October 5, 2006
started out to be a gorgeous autumn day. It was the kind of day that
every dog dreams of, with cool crisp air, a light breeze, and plenty of
sunshine in a brillant blue sky. For some of us, it will be a day to
remember because of what we lost. "Lil' Bud", beloved pet, friend
& guardian to Laure & Duke, gallantly lost his fight to
cancer on this day.
Bud came to Laure
& Duke 13 years ago when they were living in Naples, Florida.
It was Christmas Eve and they were at gala with friends when one
arrived with a little puppy only about two weeks old. No bigger than
your hand, eyes still sort of closed and full of fleas. The friend had
found him in the streets being exchanged for drugs, grabbed him and
brought the tiny pup to them. And so the story begins, from what
probably would have been a cruel and violent life, Lil' Bud would live
a life to be envied in the beautiful state of Vermont, with as many
trees, shrubs and flowers that he could pee on.
For those of you
that have brought your own dogs to Lucky Dog -- basically sampling
Bud's life -- at one point or another you've probably seen this
handsome boy peering out the glass door. Did you ever wonder how Duke
& Laure knew you were there? It was because Bud announced each
For those of you
that spent time inside the house, it was hard not to resist this
dignified boy. With big, soulful brown eyes Lil' Bud could make any
heart melt. He wasn't over-bearing or pushy, nor was he whiney or
barky. He was a perfect gentleman, (unless you were another male dog!),
who made his presence known simply with his stance.
Lil' Bud's favorite
activities were going for a ride in the car with Laure & Duke,
swimming at the Punch Bowl and running at the park.
Lil' Bud will always
be remembered with fondness, respect and dignity.
He will be forever missed and forever in our hearts.