The True Hero

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in foster in Bosnia at long last...

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BUDDY -  Pulin Cross (Balkan Collie)

Size: approx 50cm

Sex: male

Age: approx 2-3 years

Neutered: yes

Vaccinated: yes

Microchipped: yes

Temperament: Buddy is a very friendly, cuddly, super intelligent and submissive with people. Buddy absolutely loves humans and wants to please them. He is very smart and quick and has a great potential for learning. Strong confident character in general. Especially responsive to assertive yet kind and loving people who make the effort to understand him. Dusica, the lovely lady where he currently is describes him as young, cheerful, funny and sweet. A young dog who quite simply doesn't understand yet, but is willing to learn. 

Child friendly: Yes, but older teenage children as he is highly energetic, fast and jumpy. He would unintentionally hurt a small child. 

Dog friendly: yes, but can get jealous at times. He is currently sharing his room with 2 females and gets on with them really well. 

Cat friendly: absolute no-no as he really does not like them and goes into a barking frenzy and wants to chase whenever he gets a glimpse of one. So a cat free home please and ideally not next to a neighbour with cats. 

Behaviour/Training needs: He will need general training, basic obedience commands, because as a street dog Buddy would not have been taught such things. He walks quite well on the lead already. Buddy is reactive though to bikes and motorcycles and barks at them like crazy. Many dogs in the Balkans don't like bikes of any kind as too many people on them tend to kick at the dogs. So the dogs start to associate the bikes with pain. Please take a look into the Pulin breed and how they work with livestock as it will explain his behaviours and also the type of bark which is a trait of this breed. There is lots of information online and on Facebook too. There are different types of Pulins and a lot of stray dogs are cross breeds, as is Buddy. Buddy needs introducing to home life as we know it. Where Buddy currently lives is a specific room designed for dogs which is not part of the owner's main home and therefore it limits the experiences a dog has. Things like house training can be monitored, but other aspects like appliances and TV for example will be most likely new to Buddy. Buddy is used to sleeping in his crate and likes it as his safe space. 

Health: has had major reconstructive surgery and has lost his upper jaw. He can eat normally. He is breathing ok except that sometimes he sneezes a lot. The vet explained that there is absolutely nothing left from his lower sinuses and breathing airways. He has 2 little holes to breathe through but he can sometimes have food stuck there which triggers a sneeze reflex. This sadly makes tin food mush an absolute no-no. Buddy copes best with dry food and cooked meat and veg which he absolutely adores. Dusica gives him one home cooked meal a day and Buddy goes mad for it. It's one of the highlights of his day. She also adds some vegetable soup to his dry food, but doesn't let it soak. He loves that too. It would be really appreciated if his future adopters would be able to continue that. Buddy has been through hell and back and we would like to see him enjoy as many of life's pleasures as possible.

House trained: Yes

Blood tested: will be tested for brucellosis canis, leishmans, heartworm, lyme disease, anaplasmosis and ehrlichia before travel. 

Location: Bosnia to come to the UK as soon as he is ready and travel space is available

Ideal Home: With sympathetic adopters who will take the time to understand him and his breed. Like our border collies here in the UK Pulin dogs are bred to work with livestock. They need space, are active, often a bit nutsy and love to run free. They need activities which channel those breed traits or they will get frustrated in time. Best suited for active homes. Whoever takes Buddy into their heart and home will also need to keep in mind his past. A  young dog on the streets, fending for himself where there would have never been enough of anything, be it love, kindness or food, he would have met all the cruelties that cannot be imagined and in the end being shot in the head and then .... operation, pain, being an inpatient for a long time and kept on cage rest. A dog like Buddy will need patience, tolerance and requires a home where people are willing to learn for him and adjust. Buddy's progress will have to happen at his pace and not his future adopter's. He will need a home where people put him first and don't have many expectations on him. He is already a super dog and needs time, love and patience to become the best he can be. 

***Any new information will be added during Buddy's time in foster. His profile is based on what is known so far***

(last updated 13.08.2022)


Rescue Story: Buddy was found on the streets of Bosnia by a lovely girl who spotted his suffering. Buddy had been shot in the head and left to die. The dog loving girl, Andrea, alerted Bojan from the Bark Ark rescue shelter who wanted to give Buddy a second chance. He took him to the best vet he knew, Bojan Lukac, who did amazing reconstructive surgery on this wonderful dog. Buddy is one of life's heros who taking the new him in his stride, just as if nobody told him that he has lost his upper jaw! He has come through so much and is going from strength to strength. We hope you have watched his videos which are testament to this beautiful dog's mind-blowing will to live and to enjoy life no matter what. Amazing!