He stood stoically by while his fluffier, sassier housemates got a lot of attention recently. Now Buck, the retriever-chow mix removed April 5 from a home in Gulfport along with 28 Yorkshire terriers and a cockatoo, is getting some attention of his own.
The Humane Society of South Mississippi has added 6-year-old, 61-pound Buck (pet I.D. number 12356226) to its selection of available pets.
This big boy with a handsome tan coat and soulful eyes is best described as "the biggest couch potato I've ever seen at the shelter," HSSM Adoptions Manager Bianca Janik said.
"We get so many people who come in and ask for a dog that's house trained and good with kids, and Buck just fits that description so well," Janik said. "I don't see any family he wouldn't work well with."
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He walks "amazing on a leash," she said, adding he will do best in a fenced yard because he prefers to take care of bathroom duties off the leash.
Buck does have some health concerns, Janik said. "He has some skin issues and an ear infection, and those are being treated. He also has his heartworm treatment, but as calm as he is, that should be no problem."
As for the Yorkies, "We will be making an announcement Wednesday concerning their adoption," said Maren Slay, HSSM marketing specialist.
Since their intake at the shelter, the pups have gotten baths and grooming, and this week they're being prepped to go out into the world.
"They're getting spayed and neutered," Slay said. "Six were yesterday (Monday) and the rest are getting spayed and neutered now."
The cockatoo, meanwhile, is recovering gradually through Wild at Heart Rescue in Vancleave in the care of Jamie Pope.
"To me, it looks like he's emotionally healing, but he is definitely not up for adoption at this time," Wild at Heart Director Missy Dubuisson said. "His caretaker, Jamie, has another cockatoo, and we thought that was a good thing. We do wildlife, but we help HSSM out when we can, and this was an opportunity to help them."
The bird arrived stressed and still can show some aggression.
"Oh, he's a little booger!" Dubuisson said. "But he seems to be doing a lot better. He has a very long road of recovery ahead. But you know, they beak grind when they're content, and he just did that and preened his feathers. That was a huge, huge step."
Donations for the cockatoo's medical care are being accepted at Happy Tails Animal Hospital in D'Iberville.