This is what I don't really understand. This dog appears in pedigrees from everywhere, yet no one talks about him. Was he horrible?
To clarify, Bud was with me for almost 3 years as a foster/rehab placement. He had been horrifically abused and was initially scheduled to be PTS until I intervened on his behalf and begged my boss to give me a shot at rehabbing him. It was a long and sometimes scary road. He was prone to turning on me and everyone else who got near him, he was in utterly terrible condition and had injuries we weren't sure he would recover from.
I would guess that it was when my boss was diagnosed that he made the decision to turn Bud over to me permanently. He had been the father figure in my life for many years and we were very close. Sadly he had not as much time as he thought and left many things unfinished, the transfer of ownership included.
Since Bud was a pet only, I was not concerned. I only started asking when I got curious about Hunters lineage. But at the first hint of 'we want the dog', I backed off. I had had Bud for over 5 years at that point, and no one was taking him from me. Not to mention that this was the last litter and the only thing I had left of the man who taught me so very much.
Buddy was a gift and a legacy, and he is mine. His breeder intended it to be so, and I let him down in so many ways. He wanted the last of his breeding with someone who loved the dogs as much as he did. Not with someone who would use him for an easy paycheck.
I would love to someday be able to get another pup from similar lines. Last fall I lost my beloved Saboteur and Bud is no youngster. But it seemed odd to me that a stud that appears so frequently in pedigrees is so little mentioned, I thought maybe there was some problem with him. But it seems he was solid in temperament and structure, just a bit of a knothead to train.
So, a lot like my Buddy.