Sadly, Buddy was put to sleep recently after a gradual decline with liver failure. Although I feel very sad now, the purpose of this email is to let you know what an absolutely fabulous companion he has been throughout the last 10 years. He's been such a lively character and definitely a cheeky boy, always on he lookout for treats, which neighbours would love to offer him! He enjoyed company but found boisterous children a bit too much, and I did learn that if he came up to me and put his head on my lap it was not to express his love but to say 'Mum, get me out of here!' Over the years we have had lovely holidays, especially in the Lake District, Northumberland, and many times in Suffolk and on Exmoor where he absolutely delighted in swimming in the River Barle, looking as sleek as an otter! Close to home, in his younger days he often swam in a little bit of the River Severn as well as springing through fields of wheat and barley (whoops!).
I miss Budddy very much now but I do have lots of lovely memories of the times we had together. And especially, I'm very grateful to you for enabling me to adopt him. He gave me so much fun, and I hope I gave him lots too.