Friday, 2 December 2011

Pierre, the little man Pirre :)

"When we first found Pirre, he was in a terrible condition, with a heavy flea and tick infestation. He was very thin, and he was freezing. His body temperature was below normal. Even in this condition he was a dog of good spirits"

In October several students contacted us regarding a dog roaming around the Large Animal Clinic of our University, outside the city. Caroline and Anouska went out to take a look. He was in a terrible condition. They decided to take him in under our care.

Pirre, when he was found.
His fur was tangled and covered in dirt and fleas.

It turned out that Pirre also was infected with Babesia. Babesia is a parasite that affects the blood cells, destroying them, causing severe illness. Pirre needed intensive care for nine whole days before he got better.

Pirre recovering from babesia

Pirre finally got better, and turned out to be a great pumi boy.
He is now adopted by our own Caroline and her beautiful family in Norway

Pirre together with Caroline


Sunday, 27 November 2011

A Sunshine story about Sunshine Angie

Angie, the little Angel had a tough start in Budadogs.

Pictures from our blog, April, 2011

Angie at the site where she had been abandoned

The approach of strangers was obviously traumatic

no food... no water... no people.... nothing

The Little Angel after gaining trust

Angie after two weeks in foster care. Happy and free!

Angie together with her Mum, Anne Helen, who
confidently claims "Angie is the dog of my life"


Lucy, safe, sound and happy

After Lucy was found she was kept at the kennels for a while. We knew she was an affectionate, caring dog. But how smart she was, was left for her fostermum, Anne Kathrine, to find out.

Lucy was brought in to foster care with Anne Kathrine one cold evening,
in late winter, 2011. Anne Kathrine decided to adopt her soon after.
Here Lucy is safe and happy in her bed.

Anne Kathrine describes Lucy as a very attentive, smart,
and affectionate dog, who is friendly to all dogs and people.

Lucy together with one of Anne Kathrine's parents' dogs in Germany. They have two dogs.
Lucy got along with both dogs and her Anne Kathrine's parents,
who fell in love with Lucy immediately.

Lucy, together with her Mum, Anne Kathrine


Friday, 16 September 2011

City Boy in bad shape

This poor boy was found yesterday by students near Nyugati railway station in Budapest. He had been observed by several students from whom we received phone-calls and it was obvious he was in great distress. Eventually he was tethered by visiting tourists and our class-mate Nina collected him and took him home for the night.

As is obvious from the photo`s this poor boy is not in good shape at the moment. We will keep everyone updated on his progress.

He may also have an owner so anyone in Budapest, please keep your eyes open for posters etc.

Friday, 29 April 2011

Budadogs t-shirts. Support our cause and look the part! :)


We have t-shirts and tanktops (singlett) for sale for those who would like to order and support our cause! :) T-shirts come in White, Blue, and Black with a Budadogs logo Paw-print on the front and "Budadogs" at the bottom corner of the back. Tank-tops come in Black, White and Pink.
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL.

T-shirt "dress" for the kids :) We can also print up t-shirts in childrens sizes upon request.

Obviously the pink tanktops are a huge success with the men! "Real men wear Pink", right? ;)

White t-shirt size S

Blue t-shirt size M

Blue t-shirts sizes S and M

To order: Email Caroline and she will arrange to meet you or send it to you if you are not in Hungary.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Tammie and her Concrete block

Tammie is our newest arrival to Budadogs and we welcome her with open arms! She is a young, retriever mix, approximately 12 months old, and has lived on a short chain tied to a concrete cylinder ever since she was a young puppy and she has never been off this chain. Despite Tammie`s restricted life she has kept her spirits up and we are glad we could help her before she continued the all too short life which originally was planned for her. Her owner`s intention was to give her to the dog-catcher who would take her to be put to sleep. Tammie was never given a name. She suffered the consequence all too familiar when litters are born in the neighbourhood and was simply tied up as a young puppy and left there day in, day out. Food and water is the extent of her care, her concrete cylinder providing her with shelter from the rain and cold.
Tammie is going into fostering with a wonderful couple who have helped us a great deal, and we look forward to getting to know her better.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Angie... little Angel

Angie at the site where she had been abandoned

Angie became a Budadog today. She was found tied to a chain alone, left to starve to death. The malnourishment and helplessness is more than apparent and I am speechless and appalled.
I surrender myself to the truth in the saying of a picture speaking a thousand words....

The approach of strangers was obviously traumatic

no food... no water... no people.... nothing

Tied up and helpless... Angie wasn`t even given a chance to fend for herself....

Carefully saying Hello

Angie was immediately taken off the chain and into safety

Her eyes speak of distrust but also hope...

with a mild and forgiving expression

Angie begins to explore the first hours of her new life

Quite soon this girl will be unrecognizable... And she will have forgotten the hunger, fear and agony which once was inflicted upon her... Their ability to live in the present is one of the magical aspects of our work. And any time I doubt the purpose or fruitfulness of our endeavours I need only glance into the eyes of a girl like Angie... and it all makes a bit more sense.

She is a quiet, but sweet girl and we can`t wait to help her get her strength and vitality back, teaching her that life can be good and filled with love.


Wednesday, 23 February 2011

"Have you come back to get me?"

Rescuing Trond

Going to the Large Animal Clinic @ Ullò is always eventful and more often than not, disheartening and sad. By the side of the road one can always see loose dogs in varying states of neglect and the decision to take them or not is always a difficult one to make with several aspects to take into consideration. However, upon seeing "Trond" today there was no doubt in our minds that this was his last shot at life.

Trond was straying at a busy road crossing with trailers and other cars going by at a fast pace. Whenever a car stopped to give way, Trond ran towards it, wagging his tail. One could speculate that he had been taken to this area by car, because his approach to each vehicle was with such excitement and anticipation, looking up at the drivers window as if to say:

"You forgot me didn`t you?..... Have you come back to get me?"

At the time of seeing him Caroline and I were in a minibus with a few of our class-mates on our way back from a farm visit with the obstetrics department and we could see that it was only a matter of very little time (a few hours) before this dog became a lifeless being at the roadside, something one so frequently sees along the busy roads here in Hungary.

We went back to collect Trond in Thea`s car and my heart was pounding all the way. I was seriously worried that we were already too late because this dog seemed to have no regard for the traffic in his frantic search for the car that he was obviously looking for. The one that was coming to take him back home. But as we approached, there he was standing at the side of the road. As our car came to a halt, his ears perked up, his tail started wagging and he immediately trotted up to meet us.

Was this the car that had forgotten him?

It wasn`t. But it was the car that had come to take him home all the same.

Trond`s terrible state became even more apparent as we saw him up close. His body covered in crusts and lesions, his bones visible; he was famished and thirsty and obviously in desperate need of medical treatment which is most likely the reason why he has been placed on the streets in the first place. Upon seeing a dog with this skin-condition it`s important to seek specialist care before anything else. It just so happened that we were driving directly back to campus to attend an elective in Dermatology so Trond received the medical check-up he needed from the dermatologist. Lucy, one of our previous foster-carers, kindly offered to help us by taking him in for a week. Proving yet again that we would be at a total loss without the kindness and help of everyone pulling together for these poor dogs who have done nothing more than be born into an existence and a world where nobody seems to care whether they live or die. The questions we so often are confronted with:

"what, realistically, is another dog? What good will it do when thousands are being abused and neglected as we speak? And why do you care?"

Well today, "another dog" is Trond. And the difference lies in what we can do for him and the heartbeat in his chest and the dignity in his being. And the reason why we care where others might not? Who knows. Maybe we are genetically wired to do so? Maybe we want life to be about something greater and more meaningful than just ourselves? Or maybe it is because we simply cannot find it in us to not care.

Wishing everyone all the best,


NB! We are looking for a fosterhome for Trond and cannot take him to kennels due to his skin condition and the medical treatment he needs for two weeks in the form of baths every second day.
In spite of his physical state, Trond is an extremely sweet natured, loveable and adoring dog. We hope that we can get him better soon and give him the second chance he needs.
Trond is a relatively young dog, between 1-3 years old, aprox 20 kg. and is calm indoors, and just a really sweet and friendly young boy. He seems well adjusted and extremely loving and will not be problematic in fostering at all.

Thank you Thea for letting us take him in your car from Ullò to the city and Thank you Lucy for selflessly offering to take him in on only an hours notice. We are very grateful!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Castrations on a Conveyer Belt

A few days ago the Budagirls, Thea and Runa, set out to do some castrations. With the supervision of Viktor, Budadogs' own veterinarian, three of our Budadogs were castrated. Now that all three dogs are fine, and no post operative complications occurred, we feel it is safe to blog about this event. In this way our followers can see some of the work the Budagirls do:)



As a policy, our organisation castrates budadog males in need of castration. We are careful not to castrate new Budadogs "too fast". This especially counts for dogs with behaviour problems such as anxiety aggression, or just timid and more careful males, as there may be a chance of increasing the problem. This theory is yet to be explored completely, and is currently a hot topic in the field of domesticated canine behaviour.

First man out: Paulie.
Thea sets the i.v. catheter, while Viktor, Budadogs' own veterinarian, holds Paulie, reassuring him that "he will be fine"

Thea is surgically preparing Paulie. On preparation Thea found only one testicle. This is a relatively normal condition in dogs, and is called cryptorchidism. In crypotorchid dogs the "missing" testicle remains in the abdomen from foetal life. The remaining testicle can cause development of cancer and should always be removed. Cryptorchidism is inherited, and all cryptorchid dogs should be castrated to prevent inheritance of the condition.

Runa castrating Paulie

Sambo, second man up

Castration of Sambo

Stanley, last man "standing"

Thea getting ready for her first castration

Thea's first testicle preparation. It is more difficult than it looks!!!

Thea's first spermatic cord transection :)

Sambo waking up to a new life. A new dawn, a new day.

By Thea and Runa