December 28, 1990 - April 7, 2007

My best friend closed his eyes last
night, As his head was in my hand.

The thoughts that scurried through
my head, As I cradled him in my arms.
Were of his younger, puppy years,
And OH...his many charms.

Today, there was no gentle nudge
With an intense "I love you gaze",
Only a heart that's filled with tears
Remembering our joy filled days.

But an Angel just appeared to me,
And he said, "You should cry no more,
GOD also loves our canine friends,
Butch will be waiting for you at Heaven's door."

-modified from Jan Coopers poem

Butch-Dog FDCH - 13KB

Butch-Dog FDCH

The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world,
the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful
or treacherous, is his dog...
He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer;
he will lick the wounds and sores
that come with the roughness of the world...
When all other friends desert, he remains.
-George G. Vest

Butch - 11KB

Butch-Dog is my first dog after college. I found him in a pound in Blytheville Arkansas when we were stationed at an Air Force Base. We adopted Butch at around 12 weeks of age, he had been abused. I just couldn't pass up such a cute puppy. Life is not boring with a Beagle/Lab mix. Butch had a very hard time with people, especially men he didn't know. I think he barked at my neightbor (while behind us) whom he saw everyday for about two years; he simply wasn't a very confident dog.

Butch & Trish Flyball Tournament 1996
Butch & Trish Flyball Tournament 1996

This all changed for Butch when he started playing Flyball in 1996. Butch found his niche! Once running, he averaged 4.9 seconds to 5.0 seconds. He could maintain his speed all day. And believe it or not this little guy, who was terrified of men, let men he didn't know measure him with a wicket at the Flyball tournaments without batting an eye. The confidence he found in Flyball crossed the line into his everyday life. Once he was a dog that barked everytime a guest would make eye contact, to a dog that barks initially at the doorbell. Once you're inside he's fine. He is truly my husband's dog but is extremely loving to those he sees as family. His idea of a good time is staying in bed with you all day or just sitting next to his favorite people.

Butch, now almost 15 years old - 17KB
Butch, now almost 15 years old

Butch playing with the exercise ball 11-13-05 - 12KB

Butch playing 11-13-05 - 16KB

Butch running 11-13-05 - 15KB
Butch, November 2005

Butch, now almost 14 years old - 14KB
Butch, now almost 14 years old

Butch 12-3-04 - 8KB
Butch 12-3-04

Butch on the Beach 12-05-04 - 13KB
Butch on the Beach 12-05-04

Butch & Jake - 11KB
Butch & Jake

Butch, the old man can move! - 12KB
Butch, the old man can move!

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