Bud’s story began with heartbreak. Upon his intake at APA!, very little information was available on his situation … but we did know that it involved fire, gasoline, gun shots, and an arrest – frightening details to say the least. His story is one of terrible animal abuse; but we were determined that his book didn’t end on that chapter.
While some places would have deemed Bud as “too abused” to be saved, we knew that wasn’t the truth. Despite the certain pain he was experiencing, there was hope in his eyes, and there was hope in our hearts. We knew this dog had a great shot at finding his happily ever after sooner rather than later.
Austin Pets Alive!’s Medical Triage and Wellness Clinic takes in cases like Bud’s every single day. They operate 70 hours a week, not including the on-call staff. Our clinic touches and interacts with every animal that comes through APA!’s doors. In one year, our medical staff sees, on average, 7,500 animals (a number that has been increasing over the years), ranging from simple intake procedures to medical emergencies, like Bud’s. The medical staff at Austin Pets Alive! has revolutionized the management of shelter care by agreeing to save them all rather than falling back on euthanasia.
Once Bud arrived from a town on the border of Central Texas, we were told the full story. It was reported that a neighbor closed Bud into his dog house, covered it in gasoline, set it on fire, and then proceeded to shoot at it. People nearby acted immediately and called the authorities, who were able to rescue Bud – alive. Because of the severity of his injuries, his previous owners made the difficult decision to surrender Bud, due to their inability to provide him the necessary care for him to heal. The animal shelter he was originally intaked at knew what they needed to do next – get him to APA!.
Everyone at APA! instantly fell for Bud. Even after all he’d been through, he still willingly gave his love and trust to humans, showing them nothing but compassion. Luckily, Bud was left with severe burns on his face and back, all treatable with care. It was just a matter of finding the right people to do so. Little did Bud know, his people were already in search of him.
Patricia and Zachary came across Bud on the APA! website. After seeing his pictures and reading a brief description on this enduring boy, they knew they had to meet him: “His story grabbed our hearts even before we met him,” states Zachary. “We were only interested in Bud, and were hoping that Bud was meant for us.” Upon meeting Bud at his foster home, they knew that he most definitely was. “As we were saying goodbye, he gave us the sweetest kisses that solidified our bond.” It was clear Bud was as good of a match for them as they were for him.
Zachary could gush all day about Bud and his loving nature. He shares that Bud gives endless kisses, and is ridiculously excited when Patrica and him return home from a day out, and will even place his chin in their laps if he’s not getting the correct amount of attention he requires: “Also, since I’m in the Army, I go away for quite a bit from time to time. When he sees me after a couple of days, he goes bananas!”
Bud was brought into Patricia and Zachary’s home about two weeks into his recovery, during which he had to wear a cone so he wouldn’t bother his burns. No matter what he was going through during his healing, he never was aggressive; a true warrior throughout. Though, he was more than happy to finally get rid of his “cone of shame” when the time came. Bud riding in the car without his cone is probably one of the couple’s favorite memories of him: “He was so happy to feel the wind on his face and to be able to stick his head out of the window. He loves going on car rides because it usually means he gets to go play at the dog park!”
Bud could’ve easily been written off as “too abused” to be able to find a loving home; but here at APA!, we know that’s not ever case. Every life deserves a chance at saving, no matter what background they’re coming from. Bud’s story is part of him, like all of our animals here.
Bud has changed Patricia and Zachary’s lives for the better in a number of ways. From keeping Patricia busy while Zachary is away with the Army to being the perfect study buddy when she’s doing homework: “He shows the love and companionship my wife and I need [when] we are alone. He’s the best pup we could ever ask for.” Above all, the couple shares that what makes him so special is how resilient he is. He never gave up on his life or on humans.
And Bud reminds all of us that there is more to every animal than the abuse that they’ve endured in a past life.
Austin Pets Alive!’s Medical Triage and Wellness Clinic is one of APA’s lifesaving programs that strives to save the animals that are “too abused.” We count on our community to help us fund these programs so we can continue to save vulnerable companion animals like Bud all across Central Texas. If you want to take part in this unprecedented lifesaving, then please consider contributing to us today.