Central PA - Still looking for experienced home
I posted here about my foster, Buster, a few months ago. Buster has been with us for over 5 months now, and his health/skin issues are still improving. He came to me weighing 95 lbs and about 15-20 lbs underweight. He now weighs in at 110-112 lbs and is at a very good weight. I'd love to find a good, experienced home for him.
Buster is neutered, completely house and crate trained, knows basic commands, and walks well on a leash. He does need an experienced home who will not let him rule the roost, so to speak. He bonds strongly to one person and is protective of that person, though to my knowledge he has never bitten anyone.
Buster LOVES to play, be it with a stuffed animal or by chasing tennis balls. He would be happy to play with you all day, every day. From the moment I get home, he runs to pounce on his closest stuffed animal and beg for a quick game of tug or to have it thrown for him.
Ideally, Buster will go to a home with no dogs or calm dogs that won't jump on or engage in rough play with him due to his sensitive skin. Buster does very well with the two resident dogs in his foster home (50 lbs and 85 lbs) but they all generally ignore each other. I think he'd be very happy as an only dog with all the human attention on him. I'm told that Buster has lived with cats in the past, but I have not seen him interact with cats, so I cannot speak to how he is with them.
Additionally, I would recommend a home with no children under 12 years old. There are no children in his foster home, and while he has done well with the children that he has met on his daily walks, his skin has been so sensitive for so long that he's hyper-aware about where he's being touched and he has areas that he simply does not want touched, especially on his legs and back end. If there are children in the home, they MUST be old enough to understand this and respect his boundaries regarding touching. He can get snappy in certain situations when he's being touched in ways that make him uncomfortable (mainly around his legs/feet), but these are clear warnings and he does not make contact. I have found that this is fairly easy to deal with once he becomes comfortable with you and vice versa.
Buster did/does have significant health issues that I will want to talk to a potential adopter about extensively. In the 5 months that Buster has been in foster, there has been a drastic improvement in his skin and hair regrowth. He's happier, healthier, and a more confident dog. I believe that he's ready to transition into a permanent home that will continue his road to an eventual full recovery. Questions can be directed to Melanie at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow his progress on his Facebook page, Buster's Battle, found here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Buste...5033786?ref=hl or by searching for "Buster's Battle" on Facebook if the link doesn't work.
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