The Pawgress Report A buddy for Bud

They say opposites attract, and that couldn’t be more true for sophomore Janella Tibbetts’ dogs, Bud and Sienna.

While both Bud and Sienna eventually found their way into Tibbetts’ home, their journeys to get there were quite different.

“Last year my neighbor came over with Bud, who was nine at the time, and he was telling my mom’s boyfriend that he could no longer take care of him. So, we decided to take him in. Later that night, my mom’s boyfriend surprised her with Bud, and he’s been with us ever since,” said Tibbetts.

In no time, the mellow mutt was acclimated to his new home and loving family. “He fit in right away, and all the kids in the family fell in love with him,” she said.

However, it wouldn’t be long before Bud had a buddy of his own.

“A few months ago, I went with a friend to pick out his puppy from his father’s friend, whose chihuahua had just given birth to a litter of two pups. While we were there, the owner asked if I wanted the other puppy. He said she would be impossible to resist. I said ‘OK, I’ll see what happens’ … and within five minutes I was in love,” said Tibbets.

For Tibbetts, both stories were serendipitous. “They came out of nowhere, but now they are my favorite things in the world.”

According to Tibbetts, Bud and Sienna hit it off right away. “They get along really well. They are different in a lot of ways, but they still enjoy each other’s company.”

At only three months old, Sienna looks up to Bud. Then again, the 4-pound pup doesn’t have much of a choice, considering Bud towers over her.

Despite being the bigger dog of the house, Bud is happy to let Sienna take charge. “Sienna leads and Bud follows,” Tibbetts said.

“Bud is very laid back and easygoing and enjoys lounging around the house, whereas Sienna is super sassy and loves to be up and about,” she said.

Yet in light of their size differences and varying personalities, the two are best friends. “Bud is always defending her and following her around the house,” said Tibbetts.

According to Tibbetts, the dynamic duo has plenty of adorable quirks to go along with their far-fetched friendship. “They like to swap food bowls, so on occasion we’ll see Bud eating out of Sienna’s food bowl while Sienna eats out of his. … it’s so cute,” she added.

When the pooch pals aren’t together, they still find ways to get into mischief on their own.

“Even though she’s potty-trained, Sienna occasionally pees inside the house. Sometimes we’ll have her out for three hours and she’ll do nothing, but the second we come inside, she goes. I remember this one time she looked my mom dead in the face and then peed on the floor. She’s pretty savage for a ’lil pup,” Tibbets added.

On the other hand, Bud isn’t shy when it comes to helping himself to other people’s food. “Bud loves chicken. One time my little brother John was walking around holding a chicken leg a little too close to the ground and Bud started eating it. We all heard John yell ‘Bud noooo’ and we started laughing,” said Tibbetts.

The carefree canine and the perky pup are certainly an unlikely duo, but Tibbetts couldn’t dream of a more perfect pair. “They’re unique together, and I love them both.”

Editor’s note: “The Pawgress Report” is a bi-weekly column featuring FSU students and their dogs.