Please note: The dogs in ODH's Final Refuge care are not adoptable due to medical reasons and all are in permanent homes. Your sponsorship supports the veterinary expenses for these dogs - and we thank you!
We have no knowledge of BUSTER’s life prior to 2016 when he came into a Shelter. In 2018 he was found abandoned in a foreclosed home, with no idea how long he had been left there. A new home was found by a Good Samaritan, but just 2 years later he was again in need of a home when his owner died. The same Good Samaritan stepped in again, and BUSTER came to Old Dog Haven where he will have a Final Refuge Home forever.
At 12 years old, BUSTER is a big boy – a Smooth Collie Mix weighing in at 81.5 pounds. He has hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis, leaving his muscles atrophied and weak, and causing him to be ataxic and wobbly in his rear end. When he first arrived, asking him to go for a walk caused him to pant loudly from the pain, especially if asked to go up any kind of slope. He was immediately started on a comprehensive pain management plan, and even though going up-hill is still a problem, he now actually tries to trot !!! We still have an additional medication to start phasing in, so hopefully he will improve even more.
His other medical issues include some compromise to his vision, an unusual ulceration on his skin, and the strong suspicion that he has Cushing’s Disease – further testing next month will give us more information.
BUSTER has a phobia of smooth floors, which prevented him from staying with previous placements. But he has quickly learned the “lily pad” system of area rugs throughout his ODH home, stepping from one to the other.
He is an absolutely wonderful “old soul” with a calm and mellow personality.
Buster is sponsored by:
- Holly Jones of Yorkville, IL (04/30/2021)
- John Strampher of Puyallup, Washington in memory of "Maisie”, “Mia”, “Buffy”, “Ebby” & “Duchess" (01/31/2021)
- Gayle Larsen of Tacoma, WA (02/28/2021)
- Jill Eastes of Seattle, WA; Linda Talley of Greenbank, WA; Linda Sterrett-Marple of Portland, OR (02/28/2021)