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The story of Buddy the Dog begins fifteen years ago, on a farm on the outskirts of Dublin.
In the summer of 2005 George, a Dublin farmer, and his family were distraught when their beloved pet Jack Russel, Bunty, suddenly disappeared from the farm. After weeks of searching and pleading and calling her name, she was nowhere to be found and was thought to have sadly died.
On Halloween day of the same year, farmer George stumbled upon a hole on the outskirts of the farm beside the cemetery. ‘How strange?’, he thought. He was about to keep walking, when he heard a noise and decided to investigate. The wind was blustering, and the harsh Irish hail was coming in sideways, but farmer George dug at the hole anyway, encouraged by the noises that were becoming clearer with every passing second.
To his delight and surprise, George found a newly born litter of puppies! They were black, brown and white, starving and dirty and on the brink of exhaustion. They were cuddled all together in their little burrow with their mother, Bunty. Farmer George saved the pups and their mom, and nursed the puppies to full health on the farm. Farmer George is a hero! Bunty was happily reunited with her family, while the father is still a mystery and a hotly contested part of cemetery folklore.
One of the puppies promptly got carted up the M1 to Belfast, and despite being a scrawny, mucky, mangey, car-sick mess, Buddy was welcomed with open arms by his new family - Tara, Conor, Erin, Rick and Melissa. For his first year, Buddy wouldn’t look anyone in the eye. He hid under radiators, ate his dinner in secret, and had to be dragged out of the house for walks. But 15 years on, he couldn’t be more different to the shy puppy he once was.
The rest of Buddy's story is history and is fully documented in Buddy the Dog, Parts 1 and 2. Tara’s colouring books illustrate all of Buddy’s adventures - from becoming a seasoned Yogi, a trip to the Bahamas for a romantic getaway with Conor, to joining an a cappella group and graduating from Pawbridge University. Not to mention all of his most favourite activities – eating, singing (check out his talent below!), snoozing, peeing, begging for Schmackos, and walking up the Cave Hill.
His family couldn’t be more proud, and want to celebrate his enormously vibrant life by letting you colour it in.
Watch him sing!