Diamonds in the Ruff
Finding loving homes for our overlooked dogs and cats
Fun loving, goofy, curious, but also insecure. Benny first came to Buddy Dog as a shy 6 month old puppy with his sister. It wasn't long until this adorable pup found a home with another dog to keep him company. In this home he was rarely alone and had a fenced in yard he got to run and play in as much as he wanted, so he quickly learned to potty outside. His family would leave out food for him to eat through out the day, although Benny would often help himself to his big sister's portion as well, which lead to him becoming overweight. While he fell in love with his new family, he only became worse with meeting new people. This manifested in reactivity on walks; lunging, barking, or snapping at people who approached him or his family. Once he started to recognize someone he was more willing to let them into his circle. His family realized they did not have the means to work on these fears, and decided bringing him back to Buddy Dog was for the best.
Luckily, Benny's reactivity is still at a manageable level. He has been much more social upon coming back to the shelter; quickly making friends with the staff and even making a doggy friend here and there. He's a very smart boy and with would thrive in behavioral training for reactive dogs. He will need a family who has had a dog before, but so long as his new family is planning on taking him to a behaviorist they will not need any special experience. He needs to live in a single family home in quiet area without a lot of dogs or children. A private fenced in yard would be ideal for him to run and play in, but indoor playtime and plenty of walks will be fine so long as he is able to give other walkers generous space. With proper training, routine, and patience Benny should be a model pup.
Being a little overweight isn't as big of worry as his social skills, but his new family will still need to help him with exercise and diet. Given the opportunity, he is 100% down for some exercise; playtime, walks, and zoomies are all great ways to trim down and Benny is eager to do them all! Diets he is not so eager to try, as he loves his food, and he may not need to. If his new family can provide him with enough exercise daily and simply feed him at scheduled times, which he does great with at Buddy Dog, this alone might be enough to get him to a healthy weight. He loves to play with toys, especially interactive ones! By keeping plenty of toys around the house he'll hopefully be keeping himself moving on his own. Living with another playful, but respectful, dog could also be great for his health, both physical and mental.
Routine, patience, commitment, and love is what every dog needs to thrive, Benny just needs a little extra of each. His new family will need to be eager to work with him, and ready to take charge so that Benny can sit back and just be a pup.
Benny is a 1 year old mixed breed (unknown mix) and 52lbs, but overweight.
Why a Diamond?
Benny had no problem winning over the staff here with his goofy and quirky personality,
but his insecurity and potential reactivity towards some people and animals makes Benny a Diamond in the Ruff.
How to Adopt
We are unfortunately unable to accept walk-in visitors at the shelter during this time.
If interested in adopting an animal, please visit our home page for our new Covid-19 adoption process.
For any questions, please email
We ask all prospective adopters to fill out an online application, which can be found here. If the animal becomes available and your application has been approved to move onto the next step, a staff member will schedule a zoom meeting prior to scheduling a meet-and-greet with the animal. Please by patient as we receive many applications daily. If you have any questions, feel free to email or leave a voicemail at 978-443-6990.
The ideal home described below is based on the knowledge of Buddy Dog’s staff. This list reflects what Buddy Dog staff and believe will be necessary for the pups to succeed and be happy in an adoptive home.
Benny's new family will need to own their home.
Benny cannot live in an apartment or multi-family style home.
Benny needs an adult only (18+) home where someone has been the primary caretaker of a dog before.
Benny will need a quiet neighborhood without a lot of other dogs or children.
Benny cannot live with cats.
Benny is currently overweight and will need his new family's help losing a few pounds. This can be done easily by regular exercise (playtime, walks, etc.) and scheduled and measured out feedings.
Benny does enjoy playtime with other dogs, but can be nervous around some and needs a proper introduction to see if they can be friends.
Benny can be slow to trust new people, and can be protective of his family. Until you are confident with him on walks, you will need avoid others (moving to the other side of the road, standing back on a short leash while they pass, etc.).
Benny would excel in a behavioral training class for reactive dogs; he's smart, motivated, and just needs some educated direction and confidence building.
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If you are interested in learning more about Benny; contact a staff member by emailing or leaving a voicemail at 978-443-6990. Appointments to meet the animals will be scheduled by staff once an animal is available and your application is approved. Please by patient as we receive many applications daily. Online applications can be found here.