Buddy (AKA Stone)
Our Dearest Buddy -aka Stone~
It was a typical hot, humid summer evening when my daughter asked me if we
could take our three rescue dogs to the Lancaster Buchanan Dog Park. I had
never been to the dog park before and was a bit nervous about taking our
pups! But she convinced me to go, so off we went. When we arrived, we sat
down and watched all of the small dogs running around having so much fun,
including our three boys! We both fell in love with this little cream
colored pup that was tearing around the turf chasing a tennis ball with
several other dogs! We both decided that this little guy was the cutest dog
at the park!
You see, we had just experienced a tremendous loss in our family a few
weeks before. Our precious little Shih-tzu/Chihuahua mix that we rescued 13
years before, had just passed away at the age of 17. She had been the worst
abuse/neglect case I had ever encountered in my 23 years of service with a
Lancaster County rescue agency. But she was the most loving and adorable
little girl! My husband, daughter, and I were still mourning her loss, but I
knew that deep inside, we needed to rescue another dog and that it needed to
be a puppy mill dog survivor!
So as we sat and watched this little fella chasing the other small dogs, I
decided to find the owners and tell them how cute we thought he was. That
is when I met Lisa and her husband, volunteers with A Tail to Tell. They
had brought 4 of their own dogs to the park! I immediately told her that we
thought her little white fluff ball was the cutest dog at the dog park!
That is when our life had changed for the best! Lisa informed us that
“Stone” was not her dog and that she was just fostering it for A Tail to
Tell Puppy Mill Rescue. She said that he was a 4 month old puppy from a
litter of 7 puppies that the puppy mill farmer was going to drown because
they all had umbilical hernias!!!! I couldn’t believe my ears!!!!! My
daughter and I just looked at each other and knew that this little guy had
to be a part of the McMurtrie family of misfits!!!!
As we went home that evening, I had asked Lisa if she would be willing to
come back to the dog park in two days with Stone so we could have my husband
see him. My daughter and I had already decided that we would override his
decision anyway, but we felt it best to have him see Stone for himself!
Sure enough, we all fell in love with Stone that evening! Even though all
three of us were still mourning the loss of our little Phoebe, we knew that
this little puppy mill rescue was destined to be with us.
One week later on my daughter’s birthday (June 17, 2016), Buddy aka Stone,
became a part of our family which included two rescue ponies, and three
rescue dogs! Buddy loves his three little brothers so much and certainly
has brought so much life and excitement to these older, mellow pups! We
even call him “big, bad Buddy” because he is always getting into things such
as digging in the yard, pulling all of the stuffing out of his stuffed
animals, and sometimes chewing things he shouldn’t be chewing! But no
matter how rebellious this little guy is, we have a hard time getting mad at
him and love him SO very much!
I personally have always had a strong desire to rescue a dog that has been
living behind the horrific walls of hell at a puppy mill. Although he didn’t
live behind these walls for very long, he and all 6 of his siblings still
would not have remained alive if it wasn’t for A Tail to Tell Rescue who
saved all of these puppies from the farmer that was planning to drown and
kill them. And for that, my daughter, husband, and I are so grateful and
thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Julie, Paul, and Meghan McMurtrie