Written by Rod Hart
Professional photography by Colette Bodenstaff
Buddy Bear was found, thanks to a lady reporting his cries, inside a storm water drain, and credit must go to the Pietermaritzburg SPCA for their compassion in responding to the call, as well as to Eurika Erasmus of Tartan Terrier who contributed hours of grooming to make him handsome again.
My wife, Sam, and I saw him in the SPCA kennels when he was put up for adoption – described as a Newfoundland-Chow mix – and there was very little debate; we adopted him on the 18th of July 2017.
Having previously had a Newfie we knew that he somewhat fitted that mould, but we doubted there were any Newfie mixes around Pietermaritzburg, as we’re well aware of the exclusivity of the Newfoundland breed. The Chow came through quite strongly in his looks and stance. We were always keen to know something of his background, which MuttMix pleasantly provided.
Buddy Bear is a wonderful loyal companion. After just a couple of days of being home he fitted in as if he’d always been here. It has, however, taken him some time to get over his fear of – for some reason – entering a bathroom, and he’s still somewhat fearful when approached by anyone holding an object in their hand. But he always remains non-aggressive and has slowly become more confident with strangers.
My nickname for Buddy Bear is “Everyready”, as, with the slightest rustling of a packet or movement towards the kitchen, he’s on full alert, watching every move. When I eat a snack I have his eyes on every movement, waiting for his treat at the end. He always positions himself in the house so that he can keep an eye on each and every movement of his humans.
Buddy is very social with our two other dogs, June (German Shepherd Dog mix) and Sparkles (Husky), although he generally doesn’t join in on their rough and tumble. But when he does, he exhibits extreme dexterity in spinning around in circles and can pick up quite some speed.
He enjoys sitting at our fence with the other two dogs barking at a wild mongoose that puts in the occasional visit, taunting the dogs by strutting up and down the fence line.
Buddy Bear’s MuttMix Results:
Level 2 Flat-Coated Retriever
Level 3 Labrador Retriever
Level 4 Chow Chow
We were thrilled with Buddy-Bear’s MuttMix results.
Flat-Coated Retriever makes a lot of sense from his glorious black coat and his friendly nature, as well as his Newfie characteristics. And the Chow comes through in his smaller ears and the curl of his tail, as well as his obstinacy… but no ways will he retrieve anything unless there’s something in it for him!
Dominique of MuttMix adds…
The Flat-Coated Retriever actually descended from the Newfoundland Dog, so the SPCA guess wasn’t actually too far off. That glorious mane of fur is a delightful combination of the Flat-Coated Retriever and the Chow-Chow and is actually a good example of how the fur (being made up of only 3% of the DNA) can be impacted on by any of the breeds found in the DNA.