A Northern Dog and his ball chucker go viral

Buddy, a Northern Dog, is breaking the internet.

Almost two years ago, he was given up by his owners in the northern communities of Canada as a young, rambunctious teenaged pup. Like many free roaming dogs, Buddy was following his nose, probably doing dog things like chasing cars and running with his friends – things that can quickly get a dog in trouble.  Energetic, athletic and most likely too much for his owners, he was relinquished for rehoming.

The video above was recently featured on the network morning show Good Morning America in the US.

It’s not that Buddy was too energetic. It’s that his owners just didn’t understand what his needs were. And if you don’t meet your dog’s needs, they aren’t going to meet your needs.

Buddy was re-homed with the amazing, compassionate, and ingenious Rennie and John in Toronto. They figured out pretty quickly that Buddy just needed to expend some of that energy — and found a smart way to do it.

Now Buddy wiles away the hours with his very own ball chucker. In a video that has been viewed more than 50 million times, he is doing his happy dance as he drops the ball in the chucker.

Then ZOOM, off he goes, chasing down the ball only to return for another round. And another, and another…

Buddy is one lucky dog. And the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Northern Dogs program is proud to have been part of his journey.

We continue to work with northern communities to enhance awareness of all the needs that dogs have, whether it’s social, emotional, exercise, or veterinary.

Special thanks to TEAM Dog Rescuea group of fantastic, committed people who welcomed Buddy into their rescue and found him his perfect fit with Rennie and her family. 

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--JH

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