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By James Somper


A dog lover has built a “man cave” for his beloved pet pooch – complete with its own TV, bed, mood lighting and even roof garden.

Sean Farrell, 48, has been living with Buster for two years after he took in the rescue dog as a foster carer.

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But the script writer, from Birmingham, West Mids, says he fell in love with Buster who has now become a social media sensation with close to 17,000 followers on his Facebook page.

Buster’s man cave was entirely built by scratch and allows the pampered pooch to chill out in his own space and Sean says it’s transformed him from a shy and retiring dog to a confident and happy man’s best friend.

Sean said: “Buster is absolutely amazing, when I first got him he was very aggressive to other dogs but he’s absolutely lovely, he’s a joy.

“He was put into rescue and spent a year in kennels unwanted. Nobody wanted him.

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“I was asked to foster him and him for about a year. But instead of wanting to give him up to foster I fell in love with him and decided to adopt him myself. That was the start of our journey.

“It took him a long time to get to be calmer around other dogs.”

Buster came from troubled beginnings and Sean says it took sometime before the pooch began to mellow.

Always fond of having his own space, Sean decided to build Buster his own man cave in an effort to help Buster settle into home life.

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He said: “I built him the house because the minute the door shuts he looks at me and runs away and hides.

“He wants to be out of the way of a single man.

“The idea was to build him his own little space where he can be near me but still have his own space.

“It’s made him a totally different animal.”

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The house, which Sean built entirely from scratch using wood and plyboard cost £100 and has its own air conditioning, mood lighting, photos of Sean’s previous dog Zook and even a TV and roof garden.

Because of Buster’s nervy disposition, the house also boasts soundproofing so he doesn’t get too disturbed.

Sean said: “It’s great because it gives Buster his own place to chill out while still being near me. It’s his own space and I don’t go in there.”

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Sean added that Buster’s remarkable change has allowed him to become a therapy dog and that he now visits dogs and rehabilitation facilities.

He said: “He’s got such a wonderful nature and has come on leaps and bounds since he first came here two years ago”.