This week’s BND Pet of the Week is Bronco, a 9-year-old male German shepherd mix. The quintessential “old man dog,” Bronco is well mannered, adores people and would much rather relax with his owner than play a game of fetch.
He was found as a stray, but had a chip with him. The phone numbers associated with him did not work and his original owner was never located.
“He was filthy when we first got him,” said Kurt Blase, a shelter worker at the Belleville Area Humane Society. “He was just so dirty; he had clearly been roaming the streets for a while.”
After cleaning off the grime and dirt, they found a dog still young at heart and full of energy. Bronco is warm and patient, both with people and young animals. The workers noted that he likes to be the big brother to smaller animals, especially young puppies.
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His personality from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals described him as a constant companion, highlighting his wants to hang out and stay loyal.
“Basically, that means that he will be your shadow,” Blase said. “Anywhere you go, he will follow. If you are doing anything, he will always be there.”
The shelter believes that his only setback might be his age. Some people are turned off by older dogs due to their expected lifespan and health issues.
Staying true to his namesake, the bucking Bronco is still full of energy and has no health issues that the shelter can determine.
“He’s more of a lovey-dovey, sit on the couch with you,” Blase said. “He still gets around pretty good. He’s pretty easy when it comes to dogs.”
Bronco is available for adoption and would be best suited with owners who can give him constant attention and want to add a calm and quiet family member to their home.
For more information on Bronco, call the Belleville Area Humane Society at 618-235-3712.
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Pet of the Week is a weekly feature highlighting metro-east animals with a story to tell. It includes pets at every stage of their journey — from shelter to forever home. If you would like to nominate a pet, contact Patrick McCarthy at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 618-239-2513.