Butler, “Buddy Boy” Cates crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, Wednesday night, October 30, 2019. Mary and I met Buddy when we went to a city pound adoption at Joe Freeman Coliseum in 2007. He was grossly underweight, yet we could tell he was anxious to become our newest family member. I asked how much to take him home and was told 50 dollars. As he was handed to us, they said he had heartworms and ringworm. She smiled and said, “you don’t have to take him.” Buddy gave me a look, and of course we took him. Mary and Dr. Ray Trimmer got him into fine shape shortly. Beauregard and Matlock soon learned Buddy was the boss. He loved company and always offered to play ball with all of our guests. The inside door mat was the goal and he would nose the ball to you and guard the mat. I think he must have seen a hockey or soccer match somewhere along the way. Buddy’s ashes will be placed in the Cates’ Family plot at Meadowlawn Memorial Park’s whole-family cemetery, currently in the design stage, the Together Forever Cremation Gardens. Special thanks to Dr. Ray Trimmer of Loop 410 Animal Hospital and for the outstanding care he gave Buddy for 12 years. Also special thanks to Dr. Ashley Hagauer of Alamo Hills Animal Hospital for the compassion shown to Mary and me during Buddy’s voyage to the Rainbow Bridge. We love you Buddy Boy, and I know you will be playing ball again soon.
Love always, Mary, Craig, Longfellow, and Mattie Girl

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