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Our latest happy rehoming tale is about Buddy, who had a tough start. When he was adopted, new owner Ken vowed to make up for lost time and give Buddy the best life he could. Time to get out the tissues.
“I adopted Buddy last year when he was just over six years old. He was unwanted by his owners, underweight, his skin and coat in bad condition, and had spent most of his life outside and on his own,” Ken tells us.
“I always promised myself when I retired that I would get another Labrador and preferably an older rescue dog. He now looks fabulous, has a beautiful shiny black coat, sleeps inside on his couch and is a typical Lab — naughty, smart, cheeky, loving and personality plus. He is spoilt rotten, shadows my every move and is certainly the boss in my house. He’s living the dream life.
“We go for two big walks each day, the highlight being a visit to Norwood IGA where he goes to see the staff. He stands at the front door of the shop and barks until his girls come out to talk to him and pat him. He’s happy then and continues with his walk. He goes monthly to Paws Day Spa for a bath and shampoo where twice he has stolen staff lunches off the desk — just as well they love him, too.
“It took him a couple of months to settle in but I knew we were bonding when, on the first night, he laid on the couch and gave me his paw to hold as he went to sleep. He still does this when he’s tired.
“Buddy’s adventures and mayhem are featured regularly on the Labradors Tasmania Facebook page, where he has quite a following.
“I love him to bits and we both found each other at a time when both our lives had changed dramatically. I often tell him that I just wish I could have owned him and looked after him for the first six years of his life. He’s one very happy contented boy – and he gives so much love back.”