Diamonds in the Ruff
Finding loving homes for our overlooked dogs and cats
Looking for a goofy and lovable companion to spend your days with? Why not Duke?
Duke's story, as we know it, began at a high-kill shelter down in Texas. Local rescuers found this silly and social boy and pulled him to comfort and safety. Once he was ready, he made his way up north to find his forever home with the help of Buddy Dog Humane Society! He was a fun-loving boy who made fast friends with other goofy pups like himself, and luckily his first stay was quick.
A family came by who fell head-over-heels for this handsome young man, and it seemed he had found his forever family. Sadly, with a broken heart, his family had to bring him back to us. They loved him dearly and he was excellently behaved when they were home, but they had learned something very important about Duke; he cannot handle being left alone. They tried their best to adjust their schedules for him, but as two working adults, they weren't able to meet his needs. Going forward, Duke will need a home where someone can be home with him at all times. With the help of a dog behaviorist, he may be able to accept some alone time, but this will take patience and commitment, and in the end, he may still need to have someone with him.
In some cases, separation anxiety can be relieved with the help of another furry companion. While Duke loves his wrestle times with other dogs, he still seems more of a "man's best friend" so we are unsure if this would help. Any potential doggy roommates for Duke will need to love his "all-in" play style some other dogs may find rude or overwhelming. Even if another dog doesn't help with his separation anxiety, it will sure help keep him entertained and tired! Duke has enjoyed some multi-dog play groups here as well and may be a good candidate for doggy-daycare, which of course could help him in many ways!
Luckily for his forever family, Duke was doing well learning manners in his first home. He's still a fun and nutty boy, so he still has a way to go, but is eager to please! He was very good at going potty outside and only had accidents when he was left alone, which is likely because of his anxiety. He loves to play with toys, dogs and people! But while he's still learning his manners, he should go to a home with teens and up as he likes to nibble when he gets too excited during playtime. He also thinks cats look like fun, fuzzy toys and needs a home free of kitties.
Sadly, Duke's past is a mystery to us. He even has a large scar down his back that suggests he struggled as a young puppy on the streets; possibly digging under a chain link fence to escape a bad situation. While it's impossible to know exactly what happened, it's clear he harbors no ill will towards people or pups! He's happy to greet everyone with enthusiastic wiggles and is known to happily greet other pups with a fun (but rude) tackle! The only impact his past might still have on him is his need for companionship, which is little to ask for after all this wonderful boy has been through in his short life.
Duke is a 1 year old neutered mixed breed and 41lbs.
How to Adopt
We ask all prospective adopters to speak with a staff member and meet Duke 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 Duke to succeed and be happy in an adoptive home.
Must be able to accommodate his separation anxiety. This can be done by working from home, bringing him to doggy daycare, hiring a dog sitter, etc.
Willing to seek the help of a behavioral trainer if they want to be able to leave him alone in the future.
Family must be teens and up; visiting young ones are okay with supervision.
Must own their home, as he has become destructive when left alone.
Must have a cat free home.
Even with specialized behavioral training, Duke's separation anxiety may not improve and his family should be willing to continue to have someone with him 24/7.
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If you are interested in learning more about Duke; 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.