Winners of the Buster breed contest!
Buster is a Yellow Mountain Cur!
I had a good time having this contest and I hope all who made guesses had fun too! Bret picked the winning names from the correct guesses out of hat for me (I know…not very scientific but I am just a rescue mom).
The winners are:
First Prize: ($25 Electronic Gift Card to my ETSY shop): Elizabeth Waterbury
Second Prize: (Cat Rescue Art Print): Gail Clement
Third Prize: (3 pack of Pet Sympathy Cards): Crista Becker
Our favorite breed is, and always will be, “rescued”. But Buster was a bit of puzzle from a behavior stand point and learning about his breed has been really helpful. He has been, by far, the most challenging dog I have worked with. Once I learned about his breed I gained a much greater appreciation for his personality and made changes to how I work with him…and frankly grew to admire his personality rather than feel the need to re-shape it.
Make no bones about it…a Mountain Cur is not a good choice for a family dog…nor is a suburban environment a good choice for this breed. This breed needs an avid hunter with a lot of property for this dog to roam. We have figured out how to make it work…let Buster be who he is meant to be and teach him alternate behaviors to reign in some of his exuberance. I LOVE working with Buster. Once we figured out what breed Buster was we could see much of his behavior for what it was…characteristic of his breed…not problematic…perception can be everything. I started networking with other folks like me who unknowingly ended up with a Mountain Cur and had made the commitment to make a successful life for them. I have learned a lot.
A Mountain Cur is a dog with a novel history…this region probably would not have been settled with out these dogs. They are nothing to be trifled with and are bred to work and protect. They are wicked smart and athletic. They are also fiercely loyal and incredibly affectionate. We are honored to have Buster as part of our family.
Thanks for participating in our contest!