Monday, September 13, 2010

Sweet Buddy Dog....

This here is Buddy.
He's our 2 year old pure-bred German Shepherd.

Buddy is our protector.

He loves to play and run around at the park.

He loves playing catch with his favorite ball.
We are always amazed at just how fast he is
and what cool tricks he can do!

He is great at bringing us comfort when we are feeling down.

He enjoys laying around the house and hanging out with the family.

I never had a dog growing up. I always wanted one. Just like every other kid. Instead, my family had an adorable rabbit~named Lucky.
I loved Lucky.
She lived an unusually LONG life.
18 years to be exact. Pretty incredible, huh?!?

A couple years ago, Gary surprised our family with a sweet little fluffy white bunny. We named her Daisy. Unfortunately, before we brought Daisy home, we didn't do enough "bunny research".
So we had no idea that rabbits were such temperamental animals
{Okay, we should have known}.

Here's the bottom line...
Rabbits can't handle extreme heat since they are not good at regulating their body temperature.
I hate confessing this,
but Daisy ended up living a very short life.
The HOT Southern California summer heat did her in.

I figured since I had an outdoor rabbit growing up
and since she lived well beyond the norm~all rabbits would have the same Luck--just as my pet rabbit, Lucky did!
However, my thought process...
that rabbits are a piece of cake to care for, was wrong.
Horribly. Horribly wrong. So sorry Daisy. May you rest in peace.
Maybe we shouldn't buy pets from the store spontaneously anymore.
Lesson learned.

Shortly after Daisy's death, we went back to the pet store to find a new friend. A Daisy replacement, if you will.
While there looking around, I whispered into Gary's ear, "it'd probably be easier to care for a dog!"
We left the pet store that day empty handed.

The following weekend, we adopted Buddy.
He became a very welcome addition to our family one warm summer Sunday afternoon in July 2008.
Since adopting Buddy,
he has been to Boot Camp and is a very well-trained canine.
But, don't get me wrong!
He still has puppy/teenager type tendencies.
Regardless, we love him to pieces and enjoy having him around.
Buddy is truly a HUGE part of our family.
He completes us.

I will admit, before having Buddy, I was not much of a dog person.
I'm happy to say, I am now!

And I still love cute, fluffy bunnies.
I wonder if Buddy
would be able to handle having a Bunny around as a pet???
That could be...
A pure-bred German Shepherd and a little, fluffy bunny.
Running and hopping around together.
Cuddling together.
It could be quite cute.
Buddy is actually a very gentle dog.
And I think he'd be happy having a new

1 comment:

Meghann said...

Lisa I wanted to thank you for you comment on my blog! You have a beautiful family and I'm excited to peek in on y'all from time to time. We're total dog people and also started with a rabbit; rabbit die easily. :( I'm glad we have a sturdy pup these days!