Meet Buster, our Mutt of the Month for June!
UPDATE FROM BUSTER'S FOSTER FAMILY, MAY 29TH 2015:
Buster has blossomed into a wonderful companion. He is completely house trained and is not crated when his foster parents leave the house for a few hours. He does love his crate, however, and is always happy to take a snooze in it. He sleeps in it at night, as well. He gets along fine with his foster siblings, but is easily frightened by them if they get too close to his face....he will simply move away from them. We believe his very limited eyesight and the strong possibility that he most likely had some scuffles with other dogs in his previous life (Buster cannot see to defend himself) has left him a little uneasy around other dogs. He continues to make progress in this area, and will now lay on the couch with another dog, as long as they do not get too close. He used to immediately remove himself from any close proximity to other dogs, but now is o.k. as long as they are one couch cushion away from him.
Buster has gained 3.5 pounds since arriving in rescue and currently weights 22.5 pounds. We believe he needs about another half pound and then will be at a perfect weight. He is THE most wrinkly Pug we have ever seen....his wrinkles/rolls extend from his great smushy face all the way down his body. His skin is completely healed and his fur is soft and very thick. He still needs to grow some fur around his back ankles and about a 3 inch strip on his lower back. We believe most of the fur will return, but he may have some small areas along the back that may not ever have fur grow back....his very curly tail covers that area when it is up, and it does not distract from his amazing good looks!!! This Pug gent is a real heartbreaker!!!
We believe his eyesight is improving and he can see about 12 inches in front of his face. He will need to remain on eye drops to increase his tear production for the remainder of his life. They cost approximately twenty dollars per month and are typically prescribed in 3 month increments. Buster recently visited the vet again for a check up, where he was given a clean bill health and was treated for an ear infection......again, a remnant of his years of neglect and lack of basic vet care. Some very small bumps on his skin were determined to be benign and most likely a result of the years of infection he endured on his skin. He will have a re- check in two weeks and we expect the ears to be completely clear at that time.
Buster now eats 2X a day, and will eventually transition down to one meal a day. He is on a combined diet of grain free dry food and raw wet food. He has done really well with this combo and it is strongly recommended that his new family keep him on this diet. The combo has helped him regain his shiny coat and muscle tone in a very short time. Buster is champion eater, and currently eats inside his crate. He is more comfortable segregated from the other dogs when he eats.
Above all, Buster is a people Pug. His favorite place is on a lap or beside a person on the couch!!! He actively seeks out attention and is a playful, funny guy. He has learned about toys and loves to play with the stuffed type. He will often bring the toy to us and ask us to play with him...which we do because he is so adorable when he does this. He is a joyful, happy boy who LOVES everyone....including children. His favorite person is his foster Dad, and he seems to prefer men to women, although there is no shortage of kisses and playful grunts for his foster Mom and other women he meets. Buster also enjoys walking on a leash, and is learning not to pull. He has learned the stop and step command while on the leash and is not fearful at all when out and about. He rarely, if ever runs into anything around our home or in the back yard. He goes in and out with the rest of the gang without assistance. He loves to ride in the car and is a perfect gentleman when doing so.
Buster's perfect home would be one that had someone who could be at home with him more often than not. This is because he LOVES human companionship, and not because he needs any special care. A fenced yard is required, no exceptions. While Buster has been exposed to several children under the age of five, and does well with them, he will not be placed in a home with young children. Teenagers or older would be best, as they can understand his limited vision.
Buster is a funny, friendly, playful Pug fellow who would be a great addition to an active retired couple, or a family with older children. He would be great company for anyone who works from home and is only gone a few hours a day. He is everything a Pug should be, but has the added charm of being grateful for every ounce of love and compassion he is given. Whoever is lucky enough to adopt Buster will be getting a true jewel of a companion!!!
Buster is a survivor. He's a sweet and loving a senior male pug, guesstimated to be between 8-9 years old. He was turned into a shelter in West Virginia by a "family" that failed him. Though neglected shamefully by his humans, Buster is a happy boy, who only wants love, attention, a warm lap or snuggle spot, and some good food. He developed a severe yeast on his skin after being left outside in the cold, wet, weather. He gets medicated baths by his foster weekly to relieve this. He loves his baths. Buster is also vision impaired, and seems to be able to see some movement but his vision is quite limited. He is prescribed eye drops for his dry eyes, and will be on these for life. Despite his vision impairment, like most blind dogs, he gets around well and had mapped out his foster mom’s house and yard in a matter of days. He is not fearful and explores happily outside while under the watchful eye of his foster mom. He has selected a favorite dog bed in the house but especially loves being lifted up on the couch to be with his with his foster mom, and canine foster brothers and sister. He gets along well with all.
Buster is underweight and could put on a pound or two, so is being given extra portions right now. He loves his food but waits politely by his crate for his bowl to be placed. He sleeps quietly in his crate all night. Buster was neutered, but will mark for the first few days in a new home. So he wears a belly band in the house at this time, but this is temporary. He is housetrained and has never had an accident in the house. He responds quickly to his name and knows what to do when he goes outside. He's learned to go down the step to the patio and navigate to the yard, and then back to the patio into the house.
Buster would do best in a house with a family who will be patient with his adjustment to new surroundings and has time to give him lots of love and attention. Other dogs are fine as long as they do not mind being bumped into occasionally. Older children who can understand his special needs would be best. Buster is a gem - a sweet, loving soul.
His former humans’ loss is his new family’s gain! Buster will return the love given him tenfold and is taking applications for his new family!
Adopting a senior dog…
Senior dogs make great pets. They’ve already grown into themselves, and have established personalities, so you know what you’re getting. They’ve typically been "socialized" and understand what it takes to be part of your family. They have calmer temperaments, are better able to focus during training, and are eager to learn and please you. Senior dogs are also more worldly - many have already experienced car rides and know how to walk on a leash, so they’re instant companions ready to take on new activities with you. They are also very grateful for the second chance they’ve been given and will really appreciate a loving and caring home. Experience with pugs or like breed required.
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