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Buster was discovered on the streets of Mt. Airy, NC with blood crusted, dirty ears, one ear split into thirds, and a urinary issue which was solved by antibiotics and neutering. He was rescued by Paws4Mayberry and could easily have fit the names Barney, Opie or Gomer, but wound up called Buster. (Well, we can still call him “Uncle Bee!”)
In the beginning, Buster was tired and weak, skeletal and raggedy. His housemate, Socks, a crazy young Border Collie foster dog, pestered the heck out of him. Finally, Buster gave in and went out to play. Now, fully nourished and full of energy, Buster play fights, shares a tug, growls, barks and pounces like a champ. He walks well on leash, knows no commands except for Come!, and has never had an accident in the house.
Somebody owned and cared for this dog. He doesn't flinch at a raised hand but will back off from nudging, when told, "That'll do!" Buster loves his people. When I took his two housemates out for a walk and left him home to convalesce, he pulled a picket off the gate and joined us before we made the corner. Followed us right on home after that.
Buster doesn't fetch or catch a ball, but he will accompany Socks in pursuit of a tossed toy, barking and bouncing all the way. Then he'll follow Socks back to me for the requisite "Good Dog" and neck rubs. He is interested in the resident kittens but, once he corners them, he just stares in fascination. He happily greets men, women, and children at the door. He sleeps on the floor beside my bed and appears, all four ears pricked forward, to say Good Morning, the minute he hears the radio alarm.
Socks was a handsome vagabond, way out east in Washington, NC, who was taken in by a well meaning resident there. He dug under and climbed over the resident's fence and remained a stray until a Border Collie lover coaxed him into a loop leash with high value treats. He was taken to the Beaufort County shelter (which has tops on its kennels) for safekeeping and stray hold. CBCR was notified and we arranged to have him brought into CBCR rescue and foster in Pittsboro NC.
Socks is a playful puppy, always up for a gamble. He is also very attached to his people, which might explain his strong drive to escape an enclosure and be with whoever he has connected with.
Socks has no herding instinct, but he loves to pounce after a squeaky toy and bring it back and, reluctantly, Drop It! He will be very happy in a family with children and sporting cats. He has bonded with the kittens in his foster home to the point where they sleep side by side and play off and on all through the day.
Socks is house trained, up to date on immunizations, neutered, and familiar with the command "Sit." He is ready to go to his forever home.