Buster departed for The Bridge this week. He was an entertainer who milked a crowd for all the attention he could command. Maybe he opted for a sudden departure for its dramatic effect. Or perhaps he thought it would be a kindness to those he loved to avoid long, agonizing goodbyes. It’s hard to tell what such a dog as Buster was up to.

I wish I had the skills to do justice to the wonder that was Buster. Better you should read Ogee’s Buster’s Little Miracle for that.  Still, I feel compelled to offer a few poor words and some photos to honor our inspirational friend.

Buster truly loved other dogs, and was always there for them. He patrolled the pool deck …

… always ready to provide encouragement…

… or comfort.

Buster was incredibly handsome… but never let that go to his head.

He could be silly…


As hard as I tried I was never able to record a truly great shot of Buster. The lighting may not have been good, or I couldn’t get the color to look right, or I simply didn’t capture the quintessential Buster look or moment. Buster loved to be slightly naughty but he usually telegraphed his intent with a roguish grin. Then he would slowly grab a purse or a sock and make off with his treasure knowing full well you would close in on him in a few moments. Perhaps he was really just trying to grab hold of more of the attention he so loved.

Buster’s miracle allowed him write the final chapter in his life. He may have saved the best for last. Buster charmed everyone at Homeward Bound as the he new office dog but it was Lori that was head-over-heels in love with him from his first day here. I would have gladly taken Buster home myself. But I waited patiently for Lori to make that decision for herself. It wasn’t a hard decision to wait. For I knew all along that Lori’s home would be the best place for him. And Buster was able to spend his last few months in her warm embrace. Just as it was meant to be.




  1. So lovely 🙂


  2. Judi Balisciano

    I just read the beautiful tribute about Buster and especially loved all the pictures. Thanks so much for sharing with all of us.


  3. Pamela Ontiveros

    Thanks Rob and Lori. You have touched my heart completely and brought a tear to my eye.
    Buster will be a joy to meet at the Rainbow Bridge. I love you Rob for all the wonderful work you do for the precious dogs at the ranch,
    Pam O (Romeos Mom)


  4. Denise Souza

    Such a beautiful tribute and, Lori, a wonderful act of love and compassion.


  5. Judy Otis

    Thank you for posting this beautiful tribute to an amazing dog.


  6. Mary Tonningsen

    Aw, what a beautiful write-up and photos of Buster! He looks like such a sweetheart! Thank you to all of you that made his days happier! ❤


  7. What a tremendous and tender series of photos of Buster and Lori! Thank you, Rob, for sharing these with us. I just love the sequence of Buster at the poolside offering comfort and support.


  8. Lori

    Oh Rob, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for this wonderful tribute to our special mischievous miracle boy. He lives on through your words, your photos, your stories, our memories…I am forever changed for knowing him and he is forever in our hearts ❤️❤️


  9. Cheryl Taverna

    This news breaks my heart, Rob. I’ve been following this boy’s story and was so filled with happiness and relief when he found HB … and friends … and so much JOY. It’s never too late to be happy though I wish his life had always been that way.

    My candle will be lit tonight to honor him. You are whole and happy. But most important, you went to the Bridge filled with the love that you had been denied so long. Swift journey, sweet boy.

    Cher, Japhy and Joey


  10. Jana Hook

    Rob…you have excellent photos of Buster. He was loved by many but he truly loved his Lori the best. He was finally home and was happy. RIP sweet Buster.


  11. I’m sad that Buster is no longer with us. He was a very handsome dog and I think you captured him well in your photographs. Thanks to Lori for giving him a great home. Prayers for all who knew him.


  12. sargentmt

    Aw! Beautiful tribute to Buster and Lori. thank you for the posting.


  13. Beautiful tribute to a special dog and his extra special human. Thank you.


  14. Marene

    Thank you for this tribute to Buster–truly a miracle dog in so many ways. He won lots of hearts, and lots of hearts are broken this week. But what matters most is that Lori and Buster chose each other and gave each other such unconditional love. Lori gave Buster the best time of his life, and for that all of us–not just Buster–are grateful.

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