A passing of another Sandy...Buster

A passing of another Sandy...Buster

Julie Stevens
Julie Stevens

December 23rd, 2008, 6:56 pm #1

At 5:30 EST (12/22) I put our dear dog Buster to rest. He was diagnosed with Lymphoma a year ago and a course of chemo therapy prolonged his life an additional year. While he aged after the chemo, he still had a smile on his face and time to look for a ball. Two weeks ago the cancer invaded the lymph node near his neck and began to close his wind pipe. He had a hard time swallowing but loved to get canned food for dinner. Our assistant Lori hospiced him the last few weeks so he could get some one on one care. Before it got too painful, I made the decision to let him go today.

Although he never made it onto the Broadway stage, he was a great Sandy. He played tours, regional, stock and even schools. He was the only dog to let our daughter Jenna crawl all over him and lick her face until she laughed. Although he hated traveling, he loved performing and missed it terribly in his last years. But he had a great swan song. This fall Paul Newman was supposed to direct OF MICE AND MEN at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, CT. The production still went on after Mr. Newman passed away and Buster played the part of Candy's old dog. He loved going to the theater for four weeks, walking onstage, laying down on a pillow and walking off. More importantly he loved the company and the hugs and pets he got after the show. After all what's more important, the affection of your fellow actors or a good review in the New York Times. (He got both on that show).

I don't mean to dampen anyone's spirit on the holiday. If it weren't for a skinny young guy with long hair named Martin who had an idea for a musical with a dog, I would not have had the pleasure of spending so much of my life with a bunch of sandy colored mutts. And neither would the world. He was a great dog.

Love,
Bill Berloni
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old fan
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December 23rd, 2008, 7:16 pm #2

Sad news indeed. Bill's book which I read in the summer really showed how important our animal companions are to our families. Thanks for sharing the post.
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Guy Smiley
Guy Smiley

December 23rd, 2008, 8:46 pm #3

At 5:30 EST (12/22) I put our dear dog Buster to rest. He was diagnosed with Lymphoma a year ago and a course of chemo therapy prolonged his life an additional year. While he aged after the chemo, he still had a smile on his face and time to look for a ball. Two weeks ago the cancer invaded the lymph node near his neck and began to close his wind pipe. He had a hard time swallowing but loved to get canned food for dinner. Our assistant Lori hospiced him the last few weeks so he could get some one on one care. Before it got too painful, I made the decision to let him go today.

Although he never made it onto the Broadway stage, he was a great Sandy. He played tours, regional, stock and even schools. He was the only dog to let our daughter Jenna crawl all over him and lick her face until she laughed. Although he hated traveling, he loved performing and missed it terribly in his last years. But he had a great swan song. This fall Paul Newman was supposed to direct OF MICE AND MEN at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, CT. The production still went on after Mr. Newman passed away and Buster played the part of Candy's old dog. He loved going to the theater for four weeks, walking onstage, laying down on a pillow and walking off. More importantly he loved the company and the hugs and pets he got after the show. After all what's more important, the affection of your fellow actors or a good review in the New York Times. (He got both on that show).

I don't mean to dampen anyone's spirit on the holiday. If it weren't for a skinny young guy with long hair named Martin who had an idea for a musical with a dog, I would not have had the pleasure of spending so much of my life with a bunch of sandy colored mutts. And neither would the world. He was a great dog.

Love,
Bill Berloni
I love all the animals Bill trains and it's always sad to hear of their passing.

Rest in peace, Buster.
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Annie Kid
Annie Kid

December 23rd, 2008, 10:47 pm #4

At 5:30 EST (12/22) I put our dear dog Buster to rest. He was diagnosed with Lymphoma a year ago and a course of chemo therapy prolonged his life an additional year. While he aged after the chemo, he still had a smile on his face and time to look for a ball. Two weeks ago the cancer invaded the lymph node near his neck and began to close his wind pipe. He had a hard time swallowing but loved to get canned food for dinner. Our assistant Lori hospiced him the last few weeks so he could get some one on one care. Before it got too painful, I made the decision to let him go today.

Although he never made it onto the Broadway stage, he was a great Sandy. He played tours, regional, stock and even schools. He was the only dog to let our daughter Jenna crawl all over him and lick her face until she laughed. Although he hated traveling, he loved performing and missed it terribly in his last years. But he had a great swan song. This fall Paul Newman was supposed to direct OF MICE AND MEN at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, CT. The production still went on after Mr. Newman passed away and Buster played the part of Candy's old dog. He loved going to the theater for four weeks, walking onstage, laying down on a pillow and walking off. More importantly he loved the company and the hugs and pets he got after the show. After all what's more important, the affection of your fellow actors or a good review in the New York Times. (He got both on that show).

I don't mean to dampen anyone's spirit on the holiday. If it weren't for a skinny young guy with long hair named Martin who had an idea for a musical with a dog, I would not have had the pleasure of spending so much of my life with a bunch of sandy colored mutts. And neither would the world. He was a great dog.

Love,
Bill Berloni
Awwwwww....Farewell Buster. I'll give my Buddy an extra hug and head scratch in your memory.

Mary



I SAVED A HUMAN TODAY
Carl Nyland


I rescued a human today.

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels.

I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.

As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident
I had in the back of my cage.

I didn't want her to know that I hadn't
been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me.

I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her.

Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.

A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side.

I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors.

So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

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Eliza
Eliza

December 23rd, 2008, 11:52 pm #5

At 5:30 EST (12/22) I put our dear dog Buster to rest. He was diagnosed with Lymphoma a year ago and a course of chemo therapy prolonged his life an additional year. While he aged after the chemo, he still had a smile on his face and time to look for a ball. Two weeks ago the cancer invaded the lymph node near his neck and began to close his wind pipe. He had a hard time swallowing but loved to get canned food for dinner. Our assistant Lori hospiced him the last few weeks so he could get some one on one care. Before it got too painful, I made the decision to let him go today.

Although he never made it onto the Broadway stage, he was a great Sandy. He played tours, regional, stock and even schools. He was the only dog to let our daughter Jenna crawl all over him and lick her face until she laughed. Although he hated traveling, he loved performing and missed it terribly in his last years. But he had a great swan song. This fall Paul Newman was supposed to direct OF MICE AND MEN at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, CT. The production still went on after Mr. Newman passed away and Buster played the part of Candy's old dog. He loved going to the theater for four weeks, walking onstage, laying down on a pillow and walking off. More importantly he loved the company and the hugs and pets he got after the show. After all what's more important, the affection of your fellow actors or a good review in the New York Times. (He got both on that show).

I don't mean to dampen anyone's spirit on the holiday. If it weren't for a skinny young guy with long hair named Martin who had an idea for a musical with a dog, I would not have had the pleasure of spending so much of my life with a bunch of sandy colored mutts. And neither would the world. He was a great dog.

Love,
Bill Berloni
Every time I read or hear anything from or about Bill Berloni, I am struck by what a kind, good person he seems to be. I am sorry for his loss, but, rather than dampening my spirit on the holiday, his message reminded me what "holiday spirit" is, at its best. Bill, thank you for creating an industry in which animals (and human staff) are treated humanely.
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Claire
Claire

December 23rd, 2008, 11:54 pm #6

At 5:30 EST (12/22) I put our dear dog Buster to rest. He was diagnosed with Lymphoma a year ago and a course of chemo therapy prolonged his life an additional year. While he aged after the chemo, he still had a smile on his face and time to look for a ball. Two weeks ago the cancer invaded the lymph node near his neck and began to close his wind pipe. He had a hard time swallowing but loved to get canned food for dinner. Our assistant Lori hospiced him the last few weeks so he could get some one on one care. Before it got too painful, I made the decision to let him go today.

Although he never made it onto the Broadway stage, he was a great Sandy. He played tours, regional, stock and even schools. He was the only dog to let our daughter Jenna crawl all over him and lick her face until she laughed. Although he hated traveling, he loved performing and missed it terribly in his last years. But he had a great swan song. This fall Paul Newman was supposed to direct OF MICE AND MEN at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, CT. The production still went on after Mr. Newman passed away and Buster played the part of Candy's old dog. He loved going to the theater for four weeks, walking onstage, laying down on a pillow and walking off. More importantly he loved the company and the hugs and pets he got after the show. After all what's more important, the affection of your fellow actors or a good review in the New York Times. (He got both on that show).

I don't mean to dampen anyone's spirit on the holiday. If it weren't for a skinny young guy with long hair named Martin who had an idea for a musical with a dog, I would not have had the pleasure of spending so much of my life with a bunch of sandy colored mutts. And neither would the world. He was a great dog.

Love,
Bill Berloni
Thanks for passing this message on to us, Julie, and please give our condolences to Bill Berloni. I asked for his book for Christmas, and I'm really looking forward to reading it. I'm going to school to become a Veterinary Technician, so unfortunately I'm going to have to deal with lots of deceased doggies and kitties but I'll also get to work with healthy ones
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Suzanne
Suzanne

December 24th, 2008, 1:20 am #7

At 5:30 EST (12/22) I put our dear dog Buster to rest. He was diagnosed with Lymphoma a year ago and a course of chemo therapy prolonged his life an additional year. While he aged after the chemo, he still had a smile on his face and time to look for a ball. Two weeks ago the cancer invaded the lymph node near his neck and began to close his wind pipe. He had a hard time swallowing but loved to get canned food for dinner. Our assistant Lori hospiced him the last few weeks so he could get some one on one care. Before it got too painful, I made the decision to let him go today.

Although he never made it onto the Broadway stage, he was a great Sandy. He played tours, regional, stock and even schools. He was the only dog to let our daughter Jenna crawl all over him and lick her face until she laughed. Although he hated traveling, he loved performing and missed it terribly in his last years. But he had a great swan song. This fall Paul Newman was supposed to direct OF MICE AND MEN at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, CT. The production still went on after Mr. Newman passed away and Buster played the part of Candy's old dog. He loved going to the theater for four weeks, walking onstage, laying down on a pillow and walking off. More importantly he loved the company and the hugs and pets he got after the show. After all what's more important, the affection of your fellow actors or a good review in the New York Times. (He got both on that show).

I don't mean to dampen anyone's spirit on the holiday. If it weren't for a skinny young guy with long hair named Martin who had an idea for a musical with a dog, I would not have had the pleasure of spending so much of my life with a bunch of sandy colored mutts. And neither would the world. He was a great dog.

Love,
Bill Berloni
For all those that knew, worked with and loved Buster - I am terribly sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you at this time. My sandy colored "mutt" also played Sandy in the production of Annie that I directed and produced, and he passed away from Cancer two years ago. They are such a special part of our families.

Take care,
Suzanne
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Guy Smiley
Guy Smiley

December 24th, 2008, 3:18 pm #8

Awwwwww....Farewell Buster. I'll give my Buddy an extra hug and head scratch in your memory.

Mary



I SAVED A HUMAN TODAY
Carl Nyland


I rescued a human today.

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels.

I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.

As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident
I had in the back of my cage.

I didn't want her to know that I hadn't
been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me.

I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her.

Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.

A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side.

I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors.

So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.
That made me teary. Thanks for posting "I adopted a human today". I have a rescue dog and I swear she knows she came to me because I needed her. I adopted her sight-unseen. That is, it was through email that I was introduced to her. Just looking at her, I knew she was the one. After I confirmed I would adopt her, after filling out the application and making arrangements for her to come to Boston from Tennessee, I learned her name.

Annie.


Enough said

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Claire
Claire

December 24th, 2008, 10:04 pm #9

Hey cool, I'm from Boston too (well, Cambridge). That's so cool that they named her Annie. Speaking of pets named Annie, I volunteer at the MSPCA Adoption Center in the cat adoption room, and you wouldn't believe how many kittens they name either Annie or Molly. I also wish I had decided to name my cat Annie, because she has the most gorgeous orange fur.
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Guy Smiley
Guy Smiley

December 29th, 2008, 6:25 pm #10

I wanted to volunteer at a local branch of the MSPCA, taking the dogs out for walks. Fortunately/unfortunately for me, they had a long waiting list for people wanting to do that very job.

Darn!

Before meeting Annie, and knowing her name, I made a list of ten names that I might call her. I was hoping Annie fit her personality so it was kinda neat that they already named her (Annie). But Molly was on the list, too. I have this fantasy of adopting enough dogs to name the Tessie, Molly, Duffy, July, Kate, and Pepper

Or, have several dogs and name them after the lead charater in various musicals
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