BUDDY   

2/7/99 - 2/19/13

Buddy, my Border Collie, born 2-7-99, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2013. 

He had turned 14 years old 2 weeks before.  For months what we thought was progressive arthritis was weakening his back end, to the extent that he sometimes fell down while trying to get around and we had to pick him up.  But he hadn't lost any of his spirit and mental acuity, even though his body was getting weaker.

That morning, after breakfast while the dogs were outside playing, he fell down.  This was nothing new, and there was some ice outside that morning so didn't seem unusual that he slipped and fell.  But when I picked him up he fell down again.   I repeated it, he fell again.  He just couldn't hold himself up.  So I carried him into the house and laid him on his dog bed.  Every time he tried to move he whined in pain, and Buddy was not one to show pain, so I knew it was bad.  I gave him a pain pill and called the vet, then went in mid morning.

By noon the diagnosis was that he had lost most of his control of his back legs.  He only had partial feeling in one of them.  Xrays showed that there was something abnormal on his spine in the area that controls the nerves to the back legs.  The vet said every hour counted in terms of getting the use of his legs back, so Buddy stayed there and got doses of steroids, both to relieve the pain and to (hopefully) get some functionality back.  The vet said there was likely a tumor impinging on his spine, something that couldn't be removed and the damage couldn't be reversed.

The vet called at 4pm, giving the bad news that the steroids, while removing Buddy's pain, did nothing to remove the paralysis.  So I went to the vet's office and helped Buddy go peacefully.  When I arrived and went back to see him, and he saw me, he smiled the biggest, happiest grin.  I could tell he was in no pain.

Buddy would not have been happy being an invalid for the rest of his life, and at the age of 14 I didn't want to do that to his dignity.  He was always a proud and independent dog, you know. 

He was always a serious agility dog, wanted to please me and get it right.  But he also enjoyed being in the agility ring and performing. 
In CPE he got the CATCH-3 and CATE titles, and participated in 7 national events, including winning high scoring border collie in 2002.  He also competed in USDAA and NADAC nationals. He achieved the USDAA MAD title, NADAC NATCH title, and ASCA Elite Regular and Jumpers titles.

In addition, he loved Rally Obedience, and was a natural at walking beside me and heeling around the ring in different, interesting patterns.  We didn't get to do much rally, but In APDT Rally he achieved his Level 3 title before I retired him.

Rest in Peace, Buddy Boy, a.k.a. Bud Man.  We all miss you.

 

             

 

 

             2008 CPE nationals

 

  2001

 

       2002 USDAA nationals

 

           August 2005

 

 

 

On October 13, 2007, Buddy got his USDAA MAD!

On January 19, 2008, Buddy got his CPE C-ATE!  - watch the video

        

        

 

 

USDAA:

Buddy: Title Earned
Title Date Earned
Master Performance Dog  08/01/2008 
Master Agility Dog  10/13/2007
Advanced Agility Dog 12/31/2003
Jumpers Master 11/30/2003
Advanced Gamblers 03/30/2003
Agility Dog 05/27/2001

 

CPE:

C-ATCH

Buddy                    Border Collie                        Trisha Stall                NY                 9/25/04                             #64


C-ATCH2 - 5/11/08

C-ATCH3 -  9/20/08

 C-ATE

22  Buddy Border Collie Trisha Stall NY 1/19/2008
21  Luigi Jack Russell Terrier Margaret Hendershot OH 12/31/2007
20  Sunny All American Marisa Blank MI 12/31/2007
19  Lucky All American Terry & Tyler Hawkins CA 11/23/2007
18  Ziggy Shetland Sheepdog Wendreth & Ronald Gregoire MA 11/3/2007
17  Chance Shetland Sheepdog Donna D'Amico CA 7/22/2007
16  Magy Golden Retriever Mike Penketh CA 5/19/2007
15  Marley Australian Shepherd Deborah Hanson IL 5/5/2007
14  Ryser Siberian Husky Amanda & Will Moller MI 2/2/2007
13  Riker Shetland Sheepdog Marie Vihonsky & Debbie McDermott MI 1/21/2007
12  Spencer Australian Shepherd Shelby Garver MI 1/6/2007
11  Micah Australian Cattle Dog Vicki Humble OH 12/30/2006
10  Fritz Shetland Sheepdog Susan Rappillus & Dave Scheuner CA 11/26/2006
Shiloh Miniature Schnauzer Tamara Rhoades MI 7/8/2006
Sandy All American Trisha Stall NY 5/27/2006
Fantom German Shepherd Dog Sonja Davis MI 4/16/2006
Diamond Australian Shepherd Kristine Welser MI 1/1/2006
'Cuda All American Tamara Rhoades MI 12/31/2005
Mitzi Pomeranian Judy Thompson MI 11/12/2005
Mojo All American Tamara Rhoades MI 10/28/2005
Devon Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) Linda Eickholdt MI 10/31/2004
Jackie Collie (Rough) Sonja Davis MI 5/9/2004