Down on the Allotment

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Monday, January 03, 2011

Happy Birthday Buddy!

Happy Birthday Buddy! - 15 years old. It was between Christmas and New year 5 years ago that we visited Battersea Dogs Home to look for a new dog. We had been dogless for nearly 2 years and the time was right for another. We didn't want a boy, only a girl. We didn't want a black dog because all the carpets were cream. We didn't want an older dog.....

But as fate would have it, he chose us! he chose us!!!..! We knew he was the one, but he was 10 years old then and no one else wanted him. He had been severely neglected, his teeth were rotten and falling out, never been wormed, neutered or treated for an awful flea allergy. He was quite thin but all the parts were in working order. Battersea scrubbed him up like a new penny, took out a few teeth, polished the ones that he had left, and took away a couple of other..er... things that he had no use for. The dogs home were closed over the New Year so we had to wait a couple of days before we could pick him up.
So on January 3rd he lept into the boot of my car and we drove home. 5 years later... well, you know the rest. Happy Birthday Buddy - enjoy the sausage cake!

24 Comments:

At 9:32 PM, Blogger Katie said...

What a fun way to celebrate Buddy! Happy birthday to him.

 
At 10:21 PM, Blogger Chicken lover said...

Happy birthday Buddy! Our old girl, Sacha, is a rescue dog too x
Jane

 
At 12:01 AM, Blogger Rob said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUDDY!! I've noticed that the dogs do have a habit of choosing their humans!

 
At 12:29 AM, Blogger KatieLovesDogs said...

Happy birthday sweet boy!

It looks like you won the mama lottery and your mama won the doggie lottery when she adopted you!

 
At 12:55 AM, Blogger Wyatt said...

Happy Birthday Buddy!! You are celebrating your golden years in style, my friend!!

Wyatt

 
At 4:23 AM, Blogger meerkat said...

hi matron
i love reading your blog for the great advice and experiences at the allotment. but i also look forward to hearing about buddy

happy birthday buddy. hope he enjoyed his cake.

happy new year to both of you
meera

 
At 7:19 AM, Blogger Scarecrow said...

Happy Birthday Buddy from downunder!!!

That sausage cake looks really yummy!

 
At 7:28 AM, Blogger Bangchik said...

If he can talk, he probably says "thank you" again and again.... Happy Birthday Buddy

 
At 8:40 AM, Blogger Jo said...

Happy birthday, Buddy. What a wonderful story of Buddy choosing you rather than the other way round. For Christmas I got a book, Rescue Me by Melissa Wareham, which is about the author's life working at Battersea Dogs Home.

 
At 11:29 AM, Blogger Midmarsh John said...

Happy birthday Buddy. You certainly chose the right companions there.

 
At 1:31 PM, Blogger Peggy said...

Happy Birthday Buddy!We have a saying over here
'The old dog for the hard road and the pup for the boreen'
Buddy certainly had his wits about him when he put his eye on you!

 
At 5:52 PM, Blogger Carrie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! from me and a hearty "woof!" from Maggie xx You're looking gorgeous as always Buddy ;)

 
At 7:15 PM, Blogger Theanne... said...

Baron and I wish you a Happy Birthday Buddy...I'm quite sure you enjoyed your marvelous sausage cake!!! What I want to know is...did you blow out your candle all by yourself? *smile*

 
At 7:59 PM, Blogger Steve said...

A very happy birthday Buddy.

Love Bramble XXX

 
At 10:08 PM, Blogger luvarugula said...

he must be a very special dog!!!

 
At 10:09 AM, Blogger HappyPlotter said...

Hope you enjoyed you 'birthday cake' Buddy, here's to another good year!

 
At 2:20 PM, Blogger Mr. H. said...

You are my hero! Thank you for taking such good care of this beautiful creature, he is so lucky to have you. Happy Birthday Buddy.

 
At 8:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Buddy! You chose your companion well. I think your middle name should be Lucky.

Lee

 
At 11:25 PM, Blogger BilboWaggins said...

Happy Birthday Buddy, definitely all the Christmases and birthdays come at once when you went home with Matron.

An auspicious day indeed - we brought our Sam home yesterday (3rd). Only 8 weeks old so a long way to go to catch up with the Master Gardener. It feels strange to have a dog in the house again, good, but strange.

 
At 4:48 AM, Blogger Matron said...

Bilbo - great to hear from you, thanks for your comments. I have been unable to see your blog for months, I am locked out unfortunately. Good luck with the new puppy!

 
At 1:50 PM, Blogger Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

You're both lucky - dog and boss!! Lipsmackingly yummy cake - Happy birthday, Buddy - I'm sure you enjoyed every bit of it.

Happy New Year to both of you!

 
At 3:33 AM, Blogger Dan said...

Happy birthday Buddy! It seems the best pets are always the ones that pick their owners.

 
At 3:56 AM, Anonymous Eliza @ Appalachian Feet said...

Hahaha... I saw that "cake" and leaned closer wondering "is that meat?" That's so gross and adorable. :) Congratulations on Buddy's birthday!

 
At 10:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These pictures of your gorgeous boy Buddy and your story of aquiring him have made my day. XXX

 

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