“Buddy is a Tibetan Terrier.  You think he is a terrier, but he is not a terrier.  The Tibetans are a 2000 year old dog bred in the Himalayas by the Tibetan Monks.  They were considered watch dogs and good luck for the monks.  The monks never sold the dogs.  However, an English doctor visited the monks, and in return for the favors she did for them, the monks gave her dogs which she took back to India in the 20s.  Shortly after, the doctor moved back to England where she was from, and then took the dogs to America where they were bred and thrived.  In 1973 – the dogs were removed from rare-breed status and were finally recognized by the American Kennel Club.  It took a long time!

They are not terriers, they don’t dig, but they need to be exercised.   Their coat is long and shaggy and do you do need to comb them otherwise they will mat up.  Strangely enough, Tibetans don’t really shed.  Thank goodness since my uniform a navy blue and removing dog hair would be a nightmare.

Buddy will be four.  Usually we have an older dog and then get a younger dog to help extend the older dog’s life.  Before we had Buddy, we had two Polish sheep dogs. Once they were getting older and one passed away, my husband, Alan, said that we needed to get another dog; hence Buddy.

Buddy and I exercise every morning, when I am home.  I am a flight attendant and have been working for 43 years.  Most of my trips are either to Dubai, Japan or Beijing.  It is really heartbreaking when I get ready for my trips and am packing my bag on the bed.  Buddy will jump up on the bed, rest his head on one of the pillows and look at me with the saddest face.   However, the absolute best thing is when I come home from a trip.  This dog acts like he hasn’t seen me in a year!  He jumps all around and makes little squealing sound and is so happy to see me.  It is the best thing ever to have a dog that loves you unconditionally.  He is so happy!  I can’t even imagine life without the love of a dog.”

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