Buddy, appropriately named, is friendly with everyone he meets. He will melt your heart with his happy, beautiful smile. Buddy came to GRRMF when his owner could no longer care for him due to health reasons. When he was examined by the veterinarian, he wasn’t eating, his liver enzyme were elevated and he had difficulty getting up. Since our senior guy is thirty pounds overweight, it was suggested that he be put on a low fat diet.
When Buddy arrived at his foster home he was very depressed and was having trouble getting up and around. When his foster dad tried to render a little assistance, Buddy gave a little growl to let him know that he preferred to get up on his own. Since Buddy’s foster dad is a patient and experienced care giver, he provided him with some non-slip surfaces to make this independent fellows mobility issues safer and easier for him to manage. Buddy is on medication for his liver issues and for pain and wasn’t interested in eating. His foster dad reports that his appetite has improved, but he still is not interest in breakfast -maybe those weight watcher meals that dad is preparing will take time to kick in.
Despite not feeling well, Buddy made friends quickly with his new furry foster sister and brother. He is getting around better each day and has even offered an invitation to play with the neighbor dog through the fence. Buddy seems amused by the lizards, but it’s nuts to the squirrels and bye bye birdie, as he shows no interest in them. As for felines, it is unknown at this time how our boy feels about them.
Buddy is settling in well at his foster home. His foster dad says, “he has gone from being nervous to being more out going. He is vocal and persistent when he wants your attention, especially when he sees that you are eating – he wants me to share! Buddy loves belly rubs and holding your hand while he gets his ears rubbed. Even though Buddy doesn’t like being lifted, he likes being near you, but not right on top of you.”
Being a senior dog, Buddy has mastered leash walking, sit, down and come. He knows that the potty room is outdoors, the crate is not his chosen go to place and rough play from his foster brother is not appreciated. His foster dad describes Buddy as “a good boy who is slowly coming out of his shell.”
In the days to come, with the help of his foster dad, Buddy will continue on his weight loss program and medications for his liver and pain management. This friendly guy just needs a little time to get in shape and get his health conditions under control- then he will be ready to live his golden years with a caring and loving family.