Diamonds in the Ruff

Finding loving homes for our overlooked dogs and cats 


Meet Duncan


About Duncan

Duncan's story as we know is started as a stray in South Carolina, picked up by animal control and never claimed. It seemed clear he had a home before, as he already knew how to sit and walked well on a leash. A rescuer took him from there and found him a foster home while he waited to come to Massachusetts. He made fast friends with both the humans and dogs in his temporary home. He loved running around the large fenced in yard with the other pups!


He first came to Buddy Dog the end of July 2018, and was adopted in a week! His family loved him dearly, but they were an older couple and didn't have the energy to give him the exercise he needed. There, he was very housebroken and loved to play with all kinds of toys! He loved them so much he'd occasionally eat them! The only toys he couldn't eat were the very tough black kongs. He will need to be supervised while playing with toys, or have very tough rubber/plastic toys (the "indestructible" fabric ones didn't last long either). Alone time didn't bother him, it just made seeing his family again even more exciting! And he enjoyed sunbathing in the yard, with some playtime of course. He did need to be crated or in a separate room when visitors came over, but with time to get to know new people he came around.

While not every dog is Duncan's cup of tea, he loves the playtime he gets with his doggy pals! He does great with other friendly social dogs, and is a surprisingly gentle player (watch the video below of him and Olivia, he's so bouncy but barely touches her!). He even takes cues from other dogs very well and will give them space if they ask for it. He's gotten frustrated during his time as the shelter, being in such close proximity to other dogs all the time. He can be reactive on leash and through the fence, so we were worried if he'd be still be interested in doggy play dates. Even after being kept separate for so long, he still has such great doggy manners, we were so relieved! He is not always interested in sharing, so a doggy roommate would need to be very sweet and non confrontational. As we recommend with all new dogs, they will need to be kept separate while unsupervised for at least the first few months until they are truly comfortable around each other. While Duncan did live with a cat before and ignored all small critters (except bunnies!) in his previous home, he hasn't been happy to see the kitties at the shelter and didn't take kindly to being whacked by them, so he'll need a kitty free home.

At first Duncan may bark and appear scary, but if you ask the staff to bring him out for you to see he's a lovable mush! He's mostly afraid of bigger men, so they will likely need some time to win him over, but it's happened before so it can happen again. He even enjoyed some fun lobby time giving out kisses and accepting pets from many passing by. With the people he knows, he eagerly awaits cuddle time! He rolls over for belly rubs immediately and is very affectionate and snuggly! We know Duncan will be such a great companion, as he already is to us here. He just needs a family to give him a chance, and he can't wait for them to come.

Duncan is a 2 year old mixed breed and 58lbs.

Why a Diamond?

Duncan is a loving, affectionate, and playful dog with the people he knows,

but his fear of strangers and restraint, which is so bad he feels the need to bite, makes him a Diamond in the Ruff.

How to Adopt


We ask all prospective adopters to speak with a staff member and meet Duncan 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 Duncan to succeed and be happy in an adoptive home.


Adopter Requirements

  • Duncan cannot live with kids under 15 years old. Visiting children are okay with close supervision.

  • Duncan cannot live with cats.

  • Duncan's home must allow for "bully breed" type mixes, as we are unsure of his breed mix. Landlords, condo associations, and home owners insurance may not allow these breed mixes.

  • As with all of our adoptions, Duncan must be adopted by someone who is a Massachusetts resident and at least 21 years old.


  • Duncan can be nervous of new people, so his home should have little visitors and be able to have a separate and quiet area for him when there are visitors.

  • Duncan is selective about his dog friends and could only live with a non confrontational dog.

  • Duncan may eat toys and beds if left unsupervised with them. He can only be left alone with exceptionally sturdy toys (black kongs have been okay), or long lasting chews that are meant to be eaten.

  • Duncan has been reported to have some slight guarding behavior with his toys, but this has not been seen again at the shelter. His new family should still be prepared for this.

  • Duncan will need to be muzzled during vet visits.


Photos & Videos


Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about Duncan; 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. 

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