Buffy - guess which one is Buffy
Sun, 3 Apr 2005
Tonight I was sitting relaxing with my dogs and cats and I came to a
realisation and I was prompted to write the following poem which I
to share with all you wonderful people who give of yourselves so much.
I am surrounded by beautiful creatures.
They love me, I love them...
My heart is filled to overflowing
With the beauty of their love,
The beauty of their sharing.
My heart would burst
With the love I feel,
The love I share with them.
The love I have in my life.
I am so blessed.
Just in case you have bad eyes Judy blew up the message bubble so she
could read it too!
It was two days before Christmas, 1979. There was a knock
at the door.
There was a man there, he was very agitated and asked did we have an
Australian Terrier Puppy.
Heart in mouth I went with him to the road and there was our
Rebecca's little Kristy.
She had somehow squeezed out of the enclosed back yard and been hit
by this man's car.
She was only four months old and very tiny. Her breeder had nick-named
her two by two
(two inches by two inches) - she was such a tiny puppy.
I picked up our beautiful little puppy and carried her inside.
The girls were so upset, especially Rebecca for she was her dog.
Neville, for that was his name, was distraught. "Where did you
her?" he asked.
I told him he didn't have to replace her - it wasn't his fault and
the breeder only had one puppy left that she was keeping for herself.
"I've got to try" he said, "It's Christmas.
The next day, Christmas Eve, Neville came to the house with a little
Australian Terrier male.
His name was Glenmeg Blue Peter and he was twice the size of Christy.
Neville placed the puppy in Rebecca's arms and told her that
the breeder had let him have him on the condition that we show him.
Christmas day Rebecca sat out the back in the paddock for much of the
day just holding
Peter and bless his little heart even though only four months old he
stayed there on her lap.
It was as if he sensed her grief and her need to come to terms with
Two months later Rebecca and Peter entered the Portland show.
Neither had any training
but Rebecca bravely walked him in the ring. Peter jumped and
played and acted the fool
and he gained an inglorious third out of three - but it didn't matter
to Rebecca - that
white ribbon was a thing of beauty to her. Then they entered
Child handlers - Peter
suddenly transformed and he and Rebecca were a joy to behold.
They moved in unison
together and amazingly, at their very first dog show, they won the
Child Handlers competition.
This was the beginning, we were now bitten with the bug. We travelled
around the country
showing dogs and learning lots about our beautiful land along the way.
It was a fantastic
experience and we met lots of wonderful people. A great way to
see our world of Oz.
Over the years our little family grew and we became known for the quality
of our little Aussies.
We didn't breed extensively.
We lived on a farm in Western Victoria and unfortunately in summer it
was a hotbed of
poisonous snakes and even though we did our best to snake proof the
dog pens we lost some
of our animals. The first to go was Australian Champion Curaduk
Cewtaskandy. She was only
two years old but a magnificent dog in both looks and temperament.
I rushed her to the vet
when she became ill, didn't even know it was snakebite at the time.
She lived for over a week
and each day I went to see her. On the seventh day she came running
from the back of the vets
to see me and sat on my lap happily. The next day she just
sighed and looked sadly at me
hardly moving at all. I knew that she wouldn't make it and she
died that night. The blood test
showed huge elevations in Liver enzymes, an indication of brown snake
bite. Even now I miss her.
Six months later I came home to find Peter dead. He had died
protecting a bitch he was running
with. Somehow a snake had managed to get into the supposedly
snakeproof yard. Peter killed
the snake but died himself in the fight. Ironically his father
had died in the same manner
protecting his mother, years before in another time and another place.
Peter was six years old.
All the other dogs were confused and so upset. Their leader was
gone. They didn't see us bury
the body. Peter's son Jack Doolan didn't seem to know how to cope.
The howling echoes across the flatlands
Their hearts are sad.
Their leader is gone ....
Stolen away by death's sharp sting
But they don't understand.
He held them together gently,
Yet with hand so strong.
Without him, they are lost -
An aimless throng.
Young one the pack is yours
As was your desire.
But you know not how to take the reins,
In the shadow of sudden death's fire.
1986 Josephine Tuckfield
At last, trying to help the dogs to realise what had happened, we had
to take the pack around
past where Peter and Candy were buried. The walked past in single
file. It was so amazing and
so sad, as if they were paying tribute to their lost leader.
After that Jack Doolan
(Aust. Ch. Curaduk Colonial Boy), took the position of leader but somehow
was quite the same after that.
Not long after that, we moved to town and the marriage fell apart.
The girls and I still continued
to show the dogs but we were breeding less now. There are lots
of stories and memories along
the way, far too many to share right now, but we managed to see a whole
lot of South Australia,
Western Victoria and parts of New South Wales. Rebecca took on the
role of a breeder
and exhibitor and formed her own kennels. The name of her kennel was
Teekay from the
name of one of our original brood bitches, Glenmeg Tiffany Kaye (Miss
The last generation of Curaduks span from four yearold Buffy (Curaduk
to Boodley 15 years. (Aust. Ch. Teekay Drinking Mate). Glenmeg Killarney
a rescue when she was just over twelve months. She is now 12
years old. Glenmeg Miss Terrie
(Folly) is 13 years old. The terrible twins Rocky (Curaduk Crystal
and Wendy (Curaduk Wendy Winsock) will both be 7 years old in May.
Buffy's litter was born to Wendy on the 24th August, 2000.
She was pre-ordered
by a friend. She couldn't take Buffy straight away and asked
to leave her with me longer.
By the time Buffy was three months old, said friend decided she
didn't want her.
For some reason (maybe fate, maybe intuition) I found that I didn't
want to part
with Buffy and for the next three and a half years she had a happy
Me, Buffy all by myself
Then in June of 2004 disaster struck. The butcher from whom I
bought my mince for
the dogs changed the mix and it was very fatty. The dogs loved
it. But it didn't love Buffy.
She was the only one affected. She suddenly had an acute attack
that almost killed her. The morning I took her to the vet, she
had become suddenly
extremely ill. She had been incontinent and I tested her urine
and it showed maximum sugar
and large ketones. She spent the next two weeks in the vets hovering
for some days between
life and death. There were lots of prayers and good wishes for
Buffy from all over the world
from my various cyber friends and also my land friends in Mount Gambier.
survived and after a long and harrowing time trying to stabilise her
on caninsulin, in February
she was changed to NPH or protophane as it is known here in Australia.
She is still getting far
from ideal numbers but she is within a reasonable range and happy and
healthy and regained
the weight she lost. When she was spayed in November of 2004
she weight 4kg.
She is now a solid 7kg and is starting to grow back some of the
In January of this year I found the rainbow bridge group and in particular
Margo Hupe. I only
wish I had found them sooner. The support of this group has been
wonderful. When I needed
help with research it was there. When I needed support they were
with me. I also appreciate
my good vet Rex Clarke who has been open enough to look at alternative
treatments. He has
been there for us all through the years and tried his hardest to save
our Candy girl way back in
1985 and many other occasions over the years and has been there for
Buffy through all of this.
We are all living here in Mount Gambier in a very nice cottage with
a huge back yard and three
crazy cats. Sam 16 years, Stimpy around 5 years and Winsome Winnie
just over twelve months.
Sometimes there are fish in our pond but we have none right now.
I am gathering new recipes for the site and Jo has sent what
she is feeding Buffy in Australia so it is in metric.
Thanks for sharing Jo....Judy
|750 gram of very lean beef mince
750 gram of green beans
750 gram of mixed vegetables (supermarket standard mix)
2 cups of pearl barley
0.5 cup of white rice
This is the recipe that works best for Buffy. She needs the bit
of white rice to stop a sudden drop in BG that she tends to have.
This recipe lasts five days at 2 cups twice a day.
She has regained weight and seems to have stabilised. Without
putting on any more weight.
Update! Update! Update!
Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2006
Subject: BUFFY 2ND SUGARVERSARY
|Hi all 2 years ago today (10th June) I was diagnosed with diabetes.
I was going to get up and celebrate but there was frost on the ground.
So I went back to bed. Mum made me wear the beanie so that my ears
were warm for the blood test. She took a photo of me.
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2006
Buffy's diet has changed again. She doesn't have the rice any
more as her post prandial isn't a drop it is now a rise. Some days
she's up and some days she's down and she's all higgeldy piggeldy but.....
she doesn't go too bloody high or too bloody low most of the time she sits
between 126 and 300 with occasional reading outside of that. That
seems to be the best we can do. I've tried increasing her insulin
but if we go beyond 2.5 units at a time she hypos. If we go under
2.0 she goes too high. I figure she is pretty healthy. She
is just starting to get cataracts and I guess getting those at almost six
years of age after having two years as a diabetic understandable.
She can still see really well and runs like a hare around the place.
Her mother and aunty (Wendy and Rocky) at eight years still have very clear
eyes with no signs. Mostly they don't get them until they are much
older (more than twelve) but I guess we have to accept what is and what
we can afford to do and go with that.
750 gm of very lean beef mince
1 kg of green beans
500 gram of mixed vegetables (supermarket standard mix)
2 cups of pearl barley
Buffy is now on 1 cup three times a day as she has 2.5 nph BID and the
recipe lasts 7days.
Update! Update! Update!
Buffy's Seventh Birthday!
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2007
Buffy's Photo Album
This is a collage of the older dogs from 1979 on.
Boodley and Kate and Folly are in the collage with the 'oldies'
as they are really an integral part of that era.
Just as a matter of interest, the photo of Kristy was taken the day
Long long long ago........................
Thought you might like this one. Shows the girls and Jack, Misty
and Miss Piggy.
This is Winsome Winnie
- she's only pretending to be fierce.
Last but not least Jo having a little loving
with my Grandma Folly
My good friends Sam and Stimpy
This is me helping Ric to win the video game
by bothering Zac while he is playing
(That's Rocky on the pillow).
||Only in Australia ....
How a cat goes down a tree Down Under
Check out Stimpy!