Photo Comments Age: 14 Years Sex: Male Weight: 26-50 lbs
Leave a bone for Buster [RIP - 4/1999 - 4/2009]
Dogster stats for Buster [RIP - 4/1999 - 4/2009]
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a.k.a. "Downtown Buster Brown", "Boo", "Butter", "Booder", "Hank", "Mr. Brown", "Mr. Man" and "Bustery"
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Squirrel Chasing, barking at service men, yiping at cats, swimming in rivers, going on long hikes, pulling on the lead, protecting his owner, eating, and humping his dogmate, Athena
overly loud noises, people who get in his face and people who don't act "cool".
an old toy pig that makes electronic pig sounds
anything "fishy" (he must have been a cat in a fomer life)
anywhere there are woods!
he's only mastered "shake"
as told by the alpha dog...
On July 10, 1999 I went to the Humane Society in Atlanta, Ga. Now, it isn't unusual that I visit the Humane Society but this day would be different. I walked the puppy and adult dog sections. I was partial to Beagles and I took to one, sweet, female Beagle and thought, "I am almost ready to adopt a dog...what about this one?" After a lot of consideration and about an hour there, I decided to leave.
I walked into the store on my way out to look around at the merchandise there and my friend who rode down there with me asked, "Do you want to go back and visit the beagle one more time before you leave?" so I did. After saying goodbye to the dog, I walked around one more time and on the top left corner of the puppy crates, I noticed a chocolate colored puppy that I had never seen when I was walking around before. "Hey!" I said to my friend, "We didn't see this one before!" Apparently someone just put him there while I was in the store. I opened the cage and he stuck his little paw out as if to play and then backed up into the cage in a sort of timid way. I couldn't believe how much he looked like a beagle puppy but was all brown! I looked at the card that said, “Hound mix- 10 weeks old”.
I played with him for about an hour and learned his story. Someone-a mystery person who I still wonder about-brought him in because he had “too many” other puppies or dogs. Then, a young guy adopted him for only a day but he lost his second job and brought him back the next day. That was the day I went.
So somehow I managed to leave and return home, trying to put the puppy out of my mind. I thought, "No, it's not time"…"Oh, I really don't want a dog", etc., etc. I thought of every reason why I shouldn't get him. The next morning even before I opened my eyes, I thought of that puppy and said to myself, "This is the day...I've GOT to go get him!" So, I ran over there as soon as they opened and practically pushed past all the people who were waiting in line to get in. I opened up the crate where the little puppy was waiting and scooped him up in my hands ......a big smile covered my face and the employee who answered my questions the day before saw me, smiled too and said, "I told you he'd be here for you."
There was lots of paperwork, potty training, and a lot of self-doubt that followed, but I adopted him on July 11, 1999. I went to the store, bought all the necessary doggy tools and brought him home.
While I put him in his kennel for the first time, I shut the gate door and lay back on my bed exhausted from the day’s excitement and emotions. The puppy started to get a little restless, wrestling with his tail inside the kennel, so I leaned down and spontaneously said to him, "Settle down Buster Brown!!"......so I decided to name him that! “Buster Brown”.
I was not raised with dogs or any understanding of them. Buster is my first real dog at a very late age. Since I’ve had him though, he has taught me a lot about dog behavior, dog language and dog appreciation. He has taught me how to sacrifice, have more patience than I thought I could have and rally for those dogs that are never lucky enough to get adopted. In fact, I believe that despite all the hours of potty training, puppy scratches, owner-being-dragged-down-the-stree t walks, vet visits and countless dollars spent on neat toys and treats, I have learned more from Buster than he has from me.
The Groups I'm In:
♥Mixed Breeds Rule!♥, ♥All Fur Fun♥
I've Been On Dogster Since:
|September 23rd 2004
||More than 8 years!
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