The little butter ball that stole my heart the moment I laid eyes on him

by Kathy Hilderbrand
(Arvada Colorado)

This is Bubba when he was 6 months old

This is Bubba when he was 6 months old

I first came across Bubba at the local shelter. My husband and I were there looking for a dog for my son who was just 4 yrs old. We didn't have any type of breed in mind. Just that we knew that we wanted one that would take to my son. We were walking the kennels (And it was hard not to take them all home) when we came across this little tan puppy who couldn't have been more then 3 months old.

He was such a little butter ball very puggy for one so young. He looked at us with those are you gonna take me home with you eyes. After talking with my husband we decided to meet with him and see if he took my son. So we went to the waiting room while the nice lady at the shelter went to go and get him. I was a little nervous as to how he was going to be with my son.

When the lady came into the room with this wiggling little bundle of joy, I had a feeling that this was the one we were going to end up with. She put the puppy down and the first person he went over to was my son and started to give kisses. I looked at my husband and said this is the one I want. After a 5 or 10 mins of visiting with this sweet boy I went and told the lady that we would take him.

Long story short we filled the paper work and they sent him over the local animal hospital to have him neutered. We had become like two best friends. There was nothing that he could do that he would get in trouble for. I loved him with all my heart and he loved me back with no questions.

We had Bubba for about 6 years when he suddenly got extremely sick. We took him to vet after vet trying to figure out what was wrong with him. They did x-ray, blood work, you name it, but they couldn't not find out what was wrong with him. Not wanting to put him through any more suffering, my husband and I had to make the hardest decision in our life and that was to put him to sleep.

I was so lost without him. I didn't want to get out of bed, let alone eat. I had to be put on anti-depressants because I got to the point where I would just lay around the house.

The loving staff at the vet hospital where we put him to sleep had him cremated and placed his ashes in nice little box for us (which I have sitting on my entertainment center). They also sent a card with paw prints from Bubba. There is not a day that doesn't go by that I don't miss him and think about him.

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