Buster’s current and past fosters unanimously describe this boxer-shepherd mix as an incredibly sweet dog. Buster, who is around 7-8 years old, was rescued from Cleveland County, NC, after his owner was killed by a drunk driver. Buster grew up with another dog, Buddy, who has already been adopted. Now Buster would love to find a new forever home as well! In addition to this sad and abrupt change in Buster’s life, he is also blind. According to the ophthalmologist, he lacks a retina and experiences no discomfort whatsoever. Fortunately, Buster’s blindness doesn’t seem to be too much of a challenge for him; his hearing and sense of smell are very alert, and it only takes him a day or two to learn a new home environment. His fosters have remarked that he seems to have an amazing radar sense that lets him avoid bumping into things. He also has no problem with going up and down stairs.
After living mostly outdoors, Buster is currently getting used to indoor life, and he is thriving! He’s very content snuggling up in a dog bed and has done a great job learning to sleep in a crate, too.
Buster is clearly very intelligent and his house training has progressed at a quick rate, with no accidents to report. He has a calm, laidback nature and enjoys taking leisurely naps, as well as being petted. Buster hadn’t had much experience with toys prior to being fostered through CDR, and he seems to be gradually becoming more interested in them. He also loves going on walks and checking out all the smells outside, and is doing very well with learning to walk on a leash.
Curious and sociable, Buster loves following you around the house to hang out—and become more familiar with his surroundings—but he isn’t clingy. Former foster Sarah said that Buster is the most grateful dog she’s ever had, and everyone who meets him agrees that he is just so appreciative of receiving love and affection! In general, he is very low-key, quiet, and undemanding. He even decided to help Sarah out with her Christmas decorations this year [PHOTO].
Buster has been observed getting along well with other dogs after they are properly introduced, since Buster’s blindness can make him cautious at first. He behaves well around cats and typically ignores them. Buster would probably do best in a new home that does not have young children. Since he’s so attentive to sounds, a noisy environment might be stressful or confusing to him. He definitely wants a place where he can become familiar with the setting and grow comfortable and relaxed! The ideal adopter will help Buster explore his environment through multiple senses. Otherwise, Buster leads a very normal life, and he would love to find a new forever home and loving adopters to bond with!
Since Buster is a senior dog, he has a reduced adoption fee. Learn more about adopting this sweetheart here.
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