Diamonds in the Ruff
Finding loving homes for our overlooked dogs and cats
Despite his traumatic past, Bolt has remained an enthusiastic and fun loving boy. His story started at only 4 weeks old, barely able to see. Him and his siblings had just lost their mother in a fight. They were all promptly picked up by rescuers, lucky to find them so quickly, and brought somewhere safe. Once healthy and old enough, him and his siblings were ready for adoption. All of them were adopted, and Bolt was the last one left. The rescuers got to know him so well; he is a super playful pup! He loves the water, he loves cuddles, and he loves running with his dog pals!
Sadly, these was not the ends of Bolt's woes. Him and some of his rescue mates were being boarded in Qatar until they could find foster homes. Mysteriously, many of the dogs being boarded "disappeared." The rescuers were told different stories from different employees. Some saying they never received the dogs, some just saying they died without any more explanation. We will never know what truly happened, but the rest of the dogs were quickly pulled out and moved to be boarding at a reputable veterinary hospital instead. He and the other dogs were a little scarred, both physically and emotionally, from this experience.
Now Bolt is out of Qatar and looking for his furever home here at Buddy Dog. He's quickly won over the hearts of many staff, volunteers, and visitors. He can become a little overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the kennel, so don't be discouraged if he is barking or being standoffish, he is a complete sweetheart outside! He loves running laps in our outdoor playpens, wrestling with new dog friends, and is a gentleman on his walks. He's still working on housebreaking, but he'll likely pick it up quickly once in a home with a steady schedule. He has had a disagreement with a strong headed unaltered male his age before (he was also unaltered at the time), but made fast friends with most others. He would do great with a doggy roommate to play with, or an active family to exercise him; both would be all the better!
Bolt is a 1 year old Saluki mix and weights 47lbs.
Why a Diamond?
Bolt is an active and intelligent dog, and even with his fear of strangers he warms up quickly,
but he nervously barks at visitors, and his extended stay has earned him a spot as a Diamond in the Ruff.
How to Adopt
We ask all prospective adopters to speak with a staff member and meet Bolt in person at our facility prior to filling out an application. Visitors are welcome to our shelter any time during business hours, no appointment needed. You can find our location and hours here. Applications are available to be filled out in person at our front desk. Our general adoption policies can be found on our page here.
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 Bolt to succeed and be happy in an adoptive home.
Bolt needs a home without cats or children under 13 years old.
Bolt is an active dog and needs a family that can provide him adequate exercise, such as through playtime, dog play dates, running, hiking, or agility.
Bolt needs a home with enough room to stretch his legs, so an apartment style building would not be adequate.
Bolt should not be an off-leash dog for such reasons as his timidness may cause him to flee when scared, his suspected breed mix is known for their prey drive, and he is an incredibly fast dog and would be hard to catch if something went wrong.
As with all of our adoptions, Bolt must be adopted by someone who is a Massachusetts resident and at least 21 years old.
Bolt would do best having a fenced in yard to run in.
While Bolt gets along with most dogs, he would likely not do well in a dog park as they can be overstimulating.
Dog daycare would be fine, and would be a great way to keep up with his exercise needs and socialization with both dogs and humans.
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If you are interested in learning more about Bolt; contact a staff member by emailing or leaving a voicemail at 978-443-6990. Visitors are welcome at our facility any time during business hours, no appointment needed.