Bio: Buddy is a "Special Needs" dog for whom we will be seeking a very special adopter. Buddy was turned over to BSR from a shelter. While at the shelter he showed some fear of sudden movements and especially when being vetted, and he is very slow to trust people. He was a stray, and we think he is about 3 years old, but his background is unknown and he may have been harshly handled in his prior life, given his reactions to strangers and sudden overhead movements.
Buddy is currently working on socialization and training so that he can start to overcome his past and become part of a loving home. He is a quick learner, is making good headway with his foster, but he will need a very experienced adopter who can continue that work. Ideally, we would want an applicant that can come meet Buddy and work alongside Buddy's current trainer near Augusta, GA, so that we can transition him slowly into a new forever home.
2022 Update: Here I am at last with some news about Beaudie (BSR "Buddy") since I adopted him 1 year ago in Oct.
In short, he is a lively, loveable, happy little doggy, and I feel so very lucky to have him.
As you know, he was a special needs placement due to horrible anxiety. He has come such a long way over this past year. When I first got him, he was terrified of everyone and everything. He was afraid of all vehicles, all people, and was even afraid of the Christmas tree when Christmas came. When we would encounter people on our walks, he would cry pitifully and would jump up and down in terror--he would jump so high that his feet were level with my shoulders (I am 5'7", so pretty high). He was afraid to get in my car, and terrified if a nearby parked car or truck opened its doors. I thought that he would never be able to sit beside me on the couch (or anywhere else): he was so scared that he would struggle and run away. He was happy and frisky right away, as long as it was just him and me. He even had to get used to his big brother Lucas who lives nearby, and is beloved by children and dogs--he wanted to like him right away but one of his greatest fears was big, tall men. He quickly fell in love with Lucas but remained terrified of all other big, tall men until very recently. He soon warmed up to other family as well, as he had the chance to meet them.
We have worked very hard on all of these things over the last year. I am beyond thankful that I began full time telework right when I got him--I think that this has really helped his progress. He went to obedience school in Nov 2020, and this helped him as well--to make him feel more trusting of people other than family, and to feel more squared away and secure in general. Now, most of his fears have turned into wariness, not fear. He even lets people that we encounter pet him--as long as it is only one person that he is encountering; he still fears groups, however small. He will sit with us on the couch for 10-15 minutes, but then gets nervous and gets down. He still doesn't like to ride in the car, but is not afraid to get in, and is no longer terrified of vehicles in general. SO much progress...and so much work yet to be done.
He LOVES his toys and always carries one with him, even if we are just going from one room to another. He also loves socks--he seems to think that they are toys. If I am putting them on, he tries to steal them, and if they are already on, he chases my feet and tries to grab them. He loves to have his toys thrown...but not to bring them back! We have lots of stairs and he loves to have toys thrown down for him to fetch...but he keeps on going instead of bringing them back. He loves to play hide-and-seek between the floors of the house, or the rooms, or both. He loves to be active and we take many walks every day. He has made friends with several of the neighbor dogs and gets really excited to see them.
He was believed to be 3 years old when rescued, but I soon realized that he was definitely a puppy--at his first wellness checkup in Oct 2020, the vet estimated his age at apx 12-15 months. So we have been through all of the typical puppy phases and behaviors of years 1 to 2, including growing: he has grown so much!! It has been such a fun time and I'm glad I didn't miss it!