Blessings 4 Buster: Abused Puppy's Recovery Fund
Organized by: Nicole Bigelow
Update #1: Unexpected vet trip
May 18, 2016
Everybody, please meet the amazing wonderpup Buster!
Buster came into our lives May 14, 2016. While waiting at a train crossing, my dad noticed a little white dog resting in a small sliver of shade. He pulled over and started over towards the emaciated pup. Buster, panting and drooling, was obviously distressed and exhausted. As he approached he noticed black spots caked all over the dog's upper torso.
When my dad was finally close enough to properly assess Buster's condition, he saw that the crusty black spots were actually dried blood, the result of gaping wounds around Buster's neck.
My dad took Buster to the vet for treatment where they guessed the pooch to be a pitbull mix and somewhere between seven months and a year old. When they cleaned Buster up, they concluded that the wounds on his neck were from deliberate cuts; the incisions were too precise to be the result of an embedded collar or getting caught on fence. Somebody intentionally inflicted incredible pain on this sweet little pup.
Buster was microchipped, so the vet clinic reached out to his owners. From the story his former owner told, it seems as if "Stacks", as he was known in their household, had a very difficult life from the beginning, witnessing abuse and likely experiencing it himself. When the former owner was informed that he'd found a nice family willing to take him in and care for him, they relinquished ownership. "Stacks" became Buster and Buster became our family member.
He stayed at the clinic overnight and despite having clearly experienced neglect, abuse, and street life, Buster was in relatively good health. He received IV fluids and staples to close the stab wounds on his neck. He was released the next day and went to his new home and new life (and it's gonna be the sweet life for Buster from here on out!)
The vet bill for Buster's care, however, was quite high and keeps growing. We humbly ask our friends and community for help in Buster's care. We promise to provide him a wonderful home and all the help he needs, both emotionally and medically, but my dad could use a little support as well.
Since he's been home, we've discovered Buster's true nature. Despite all the horrors he's experienced in his short life, Buster (or Bussy, as I call him) is an unbelievably sweet-natured little boy with a heart of gold and eyes of blue-gray. He is still very shy and shakes in fear sometimes, but he grows more confident with each passing day. He is scared of men, and while he is trying his hardest to warm up to my dad, he clearly struggles to believe that he will not be hit. My dad has taken to sleeping on the ground with Buster and Buster reluctantly cuddled with once, shaking in terror the entire time. Our family will not give up on him though and we are committed to Buster's rehabilitation. For the rest of his life Buster will know unconditional love and happiness.
Thank you for taking to time to read about Buster's story and please check back for updates!