The first and subsequent posts on this blog were supposed to be different than what they will now be. The feelings behind them, the concept, and the overall feel and purpose will be the same. But something will be missing from what was originally intended.
You see, Buddy was not abandoned as we initially thought.
He did indeed have a family who loved and cared about him and the very believable information we received about him was partially false. Yes, he did have some horrible things happen to him. But those things were most likely not caused by his original owners, who missed him very much and were searching for him the whole time.
Buddy's uncontrollable whimper really threw me off. It started suddenly and he never had done this before. I looked in the direction he was looking and pulling me in. All of a sudden he just took off running, only controlled by the fact that I had him on a retractable leash.
The little girl was crying and calling him another name. I at first thought she had to be mistaken. Buddy likes all kids. Maybe he just wanted to play. Out came the mom and dad as well and from the conversation and evidence they showed me, I knew what I had to do. My heart was both broken and happy at the same time.
That was last night and very sudden. As I sit here gathering the rest of Buddy's things, vet records, registration, microchip info, and more (to bring over to Buddy's owners) I am crying mixed tears. Some tears are happy ones because Buddy is now where he belongs. But others are very sad because there is a hole in my heart -- and in the hearts of my children -- that will never ever be filled.
In time, we will all heal and grow. But right now, we are just working on making things right for Buddy. Though we still get to see him, our family dynamic will never be the same, all because of one tiny little angel named Buddy that found us suddenly one evening and left just as suddenly another.
He came to us for a reason, that's certain. For what, we are too shaken to think about right now. But the one thing that is and always will be certain is that Buddy gave and received a huge amount of love. We will miss having Buddy in our household. But from here on out, the focus is moving onward and upward with a new and different type of relationship with Buddy because after his ordeal, he is finally back where he belongs.
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