Try to cast your mind back to the heart-breaking tail (get it) of Buddy the dog – the poor pup who’s deaf and was deemed ‘too ugly to love’.
After spending a couple of years at a Dogs Trust home, the UK’s animal lovers rejoiced in unison when the white lurcher – who was born with different coloured eyed – found what he (and the rest of us), hoped was his forever home.
However, Buddy has found himself looking for a new home once again as his owner has passed away. Before his last adoption, the only attention he received outside the kennels, was from prisoners. He used to visit prisons in order to help inmates with their life skills!
What a pup!
In 2014, Buddy first came to the Dogs Trust as a stray. Staff thought he was being overlooked by potential new owners because of his unconventional appearance and deafness.
At the time, Susan Tonner, manager of the Dogs Trust in West Calder, said:
Some may be put off by his odd eyes – one is blue and the other brown, while others feel the prospect of learning doggy sign language is a commitment too far.
He is good in cars, he travels really well. We’ve had him in a house so we know he’s house-trained. He is very, very friendly, and just needs somebody to build up some time and trust with him.
Even comedian and well-known dog-lover, Paul O’Grady commented on Buddy’s situation at the time, stating:
He will make somebody a lovely pet, he really will. I wish him all the best.
Two years ago, in 2016, Buddy’s luck changed when he was finally adopted by widower Chalmers Moffatt – he was said to be looking for company following the death of his wife.
The pair formed an extremely close bond and enjoyed long walks together, as well as snoozing on the sofa.
However, Chalmers passed away and as a result, Buddy has been returned to the charity where he’ll be spending Christmas alone as he waits for a new forever home.
Ms Tonner has spoken out about Buddy’s situation once more, stating:
We are so sorry to see Buddy back with us, especially in such tragic circumstances, but we are so grateful that he has such a wonderful couple of years with Mr Moffat.
Eight-year-old Buddy is now in his twilight years, having spent the majority of his life without a family, so we do worry that he may end up being with us for a while again and adopters may over look him in favour of more conventional-looking dogs.
He struggles going up stairs and hills due to mild arthritis in his elbows and would prefer a quiet rural home with patient owners who will help him settle in.
On the Dogs Trust charity’s website, the description of Buddy reads:
Buddy is a happy boy who is lots of fun to be around. He loves to play catch or run around with his favourite squeeky toy. [sic]
Buddy loves people and gives the best cuddles. He is very affectionate and would let you pet him all day.
Buddy is super friendly and adores his owners. Buddy loves his home comforts, he is at his happiest when he can curl up beside you and cosy in on the couch for snuggles and cuddle time.
If you think you’ve got the means necessary to give Buddy his final (hopefully) forever home, then contact the Rehoming Centre on 0300 303 0292.
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A sports enthusiast with a BA (Hons) in Sports Journalism, who can be found predominantly at Villa Park. Having completed a Masters in Broadcast Journalism, she then went on to work at Sky Sports, the BBC, and the Mirror. When not engrossed in sport, it’s animals, guitars, and Liam Gallagher which take main focus.