Our Friend Buddy Om

Helping Kids Read & Spreading Love at Yoga

Buddy Om is our friend who lives by the sea. He was rescued from the animal shelter and is now a Canine Good Citizen Therapy Dog.

Buddy Om never believed he would be so happy and have such an important job back when he was in the animal shelter. He was sad and scared, but then he remembered how special and lovable he was!

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By Bella Rose & Friends
 

 

Buddy Om is our friend who lives by the sea. He was rescued from the animal shelter and is now a Canine Good Citizen Therapy Dog.

Buddy Om never believed he would be so happy and have such an important job back when he was in the animal shelter. He was sad and scared, but then he met his special person Gina who helped him remember how special and lovable he was!

And now he spreads love, joy, and lightheartedness wherever he goes! And he goes to a lot of places to visit people.

Buddy Om and Gina spend 30 hours a month helping their community. Buddy goes to the Library for the Read to Kids Program where he helps challenged kids feel safe while reading. He's really good at that.

He also goes to Senior Communities to help teach yoga to senior citizens! He likes to stop at the front desk to say "Hi" and get a pat, then he makes another stop for a cookie, then he runs to class where all the students greet him when he comes in. He loves his job. He gets and gives so much love - and he says it feels so good to help people.

Buddy can tell if someone is having a hard time and needing some love and reassurance. He'll go and sit next to those people just to say "It's OK, I know what it's like to feel down, I'll be your friend. Just Be Happy and Be You!"

Next to his job helping kids and seniors, Buddy Om loves to go to the beach to play ball and meet new people.

He also likes to sing along and can sing just like a coyote! He says his coyote songs always make people laugh - and laughing is really good to do. People should laugh more, Buddy says!

Listen to Buddy Om sing like a coyote
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You can read more about Buddy Om in the Spring 2016 issue of Coastal Canine Magazine. He's so special he has his own article!

2020 Update - Buddy Om's Still Zooming Love in Yoga Class

We just received this sweet update from Gina and Buddy Om:

 

"Buddy is a senior dog now - he just turned 11 years old on Thanksgiving Day - but he still enjoys going to work with Gina. Currently, due to the pandemic, Gina teaches her yoga classes online via Zoom. Buddy is right up at the screen and very much a part of the yoga classes. Everyone adores him, and all the other dogs and cats come to their yoga mat to greet Buddy! Here he is being Santa Buddy at Christmas time.

Recently, Buddy had been bumping into things and missing curbs when he and Gina would go on a walk. He was diagnosed with progressive retinal atrophy. Despite his near blindness, Buddy manages to find his way. He is still very confident going out and willing to stay and help people feel better. 

 

Although Buddy Om is considered a retired therapy dog, he continues to be loving, kind and adorable! He still enjoys taking walks, going to the beach, co-leading Zoom yoga - and his appetite is very good!"

We love you Buddy Om! Keep Zooming your love every chance you get! Thanks again for sharing your story and coyote songs with us!

 

Love,

Bella Rose and Friends

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