Buster Finally Find His Forever Home - heart warming story from his new mum Nicola x
We lost our precious Pilot in December 2015, and decided to give ourselves some time to recover. But the house felt wrong without a greyhound in it! Late last year, Dawn mentioned a fawn greyhound that had been in rescue for what seemed like a long time- Buster, a gentle, kind-hearted boy who deserved a forever home, like they all do. So in early January this year, I made a six hour round trip to meet him. I sat chatting to Karen, waiting for Dawn to bring him in and I can honestly say I melted when I met him- in he came, a gentle soul. He came over to where I was sitting, looking at me with the most amazing brown eyes I'd ever seen in a dog, and immediately put his head in the crook of my arm for a cuddle. I knew straight away the long drive was worth it. I took him for a walk with Dawn, and that was it! I knew he had to come and live with us- so he was reserved for me. So, in April, my husband and I made the long trip to bring Buster home. He remembered me- stood on his hind legs and put his front paws on my shoulders! He greeted Tony more gently though! Big lad and I had to sit on the back seat of the car on the way home! We realised our car is not dog-friendly! He cuddled up to me all the way back up north, and at one point tried to get on my knee! He was clearly nervous- I could feel the tension in his shoulders. He finally relaxed as we drove into Yorkshire- the tension melted and he drifted off to sleep. We got home, and let Buster mooch around his new surroundings. We gave him a bath- he looked very doleful but simply sat down in the water and let me lather him up!! What a star! It was all a bit much, and once dried he went to sleep! We took him to collect our sons from sport club. Their faces lit up when they saw him- he was so calm and gentle around them, it was so lovely to see. That night, we wondered where he'd want to sleep. After our bedtime walk, he walked straight into our bedroom and flopped out! He'd clearly decided he'd sleep near us, thanks very much! We didn't hear a peep all night- he slept like a log. We were amazed he was so calm, considering it was his first night in his new home. He was so good the next morning and gently woke me up to let him out for a quick wee- after which, he promptly went back to bed until we were all up, dressed and ready for our morning walk. Pilot was never very keen on other dogs. Buster, however, seems to like other dogs, and gives them a good sniff with his tail wagging! He's even made some doggy friends! He's also a bit of a star on the school run. He genuinely seems to enjoy seeing everyone at the school gate, and as he's a rather handsome boy, quite a few people want to stroke him- which he loves. I must confess I was worried about leaving him when I went to work. I needn't have- he basically gets on the sofa and doesn't budge until I come home! It did take him a couple of weeks to suss out the sofas, mind you! But now he loves to get up for a cuddle- fortunately for us, he soon gets too warm and goes on his bed after 10 minutes or so to cool off! Buster's been with us just over three weeks, during which we've helped him celebrate his 7th birthday. It seems much longer, not because he's troublesome, simply because he has slotted into the household routine so easily, as though he's been here all his life. We simply can't believe how amazing he is, and how well he has adapted to home life. We all adore him, and he is so gentle around our sons. He was worth the long round trip and the sadness I personally felt at losing Pilot has lifted. "Thank you for choosing such a wonderful dog, Mum", said my youngest son. It's not really like that- Buster Browneyes chose me and in doing so has brought much joy to our family. We've even bought a new dog-friendly car, so he can come with us on day trips out and on holidays, and we will love him for the rest of his life. He deserves nothing less.
By Nicola Frear
We would like to thank Nicola and Tony & Family for giving Buster the chance to shine and be the dog he deserves to be and to have the happiest ending we could ever wish for him.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Karen & Dawn x