Just like humans, every dog is unique. All dogs have different needs, and it’s our job to recognize and fill those needs.
When you have a dog who has been through trauma, it’s extremely vital to be sensitive to what makes your pup feel stressed and what makes it feel safe.
Sean Farrell is fully aware of that and has put a lot of work into keeping his rescue pup Buster as comfortable as possible.
Buster is a Staffordshire bull terrier with demanding anxiety issues.
The elder pup went experienced an unknown but very unpleasant incident when living with his former owner which lead to the authorities intervening and removing Buster from the family.
Farrell, who initially had simply consented to foster Buster, ended up falling I love with the beautiful, hesitant pup and adopted him.
Buster’s horrific encounter left him with substantial anxiety issues surrounding unfamiliar guys as well as overall anxiety.
It was evident that the pup would require a lot of support to work through his issues, but Farrell was not daunted by this.
In reality, Farrell has been working extensively with Buster to alleviate the pup’s trust issues.
As a way to improve his social confidence, Buster has been taking advantage of his cautious approach and worked as a therapy dog for the sick and aged.
Unfortunately, despite Farrell’s and Buster’s best efforts, Buster has continued to struggle with substantial anxiety and trust issues, with Buster often hiding away in the bedroom and refusing to come out.
After losing his adopted brother and support system, a 17-year-old pup named Zook, Buster needed a method to feel safe and secure more than ever.
Farrell was ready to do everything for his lovely kid and eventually hatched a scheme.
Clearly, Buster sought a safe environment; his hours hiding in the bedroom revealed as much. Yet the bedroom didn’t quite seem to cut it.
Buster needed, and deserved, a place that was just his.
Farrell decided to create Buster his own tiny room which he could go to whenever he felt overwhelmed or needed a moment to himself.
The room would act as a safe location for Buster and maybe improve his sense of security.
Farrell got to work and brought his idea from imagination to reality.
He built the room from scratch in a corner of the living room and equipped it with a little window so he could check in on Buster, and Buster could peep out while still feeling safe.
Farrell then filled the room with everything Buster could need or want; nothing was too much for his darling boy.
He put in lights, cute decorations, toys, a small tv screen supposed to help with socialisation, a comfy bed and, of course, a few images of Zook to honour Buster’s adored brother.
Farrell was worried about presenting Buster with the room; he wasn’t sure if the pup would approve of it or not.
He didn’t have to worry; as soon as Buster laid eyes on the room, he adored it. Currently, Buster likes napping and spending time in his gorgeous room.
He’s quite happy about having his own room and getting a chance to relax and feel protected.
Farrell is a wonderful dog-dad and Buster is lucky to have such a dedicated and caring figure in his life.
The love they share is really amazing and we’re so happy that Buster has found someone who actually understands and cares for him.
You can see more about Buster on his Facebook page.