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One year after the loss of a beloved dog

Sunday, April 06, 2014   by: Staff

One year ago Saturday, Lori Bouchard's beloved dog, Buddy, was killed by a hit and run driver. 

Buddy was on a short leash, walking in a crosswalk, on a green light when he was hit and seriously injured. He died from his injuries the following day. 

Police said there was not enough information to lead them to the driver of the van that hit Buddy and, to date, he or she has not been identified or charged.

Bouchard sent us the following letter to update our loyal readers on the story of what's happened to her since then.

An update for caring readers on the devastating loss of my beloved Buddy.

It has been one year since my boy and best friend Buddy has passed after being hit while walking on his leash. 

I still miss him terribly and think that I always will. 

With the help of my daughter I was in touch with a breeder up north (Jane) from Back in Black standard poodles.

After talking with Jane and coming up with a price we ended our conversation with Jane telling me she would be in touch when the pups were born. 

A couple of days after our conversation 

Jane was in touch with me and said she read my story online and she wanted to give me this puppy! Yes, give this puppy. 

I cried I was so touched that people like Jane still exist, but so sad that I had to lose my Buddy to find this out.

I was in awe as I read the comments on and Local 2 about readers getting together to buy me another puppy. 

Imagine that, perfect strangers wanting to do this for me. 

I learned there are still some wonderful and caring people in this world and especially in Sault Ste Marie. 

I thank all of you for your kind words. 

I never in my life felt so sad as when my Buddy passed away. 

I needed to hear all those kind words. 

Thank-you all so much. 

I have made some good friends through all of this sadness.We do not have any laws to protect our domestic animals. 

I will try to work on this.

I now have Jake a beautiful boy thanks to Jane at Back in Black standard poodles in New Liskeard .

Thank you all for the love and support that was given to me when I needed it the most and thank-you, Jane, for my beautiful Jake.

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flyhawk25 4/7/2014 4:28:43 AM Report

Lori...I hope that Jake is doing well and that it won't be too much longer before we see him out at the trailer.
My daughter and son and daughter in law all miss him too.We have the 'Buddy Biscuits' ready to share with Jake this summer - if we ever get to it.
Hugs to you all.
dadal 4/7/2014 5:48:09 AM Report

I'm very pleased that Jane was kind enough to give you the puppy. Not a true replacement to Buddy, but will help with the pain. Your story is yet another example of the thoughtlessness drivers in the Sault. We've had too many loved ones pass from Irresponsible drivers in the last few years yet the message never gets through. At least yours had a somewhat happy ending thanks to kind people. No one should lose a loved one from a bad/drunk driver. I hope the new joy of your life will give you many many years of happier memories.
Jitterbug 4/7/2014 8:03:03 AM Report

That is so nice of Jane. I hope that driver lives with their guilt they know who them are and should be just disgusted with themselves.Again nice to see sootoday to post these ad and the outcome of these stories. Take Care
hockeypucker 4/7/2014 8:03:06 AM Report

Omg step back and realize your not the first person whose dog has been hit by a car! My dog was hit on the highway by a transport truck try cleaning that up
I'm In 4/7/2014 8:47:43 AM Report

hockeypucker: was your dog on a leash like Buddy and walking in a crosswalk (the answer is no) and if you cared about your dog like Lori did than it wouldn't be running on the highway, so get a life with your negative comments.
I'm In 4/7/2014 8:49:48 AM Report

hockeypucker: was your dog on a leash like Buddy and walking in a crosswalk (the answer is no) and if you cared about your dog like Lori did it wouldn't be running on the highway, so get a life with your negative comments.
Wobbler 4/7/2014 8:49:54 AM Report


Omg step back and realize that a living, breathing, loving animal was lost due to an irresponsible driver. This story is only one of thousands (just as yours is), but it shows how one tragedy led to a happy outcome for this family.
In these days of one tragedy after another and so many human or animal lives lost, it is refreshing to see a positive news article for a change.
My sympathies go out to you in the loss of your dog, but I am wondering how your dog got out on the highway only to be hit and killed by a transport?
sammmys 4/7/2014 9:47:08 AM Report

I am so glad that things worked out for you. I feel your pain...although I have not personally suffered a loss like that, I have come very close several times to having my dog, and myself, run over by drivers who aren't paying attention because they're on their phones, speeding, unaware that pedestrians have the right-of-way at crosswalks and corners, or just plain thoughtless and inattentive. You are right, we need to do something to protect our beloved pets and ourselves. Count me in on that.
vlr 4/7/2014 10:11:44 AM Report

Lori, I hope that the new puppy helps to ease the pain of your loss.

hockeypucker, what a rude, inconsiderate person you must be!
ti-guy 4/7/2014 10:25:13 AM Report

what I like to read on this site is how stupid and revealing some posters are. For instance, the guy who obviously got a 'puck to the head' has been affected to the point that he embarrasses himself by illusstrating that his dog obviously meant no more to him than 'to clean up the mess' when it got hit. It really says a lot about you there pal.....
Tag33&1/3rd 4/7/2014 10:34:33 AM Report

Awe..never saw this story last year! Too bad..sorry to hear. (and sorry about that guys transport dog too--despite everything)
Jitterbug 4/7/2014 10:35:13 AM Report

Hockeypucker You should know better then post something like this on their story. Yes of course you will be lame based. That is rude for you to say things like that. When I was 16 years old 1980 I was hit by a guy who was drunk and on drugs. I was riding my horse on the side of the road with a friend on her horse he struck me going 65 miles an hour my horse saved my life she was not so lucky. Just google that just before the pony club.
MonsterLincolin 4/7/2014 11:47:48 AM Report

Sorry for your loss and nice to hear something good come out of it for you.I myself with 2 dogs know what its like to lose one. I still mis a dog i had lost to a siezure almost 10 years ago. Lost but never forgotten.
Disregard any negative comments on these news feeds. We all have to realize that almost every ahole in the world has a computer these days.
Sera 4/7/2014 9:35:11 PM Report

You are a piece of shit!
That's all!

Lori sad to hear about Buddy and so happy to hear that there are wonderful people out on the world!

You are a piece of shit!
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