This is our very lovely boy Buddy.
Buddy is an 8 month old male Mixed Breed dog, of a slim medium size with a short coat. (easy to keep clean!)
Buddy is a very sensitive, kind natured and also a clever dog who needs mental and physical stimulation and to feel very much loved. He is a loving and affectionate dog and will make a truley loyal companion once has has really settled down in his forever home and matured a bit more!
Buddy has not had the best start in his short life and this has had a huge effect on him in the begining as a very young puppy and with his continued journey when he came to us at Lea Valley Dog Rescue.
Buddy was only a four month old puppy when he came to England, from Romania, with his sister, who got adopted fairly quickly. Although he was in foster with other dogs (which does normally help) Buddy personally had extreme problems in settling in and enjoying life. However, with a lot of continued love, walks, patience, training and hard work, Buddy is now reaping the benefits of what other dogs are getting - a normal life! And one which he is enjoying, especially his walks!
As you can see from the photos Buddy absolutely loves the outdoors and his walks. The longer the better and the more friends he can find to play with the happier he is. He loves the company and to play chase with them. He is good to meet and greet, big and small (and will happily try and play with both) and is very good off lead with recall. He loves to explore and is a lot more confident enjoying free run and makes him a lot more relaxed when home again.
Buddy is good with dogs in the home and he would particularly like to share his new life with another suitable dog! One which is non reactive and will give Buddy more confidence and who will play with him and be his friend.
Buddy has a gentle nature and is quite a sensitive character and very much needs to feel loved and wanted. He has been in foster with other dogs coming and going and then onto their own new home, and also with friends dogs. He has also had periods of time as an only dog in the house which he is OK with, but his foster mum feels he would generally benefit more if there was a happy relaxed resident dog with him to make him more comfortable with his surrounding and more trusting of people which he is at present still a little hesitant about, although this has been worked on a lot and improving daily!
Buddy is a clever young dog who loves a bit of mental stimulation too. He has been given various dog puzzles where he has to use his nose and brain in order to retrieve the treat inside. Other scent games have been undertaken where he has to use his nose to find treats too. He is also now starting to play with soft teddies just like a puppy should! This has all helped towards Buddy's rehabilitaion where he was very anxious with unfamiliar sounds around the house and was very jumpy and nervous resulting in barking. A lot of work has been done on this with repetition of sounds and movement in the home to get Buddy used to all this. He now accepts everything we have come across. More information and advice on this will be given if you are interested in Buddy. However, we would expect Buddy to go backwards initally when moving to a new home as there would be different sounds which he has not come across! Please do not let this put you off enquiring about Buddy as it can be overcome. However Buddy is a lot more confident when out and about on his walks and generally is as good as gold. Time, love and patience is a great healer. We feel that Buddy now needs to get into his forever home so he can settle long term. He really has won the heart of his foster mum and would love now to find his new mum and dad!
Buddy is actually a very well behaved puppy where he is non distructive, can be left for short periods of time, is house trainied, crate trained (although does not need this now but was used as a comfort security area for him) and very loving and affectionate once he has settled and you have bonded well.
Buddy is looking for a calm "Adult Only" home of probably just a couple who are fit and active to take Buddy out for a couple of walks across some fields every day. He also loves to go out for a short walk before bed just to settle him down for the night. The walking has been the life saver for Buddy to bring down all the nervous energy he originally had and this initally is the way to go for him. Once he is more settled, it does not necessairy mean you have to do so much and can adjust accordingly, but it will help initally. Both owners will need to be absolutely on board into helping Buddy settle into his new home environment. Dogs like Buddy always tend to latch onto the women but in order to have a happy home Buddy needs to be able to build that all important trust in the man too! We know this is possible for Buddy as he has been spending time with the foster carers friends (husband and wife) in order for Buddy to build up a relationship with other people before he is homed. Treats are wonderful things!
Please remember Buddy is still a puppy and has puppy ways too. He needs continued basic command training, rules and boundaries within the house and company and friendship. He has learnt to "sit", "give a paw" and "down" so all in all he is doing very well. He is very treat motivated which is a good thing.
Buddy is very much looking forward to a home who will put in the love, time and patience that he still needs (yes, it will need to be on-going - he's not quite there yet), but Buddy will make a truly wonderful addition in the right home given time.
We are looking for a home where there are no children as this will just complicate things for Buddy to settle in initially, but he is not aggressive. We also feel that cats do not need to be in Buddy's life in the home. However, he has come across squirrels and even deer over the fields when off lead and although he may chase, he always comes back when called and is a willing participant of finding his owner. He is good walking along the road and is not frightened of traffic and was also not too bad when the fireworks went off. However, we feel a home that is near fields for him to run freely in, will give Buddy the exercise he needs rather than a smaller town park! We would hope that he has someone at home with him most of the day too as he is still a very young dog.
Thank you so much for reading about Buddy. We really look forward to hearing from you soon if you feel you can offer him a wonderful forever home.
Buddy is vaccinated, microhipped, wormed, flea treated and will be neutered prior to adoption.
Buddy is fostered in Waltham Abbey, Essex near J25 of M25. We are looking to home him in or around this area of neighbouring counties or a little further afield for the right home.
If you are interested in giving Buddy a wonderful forever home, please speak with Jackie on 0785 760 4365 and fill out an Adoption Form as fully as possible.