Buddy appeared on a buy and sell site in December 2012 and welfare concerns were very quickly raised due his appearance in the given photos.
On the 24rd December Buddy’s safety was secured. However he had a large infected wound on his neck caused by an embedded chain and was quickly rushed to GVC for treatment.
After sedation, the area around the wound was clipped and cleaned and it was found that he was very underweight at only 22.5kg (as of 2017 he weighs 30kg). After he recovered from his sedation he was discharged to the care of GSRRR with ongoing antibiotics, pain relief, antiseptic wash and Dermisol, which is used to heal necrotic wounds.
It very quickly became obvious that Buddy had received nothing in the way of care nor had there ever been any consideration towards his needs. He was almost feral and could not handle any kind of close proximity or interaction with humans. Due to a lack of proper nutrition, his physical development had been stunted and he will always be smaller and stockier than he should be.
As we see quite often in extremely human shy dogs, Buddy very quickly took to pairing up with another dog in order to feel more secure. His first bestie up at the rescue was a female called Sasha.
Due to the extra sense of security Buddy felt when he was paired up with another dog, steps to rehabilitate him became much easier as he would continually follow Sasha’s lead.
Many dogs have come and gone in the four years that Buddy has been at the rescue, but he has always managed to find a partner. Even now, when he is separated from a dog that he trusts, he becomes frantic.
After a time, it was discovered that the chain found embedded in his neck had caused nerve damage. This has greatly affected the motion in his back legs and at times, causes him a great deal of pain. We medicate Buddy with a modified release pain killer once a month for this condition.
At the time of writing, it is looking unlikely that Buddy will ever leave the kennels. He is still extremely mistrusting of humans but his rehabilitation is ongoing and he will get all the time that he needs in order to recover from his ordeal.
We see improvements in this boy every day, even if they are only small ones. These days Buddy can usually be found chilling out with one of our working females, Tanya. Work will continue with helping him move forward from his traumas, but it will be at his own pace. For now however, Buddy is safe now and most importantly, he is happy. He will stay with us for as long as he needs to, even if that is forever.