Buddy is a 2 year old, male Boykin who his foster parents call the Gentle Giant because he is a little larger (50 lbs) than the average Boykin while being mild-mannered and sweet. He is in good heath and not overweight. Earlier this year he was found as a stray and eventually, after a couple of moves, landed with Boykin Spaniel Rescue when his breed was correctly identified. In his short life, it is clear that Buddy has been neglected, over-disciplined, probably yelled at and/or physically punished. He is sensitive to loud noises, quick hand movements and anything that humans might do suddenly that he does not expect. But Buddy still loves people (women especially) and has been quick to begin to trust his foster parents. He is smart and very eager to please so training him is a joy. He knows SIT, COME, KENNEL, NO and DOWN. He is good with calm, respectful children, and dogs who don’t try to dominate him. He is untested with cats.
Although he has not been around water before, he has discovered that not only can he swim but that he loves retrieving in the water. While not so eager to retrieve on land, with patience and training he might learn to love that too. Like any Boykin, he needs and wants exercise everyday and has learned to walk nicely on a leash. Buddy love to go for car rides. He really wants to go wherever you are going and will follow you from room to room. His foster parents describe his as a sweetheart who loves to cuddle and be petted. Because he was neglected, he craves companionship and needs to be with his human family most of the time. Buddy needs and deserves a forever home where his new family has the time, commitment and patience to re-build his trust. Continuing the good training started with his foster parents in order to help him become a confident Boykin is important. He will thrive in an environment where he can get plenty of exercise, ideally near water and be with his people and not alone.
September 2019 Update!
Hello, just received your note in the mail. It brings us great joy to share that our Buddy Boykin, whose name we changed to Henry, is an absolute blessing in our lives. We met the foster couple in Columbus Ohio 4 years ago to pick him up. On the 10 hour ride back to Green Bay, I texted our two daughters asking them to pray that Henry and Riley, our then 5 year old Springer, would get along well.
When we arrived home, 10pm, Riley ran out and they immediately started playing. You can see in the picture how close they are. Henry is gentle and loving and seeks to please us more than any dog I've ever known. He makes us laugh and we cannot imagine retirement without him.
We have a place in Northern WI and he loves watching the ducks, geese and loons out on the lake and will spend hours watching chipmonks in the trees and under the woodpile. He is a blessing to us and brings us great joy. Thanks for asking. May God bless you for your work in finding good home for these pups. Sincerely Kitty and Bob Cook