Every dog is unique, just like every human.Different dogs have different needs, and it is our responsibility to recognize and meet those needs.When you have a traumatized dog, it is especially important to be aware of what makes your pup feel stressed and what makes it feel safe.Sean Farrell is well aware of this and has made every effort to make his rescue pup Buster as comfortable as possible.
Buster is a Staffordshire bull terrier with severe anxiety.When the senior pup was living with his previous owner, he went through an unknown but deeply harrowing experience, which prompted authorities to intervene and remove Buster from the home.
Farrell, who had initially agreed to foster Buster, fell in love with the sweet, timid pup and adopted him.Buster’s traumatic experience left him with significant anxiety issues in the presence of unknown men, as well as generalized anxiety.
It was clear that the pup would require a lot of help to work through his issues, but Farrell was not discouraged.Indeed, Farrell has been working tirelessly with Buster to help him overcome his trust issues.Buster has used his cautious demeanor to work as a therapy dog for the sick and elderly in order to boost his social confidence.
Despite Farrell and Buster’s best efforts, Buster has continued to struggle with significant anxiety and trust issues, often hiding away in the bedroom and refusing to come out.
Buster needed a way to feel safe and secure more than ever after losing his adopted brother and support system, a 17-year-old pup named Zook.Farrell was willing to go to any length for his sweet boy and eventually devised a strategy.
Buster clearly desired a safe haven, as evidenced by his hours spent hiding in his bedroom.However, the bedroom did not appear to be adequate.Buster needed and deserved to have his own space.
Farrell decided to build Buster his own small room where he could retreat whenever he felt overwhelmed or needed some alone time.The room would be a safe haven for Buster, hopefully improving his sense of security.
Farrell got to work and turned his dream into a reality.He built the room from scratch in a corner of the living room, complete with a small window so he could keep an eye on Buster while still feeling safe.
Farrell then adorned the room with everything Buster could possibly require or desire; nothing was too much for his sweet boy.He added lights, cute decorations, toys, a small television screen to aid in socialization, a comfortable bed, and, of course, a few pictures of Zook to honor Buster’s beloved brother.
Farrell was nervous about showing Buster the room because he wasn’t sure if the pup would like it.He didn’t have to be concerned; as soon as Buster saw the room, he fell in love with it.
Buster now enjoys napping and spending time in his lovely room.He’s overjoyed to have his own space and the opportunity to relax and feel safe.
Farrell is an excellent dog-father, and Buster is fortunate to have such a dedicated and loving figure in his life.We’re overjoyed that Buster has found someone who understands and cares for him.