On behalf of the staff at Dogwood Animal Hospital, PC, we are honored to pay respect to our beloved animal friends who have passed. We also welcome you to create a lasting tribute for your beloved pet or animal friend on our website's Pet Memorial page. Please submit a photo and or written text that would honor your pet. You may email the information to [email protected]. Or, please feel free to complete the following Pet Memorial Form in Adobe Acrobat format, which requires the free Acrobat Reader to view.
You may then mail, fax, or bring by the completed questionnnaire, and we will add it to our site.
Memorial to Buddy Banker 2-1-2000 to 6-11-2011
Buddy possessed all the positive characteristics that the Old English Sheepdog breed is so popular for. We loved him from the moment we laid eyes on that huge bundle of joy. Everyone that came in contact with him fell in love with his gentle, loving nature - even our mail lady and the UPS man. Our entire family loved him dearly and he protected and loved us unconditionally. Our son was only six when Buddy became part of our family. Once Buddy learned the boundaries, he used to gently herd our kids back in bounds if they strayed - like sheep. He was also a very good judge of character. He used to evaluate our teenage daughter's dates. If he sensed poor character in a young man, he would ignore them or hide behind Patti. It was always a bad sign. He was always correct in his character judgments.
On one memorable occasion as a puppy, Buddy saved our son from a swarm of vicious yellow jackets. Patti had unknowingly poured water on top of a ground nest right next to where Matthew was walking. Buddy quickly bounded through the middle of the swarm, taking most of the attack. They were clinging so tightly to his thick double fur that Patti had to beat them off with a broom. Buddy seemed to know it was to help and stood perfectly still. He did sustain enough stings on his nose that it required vet care. All those stings would have killed our young son. Because of Buddy's heroic actions, Matthew only got one sting.
Over the years, Buddy became a housedog and spent so much time with our family that he seemed to forget he was a dog, preferring the company of people, especially children. Even after he became ill, he still wanted to walk to the mailbox with us - looking for the neighborhood children he loved to greet.
God blessed us for over 11 years with Buddy's presence and we cherished every moment. If any negative comment could be said of that loving dog, it is "his lifespan was just not long enough!" We pray to be reunited with our Buddy in Heaven one day.