After years of bouncing from home to home, a senior dog is now living his best life.
Buddy Boy came to OHS in October 2018. He was missing most of his hair, appeared overweight and his skin was red and inflamed. At 10 years of age, Buddy Boy had bounced around a lot. When his owner died, Buddy Boy moved from home to home within a large extended family. He eventually ended up with someone who determined his medical issues were beyond what she could afford.
One look at Buddy Boy and it was clear that he had many health challenges. His painful red paws would cause him to cry out in pain; his ears were infected; and his bloated body and patchy hair made it difficult to tell what breed he was. Blood tests showed he had an under-active thyroid, or hypothyroidism, which explained his weight and hair loss. Severe allergies were likely the cause of his red skin, sore paws and infected ears. Buddy Boy was treated at the OHS medical center and was then placed in to a foster home where he continued to recover. Slowly, his weight returned to normal and his coat started to grow back. Everyone was surprised to see that his coat was white, brown and black and that he looked like a beagle mix!
Buddy Boy spent several months in foster care before a young couple spotted his profile on the OHS website. They were interested in helping an older dog and one had experience as a vet tech. They drove all the way from the Oregon Coast to meet Buddy and it was a great fit from the minute they met.
Buddy Boy is now living the good life in Pacific City where he is a regular at the Pelican Brewery charming employees and tourists. His adopter recently sent this update:
Buddy is doing great! We are working with a dermatologist to figure out his allergies and his personality has been coming through more and more. He delights us every day.