This boy is so gentle and sweet, we are amazed at his temperament. Buddy does not look like he has had a kind life, but you would not know that from his personality. Just so calm and gentle in spite of his life and circumstances.
Buddy is a handsome male yellow lab/boxer mix, with really big soulful brown eyes that you could just fall into. He is neutered, approximately 11 years old, weighs 75 pounds, and is in excellent health. He is housetrained and has had free run of our house when we were home and when we have been away. He is presently living with 2 other labs, and a cat. He never even notices the cat. He likes everybody, and everybody likes him!
Buddy sleeps on a dog bed in our bedroom at night. He is very gentle, and takes a treat from your hand easily. Buddy loves to be wherever we are, inside or out. He is calm, loving, and a real sweetheart! When outside he likes to lay in the sun. He loves to have his belly rubbed and neck scratched. He is a lab, so he loves all the attention he can get!
Buddy is up to date on all of his vaccinations. He has arthritis in his hind legs, so he leans on his hip when he sits. He usually lays down if he is not standing. He likes his fur brothers, but I do not know if he has to have them around all the time.
September 1, 2017
Hello! We have now had Buddy for 3 weeks. 12 days ago he was released from his bedroom and welcomed into the family. What a wonderful day that was, for all of us!
Buddy’s fur is filling back in, and he is becoming a stocky looking fella. Not from eating too much, though. He is finally eating all dry food, and he is never full, never. He is always hungry! But he is selective. He will not eat Milk Bones, but he likes Canine Carry Outs, which are semi-soft and come in beef and chicken. He also likes Better ‘N Ears, which are slightly chewy. We think that he does not like the Milk Bones because they are hard, and let’s face it, he is an older guy! The Rimadyl is helping his arthritis, but his back legs are still bow legged. He is done both antibiotics and he no longer takes Tramadol.
We have 3 large lab-sized dog beds in our bedroom, 1 on my side of the bed, 1 on Ray’s, and 1 at the bottom of the bed. Ozzie usually sleeps on Ray’s side. Buddy claims the bed on my side, and Camo tries tocamp out IN my spot on the bed. When we are ready to go to sleep, I usually move Camo off the bed and onto the dog bed on my side. However, Buddy will not give up his claim to it, so Camo and Buddy start the night sharing the one bed, as you can see in the picture.
Buddy is on the left, fully asleep. Camo is on the left having just been removed from the bed, and he is not thrilled. Sometimes Buddy will move to the bed at the end of the bed, sometimes he doesn’t. Either way, we all get a good night’s sleep!
As soon as Buddy is fully back to himself, he is going to make someone a happy and handsome companion!
August 19, 2017
I am happy to report that Buddy seems much better today! He received his Welcome Box a few days ago, but wasn’t really interested in it. He now loves the tug of war and playing with the ball. I bounce it off the bedroom wall, and he chases it and returns it to me. I have no problem taking the ball out of his mouth. He loves to just lay in the sun on our back deck. He also loves one of us to be in the room with him. He barks and moans because he is so lonely and just wants to join the family. Tuesday is the big day! Believe me, we are all looking forward to having him join us downstairs! His fur seems to be growing back in at the base of his back, and he may have gained a few pounds. (Ray cooks chicken for him and gives him fresh chicken and homemade rice. He is starting to eat this, but he has to be encouraged to eat it and Ray has to stay with him.) Buddy is still not really big on treats, although tonight he ate some. He does not like cheese or peanut butter, at least at this time.
He is so much happier and I think that he just plain feels better!