If you've been out to the farm in the last 6 months, chances are you have met our newest member of the family, Buddy.
Buddy is an 8 year old retriever, lab cross that we "adopted" into our family the week of Christmas 2016. Buddy grew up on a farm not far from us with a family of 10 people. They were moving to BC for a job relocation, which meant living in a subdivision. Buddy had only lived on a farm, and they didn't want him to have to become a "leash" dog. We attended First Lobo Baptist Church with them, and happened to run into them at Lowe's a couple of days prior to their departure. When asking how the final preparations were going, it was mentioned how very sad they were to have to leave behind their beloved Buddy, and were desperately searching for a new forever home for him.
Nathan had been bugging for a dog for quite some time, and of course his ears perked up at the mention of a home for this dog. We parted ways saying we would let them know if we thought of anyone that would be willing to take him. The entire ride home, we had 4 children who very loudly made their feelings known about taking on this dog. Steve and I tossed it around for a couple of days, and decided that we would be willing to give it a try to see if we were the right fit for him, and vice versa.
We can honestly say Buddy has adapted to his life here on the farm very well!! Steve was pretty adamant from the beginning that he would not be responsible for a pet as he did not have the time to invest, it would be the children's responsibility. It's truly funny how things work out, because this dog has latched onto Steve and will not leave his side for ANYTHING! Buddy is the best protector, and friend we could ask for. The previous family did an amazing job raising him to become an obedient and faithful pet.
Buddy has even made a friend here on the farm.....we have an older kitten who just adores Buddy and follows him EVERYWHERE he goes. Often I can look out the window at any given time of day and see Buddy following Steve and this kitten following Buddy. They seem to have an understanding and Buddy has no issue with this kitten being his shadow and being in his personal space.
Man's Best Friend!