Diamonds in the Ruff

Finding loving homes for our overlooked dogs and cats 


Meet Gordo & Pelua

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Why a Diamond?

What a friendly, mellow, and incredibly cute pair Gordo and Pelua are! Gordo is the loving couch potato of the two and Pelua is the excitable lovebug! This duo has been through thick and thin together and always has each others backs. While quickly learning other dogs aren't so scary (Pelua even enjoying playdates), they still sometimes put on a tough act when passing other dogs on leash. They need a less chaotic neighborhood with little dogs or children to settle into which is why these two are Diamonds in the Ruff.









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Their Beginning

Originally from Puerto Rico, Gordo and Pelua were found in their home after their elderly owner had passed away. This duo was shy but very sweet and didn't wait long to be adopted together. Sadly they could not thrive in their new home. Living in an apartment around other animals and rowdy children was too stressful for these two, and after over a year of trying to make it work their family decided it was in their best interest to return to Buddy Dog to find a less stressful living situation.

Get to Know the Diamonds

Loving, playful, cuddly, housebroken; this dynamic duo is the complete package, although "some assembly may be required" in regards to their manners outside their home. With the right family, which is savvy and patient, and the right environment, which is quiet and secluded, these two will quickly settle in and be easy dogs. While a leisurely life of lounging in comfy dog beds and peaceful and private walks through the woods is ideal, they would also appreciate a family who can take them out of their comfort zones and, with patience and diligent training, help these two build some much-needed confidence.

Having been through thick and thin together, these two are incredibly bonded and are happy to spend all their days together. Still, they are individuals and have different strengths and weaknesses. While not a competition, Gordo does have more struggles than his best friend. He has hypothyroidism and is overweight, but it is being very well managed with his once-a-day medication which he happily takes from a clump of tasty wet food! While his physical health has been straightforward to manage, he also has some behavioral health struggles that take a little more nuance. He is very insecure around other dogs, resulting in reactivity towards other dogs, which can look similar to aggression but is mostly an act he puts on to look tough. Pelua is much more enthusiastic about her love and may bounce so much what was intended as a kiss turns into a headbutt! Gordo prefers to show his love by quietly staying by his human's side. While Pelua still doesn't have the best dog manners, she is more willing to make doggy friends and has even enjoyed playtime with respectful and gentle dogs. Regardless of her personal feelings, she always has her best friend's back and will bark and yell at other dogs right alongside him. Both Gordo and Pelua agree that children are to be feared and avoided, so a home with dog-savvy teens and up in a quiet neighborhood would be best.

While the shelter life has been hectic, these two still leisurely nap in their kennel, cuddle with staff and volunteers, and lounge in the playpens with other dogs as neighbors. While they may prefer to be only pets, with the help of the staff they have managed to mingle with a few dogs and we feel they are now able to join a home with an existing dog, but not just any dog! Any new doggy roommate will need to be respectful of their boundaries and listen to their corrections; they grumble, show a little teeth, and give half-hearted warning snaps if a dog is bothering them, and never inappropriately. Pelua has been more playful and would prefer they be a gentle and not-too-energetic player. They've done well around dogs of all sizes during their training, but have been the most comfortable around dogs closer to their size or smaller. They were even polite and friendly mingling with the kitties until one gave them a whack, then they thought they had to defend the other and became naughty.


While they still need to training before having leisurely dog introductions on leash, they don't seem to have far to go. The progress they've made while surrounded by their fears and stresses, other dogs, has been amazing. In a quiet neighborhood where they can settle and a family ready to take the reins, they will truly thrive and their humans will be showered in love every day.

Basic Information (Gordo)

Basic Information (Pelua)

Age: Approximately 6.5 years old

Sex: Male (neutered)

Breed: Terrier mix

Weight: 37lbs

Age: Approximately 6.5 years old

Sex: Female (spayed)

Breed: Terrier mix

Weight: 32lbs

Adoption Requirements

  • Experience with dogs required.

  • Must be adopted together.

  • Needs experienced teens 15 and up who know to go slow as they warm up.

  • No apartment-style or multi-family homes.

  • No busy cities or dense neighborhoods.

  • Other dogs in home would need to be respectful of their space, gentle, and not too energetic.

  • No more than 6 hours alone a day; longer would require a potty and exercise break in the middle.

  • Pelua will need regular grooming/hair cuts.


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 info@buddydoghs.org

We ask all prospective adopters to fill out an online application, which can be found hereIf the animal becomes available and your application has been approved to move onto the next step, a staff member will schedule a remote interview prior to scheduling a meet-and-greet with the eligible animals.

Please by patient as we receive many applications daily. If you have any questions, feel free to email info@buddydoghs.org or leave a voicemail at 978-443-6990.


The ideal home described above is based on the knowledge of Buddy Dog’s staff. This list reflects what Buddy Dog staff believe will be necessary for the animals to succeed and be happy in an adoptive home.


Spoil Gordo & Pelua

Can't adopt but still want to spoil these two?

Below is their personal wishlist!

Our general wishlist can be found hereAll donations can be brought to the shelter during our business hours or mailed to us at 151 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, MA 01776.

Photos & Videos


Gordo & Pelua

Gordo & Pelua
Scrappy Enjoys a Walk with Gordo & Pelua!

Scrappy Enjoys a Walk with Gordo & Pelua!

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Gordo & Pelua Playtime!

Gordo & Pelua Playtime!

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Gordo & Pelua ONLY Cuddles!

Gordo & Pelua ONLY Cuddles!

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Gordo & Pelua Lobby Time!

Gordo & Pelua Lobby Time!

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Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about these two contact a staff member by emailing info@buddydoghs.org 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 be patient as we receive many applications daily. Online applications can be found here.