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Buster the Dog — Who Wagged His Tail So Hard It Had to Be Removed — Finally Finds His Forever Home

Even a little amputation can’t keep “the happiest dog in Scotland” down!

Everyone knows that dogs wag their tails when they’re happy. But what if a dog is so happy that he wags his tail so hard and so frequently that he actually causes due injury to himself?

That’s what happened to Buster the dog, a Staffordshire bull terrier who, sadly, had to have his tail amputated because he was literally beating himself up with enthusiasm and joy. Nicknamed “the happiest dog in Scotland,” Buster spent two years at the Edinburgh and Lothians Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre before recently finding his happily fur-ever after.

His new mom, Michelle Lennox, reports that Buster has been very well-behaved in his new home, even showing off his favorite tricks and making his fair share of friends in his new neighborhood. “He’s a bit of a ladies’ man,” Lennox told the Scottish SPCA.

The Scottish arm of the animal welfare organization reported on Buster’s rehoming as part of its annual Staffie Awareness Week (Nov. 13-19), which is hoping to encourage kind-hearted souls to adopt the highly affectionate breed. Last year, over 20% of all dogs in the Scottish SPCA were Staffies or Staffie mixes. (Not unlike how 40% of pit bulls or pit mixes make up the shelter population of the U.S.)

Despite that sad statistic, Staffordshires remain and extremely loyal and jovial breed—and Buster is a prime example. Even without his tail, Buster remains happy as ever. “Staffies are one of our most popular dogs and it’s clear to see why,” said the superintendent of Buster’s shelter. They are friendly, loyal, and affectionate dogs. They are real people dogs and thrive on human companionship.”

Lennox wholeheartedly agrees. “People say he’s lucky we found him, but I think we’re the lucky ones.”

Credit: Scottish SPCA/Facebook

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