is awesome! I am so glad that Paxton’s therapist took that extra step and introduced Marvel to Paxton. The people who had Marvel as a new born pup just knew she was a special dog and are really happy that she ended up with Paxton. Check out their pictures on Ark’s website under Buddy’s column. Now, wipe a tear or bring a smile? Made my poof wag. Not quite sure I can top that story. Story taken from People.com. Your ‘fur-ever’ friend, Buddy A new life begins for a shelter animal with YOU.