For as long as six weeks, Buddy showed extraordinary loyalty by staying near his dead owner before outside help came to find them.
Now the 9-year-old German shepherd mix needs a new home.
John Gudele, 68, of Danbury, who owned dogs for his entire life and loved all animals, probably died at his home on Hayestown Avenue soon after Oct. 1, according to relatives.
He wasn’t found until Nov. 6. Buddy, a 70-pound black and tan short hair dog, was nearby.
“Buddy had opened his own bag of food and ate all his bones that were at the house. You could tell he foraged through everything looking for food, but never touched John,” said John Conlea, a childhood friend of Gudele’s.
Buddy drank from a leaking faucet until he was rescued, he said.
“He (Gudele) loved Buddy,” Conlea said, and the dog slept right alongside him in bed.
Gina Wellington knew Gudele for nearly 20 years and Buddy since he was adopted four years ago.
“He was devoted to Buddy,” she said. She used to see them driving around town in the car, with the dog’s head out the window.
Wellington said after Buddy was taken from the home to the dog pound, she advocated that he be taken to her veterinarian, Jeffrey Hubsher, at Noah’s Ark Animal Hospital on Mill Plain Road.
She saw Gudele’s house and knew Buddy went through a tough time.
“It really humbles you to see what the dog went through and how he was trying to get out, but he didn’t hurt the body,” Wellington said. “He loved him (Gudele) so much he didn’t eat him. Any dog could have after a week and a month without food.”
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