- Status: Adopted!
- Adoption Fee: $107.13
- Species: Dog
- Rescue ID: 12-122/19-62
- General Color: Fawn
- Current Age: 8 Years 9 Months (best estimate)
I think he likes dogs but is very unsure about how to meet them properly. He will growl, etc. but if given the right environment and time to feel safe he seems fine.
He was growly at Micka in the beginning too. We did baby gates and leashes and didn’t let him sit there growling at her. After a day he was fine. I think he is a bit insecure. The dog he lived with was a small Boston Terrier/ Frenchie mix and she ruled the roost. He’s fine with the cats. Loves to cuddle. He really is a good boy. He has allergies and takes Apoquel for them.
He gets a bit anxious when he knows we are leaving, sometimes he starts panting. He is crate trained though and will go in the crate with a Kong of frozen Peanut Butter (to keep him occupied). If we aren’t gone long sometimes he only gets a couple treats and seems fine.
They said sometimes he will potty somewhere if he’s not crated, that wouldn’t surprise me. They had gotten to the point of not crating him again but I believe still sequestered him in a smaller space.
I think his first months (as a puppy) before rescue weren’t the best.... it seems like he was probably hit / mistreated. He flinches on occasion if our body language is similar to something he may have experienced when young.
Kids need to be respectful school age kids. He likes kids but groping, grabbing babies learning to walk aren’t a good mix.
I can tell you after a day with him that he is great with kids. He has been around a 2, 3, and 11 year old. He is great with my dogs as well. I haven't had him around a cat. There was one at the boarding place, and I was told he stared at it and stiffened like he was waiting for the go ahead to get it, but I'm kind of questioning that. He met my brother's pekingese and did something similar. He was getting in the peks face and the pek did a low growl. Buster took a half step back and stared and stood stiff. I could see the wheels turning, but it was more of an "I don't know what to do or how to react or what this little dog means," than an "I want to attack." And he didn't attack. In fact the little dog snapped at him and he jumped away, seeming confused. I'm wondering if the cat situation would have been similar if it had gone that far.
At this point I'd say he is great with kids of all ages, people, other dogs, and a possible good boy with cats. He is housetrained though not quite 100%. I think he is still getting used to his surroundings, but he definitely gets the idea.
Buster has pretty decent manners too. He isn't bad about jumping on you, he does not counter surf, and he knows to sit (especially if he sees food!). He does think he is most welcome on the furniture though ;-) He is a little bit of a scaredy cat sometimes, but is mostly outgoing and definitely playful. He has the funniest bark, very deep. He is young, I think definitely a year or under. He does bark in the crate, but I think he will get better. We let him sleep in our room last night and he paced for only a couple minutes and then settled down and did well. In fact he made himself quite comfortable in a doggy bed, with his leg hanging over and tongue sticking out. Haha, and he snored!!!
I didn't realize until he got here, but Buster had a name (Malik) so that is on some of his paperwork. I will scan it and send it to you this week, along with Baylor's. The two girls went to Nebraska yesterday. Baylor went to Winding River since the local place was full. Unfortunately I didn't get to spend as much time with Baylor.
Malik/Buster has been at my house since Tuesday. We have 2 and 3 year old boys and an 11 year old girl, plus 5 dogs. Buster is wonderful with everyone. In fact, he is better with the little boys than most of my own dogs are. He is sweet and gentle, and not super hyper and crazy, although he is playful. He enjoys running and playing, but he is equally content to cuddle. He is about 95% house trained with just the occasional accident. He eats like there is no tomorrow and he is on the lean side. We did have to take him to the vet yesterday for his cough, but he already seems to be doing better. He is a happy, curious boy, and is pretty mild mannered. I love that he is up for anything. He is happy to play when its time and happy to relax when you feel like doing that. He will follow you everywhere and always sticks close. Although he does that, I still wouldn't trust him not to bolt if he were off-leash and in an unfenced area. He is too curious. He has the cutest deep bark/growl although he doesn't do it very often unless they get to playing alot. Malik/Buster knows sit but that is about all. He does listen and mind well. He has the cutest face and pretty straight teeth, but he definitely has one heck of an under-bite! I swear there is about an inch difference in his top and bottom jaw.
We are enjoying Buster very much. I don't know what kind of home he is going to, but I would love to see him with kids because he is so wonderful with them. We just love him to pieces and he is a very easy foster.