And that sweet, forgiving, no longer chained-up dog is called Buck now.
One more sign about just how different life is: It's a name he basically chose for himself.
After the dog was freed from his chains, he was brought to the SPCA of Texas's Emergency Rescue Center. There, a veterinarian examined him - and also set out to help pick his new name.
She called out some possibilities, and when she got to Buck, "he perked up," says Davies. "When our veterinarian called out that name, he lifted his sweet head."
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