|Original photo by and courtesy of Lisa Byrd; modified by FiveSibes|
The Rainbow Bridge must be some (p)awesome place to be for it has so many amazing, beautiful angel animals there. My beloved Gibson is there. As is my Chelsey, Sandy, kitty Smokie, bunny Sunny, my fox Ah, many horses, and so many others pets. We have many furfriends who have also crossed The Rainbow Bridge. All of these beloved animals are there...so healthy and happy, with all the dogs enjoying their zoomies and playing Fetch all day in a land that is eternally beautiful. Sounds perfect. Only catch is when our devoted companions are there, we can no longer physically be with them. So while they are in a place where the spirit soars, our hearts are broken as we are missing them here with us. It is a hurt we all as pet parents now way too well.
And today, as unbelievable as it seems as I write this, we have to bid a final farewell to another dear furpal, Buddy, the Christmas Husky, who has now earned his wings and has made his journey to North of the Rainbow Bridge.
|Photo of rescued Buddy courtesy of Shari Baillargeon|
As many of you know, Buddy's story is what my book, Buddy the Chrismas Husky~Based on a True Holiday Miracle is about. His tale started out very tragic, where he was abused, shot, sick, and abandoned, left wandering the cold, snowy streets in an Arkansas town until a good Samaritan named Geneva Ryan stepped out into traffic that snowy Christmas Day and saved him. Through a whole online community known as "Team Buddy," Buddy found his way to his amazing and loving foster "Mama Shay" Shari Baillargeon, states away in Georgia, who opened her heart and home to to the sickly, barely recognizable Siberian Husky.
Mama Shay, with the continued help and support from Team
Buddy, nursed Buddy back to a much healthier boy under the veterinarian care at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, and she bestowed upon him so much love and healing, and shared his journey with us, reaching out and traveling to meet so many of Buddy's friends across states. Mama Shay provided him with a rescued dog's dream life. The unique thing about Buddy's story is that Team Buddy is a worldwide community of dog lovers, most who have never met in person, who joined together to help him throughout his ordeal, and continued to support Mama Shay and Buddy all through his health issues, some that stayed with him leftover from his unknown days of abuse, and a more recent diagnosis of lymphoma.
|Book illustrations by Barbara K. Slocum|
|Latest book sales donation to Mama Shay's "Buddy's Buddies" Fund|
|Me meeting Buddy! Love at first sight!|
This past summer, I had the joy of meeting this handsome boy when Mama Shay and Buddy drove from Georgia up the East Coast to upstate New York with traveling companions fellow Siberian Husky, Nala, who Mama Shay was fostering, and Nala's new adoptive Mom, Susan. They came to join me in a book signing event and a meet and greet at The Parish in New Paltz, where Buddy was the star! Children and adults alike loved meeting him, and Buddy, well, he was in his glory! It is a day that was so special and filled with love. One that I will cherish forever.
The day was such a fun-filled special day for all of us, many who traveled great distances, including several states, just to attend! You can check out all of the fun here in this video:
Buddy and Mama Shay were guests twice on my FiveSibes "The Sibe Vibe" Dog Works Radio Show! You can tune in here to hear his story:
Today, Mama Shay shared with the Buddy community the following:
|Mama Shay & Buddy by Lisa Byrd|
|The Christmas Husky by Shari Baillargeon|
I grieve with Mama Shay and the entire community of Buddy friends and fans over the loss of this very special boy. Buddy was a true miracle story. He was, and always will be, a symbol of hope for rescue dogs everywhere.
When asked what Buddy's message would be, Mama Shay said, "Just remember me when you see the next 'mangy mutt' on the side of the road. Instead of blowing your horn or shooing me away, pick me up and offer your kindness and help! The world can be a better place with one act of kindness which leads to others. After all, look what happened to me, Buddy, the Christmas Husky! Roo, Roo, Roo!”
So today, I am sending big Husky hugs to Mama Shay and must say good-bye to our dear, sweet furangel friend, Buddy, the Christmas Husky.
Buddy, may your Husky-in-Charge star shine brightly forever.