In memory of BUCK


**My beloved dog Buck, who has been with us since I was 15 years old (he was a birthday present) had to be put to sleep last night.:crying: I am so incredibly sad. But it is also a huge shock.

He was 16 years old. He had the kindest spirit and goofiest heart. He was always eager to please. But he did not always have an easy life. We adopted him from a shelter when he was only 6 months old. In his short life he had already seen much abuse and neglect. It took him years to trust my dad (because he was male and it was a man who beat him). It took a lot of work to help him overcome his fears, but when we did he became a great pet and companion.

When i moved out he stayed behind with my parents. He became a good friend and protector to my mom who is home alone much of the time due to my dad’s job. Even at 16 years old he still followed her around the house like a little puppy.

He has had some health problems over the past few years but was in very good condition for his age. So, when my mom called me yesterday in a panic because they feared that Buck had broke his leg I was upset but not worried. I prayed that if it was broken that it would be an easy break to set and heal and that my mom wouldn’t have too hard of a time taking care of him in that condition. We all worried about money because vets are not cheap and emergency vets are even more expensive (which is where you have to go on a Saturday evening on Easter weekend).

Hubby and did our normal nightly routine of getting baby to sleep, feeding our pets and having a bit of relaxation time before going to sleep. I turn all of the ringers off on our phones after having one wake up Lily by accident. So I didn’t get my mom’s message until this morning.

I expected it to be an update or an account of how much the vet cost. But what I heard was “we have to put Buck down. His leg IS broken, but he also has cancer. PLEASE call me back right away”. That was at 11:30 last night.

My mouth fell open and the tears started to pour. I didn’t even get a chance to say good bye. And with being so busy with Lily lately I can’t even remember the last time I saw him:(.

But my dog was a trooper. The vet was shocked when the x-rays came back and showed the extent of the bone cancer. She couldn’t believe he wasn’t showing pain. In her experience, most dogs with this type of cancer are in excruciating pain long before their bones are brittle enough to break. She suspects that the cancer spread to his brain and numbed the pain receptors. What a blessing that was.

I can’t go on right now. I can barely breath. I mean i can’t go on posting. Thank you for letting me share this with all of you. Buck was in our family for half of my life. I love him so much.




Praying that the Lord will comfort you. He loves all his creation and He loved Buck, too.

My own little doggie is 9 now and has had a life similar to Buck’s. I adopted her at 1 yr old, she had already been abused, abandoned, and had a litter of pups taken from her. All her fur had to be shaved off due to fleas and she had heartworms. She still flinches if I make fast hand motions near her, she distrusts men, and she goes nuts at anyone wearing a baseball hat…even me! I love her like family.

As soon as you’re ready, you have the chance now to adopt another animal and give it a great life! Take that love for Buck and spread it around.

Blessed Easter and hugs to you,


Awww! I’m sorry about your dog:( I had to put my cat to sleep 3 years ago and she was my companion since I was born. It sucks when pets die:(


I’m sorry to hear about your loss. I hope you’re going to meet him yet in some way.


I’m so sorry, Malia. I know first hand how sad and difficult it is to lose a beloved pet in that way. I pray that the joy of our Lord’s resurrection will comfort your sorrow today.

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Unfortunately I don’t have many good pics of him on my computer. But here is one that will at least show you what a beautiful dog he was.



Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…
Author unknown…


I am so sorry Malia. It is hard to loose a pet. As someone else said, may the Joy of Easter and what it means carry you through this sad time.

Brenda V.


I’m sorry for your loss Malia. :frowning: I’ve had to put a pet down before too and I know how hard it is.

Praying for God’s comfort for you during this time.


**Thank you everyone. It is sad to have to put down a beloved pet, but I’ve had to do it before. It is not easy but there is consolation in knowing that they no longer have to suffer. This was just such a shock to me. And hearing it first thing this morning on my voice mail was rough. I just didn’t see it coming. Cancer??? I belong to a few pet forums/groups and from what I know from them is that cancer is horribly painful and “visible”. For poor Buck to have suffered in silence with this for as long as he did is hard for me to bear. I am glad he is no longer suffering, but full of regrets.



Malia, I am so sorry for your loss! It is so stinking hard to lose our pet babies! I had to say goodbye to my Mason baby 3 years ago this May and it is still so painful to be without him! I miss him so much.

You will be in my prayers.


God has allowed these wondeful creatures to come into our lives, and all too soon they are gone. I have mourned so many thru the years, and I always choose to believe my dear Irish grandmother who told me that if we needed our beloved pets in heaven to make us happy, they would be there. Meanwhile, I entrust them to God.


I’m so sorry…I know it hurts…

May God comfort and console you.


Malia I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved pup. Last year we had to unexpectedly put to sleep one of our kitties. It’s really hard especially when it’s completely unexpected. Buck was a beautiful dog. My prayers are with you.


I’m so sorry to hear of your loss.
It hurts so bad when a beloved pet dies because they have become like part of the family. My little adorable dog Woodrow had to be put down 20 years ago at age 12 because he had a huge inoperable cancer tumor that suddenly manifested just 3 days before we had to have him put to sleep. He was healthy one evening and leaping into the air to catch the tennis ball I would bounce off the house for him to catch. The next morning he was suddenly very sick and in a lot of pain and would yelp and back away when I tried to give him a little food. I still miss him.
Ask the Lord to comfort you in this time of your pain.
God bless,
Jaypeeto4 (aka Jaypeeto3)


I am so sorry about your beautiful dog. He was truly blessed that he was adopted into your family, where he could receive the love that he so richly deserved.
God bless you & your family for the care you gave to Buck during his life with you.:gopray:


What a handsome and sweet-looking boy Buck was - what breed was he?


Awww, Malia, that’s so sad. :frowning: And I’m sorry you got the news too late.

He was a beautiful dog. WOW. What kind was he?


Sorry to hear this Malia…

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