Buddy became well known in the lake area as Williams took him to visit nursing homes, schools and organizations for pet therapy and to teach youngsters and others how to act around dogs.

Buddy, the pit bull mix featured in recent Lake Media stories, succumbed to his cancer Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Karen Williams of Linn Creek, Buddy's owner, noted in an email over the weekend, that Buddy lost his battle with osteosarcoma despite late-term treatment in Columbia. Williams had set up a fund to help pay for radiation treatment -- estimated at between $3,000 and $5,000 -- at the University of Missouri Veterinary School. Her hope was the treatment would give Buddy a few more weeks of quality life, but he died within about two weeks of the treatment.

Buddy became well known in the lake area as Williams took him to visit nursing homes, schools and organizations for pet therapy and to teach youngsters and others how to act around dogs. 

Our condolences to Karen and her family. Buddy will be missed.