Tino and Buddy

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I’ve been asked to write more Tino stories, so here’s another favorite.
Our Tino was a sensitive and perceptive dog. Even though he kept to himself and was very independent, he was also very affectionate and sensitive to family dynamics. Whenever one of us was sick he stuck a little closer, checking in with us periodically. If one of us was out of town for a few days, he also became a little more attached. While he and Sally didn’t interact a lot, he kept guard and protected her all the time.
The first time I really sensed Tino’s sensitive nature was one Sunday when his friend across the street, Buddy, a Golden Retriever, became ill. Tino and Buddy had a bit of a love-hate relationship. Whenever Buddy was being walked down the street Tino would bark like crazy, but if Buddy came to the fence they would bounce and play around. Buddy was old, so he didn’t pay much attention to the young, strapping Tino, but Tino always kept an eye out for Buddy.
One Sunday, Tino didn’t come back in the house after breakfast as he normally did. I looked out the window and saw him perched in the corner of the yard focused on Buddy’s front porch. I didn’t think much of it until I realized he was still there 15 minutes later. I went out to see what he was focused on and found our neighbor on the front lawn with Buddy. Buddy was lying down.


We knew Buddy had been very sick and he’d taken a turn for the worst. Our neighbor was just waiting for the vet to open so they could take him in. He probably wasn’t coming back.
Tino sat in that corner focused on Buddy. He didn’t move. He sat there for several hours as our neighbor waited. Tino waited too.
Eventually I dragged him away to go for our morning run. When we came back, he once again took up his vigil in the corner. Eventually, they carried Buddy to the car and drove to the vet. Tino still sat there in the corner watching Buddy’s front yard.
Our neighbor came back from the vet, without Buddy, but Tino continued to watch for his Buddy.
Eventually, he came inside, but I wonder to this day what was going on in his head. He knew something was wrong with Buddy and he stood watch over him. It reminded me of when we took his brother Bernie to the vet when his distemper lead to seizures. We were taking him to be put down and Steve picked him up to carry him to the car. I was worried Tino would freak out a bit since he was the ‘big brother’ and protector, but he just came up to Steve, sniffed at Bernie in his arms and gave him a little nose bump to say goodbye. I think he knew Bernie was so sick and wasn’t coming back, just as he knew Buddy wasn’t.
At least that’s what I want to think.


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  1. So sweet, yet so sad. Katie looked for Mom’s other dog Trine for weeks. She also got to say goodbye at the vet, actually gave Trine a kiss on the OP table. Every where they went, every time they came home, Katie would search for Trine. It is hard for any species when friends depart.
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    • I expected Tino to act much more affected when his brother Bernie dies, but he really took it in stride. He was very macho like that.
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  2. What a touching Tino story! Dogs are just so amazing.
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  3. Aw it’s so amazing how they just know when something isn’t right.
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  4. Oh My Doodle – you’v got me bawling over here. What a heartwarming / heart aching story. Thanks for sharing – dogs are simply A-mazing….

  5. Sweet story of the bond dogs have…..

  6. Another great Tino story, thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Tino is so sweet. Its amazing how dogs can sense when something is wrong. I really hope that Tino doesn’t miss Buddy too much.
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  8. So sweet and sad, I agree. Bless.

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  9. I don’t even want to think about how Callie or Shadow will be when one or the other gets to the point where we all have to say goodbye. They are so close, always have been. I think Ducky would take it in stride, but who knows? Your story of Tino and Buddy is so sweet, and just proves what we already know — dogs are amazing!!
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    • I’ve always been concerned, but they seem to adapt really well. I think Maggie will miss Jack a lot as she does look up to him.
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  10. So sad, and sweet. Thank you for sharing.
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  11. Dogs seem to have a wisdom that we can only imagine.
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  12. Aw, I got goose bumps reading that story. Dogs know. I really believe that. And Tino sounds like he was extra special.
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    • Our vet always said he was an “old soul”…and he was.
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  13. Aw, such a sweet (even if sad story–it brought tears to my eyes). Dogs have an amazing capacity for protecting and loving all creatures around them. 🙂
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  14. So now I am bawling over your tender-hearted Tino. What a gentle and beautiful soul. ♥
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  15. It is truly amazing how in tune dogs are with nature and its cycle of life. The “little nose bump to say good bye” made me all emotional. Sometimes I wonder how our pups would react if their better half were to pass before they did. Sigh.
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  16. Oh, what a bittersweet story! (Trying not to get all weepy in Discount Tire while I wait to find out what’s wrong with my tire…)
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  17. That’s a wonderful story. Tino sounds like he was a rare and special boy.
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  18. This is heartbreaking and beautiful. They understand so much. Thank you for sharing this memory with us.
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  19. Awe what a sad story, that Tino was a stand up guy. Glad he was there for his Buddy.
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  20. Tino sounds like a very sensitive and special guy, and I believe he truly was in tune with what was going on in each of those cases. Great story.
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  21. We could all use a little more Tino in our lives.
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  22. Dammit, you made me cry! What a sweet, sweet boy Tino was. Isn’t it amazing how in tune they can be? If I’m sad and perhaps crying a little, Delilah will come up and nudge me, or swat me with her paw trying to cheer me up.
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