Meet Bugzy!

Bugzy is a cute spaniel retriever mix that looks like a mini Golden of 32 lbs. You wouldn’t guess that he is 13-years old because he is so jaunty. He was sent to the shelter by his owner. We believe he was an outside dog based on his matted coat. He was surrendered with two other dogs whom he apparently lived with but doesn’t seem to miss. He is not a real cuddler but he enjoys the company of his humans and is playful.
Bugzy loves his walks and does well on the leash. He prances along looking like everything is new to him in his new environment. He looks at birds but does not chase them. He has quite a social interest in Kitty, the neighborhood cat. Bugzy was likely not walked much in his prior life and still doesn’t know what to do when he sees another dog – usually barking and growling to seem scary. He redi-rects quickly. He was introduced to his foster mom’s friend, Rose, and her two poodles, and after an initial brief growl and bark greeting, he walks well with them every morning. At the shelter he was allowed in the social “play groups” and did well. He would do fine as an only dog or if with another dog – one that makes him feel unthreatened and a patient human to manage them getting to know one another.
A big part of Bugzy’s life is his tennis ball. He loves to play fetch with his ball and is very, very good at it. He loves to catch the ball in mid-air, and will play the game any way his humans want to, even a slow roll across the floor. He is very clever with getting humans interested in his game. He will place the ball next to you, if you ignore it, he will pick it up and put it on your lap. He’s exceptionally bright. When play is through, all we have to say is “Game Over,” and he will usu-ally lie down. He’s never without his ball.
Bugzy loves to go for rides in the car. He jumps easily in the back seat and is a good traveler. His foster mom takes him with her on short errands, to Petco and to pick up her granddaughter after school. He’s happy to wait in the car with his fos-ter mom until school is out. He never whines in the car, although he’ll bark occa-sionally when he sees other kids get too close to the car.
He sleeps in the bedroom on a little bed and has done so since he came to his foster home. His foster mom takes him out at night before going to bed and then ear-ly in the morning for a quick pee before the early morning walk.
Bugzy has stayed home by himself for about 3-4 hours with no issues. He makes himself comfortable on the sofa or ottoman.
He is a sweet, good natured dog who appears healthy for his age. Bugzy was found to have many decayed and broken teeth when he was turned in, and had his teeth cleaned right away with multiple extractions. Sadly, it impacted his ball play short time but he is back in action! He is on a combination wet food and kibble diet.
Bugzy appears to be wary of men getting too close to him. His foster dad, a calm, quiet man, has tried to pet him but Bugzy backs away. Bugzy does bring the ball to his foster Dad and initiates the fetch game with him but will not let him put the leash on to take him for a walk. With other men, he is cautious on walks but does let his foster mom stop and talk with them. She politely lets them know to just leave him be. As an older gentleman, we would like to avoid young children in his home. He does love to play fetch with his foster mom’s granddaughter who is 11 years old.
He would do well in a home with women, or possibly a wife and husband who would give him space and time to get used to Dad with no expectations of cud-dling. Bugzy is fairly housetrained. We recommend frequent trips outside in a new home to get his routine. He’s had only an occasional accident (urine) in the house, possibly due to not being taken outside soon enough. His foster house has a little courtyard and outside garden patio where he feels comfortable relieving himself in the garden, as well as on his neighborhood walks.
If you are a mostly female household that loves tennis balls and walks, Bugzy would love to meet you. Please contact Nedra at
Inquiries only entertained if your application and home visit are on file with SCGRR.
 At 13 years of age, the minimum donation for Bugzy is $300. Bugzy’s ID #4480