All in the Family


Basset Hound / German Shepherd Dog

Our family adopted Buster from our local Humane Society in June of 1997. He was three then, having been relinquished to the shelter when his former family split apart and moved from the farm he had grown up on. He was a German Shepherd/Basset mix, with the common coloring, belly and elbows of a German Shepherd but the floppy ears, self-importance and bark of a Basset. Buster enjoyed his time outside, laying on his back sun-bathing, or, on the warmest days, burrowing under a bush in the cool dirt where he had made a buster-sized hollow. During those summers he befriended the mailman and liked to sound his disapproval of anyone filling in for him on days he might not be working. Buster also loved car rides and walks. We quickly learned to spell out those key words, or suffer the consequences of an unrelenting Basset Hounding bent on having his W-A-L-K or R-I-D-E in the C-A-R. With my habit of spreading my homework materials on the floor in front of me to work, so did Buster develop his own habit of sitting directly in front of me and often on top of my work. Years later he would continue this ritual with me and my laptop. It took me a while, but I eventually learned not to sit on the floor, lest my laptop be stepped on by a hefty paw or two. Nine years after that summer we first brought him home, I moved out of the house. A few months later what was an unfortunate event eventually proved to be a huge blessing. Under new circumstances in the home he'd grown up where he was now living with only my mom, we discovered it was in Buster's best interest to find a new home. After much consternation, we were relieved to find it was an easy fix and Buster came home with ME! :) My now-fiance and I lived in an upstairs apartment. Buster was about 12 1/2 years old then. It was doable for a while, but by 2008 we knew we had to find a new place for our Buster where outdoor stairs weren't a concern (especially in the winter). So, at 14 1/2, Buster packed up with us and we moved into a house with only a step up to the door in June 2008. After settling in, Buster enjoyed our frequent walks around the "circle" where we live and making visits to mom's with the family on many weekends. In late November of the same year, Buster was diagnosed with Lymphoma. He was a trooper during the next several months of weekly veterinary appointments for chemotherapy. After a month or so he was in full clinical remission and remained so throughout the rest of his life. Unfortunately, by late winter he had developed a rapidly worsening condition Degenerative Myelopathy. This caused him a lot of pain on top of his arthritis. He charged on, but the pain medication didn't always work as well as it needed to. In his last weeks, it became very difficult for him to stay standing due to the partial paralysis in his hind legs. In mid June of 2009 we said our goodbyes. His last few days are a bit of mystery - we're not sure what happened, but he was very clearly ready to go, unable to hold himself up and in severe pain by the end. Buster lit up our lives like nothing else. He is so greatly missed. I have felt no love for anything or anyone as I have for this guy.

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Comments (12)
Jan 17, 2010 LSM
Thank you for sharing your heart felt tribute today about beautiful Buster. He truly was an amazing dog and I can only imagine how much you must miss him. RIP sweetheart, your family loved you sooooooooooooo very much.
Jan 17, 2010 345
AWW Sorry Sweety
Jan 17, 2010 SneakersLUVA123
What a sad story.. I'm sure this is one of the most changing moments of your life. but dont worry, you gave Buster the best life he could ever imagine, and i'm sure he is thinking about you all day in doggie heaven!! god bless you sweet buster! Kisses and belly-rubs from Sneakers! And please leave a comment for my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel pup Sneakers~ He would really L-O-V-E it! Thanks!! xoxoxoxoxoxo, Sneakers
Jan 17, 2010 thecuke
Thank you all for the wonderful comments. I'll be sure to visit your "puppies" here soon!
Jan 17, 2010 shortyww22
awww!!!! I'm sooo sorry for the loss of you're sweet Buster....he sounded like a true joy of a hound dog to have around.I like reading his bio and it almost brought tears to my eyes.I'm soo glad hes pain free now and definately hes awaiting you're arrvial in heaven someday...I also have a basset mix my kane is a basset hound/rottie cross and hes only a couple years old and is already going through joint problems and he'll limp on one of his bad vet says its the breed hes mixed with....come see him sometime and my other dogs n comment please...Buster sounded like he had a wonderful life with you....I truely feel for you over his loss,but hes in heaven now pain free enjoying everything....Rip sweet boy...
Jan 17, 2010 pandrews-4
Buster sounds like he was quite the guy! They become such close family members that they leave a hole in the family unit when they are gone. We lost our dog, Kasey, almost two years ago but I still miss her so. I'm so glad Buster had such a good life & such a loving family that took care of him physically & emotionally! You are "Super"! R.I.P. sweet Buster.
Jan 17, 2010 doodieboodie
so sorry for your loss he sounded like a real joy to have around I lost my dog too he was there for the first ten years of my life and when he did i just couldnt get over the fact that he was gone but dont worry we'll see our dogs that we've lost in heaven
Jan 17, 2010 Yeta
Awwwwwwwww! I feel soooooooo bad!
Jan 17, 2010 wolfgirl66
Sorry! Wonderful Buster will always be remembered in the love he left behind your hearts and in your thoughts!
Jan 17, 2010 _blakeyourheart_
i can tell form your bio that you really really really really really really (i could go on forever) really really miss Buster!
Oct 29, 2010 wolfgirl66
Hello Again! RIP Beautiful Buster! 4ever Friends are 4ever!
Oct 30, 2010 cutiepants26
Awww! Very detailed...just like mine of Pants'. He's a special soldier, he was a fighter alright, a real trooper. I bet he was absolutely a charmer! I hope he's having loads of fun in the land of fun, maybe Buster and Pants are friends up there too. :) Please be my friend and comment on my dog Pants and my new puppy Saffy, BYE!
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