PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. — When Linda Riddle spied a white and red dog quietly laying on his bed in the back of a cage at the Yavapai Humane Society, she immediately knew that fate had brought them together.
“When I was walking down the aisle, some of the dogs were frightening. They were really barking and jumping against the cage,” Riddle said. “And then I came upon Buddy’s cage and he just laid there looking at me with this sad little face of his. He looked at me with his pretty green eyes and we just connected.”
Riddle originally visited the society in hopes of adopting a cat, not a pit bull.
“I listened to people regarding pit bulls, but I like to form my own opinion,” Riddle said. “I like to keep my mind open about dogs and people. We have not once regretted bringing Buddy home.”
According to Buddy’s intake records from the humane society, he was found on Dec. 4, 2012, along Walker Road in Prescott. When the society picked Buddy up, he weighed around 50 pounds and suffered from minor wounds on his left leg and head. The society estimated that Buddy was about 3-years-old at the time of his intake. Buddy lived at the society for almost a year before Riddle adopted him.
“This is not the same dog as when we got him,” Riddle said. “He was very withdrawn, very hesitant. He didn’t know if someone was going to hit him or not.”
Buddy’s transformation from an abused, cautious dog to a happy, outgoing pooch inspired Riddle to write a children’s book about him.
“I just started seeing a little abused dog that was being bullied, picked on, and betrayed. So, I just started writing about this little dog,” Riddle said.
The book features four short stories showcasing Buddy’s his journey from the Yavapai Humane Society to his forever home with Riddle, his first meeting with Gus, getting a job, and meeting his friend Lucy.
The book is illustrated with photos of Buddy taken by Riddle’s daughter, photographer Amanda Malone.
The stories are all told from Buddy’s perspective.
“I’m looking out through a wire cage, wondering how I got here. My new friend, Carl, says I’m at a no-kill animal shelter until someone picks me to take me to my forever home”- Adventures of Buddy.
Riddle hopes that her tales of Buddy will teach children that no matter what negative situations you experience in life, you can rebound and recover from them – just as Buddy has.
In addition to Buddy, Riddle and her husband, Joe Riddle, are the proud parents of a 12-year-old yellow Lab named Gus.
TAMARA SONE, The (Prescott) Daily Courier
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