The main way that dogs let us know that they’re happy is by wagging their tail. In most cases, it doesn’t produce many problems outside of the occasional item getting knocked over by some serious wagging. For one dog in Scotland, though, it led to a surgery.


Meet Buster, a Staffordshire bull terrier that wagged its tail so much that he had to have it amputated. His massive wagging led Buster to be called “The happiest dog in Scotland” by the Scottish SPCA. Because of his lack of a tail, many people were wary about adopting Buster despite his great personality. For this reason, he remained in a shelter for two years before finally being adopted.


It was Michelle Lennox that finally brought Buster home, and she said that “Buster was very well behaved from the start, he was well trained by the staff at the center. We took Buster on his first holiday to Northern Ireland; he loved the attention from strangers and won them over with the paw trick the staff at the center had taught him.”

Edinburgh and Lothian Center manager Diane Aitchison said it was a bit of a surprise that Buster had to wait for two years before being adopted. “When Buster was with us, he won over all the staff at the center with his boyish good looks, cheeky personality and his love of cuddles.” She added that “He earned his title of the happiest dog in Scotland after his tail had to be amputated following repeated injuries from how hard and fast he’d wag it. That certainly hasn’t stopped his exuberant personality, though…After two years with us here at the center, it’s great that he has finally found his forever home where he has unlimited bum scratching and a big sofa to snuggle up on.”


Lennox said that Buster is adjusting to being in a new home and away from the shelter. “He can be a bit wary of some dogs, but he has made some friends in the neighborhood – he’s a bit of a ladies man,” she said. “He also loves children and his post woman Tracey is his favorite visitor. People say he’s lucky we found him, but I think we’re the lucky ones.”


Buster became the focal point for the Scottish SPCA as they were running the Staffie Awareness Week at the time, as these loyal dogs are the most popular breed for rehoming with the organization, making up around 20 percent of rehomings. “Staffies are one of our most popular dogs and it’s clear to see why,” Mike Flynn of the Scottish SPCA said. “They are friendly, loyal and affectionate dogs. They are real people dogs and thrive on human companionship.” The breed does have some negative connotations for some people, but the SPCA is hoping that dogs like Buster can change that perception.

He has certainly fit the bill of being friendly and affectionate, and even though it cost him his tale, Buster still has his good spirits and now a place to call home forever.