Joey (aka Buddy)

UPDATE OCT 27, 2009




Joey has settled in nicely and enjoys having his 4-legged foster brother Toby around.  He does well at home left loose in the house either on his own or with Toby around.  Everyday Joey goes to Playcare and has a great time playing with the other dogs and toys.  The girls there say he has really come out of his shell and is now playing with dogs of all ages and sizes.  Without a doubt Joey is a fantastic dog to have in the car as he sits quietly in the back seat and simply watches everything go by, occasionally he’ll even rest his head on your shoulder as you drive.  When it comes to children he is very tolerant.  He will allow them to touch his face, ears, back, legs, and tail, although he does become excited if children are jumping around, he is just as happy to lie on the ground with them leaning on him.  Joey has to be one of the most affectionate dogs I have ever met.  Whether he is resting his chin on your leg or trying to curl up in your lap he will always follow you everywhere you go.  We are currently working on some leash manners as he does very well in calm environments but does have a tendency to “yodel” and pull if there is something that catches his attention or if there is a lot going on that he feels the need to be a part of.  Overall Joey has settled in very well and has done superbly to move past any separation anxiety that was initially noted.  He will need and confident owner who does not let him pull the “sad puppy dog eyes” as he has perfected the look.  Joey would be an amazing addition to any home whether it be an individual, couple, or family with older respectful children.



Joey is a beautiful AmStaff, around 2 years old.  He is sweet, loving, and kind.  Great with other dogs, respectful children, and doesn’t care too much about cats.  His past is unknown, and there are a few things that scare him greatly.  He needs a very understanding owner, who can provide the proper leadership and consistency that all dogs need. He is already very well trained, he knows how to sit, stay, roll over, shake a paw, and is working on perfecting his recall. He still tugs on the leash, but his foster mom is also working on that.

We think that Joey has been chained in his past, and probably not by his original owner.  The sound of chain freaks him out and he will tell you about it with his voice and body language.   He is protective of his home, and lets you know when someone is at the door, or lurking around.  He would also love to have a yard to hang out in – but we do not want him to be  be an “outdoor” dog.

4'Joey is unsure of small enclosed spaces and being locked in them, therefore a veterinarian’s office did not go over well with him. We are still trying to figure out a way of having him vaccinated again even though we were told he already was. He is, however, neutered, and has an untraceable tattoo. He is completely house broken.



Joey is an awesome dog….with the right human, he will exceed our expectations.

His adoption fee is $195.  His entire adoption fee will be going into the Cookie Jar to help other animals that need special veterinary care.

Please email us at for an adoption application, home visits are required.


  1. Cherie said,

    September 21, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Any more updates for Joey??

    • Mimi said,

      October 27, 2009 at 7:58 pm

      I’m the person who gave Joey to Dhana. On Oct.1, I sent email to Dhana about Joey. She told me foster home only can keep Joey to Oct.12, 2009. I don’t know how about Joey now. I really worry for Joey.

      I do not understand why nobody wants to adopt Joey. Joey only need 30 minutes to learn a new trick . He can have clear high intelligent communication with people. Joey is valuable dog. He is worth having a good owner.

  2. dhanametta said,

    October 27, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    HI Mimi

    You don’t have to worry about Joey anymore, we transferred him to another rescue called BC Bully Rescue. Lana is so in love with Joey she is thinking of keeping him herself LOL…hey Lana what’s up?

    He is in good hands, with people that are not scared of his breed, or his fear of vets. They got him to a vet, and got his shots. They even have a trainer working with him.

    Joey was very lucky to have had such a great foster mom while he was with us, and now he has a chance to find his forever home.

  3. Mimi said,

    October 29, 2009 at 11:37 am

    thanks Dhana for the new information about Joey!
    Each time I think of Joey, tears are full of my face. I even dare not check your blog.

    Could you tell me BC Belly Rescue website? If Joey is in a shelter, I can be his volunteer dog walker.

    Hope he is lucky!

  4. Lana said,

    November 12, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Hi everyone
    This is Lana, just thought I would stop in and say hi 🙂
    I wanted to let everyone know Joey is doing so AWESOME….. He is the best cuddle monkey ever, he has 4 furry brothers and 1 sister and just loves to play with them, we are keeping him as our own, but I think I knew that from day one, he listens quite well, it’s hard sometime with everyone else there, but he is the best and I want to thank everyone who had a hand in joey’s journey to us. I can never thank you guys enough.

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