Buster – World Domination Dog!

October 23, 2010 at 4:51 pm 6 comments

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come….

My daughter says I need to blog about Buster. A good idea I think. Children like to have pets and we have had pets for most of their childhood. Buster is our most recent adoptee, dog, minature schnauzer with attitude. He fits in well with this family as he is mad as a bag of spanners!

I know that many people can’t have a pet. They live in accomodation that doesn’t allow it, they aren’t able to meet the demands of caring for a pet, either physically or financially. Many people just don’t want a pet too, all good reasons not to have one. If you can’t or don’t want a pet then don’t……

However, if you choose to have a pet then this post is about the fun and laughs you will get from taking on the responsibility. I will try to give a flavour of the character that Buster has brought to our house. I don’t normally post too many pics but this is one that will require photographic evidence.

As I mentioned, Buster is a minature schnauzer; they are dogs with attitude. They are also dogs with a lot of hair and can rapidly attain furball status. Buster was groomed yesterday, a process my daughter does not like as she prefers the furball look. This is the picture before:-

And here we have the after!

Buster is convinced that he rules the roost. That is, until you face up to him when he will do a backward scurry and find a nice rug to sit on. Buster will do many things but he will not sit on a cold floor. If he stands on a rug and you tell him to sit he does. If he is standing on a cold floor and you tell him to sit he looks at you as if you have two heads. He has his own blanket and takes it from room to room, frequently wrestling with it and enjoying the tangle. As long as he has his blanket he will sit, the evidence…..

Schnauzers are renowned for their personality and I can’t decide if Buster is typical or not. He loves to ‘worry’; I am greeted every evening by a dog hanging off my trouser leg as I come in from work. He knows what ‘bad boy’ and ‘good boy’ mean but happily disregards this for ten minutes as he celebrates my return. At this point Rajah comes in very handy. Rajah was one of my daughters favourite toys when she was young and it shows how much she loves Buster that he was given Rajah when he arrived at our house. Rajah gets a great deal of worrying:)

Buster does have on major weakness that I try not to indulge but he manages to foil me time and again – shoes, preferably new ones. He has ruined more shoes than I care to think about. I bought baskets to keep my shoes in and he still managed to get into them and chew my lovely shoes. Be glad that this is not an audio-post, you would hear the sounds of my sobbing. I provide only one piece of evidence, a gorgeous pair that I never got to wear…….

He may be small but Buster takes his duties very seriously; he is a guard dog and he will guard us. He keeps watch on top of the sofa but if any other animal comes near he moves closer to check out the threat levels. This is often accompanied by many barks and the occasional full-on howl:-

Buster is also clever and would have a sweet tooth if allowed. We are careful that he does not get chocolate as it is very bad for dogs. However, you have to admire a dog that can remove an After Eight from the box and then remove said sweet from the wrapper. All After Eights are now kept at an appropriate height….

Lastly, he is a cuddly dog. He will happily sit on your knee or climb on top of the sofa to lay his head on your shoulder. If in sparky form he will stand on your head to get the attention levels he feels he deserves.

So, this is my take on Buster, he has brought much to our family, our little dog with vim and vigour!

I close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.


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Shhhhhhh, listen……. Spooked!

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Linda McKeitch  |  October 23, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Loved your post superb!! I can relate to many things in it as I have a pooch too. I personally preferred Buster before the cut but, either way he is gorgeous and cuddly. Well done x

    • 2. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  October 23, 2010 at 7:02 pm


      Thank you, I have seen a pic of your lovely pooch and he looks like a dog of character too:)

      I do love it when people write to me and I hope you come back soon…….

      Take care,


  • 3. Womble61  |  October 23, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    What a lovely blog! Buster looks like a great character :-). Keep up the good work!

    • 4. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  October 23, 2010 at 7:02 pm

      Oh Womble!

      Thank you for coming to the blog and commenting. Buster is indeed a grand character and fits this household well:)

      I will keep up my blogging and hope that everyone will come back and write to me again…..

      Take care,


  • 5. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  October 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Hi Neill,

    What is it about dogs and shoes? Buster (or Bubba as he also gets) just loves them. I didn’t even mention the sock fetish…..

    We work too but kids are home early and often enough to make it okay for him:)

    Thanks for reading and always for writing to me.

    Take care,


  • 6. Neill  |  October 23, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Brilliant post, would love a dog but we’re out all day. We did have a staffy when kids were little, she was a lovely dog, her big thing was waiting for me to take my shoes off so she could take one to her basket, she wouldn’t chew it just lie with it..odd..


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