Timeless Thoughts: My Childhood Dog

 

I’ve seen a lot of my blogger friends partake in this and but I’ve never had a chance to do it before now. This is a link-up hosted by Tara and Georgie. You can click the picture to go to the link-up.
February 17 will mark 1 year since my childhood dog, Buddy passed away. So I figured I’d reflect on some of the amazing times I had with him.

 

 

I was 9 years old when my dad surprised me with him for my birthday. My 9 year old self had been wanting a dog for a long time. On a May day, I entered my backyard where my party was held and I saw a small brown puppy sniffing around. I walked up to him and start petting him, wondering whose dog it was. I ask my dad the question and he broke the news: the puppy was mine.

 

I was a huge a fan of the Air Bud movies (which depict a Golden Retriever playing different sports) and so I decided to name him Buddy.
9 year old me holding 8 week old Buddy the day after my party

It was a learning process for all of us (my dad, my little brother and I) but we educated ourselves and we got used to having a dog around.

 

It was really surprising how he just sort of fit in with us. Like he was the missing puzzle piece that made our family complete.

 

He followed us everywhere. Whether it was a simple trip to the bank or a long vacation, if where we going allowed it, he would follow. It made everything better and he certainly liked the free treats from the bank and the new smells that came with new destinations.

13 year old me and 10 year old William (younger brother) on the shores of Lake Erie
As my teen years hit me, he was there for the bad times. Whenever I would come home from a bad day at school, my dad would let him loose as I started down the driveway and he run to me with such a happy look on his face. It never failed to make me feel better.

 

There were many times when he followed me home on my bike as we went from the neighborhood elementary school to home. It was so cool because we would both get the exercise and I loved having a sidekick.

 

He was a huge source of unconditional love for me on the days when I really needed it. If It felt bad about myself, Buddy would remind me that I was good for something.

 

Last year, as I drove home after hearing the news (and for William’s 17th birthday), in between songs, I said somberly: “I miss you, Buddy”. The song that played next was Parachutes by Coldplay and it was like Buddy was sending me a message that he would always be there for me.
“In a haze, a stormy haze,ย I’ll be round,ย I’ll be loving you always, always “
~Parachutes by Coldplay
After that, I decided I would take the unconditional love he gave me and give it to others, especially when they need it.

 

But now when I think of Buddy, I think of him as my “everglow” as reference to the song Everglow by Coldplay. He left me a light that I’m determined to give to others.

8 thoughts on “Timeless Thoughts: My Childhood Dog

  1. It’s always sad when any pets pass away :(. I still remembered the set of cats I had from 7 years ago.

    You looked so sweet with your puppy! It’s great that you took your dog with you whenever you can. I always love seeing people bringing their dogs to supermarkets, vacations, and even job XD. I’m glad your dog was there to cheer you up during the bad times. It’s sweet that you’re giving unconditional love to others when they’re in a time of need :).

  2. Cassidy, thank you for joining this linkup with such a poignant post. Reading this made me tear up. It was clear that Buddy was not only a great companion, but he loved you and everyone, and you all loved him back. I really adore the photo you shared of him, especially the one of little Cassidy holding Buddy the puppy <3

    I am sorry he passed away, but I am thankful he had a happy life with you all, and that he touched you in so many ways.

  3. Aww, that’s so sad to hear that he passed away last year ๐Ÿ™ Thank you for sharing your memories of him with us. It’s amazing how pets fit right into our families and are there for us. He sounds like an amazing and sweet dog!

  4. I’m glad to see you’ve taken part in Timeless Thoughts, I think it’s such a great way to look back in the past and connect with other bloggers doing the same thing! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’m sorry about him passing away ๐Ÿ™ He looked like he had such a fun and eventful life with you though – at least you have these wonderful memories to cherish <3

  5. It’s so sad when our pets leave us ): Dogs are awesome. I know that some people with depression are told to get pets because they’re just so full of love. The happiness that we’re greeted by our dogs once we get home is one of the greatest feelings in the world! (My dog just lays on the couch though LOL)

  6. Poor baby ๐Ÿ™ I had animals growing up like my black cat Gato and how he came with me until my parents divorced then he ran away. I miss him greatly but he gave me such great memories that I won’t dare forget. I hate how short their lives are but we appreciate them more, you know?

  7. Awww… that’s so sad ๐Ÿ™ He was such an adorable dog! Though, I am glad that he had a wonderful life with a loving family.

    I also had a dog who passed away while I was away from home, so I never got to see him buried. As for the dog I have right now, I am going to make sure that I am there for him when he needs me the most.

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