One of my previous posts called ‘The dog whispers…bring me home,’ yielded much interest and I thought an update might be appropriate.
To refresh, on December 29, 2012, Buddy, a yellow Labrador (with a torn ACL in his hind leg) and Maddy, a female English Bulldog, went missing from the Baird’s acreage. Alas they were never recovered. What happened to them is still unknown and there as been much speculation as to the possibilities of their wherabouts. The Baird’s even took the extra step of calling in professional trackers and hunters but to no avail, although it was determined that coyotes attacking the dogs was highly unlikely. Equally doubtful was for them to have just run off, since the bulldog never liked to travel far from the front door and Buddy’s torn ACL was too painful to allow for long walks anywhere. http://www.buddymaddy.com/
It is my feeling that these two adorable pets were picked up by someone and it’s my hope that they are at least being treated well wherever they are.
The heartbreak of losing a pet can be like losing a member of the family. You go through all of the emotions of denial, anger, depression and finally acceptance but you never forget them.
The Baird family did everything they possibly could to try and find their dogs and although they have been unsuccessful in bringing them home, so far; something positive has come from their experience. On June 15th, of this past year, they organized a Missing Mutts Awareness Day in honour of their missing dogs, Buddy and Maddy. The intent of this event was to promote awareness of where to go and who to contact if a lost or stray dog is found. It was also a means to bring attention to hundreds of other families that have lost or stolen dogs.
There was an agility event, expert dog clinics, groomers, dog vendors, and behaviorists, as well as, several rescue agencies where you could meet adoptable dogs. There was also a fun all-breed dog show.
The weather was threatening to rain most of the day but that didn’t hold back these diehard dog lovers. In fact, the event was so successful that Carmel Baird is even thinking of making it an annual event. (check back on their website for updates on that.)
I thought long and hard about adopting this little guy but we travel too much to take on the responsibility. He was just so soft and cuddly that he was almost impossible to resist. I think about getting a dog every month, however, I have to be realistic; I don’t have the time required to properly commit to training and exercising a dog right now.
Someday… someday I will hear those little pads tapping on my floor as they make their way to jump on my bed for a snuggle.