See, Buster has a spinal cord injury — but doesn’t need too much help getting around. Fitted with a doggy wheelchair, he can speed around as well as any other dog. Even out of the wheelchair, he scoots along, dragging his legs behind him.
But given Buster’s spinal cord injury, bladder control is an issue. He needs to be “expressed” — that is, his owner will have to assist him by squeezing his bladder to help prevent urinary tract infections. The vets at WARL explain it’s a lot like squeezing the water out of a balloon. And Buster’s perfectly OK with it.
There are dozens of other dogs without physical issues waiting for homes at WARL and hundreds more at area shelters, but Mary Jarvis, chief operating officer of WARL, is confident he’ll find his match.
“He’s got everything going for him. He loves people, he loves toys,” says Jarvis. “He’s just got some special needs.”
Buster is a smiley, happy dog that Jarvis says is very “food motivated.” During a medical exam in which he was poked, prodded and “expressed,” he sniffed and snuggled but wasn’t put off with the handling by strangers he’d met just minutes before. The only issue for the veterinary neurologist working with him was that he was wiggly, and this time the exam took a bit longer than usual.
Jarvis is excited to see Buster’s luck continue to play out.
“The right people always come along,” for dogs like Buster, Jarvis says. “And I look forward to meeting the happy family that gets him.”