A Buddy for­ever ar­rives in Yar­mouth

It was pour­ing rain when the dog ar­rived, but it was a sunny day for his new owner


It’s been a whirl­wind ride to Yar­mouth for a 10-year-old schnoo­dle called Buddy, but he’s fi­nally ar­rived in the arms of some­one who will love him the rest of his life.

Buddy is the first re­home for a new ElderDog chap­ter in Guelph, On­tario, a na­tional, non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to help­ing se­niors with daily dog care, fos­ter­ing and/or adopt­ing older dogs, pro­vid­ing long-term care plan­ning for com­pan­ion dogs, be­reave­ment and com­mem­o­ra­tion and per­pet­ual care.

When Buddy’s se­nior owner was ad­mit­ted to a nurs­ing home, ElderDog took Buddy into fos­ter care at her re­quest and re­viewed pre-ap­proved ap­pli­ca­tions.

Mar­garet Earle was the lucky match, but she lives 1,700 kilo­me­tres away. Tressie Dutchyn, re­hom­ing co-or­di­na­tor with the Lunen­burg Pawd Re­hom­ing Team, helped with the so­lu­tion.

“The chal­lenge was get­ting him from On­tario to Nova Sco­tia and that’s when my coun­ter­parts in On­tario, Sue Wil­son with the Guelph Pawd, and Joyce Clark, part of the na­tional team, sent out the call for vol­un­teers, while I posted (on so­cial me­dia) ev­ery­where as well,” said Dutchyn.

There was a sur­pris­ing re­sponse from many peo­ple to the call for as­sis­tance, but most could only do part of the jour­ney. Buddy’s trans­port was ar­ranged from Guelph to Lon­don, On­tario, then to New Brunswick. From there he hitched a ride to Cari­bou, P.E.I., then Dutchyn drove him to Bridge­wa­ter, where Mar­garet Earle’s daugh­ter Stephanie brought him to his new home in Yar­mouth.

Earle couldn’t wait to meet him. Her beloved Vel­vet, an 11-year-old Yorkie, passed away in Au­gust. She had Vel­vet since she was three and says she was the “love of my life.”

“I still haven’t got over it. She was pre­cious, she was ev­ery­thing. There was noth­ing com­ing to meet me when I came home, I couldn’t stand it. I didn’t want to come home,” she said.

Earle’s daugh­ter turned into the drive­way and Buddy’s long jour­ney was over. It was pour­ing

rain but the sun was shin­ing for Earle, who was stand­ing in the door­way.

“Oh pre­cious! Look at those eyes! Oh sweetie, you’re so cute.”

She cov­ered him with kisses and held him tight.

“Nan­nie’s go­ing to love you, she’s go­ing to love you for­ever.”

She said Buddy’s age doesn’t bother her. The 78-year laughed, “He’s up there and I am too. He might out­live me.”

Dutchyn said when they saw Buddy’s pro­file they knew it was a per­fect fit.

“He’s ab­so­lutely adorable and an en­gag­ing lit­tle guy who gets along with peo­ple and an­i­mals of all kinds and sizes. Mar­garet is the per­fect per­son for him to land with.”


Mar­garet Earle greets Buddy af­ter his long trip from Guelph, On­tario, as daugh­ter Stephanie looks on.

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