Buford first came to me in a dream. After viewing Longmont Humane Society’s website, I dreamed about the young dog whose warm brown eyes peered out from behind the computer screen. When I awoke, I knew I must meet him. I was already captivated, and the moment he gazed through the chain link kennel, it was love at first sight. Buford came into my life on Earth Day, April 22, 2002.
Buford was a quirky, opinionated, intelligent dog. Sometimes his inability to use words was frustrating, as he seemed to have much to say. How I wish he could have revealed his thoughts to me! No doubt, many of his intended messages regarded his desire for cookies. Still, his intense stare and prodding paw suggested there was something more he wished to share.
Those who knew Buford recognized that he was not an average dog. He was extraordinary. His charisma and charm captured the hearts of everyone he encountered. My muse inspired countless stories, poems, and artistic renditions of his antics. Buford was a legend who will live on in our hearts.
As Buford grew old, I loved him more and more each day. We traded in long walks for hours of sitting in the shady grass during his final summer. A few times he surprised me right toward the end, by cruising through the neighborhood as if on a mission to live every bit of life to its fullest.
Just as Buford came to me, he left me in a dream as well. I had grappled over the inevitability of his final departure for several weeks, knowing that it was only a matter of time. On August 31, 2016, I awoke from a dream in which I carried Buford, light as a ragdoll, wherever I went. A short while later we went for his last walk, from which he did not return. His last hours were spent where he was happiest, outside, with his family and friends by his side.
Much thanks to Home to Heaven and Dr. Autumn for easing him into his eternal sleep. Buford lived a long life, 15 years. It was a good life filled with adventure, friendship, and love. Sweet Buford will forever be in my heart, with me always.