Age: 9 year old (June 14, 2008)
Size (weight): 20 lbs. – His ideal weight is likely about 15-16 lbs.
Coat & colour: Short-haired red dapple
Temperament: Sweet, easy going, a gentle soul
Good with Dogs: Yes, but may have mild leash aggression
Good with Cats: Yes
Good with Kids: Has greeted them appropriately but has not lived with them
Needs another Dog: No
Needs to be an only Dog: No
Housetraining: 99% – He has had a couple of accidents but it may be because I have missed his signal.
Crate Trained: Yes
Suitable for an Apartment: Will cry in his crate but his bark is small. Used to live in an apartment. An apartment should only be considered for Buddy if someone is home most of the time.
Origin: Owner surrender
Adoption Fee? $300
And now a few words from me:
I’m Buddy and I’m looking forward to my new home. Foster mom sometimes calls me Bud Bud or Buddy Boy. She thinks I’m funny because I run on our walks instead of walking like the resident Dachshund. I love to explore outside but if it’s cold or rainy, I really don’t want to go out.
Foster mom has me on a diet and I’ve already lost 3 pounds but she says I need to lose several more pounds. I also had a dental. Although I lost most of my teeth, I feel so much better. Foster mom soaks my kibble so it’s easy to eat. She is surprised that I can keep my tongue in my mouth with so few teeth.
I love to cuddle with foster mom and I’d sleep on the big bed if she would let me. I’ve been sleeping on a dog bed beside the big bed and foster mom lets me get under the covers for a few minutes in the morning. I can’t jump up on the furniture but I figured out how to use the doggy stairs to get on the couch.
Foster mom has some cats and I’d like to play with them. I bark at them if they are up on something but they don’t come down to play.
My ideal home could have a dog or a cat but I would be okay if I’m the only dog.
And now a few words from my foster family:
Buddy has been a delight to foster and I’ve described him as a gentle soul. He is easy going and relatively low energy but he does enjoy his walks. While his previous owner indicated that he had some aggression towards other dogs, I haven’t seen much evidence of this especially if he is off leash. He may have some leash aggression but he responds well to verbal commands to stop.
If Buddy wants something, he tends to whine. However, he is learning that whining doesn’t get him what he wants, he must be quiet to get it. The first night when he wanted up on the bed, he whined for a few minutes. Now, if I say, “go to bed”, he will go to bed without whining. The previous owner also indicated that he had accidents in the house but he has only had a couple of accidents that were likely my fault. He tends to whine when he wants out but sometimes I think he wants something else.
While Buddy was an only dog in his previous home, he has adjusted to living with the resident mini Dachshund and resident Jack Russell Terrier mix by mostly ignoring them. He may eventually play with another dog but it will likely take a while until he does. He is interested in what the resident dogs are doing when they play. He will bark at the cats if they are up on something but if they are on the floor, he either ignores them or tries to play with them. My cats will sleep with the dogs but have never played with dogs. He will come away from the cats if called.
Buddy crate trained in two days partly with the help of feeding him in his crate. However, sometimes he will bark while in the crate but is generally quiet when I get home. Buddy used to live in an apartment building that had other dogs. His bark isn’t too loud so an apartment might be suitable.
Buddy’s ideal home could include another dog, cats or older, respectful children. He will need boundaries and consistently applied rules.