It took six weeks for him to get over his kennel cough, put on weight and get all his shots from the vet. I drove back to Corgi Rescue to pick him up and, in a matter of minutes, we were Buddy’s proud, and nervous owners. It took a couple of weeks to adjust. He was nervous too.
It was a mystery to me how a tri-color corgi as intelligent, well-mannered and affectionate as Buddy could become a stray on the streets. Then, one day, on one of our neighborhood walks, Buddy told me his story. I wrote it down, “just as Buddy told it to me.” It became a children’s book published on Amazon Kindle, Buddy the Floppy Ear Corgi.
I printed out a copy for our next door neighbor whose daughter was in the third grade. He read it to his daughter and she took it to school. The teacher read it to the entire third grade class. “One boy cried,” she said.
Apparently Buddy had this problem when he was young, a floppy ear that proved to be an embarrassment. All the other respectable corgis had ears that stood up straight and alert, except for Buddy. So, he ran away and became lost on the streets where Barney the Bloodhound befriended him and taught him how to survive. That is, until they were picked up by the dog police.
Along the way, Buddy learned to love himself and others just the way God made them. It is a good lesson for all of us to learn. He also learned the importance of being rescued. Sometimes we all need to be rescued by someone. Sometimes we all need to rescue someone else.
This year, Buddy wants to make his book available for free as a Christmas gift to all of our readers. Just click on Buddy's photo on the right side of the blog and download Buddy the Floppy Ear Corgi for free on December 8 or December 11-14.
Buddy is now five years older and on a diet to keep from getting too fat. We still go for walks during the day. He loves strolls on Jamaica Beach near our beach house on Galveston Island. He constantly introduces me to other dogs and other people. He never meets a stranger. It’s something I think he learned from Barney. His ear doesn’t flop anymore, but he still has a small scar on his nose, a reminder of his “lost days” on the streets in the city.
Buddy and I both hope you have a very Merry Christmas with people you love.