MeetBuddy - aptly named as he is friend to all (even the strangers who come and knock on the front door - being out in the country, we don't have a lot of people coming up to the door so it does give me a heads up.)
Buddy has been a part of our family since 2003. We met Buddy at the Detroit Adopt-A-Friend event held every year (I think twice a year) at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Michigan. While the boys were looking over all the oh-so-cute puppies, Buddy was patiently waiting in his cage enjoying the occasional visitor. You see, he was what was considered "an older dog" at almost a year. He had been adopted by someone once and they returned him - he was digging holes in their backyard. He might have uncovered a treasure - your loss!
Buddy caught my eye because he was so calm and friendly. The staff person from the Humane Society was doing a real number on me: Buddy was a mixed breed with mostly lab, already house-trained, gentle, great with kids, etc. I told her we would be back after we had looked at all of the dogs and then she stated his time at the shelter was "running out" - you know what that means. After circling around for about an hour - back to Buddy it was. All three boys and my sister agreed - Buddy would make a great new addition!
The first order of business on the way home was Buddy's first meal - WHITE CASTLE! Who doesn't love White Castle (once or twice a year). He has been a FANTASTIC pet from the very first day we got him home. He loves to join in on all the boys' antics...I even took him to school that first year in a cape and underwear - dressed as Captain Underpants! The classroom even fell in love with him. As for digging, the only time he does that is to find the moles! We live on 10 acres and mow the 3-4 acres that are around the immediate house and my husband is always amazed (dare I say proud?) that Buddy always does his biz in the woods! What a dog! By the way, he name was originally "Adam" but we knew he was gonna be a "Buddy".