Jeff and his dog, Buddy, have been the best of friends for over 12 years. One of the things they loved to do most was head to the mountains on the weekends to drive around on ATVs while Buddy played and romped in the empty fields. “Those were the happiest days for us,” says Jeff.
Unfortunately, Jeff was in a bad accident that left him disabled. Buddy became a major part of Jeff’s recovery, particularly when it came to helping him stay dedicated to his physical therapy.
“The doctors said I would never be able to walk again,” explains Jeff, “but Buddy kept me going, and eventually I was able to walk around the block with him. It may not seem like much of an accomplishment, but it was only because of Buddy that I kept trying.”
When we first met Jeff at PetAid Animal Hospital, he had brought Buddy in when his usually rambunctious friend wasn’t feeling well. It was clear to our medical staff how much these two loved and supported one another. It was discovered during diagnosis that Buddy was suffering from an auto immune disorder causing excruciating skin and tongue ulcers. With the severity of this condition and only a very slim chance of recovering, Jeff decided that the most humane option was to “let Buddy go to heaven so he won’t have to suffer in so much pain anymore.”
Jeff left the hospital alone and heartbroken that day. But in the months to follow, he focused on how Buddy lived a good, long life and how adored he was. PetAid received an email from Jeff with a painting he made portraying the happy days that he and Buddy had shared before his accident. “I painted this to help with the grief I felt,” Jeff wrote. “It helped me a lot. Maybe it can help someone else, too. Thank you for all of your help with Buddy.”