NEW CASTLE, Del. — The power of social media and the internet can often lead to miracles, and that is exactly what happened to Pete Buchmann, the homeless man who was finally reunited with his dog after five-months apart. Buchmann’s story first went viral last year, when he could could no longer afford housing for himself or his Rottweiller-Boxer mix dog, Buster. Due to the economic crisis, Buchmann suddenly saw himself out of a job and without the finances to support himself, let alone Buster who suffers from arthritis, so he was forced to reach out to a shelter to place Buster in their care.
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Buchmann was put in touch with the Faithful Friend’s Animal Society who agreed to provide Buster with a temporary home. Fortunately, the shelter vowed to look after the 9-year-old dog until Buchmann got back on his feet. Unfortunately though, the shelter was located 2.5 miles away from the Sunday Breakfast Mission homeless shelter that Buchmann was staying it. Yet, despite the distance, Buchmann’s would still walk 5 miles each day to see his beloved pet and walk the other dogs in the shelter. His tenacity and devotion to his dog really impressed Faithful Friends Executive Director Jane Pierantozzi, who would in turn help Buchmann to get back on his feet.
Pierantozzi reached out to her contacts to help Buchmann find a job and ensured that Buster got the best of care. Finally after months apart, the media got wind of Buchmann and Busters story and the rest is history. Through an online campaign, generous individual’s raised $35,000 for Buchmann and eventually he was reunited with his best friend. Today Buchmann lives with Buster and wakes up every morning at 3:30am to ensure he spends quality time with his dog before work. Despite the adversity and challenges the two faced, their devotion to each other has paid off and they have finally gotten their happy ending.