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That's Buckley. Not much of a guard dog, but he's good to have around.
―Tommy, introducing Buckley.[1]

Buckley is a dog that appears in The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part II. He accompanied Tommy and Maria's work party to the dam and is supposed to be a guard dog, but he is not well suited for the job. He is still good for companionship, though. He appears to be a mix of Border Collie and another breed.[1]

Biography

Events of The Last of Us

Buckley makes a very brief appearance in The Last of Us. He is seen at Tommy's hydroelectric dam in Jackson County in Tommy's Dam. Joel has the option to pet the dog, while Tommy tells him that Buckley is not much of a guard dog, although, he is good to have around. This starkly contrasts with the dogs seen in Boston and Pittsburgh, reflecting how Tommy's community is much more peaceful as opposed to the others. He can be found outside the generator building as Tommy leads Joel to his office. He presumably runs to another part of the dam when it gets attacked by bandits, seeing how he is not present during the attack.[1]

Events of Part II

In The Last of Us Part II, Buckley is seen resting with Gustavo (the banjo player) in Jackson. Ellie gives him a scratch when he approaches her and then proceeds to return to Gustavo.[2]

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Trivia

  • In an interview with Troy Baker (the voice of Joel), he states that Buckley is a reference to his dog of the same name who had died three years prior to the release of The Last of Us.[3]
  • Border collies are bred primarily for the purpose of herding sheep and cattle on farms to help shepherds. They have a friendly, gentle nature. Due to this, they are not ideal guard dogs.

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