A Bond That Can’t Be Broken
Desperate to be reunited with his best friend, Buddy limped home. Home was gone, reduced to a splat of blackened boards and broken glass.
Buddy’s best friend, Brian Ott, 58, was laid up with burns over 85 percent of his body in an Allentown hospital, almost 100 miles from Buddy.
The house exploded late Thursday. The cause remains under investigation, Taylor Police Chief Stephen Derenick told me Tuesday. A neighbor noticed Buddy nuzzling the ashes of 308 Union St., Taylor, on Saturday. The neighbor called Derenick, who called Denise Kumor, founder and CEO of Duryea-based Tracey’s Hope Hospice Care and Rescue for Domestic Animals Inc.
“I can’t say enough about Denise’s response,” Derenick said. “She didn’t hesitate. She said, ‘Take him up to VREC and don’t worry about the cost.’ ”
On Saturday, Buddy was treated at Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in South Abington Twp. His injuries were serious — smoke inhalation, dehydration, singed fur and four burned paws. The pads on one paw were burned off entirely, Denise said.
Buddy is staying with a loving foster family and recovering with the help of antibiotics and pain medication, Denise said. Buddy was short of breath after a Tuesday visit to the Taylor Borough Building, so I will meet him at a scheduled Friday visit with Robert J. Noto, V.M.D., at Memorial Veterinarian Hospital in Old Forge.
Denise said Dr. Noto pledged to donate his services to Buddy’s care going forward. Tracey’s Hope can use help covering the costs of Buddy’s emergency care. To contribute, visit the shelter’s website at www.trac
In the meantime, join me in praying for Brian Ott, who remains in critical but stable condition. Derenick told me Buddy and his best friend were inseparable.
“If he (Ott) was out cutting the grass, that dog was right there by his side,” he said.
The bond between pets and the people who love them is stronger than anything that separates them. Ott’s house exploded, but Buddy came home desperate to be comforted by his best friend.
Derenick couldn’t confirm something Denise told me, but I choose to believe it. She said that before doctors put Brian Ott into a medically induced coma, they let him know Buddy was safe and waiting for him.
“They were very close,” she said. “We want to see them together again.”
CHRIS KELLY, the Times-Tribune columnist, hopes for that reunion, too. Contact the writer: kellysworld@ timesshamrock.com, @cjkink on Twitter. Read his award-winning blog at timestribuneblogs.com/kelly.