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March 25, 2012 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Yet another sappy dog story

Not Rex. It’s Buck. And a woman with cancer. Wait – the ending is really happy. Sigh. Wandered off. Well, it’s the weekend – no one’s really gonna read this anyway.

So this is short. (HA! I heard you snort over that.)

Buck's best friend, Tina (Image: James Nielsen, Houston Chronicle)

  • Beloved preschool teacher. She was magic with kids: used the Dog Whisperer techniques to herd each year’s pack of preschool kids through the school year. Adored by all.
  • Gets cancer.
  • Beats cancer (Tina has such spirit.)
  • Back to the kids and the future
  • Surprise email sent to all her friends – many are former parents of students who have stayed in touch
  • Cancer is back – bad this time.
  • FIghting hard.
  • Buck, her dog is frantically trying to protect her from a danger he cannot understand or threaten away with growls – but he tries

  • The sicker she gets – the more fiercely protective he becomes of her and her family.

  • The cancer will win this time – no real hope.
  • Confused Buck fights the invisible
  • During a walk with his weak owner, a well-wisher, an older woman, comes over to chat.
  • Buck goes in to extreme protective mode. Pulls owner down. Knocks elderly woman down and grabs her arm
  • The elderly woman – and everyone says it’s just a little scratch – very little blood
  • But a neighbor seeing the ruckus – and concerned for the weak cancer patient calls paramedics
  • Because there is blood – even though a tiny bit – it is reported as a dog attack
  • Buck is now classified as a “dangerous dog” by animal control and is micro chipped with that information
  • If he ends up in a shelter, he will instantly be killed: “biter”

  • No rescue group or shelter will be able to take him
  • Owner is now making final plans. Family concerns are settled as much as they can be, but…
  • What about Buck? She is frantic to protect his future – and find him a home

  • A home: must be able to deal with emotional, confused dog with behavior issues…a basket case.
  • So an email goes out ( Read this article  for the complete story up to here: “Woman Needs Home for Dog”)
  • WAIT! It’s going to be OK
  • Lots of people offering homes – over 300! But which would be best for Buck?

Buck and Tina (Image: James Nielsen. Houston Chronicle)


  • Like Goldilocks, Buck will be getting the perfect place.
  • (And it’s not the one with goats…yeah, Buck didn’t want goats for siblings)
  • Who did she pick?
  • Someone absolutely perfect
  • They need each other. (Boogie would approve)
  • So READ HERE to find out: “Update: A New Home for Buck”

OK, So it wasn’t short.

But it is a happy story  and I try to keep my promises.

Just like Tina did for Buck.

Now carry on.

(Now back to regular scheduled non-dog blogging….)

Always a sucker for a sad doggy,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

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  1. Cat Forsley / Mar 25 2012 2:49 pm


  2. Cat Forsley / Mar 25 2012 2:53 pm

    “but each knowing what it means to be loved.”
    REAL LIFE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 25 2012 3:18 pm

      Given the chance, people are basically good – so there is hope. Thanks for visiting

      • Cat Forsley / Mar 25 2012 3:38 pm

        ALWAYS HOPE :)

  3. Jeannie / Mar 25 2012 3:03 pm

    My gaw pmh…I’m in tears.

  4. The Hook / Mar 25 2012 3:06 pm

    Keep the sap coming! Great work.

  5. robincoyle / Mar 25 2012 3:15 pm

    I’m a sucker for sappy dog stories too.

  6. Ink. [Anette] / Mar 25 2012 3:54 pm

    What a wonderful story. Thanks Phil. Have a great Sunday.

  7. Lone Grey Squirrel / Mar 25 2012 4:03 pm

    This is a lovely love story. Thanks.

  8. Jen / Mar 25 2012 4:23 pm

    I love sappy dog stories. They don’t need to be short.

  9. writingfeemail / Mar 25 2012 9:07 pm

    Can’t get too many sappy dog stories. They are truly our best friends.

  10. PiedType / Mar 25 2012 11:23 pm

    I’m such a sucker for happy endings, including dog tails.

  11. rumpydog / Mar 26 2012 12:45 am

    I love this story, even though it’s as sad as it is happy.

  12. MJ, Nonstepmom / Mar 26 2012 12:55 am

    You’ve come across a great formula :Dogs + sap = awesome post

  13. shoreacres / Mar 26 2012 2:00 am

    I’ve just about had all the emotion I can take for one week – but it’s a great story!

    Actually, I’ve started to worry about what would happen to my cat if I got struck by a Metro bus – maybe I need to redo my will. ;)

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 26 2012 2:25 am

      Metro bus or train? Neither have very good history with “accidents”(Just make sure someone around has a key and knows to check on cat….I worried, too.) Hope things floated along this weekend!

  14. ceciliag / Mar 26 2012 2:28 am

    What a great story, sad and wonderful at the same time, and written with such pace you never lost anyone! not long at all!! monday tomorrow.. c

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 26 2012 2:39 am

      A story so much like life: a lingering haunting melody. We should help each other along when we can. Hoping things are going well there as you wait and wait….thanks for taking time to stop and chat.

  15. EllaDee / Mar 26 2012 2:55 am

    Post as many sappy dog stories as you like, especially sappy dog stories with happy endings. If the ending is sad, please warn early so I can wait until I’m home to read the post, not at my office desk or on the train. This was a great story.

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 26 2012 2:00 pm

      (taking notes here; need to give reader alerts) Seriously, glad you felt the story. Thanks for joining the conversation.

  16. Hot Rod Cowgirl / Mar 26 2012 3:15 am

    My heart goes out with tears for Tina…..happy tears for Buck….I am a cancer survivor of 6 years now…each day is a gift….my thoughts are with all involved as our my prayers…

  17. jannatwrites / Mar 26 2012 3:21 am

    I was all set to make a dash for the box of tissues, but then you said it was going to be okay, so I stayed put and kept reading. I read through “Update: A New Home For Buck”. Doggoneit…I should have gotten those tissues…

    It’s a bittersweet situation…I feel awful that she will be giving up her dog, but am happy that the dog has a chance for a loving home.

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 26 2012 2:04 pm

      Pretty intense story. Important to celebrate what we can – and help where we can. Life is fragile – which many learn too late. (OK, more tissues) Thanks for adding your thoughts

  18. CATachresis / Mar 26 2012 11:12 am

    I hope it works out with Buck and Brett!!! Will there be an update on the outcome of their meeting? Feeling a bit leaky around the eyes!

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 26 2012 2:07 pm

      Waiting on update which I will pass along. Makes you want to go hug your own. Thanks for staying tuned.


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