Buddy: January 2004 – September 2015
Buddy Ghaner departed this world on September 28, 2015. Born on a farm in Maryland, “Budweiser” ultimately ended up in a rescue on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where he was happily found by his dad, Ray. Upon discovering Buddy on PetFinder.com, Ray drove from central Pennsylvania to the Eastern Shore and is said to have arrived at the rescue and be waiting in their parking lot when they opened. Buddy and Ray hit it off immediately and while it wasn’t the rescue’s policy to let animals go home with families the first day they met, it was clear that Ray would not be leaving without Buddy that day. An exception was made and the new friends embarked on the 5 hour drive home while sharing a large box of Chicken McNuggets.
Buddy spent 9 years with the Ghaner family, during which time he lived with them in 4 different houses and helped them welcome two children. With those children, Buddy was unfailingly patient and kind, despite their attempts to ride him, dress him up, and use his ears as teething toys.
Buddy’s proudest moment was the day he chased down and caught a groundhog in his yard, which he proceeded to carry around for the next half hour, before depositing it on the front steps as a gift to his family. Buddy was a notorious slobberer and all who came near were blessed with a shower of his excessive drool. Late in life, Buddy took up swimming and insisted in joining his family in the pool whenever they were out. He also enjoyed burying his kongs in the flowerbeds and napping in a sunny spot on the dining room floor. Buddy was completely devoted to his family and his greatest joy was simply being close to the people he loved. He could often be found sleeping right next to his father’s side of the bed or lying on their feet under the dining table.
Buddy was predeceased by his adoptive brother, a chocolate lab named Cody, and leaves behind a mom, dad, sister, and brother, all of whom hope that he is painlessly running around in Dog Heaven, chasing groundhogs and eating ham sandwich biscuits.