We brought Bucky home after quite a caravan ride.  A shelter volunteer drove him to Olympia from Vancouver, Washington and then an ODH volunteer brought him to South Center where we came to pick him up and take him home to Camano Island. Such a long journey.

Initially, Bucky was barely able to walk. He was obviously completely blind in one eye and nearly deaf.  His coat was very thin and coarse, and he had no tail fur at all. Completely naked.  We thought he was about 14-15 years old.  After blood work, he was given a dental and 23 teeth were extracted. (They found lots of his missing “tail feathers” between his teeth).  After that, the poor fellow had little interest in anything besides sleep.  Good thing he had the right pain medications as well as joint support drugs for his back end.

Within 6 weeks or so, we had a new old man!  Bucky just loves to go on “walks” in his own personal carriage, and he follows me (his adoring mom) all over the house, never more than a few feet behind.  He’s learned to love eating, and he has his own alarm clock to keep meals on schedule.  Bucky now spunks and tries to play with his three Papillon sisters, and gets excited whenever they give the alert.  He rarely has made a sound though, which we’ve greatly appreciated.  Bucky is the calmest, most adaptable four-legged kiddo that we’ve ever had.  He’s just a happy boy.  Bucky is a great ambassador for ODH–friendly and interested in everyone.

Fourteen or fifteen years old? We now guess his age to be closer to 10.  With a few medications and huge amounts of love, Bucky has blossomed.  He has been such a blessing to our family and we love him dearly.  Thank you ODH and supporters for bringing us together.

Update:  This wonderful boy’s health finally failed him and his loving family had to say goodbye.  He was much loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.