Buddy is a Homeward Bound alumnus, class of 2015. He’s awfully handsome as you can see. He’s staying with me for a few days while his folks, Mary and Drew, are out of town. Buddy is one of those sweet Goldens that tends toward the velcro. I never have to hunt him down in the house because he’s almost always a few feet away.
He’s a considerate little guy: If you stop petting him for a few seconds he’ll let you know with a little nose nudge. He’s not relentless though. He’ll remind you two or three times but if you can’t devote the time at the moment, he’ll settle in nearby in anticipation of your next opening.
He’s quiet and has excellent house manners. He’s a happy guy that loves to play with his toys. He’s almost perfect.
Almost? Well, there is this little reactive thing Buddy has with other dogs. I don’t know his back story. Maybe he had some bad experiences. Like many, many dogs, he might not have been socialized properly with other dogs. But he was definitely on the reactive side after he came to Homeward Bound.
But Mary and Drew, Buddy’s new humans, are our favorite kind. They adopted Buddy even though he wasn’t perfect, and they committed to taking him to class for the training he needs to reduce his reactivity. Not every dog can get past the reactivity and learn to socialize off leash with other dogs. But those that do are able to add another dimension to their lives and are much better off for it. Mary and Drew have done so well with Buddy that he has already had a successful play date or two. And when Drew dropped him off yesterday he met my Scrappy for the first time. They did well enough together that Buddy has been able to stay inside the house without being segregated for safety reasons. Hurray! That’s a huge step!