One Year Without My Bud
Start writing a post

One Year Without My Bud

It's been a very long year.

One Year Without My Bud
Allison Solarski

About a year ago we had to put my dog, Buddy to sleep after 14 years of life. My family had to make the decision to take him out of his suffering. It was one of the hardest days of my life especially because I could not be home to say my last goodbye.

Buddy was one of those dogs that would never get tired. He was always willing to play catch outside or go for a nice long walk. His happiness was contagious and he could make the saddest person feel better instantly. I remember when I was younger and I would cry Buddy would come up to me, sit on my lap, and lick my tears away. He would come close to my face and give me that "everything is going to be OK" look. This stopped my tears instantly. It's amazing that dogs have that kind of power where they can make you feel better without even saying anything. Actions speak louder than words. I know many people can relate to the unconditional love a dog has given them.

Buddy was half Jack Russell, half Fox Terrier. We got him when I was in first grade.

Buddy would chase after squirrels, birds, the occasional rat, and any type of bug. He loved to eat and would always stare you down whenever you had food. My favorite thing would be when his ears would shoot up whenever someone said the words: walk, treat, or car ride.

As Buddy got older he became lethargic and not as jumpy. He would sleep a lot and give up halfway on our walks. He was not himself and it was heartbreaking. I know he was sad that he was not as energetic as before because he wanted to chase after the squirrels in the yard but he just did not have the energy. Buddy had his good days and bad days. His bad days were really bad and it was heartbreaking seeing him in so much pain. When I came home for fall break my parents mentioned that Buddy was getting really bad. He was having more bad days than good days. It was difficult to make the decision to take him out of his suffering because we were not ready to say goodbye to someone who was a part of our family for so long.

When I received the news that Buddy was going to be put down I was devastated, especially because the last time I saw him he was having a really good day and it made me hopeful .

My first year without my best friend by my side was very difficult. When I was sad, Buddy was not there to lick away my tears. When I wanted to run outside on a nice day, Buddy was not there to join me. When I wanted to lounge on the couch, Buddy was not there to cuddle.

The best advice I could give for that first year without your best friend is to remember the good times and the memories. Hang pictures in your room and share stories with others. Pet dogs in the park and vicariously live through your friend's dog.

The term "a man's best friend" is a very true statement. Buddy was my best friend and a year without him by my side was very hard. Whenever I see dogs out and about on the streets with their owners I get so happy. Dogs bring so much happiness to the world. They give so much unconditional love. They make people feel so loved without expecting anything in return. Remembering the good times and showing love to other dogs makes the first year a little bit easier.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Ten Duo Halloween Costume Ideas

Whether it be with your boyfriend/girlfriend or best friend, coming up with a group costume can be hard.


Let's face it. We've all, at one point or another, have struggled with finding a perfect group costume. I've come up with 10 duo costume ideas for halloween this year.

Keep Reading... Show less

Haunted Houses For Halloween In New Jersey

The Top Scariest Haunted Houses In New Jersey


Residing in New Jersey enables you to participate in various activities, and everyone has a favorite. In New Jersey, Halloween is also celebrated in a spooky way. There are many scariest haunted houses in NJ to celebrate Halloween. If you want to confront your greatest fears, Halloween Scariest haunted houses are ideal.

Keep Reading... Show less

Leaving My Backpack In The Library

Views about society and the stranger sitting right across from me


As a college student, my backpack is an extension of myself in many ways. It contains my notes, pens, and computer vital for my success in college. It contains the snacks and water bottle I need to survive long days on campus. It also contains the "in-case" items that help put my mind at rest if I forgot something from home: extra hair ties, masks, and that backup-backup snack. With so much in my backpack important to me and my life on campus, it is no wonder that I can get apprehensive about it when it is not with me or in my line of sight. And that makes me wonder.

Keep Reading... Show less

5 Cool Gadgets To Make Your Car Smart

Don't let this stop you from making your car smart. You can change the one you have using smart gadgets that transform your car into a smart car.


Cars are no longer just a mode of transport, where you only worry about the engine and how beautiful its interior is. These days, everyone wants to make their cars smarter, those with advanced technology systems. It makes sense for several reasons. It can make your vehicle more efficient and safer when you need to drive.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Inevitable Truth of Loss

You're going to be okay.


As we humans face loss and grief on a daily basis, it's challenging to see the good in all the change. Here's a better perspective on how we can deal with this inevitable feeling and why it could help us grow.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments