Gimme a Hug
by Terri Florentino
It was time to call Bud’s previous family. I needed details about his past.
When a woman answered, I said, “Hi, my name is Terri, and I currently have Buddy.”
“Oh!” She tried to say more, but began to cry.
I took charge of the conversation. “It’s okay. I know you tried everything. It’s not easy.” I explained my involvement. “It would really help Buddy if I had detail about his past.”
“My husband and I got him as a puppy from a breeder,” she said, eager to help. “Things just weren’t right with him from the start, and we talked to her many times.” The breeder had refused to take him back and wasn’t helpful with training recommendations. Buddy was an unusually quirky Border Collie puppy who posed a unique set of challenges for her and her husband, none of which they were…
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