All of the animals posted on our site have been temperament tested. While not all are in the immediate area, once we have processed and approved your application, we will move the dog to the vicinity for you to meet, greet and hopefully adopt.
General Color: Black with Brown, Red, Golden, Orange or Chestnut
Current Size: 30 Pounds
Current Age: 6 Years 4 Months (best estimate)
Buster has come such a long way. He came to us as a dog with a broken spirit, one who had been squirted in the face for punishment, pinned to the ground for barking, and his kennel was used for punishment instead of a place of safe haven. He's learning that human hands are for loving.
One of our very dedicated volunteers has worked on reconditioning his spirit, and teaching him that life can be fun! With the help of a certified positive-reinforcement trainer who saw his potential, and a holistic healer to help nurture his mind and body, we all feel Buster is ready to find his forever home. This doesn't mean he can just go to any home. Know that he is a work in progress, but our experts are willing to continue to stand with him and you if you can open your heart to him, add a little patience... and his wonderful development will continue.
He is house trained, but he does not like to be crated (bad memories). His training has included all basics of sit, come, down, etc. and he is very treat motivated so an excellent candidate for continued training. We do not recommend that he be in a home with young children.
Someone who understands dog behavior and is willing to continue training and conditioning is the best scenario, and NO small dogs or cats. He will do okay with bigger dogs provided they are a calming influence.
If you are willing to put in the time, add some patience and lots of love, Buster is willing to return all the love he is capable of giving.
If you'd enjoy watching a dog grow, trust, and be able to love once again, please consider Buster. This is truly what "rescue" is all about!
A note from his caregiver: Buster was a terrified dog when I first layed eyes on him. After many months he has come to love my touch and will climb in my lap for affection. I was first attracted by what a beautiful dog he is, and I saw that if I scratched his back, he would do a happy dance for me. That’s all it took for me to realize that happiness could become a way of life for him. If indeed every dog has a purpose, then Buster’s purpose has been to show me that patience and devotion to something outside oneself can be rewarded by the trust and love of a dog that once felt humans could not be trusted.
Special Needs: Buster came from horrible background where he was corrected with terrible methods and for things that are natural to a dog. As a result he should be placed in a home as the only pet and NO children. He will take time to develop trust and learn that he will not be harmed. He was evaluated by a behaviorist and we will share that information with any serious adopter.
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