Pet of the Week – Buddy Sox

Published 5:58 pm Friday, January 6, 2023

By Haley Mitchell Godwin

“They call me Buddy Sox and I rule the house. I am a 6-year-old Yorkie Poo/Shih Tzu mix that belongs to Jonathan and Amanda Russell, of Lapine. I have three fur siblings; Gracie, Lucy, and Dixie. Even though I am the smallest, everyone knows who the top dog is around here. One time I heard my mom tell someone that I think I am 10-feet tall, but I think she was just trying to encourage me to be a brave watchdog and continue to bark uncontrollably at every little sound. Although I must remain on alert and ready to defend the household from the mail carrier and the guy that comes to our home on a big brown truck just to put brown cube things on the porch, my favorite pastime is cuddling with my humans.”

Buddy Sox has two human brothers, Richard and Eli. When Buddy Sox joined his family, then 8-year-old Richard told his parents the new pup was going to be his best buddy. 

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When they brought the pup home, the family noticed it looked like he had on socks. Thus, the pup had a name. 

Buddy Sox’s owners say he is interesting and a delight to be around. He loves to cuddle and take naps. 

Buddy will dance in circles for a treat and always makes his way to the warm bed of one of his humans when it is time for lights out.  

“Pet of the Week”  and the quarterly feature, “Pet of the Season,” are sponsored by Crenshaw Animal Clinic and Dr. Alethea Gammage of Luverne – (334) 335-5309. 

Crenshaw Animal Clinic is a full-service small animal clinic that provides comprehensive healthcare for your pet. They offer a full range of services to help keep pets happy and healthy- including vaccine administration, routine preventive care, wellness exams, dental care, allergy care, flea/tick/heartworm control, parasite control, routine surgical procedures, microchipping, early detection, and treatment of a wide range of conditions and diseases with in-clinic diagnostics, ophthalmology, spay and neuter, and more. 

During the quarterly “Pet of the Season” contest, animals featured in “Pet of the Week” will go head to head, and the animal with the most votes will win a personalized prize package from Crenshaw Animal Clinic valued at $250. At the end of the year, all quarterly winners will compete for “Crenshaw County Pet of the Year” and the grand prize. 

Go online to submit a furry (or scaly, slimy, or feathery) friend by visiting

If participants have submitted a nomination for a pet, and the pet hasn’t been featured, don’t fret! We have rolled all entries over into the next contest.