Rescue dog with trust issues gets boudoir bedroom, and it's working

When a dog gets a sad start to life it's not always easy to make things right.

But Sean Farrell had a brainwave to help fix his beloved Buster - a 12-year-old staffordshire bull terrier rescue dog with serious trust issues.

Buster the rescue dog looks right at home in his new 'boudoir' built by owner Sean Farrell. Photo: Sean Farrell

Buster the rescue dog looks right at home in his new 'boudoir' built by owner Sean Farrell. Photo: Sean Farrell

Farrell says Buster didn't like to be around single men and didn't even want to be on the same floor as his new owner: "If I was on the ground floor, he would go upstairs," he says.

So Farrell decided to build him his own special boudoir in the living area, where he could relax and feel safe. Despite having no carpentry skills, Farrell knocked up an impressive home for Buster, complete with TV and shelving, and of course a large, comfortable bed.

When Buster was adopted, he had serious trust issues. Photo: Sean Farrell

When Buster was adopted, he had serious trust issues. Photo: Sean Farrell

He then posted his efforts on Facebook (Zook the General and Sergeant Buster), but his post got so much attention, it was hacked.

Farrell told Stuff: "I was so upset (that someone could be so spiteful). It actually got to 43 million views and then someone hacked my account and deleted it."

But he says Buster's boudoir is working: "It's been amazing. Rather than go upstairs on his own, he just goes straight into his house now. It's his space and I never fuss him or disturb him in there, so he knows he's safe."

And this is no ordinary boudoir. There's a heart-shaped sign above the door saying, "All you need is love and a dog". And Buster's shelving highlights a collection of special items that include a pot plant, a My Little Pony, teddy bear, china dog and another sign that pretty much sums up a dog's life: "Food, fun, fart."

The words around the arched window on the outside (this wee house has serious street appeal) say: "Imagine being a monkey". Farrell told Bored Panda this is a line from a lullaby he likes to sing to Buster to help calm him down.

And now Buster is also helping to calm others, with his owner saying he is now a therapy dog. He regularly visits people in care facilities and accompanies others out shopping.