Diamonds in the Ruff

Finding loving homes for our overlooked dogs and cats 


Meet Gordo & Pelua

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Why a Diamond?

How could this adorable duo struggle to find their furever home? They have been through thick and thin together and always stand up for each other. When Gordo is scared of other dogs he tries to act big and scary, and Pelua always has his back. While they have been learning that other dogs aren't so bad, they need an experienced family to continue their training.

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  • Snuggling into a comfy bed.

  • Fun and private walks through the woods.

  • Lounging outside in good weather.

  • Being near their family.

  • Busy environments and tight neighborhoods.

  • Seeing other dogs on their walks.

  • Loud or rowdy children.

  • Being alone too long.

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.

  • Need to be the only pets; could eventually enjoy dog or kitty company with proper training.

  • 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.

  • Gordo will need to stay on daily medication for his hypothyroidism.


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! His family will need to keep him on his medication and his vet will need to monitor it to see if anything needs to be adjusted. While his physical health has been straightforward to manage, he also has some mental health struggles that take a little more nuance. He is very insecure, resulting in a little shyness with new humans and reactivity towards other dogs, which can look similar to aggression but is much less severe. 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. 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, so less as they have polite doggy neighbors at the time! While they are still looking to be only pets, with the help of the staff they have managed to mingle with a few dogs, and Pelua has even had some playtime! They were even polite and friendly mingling with the kitties until one gave them a whack, then is time to bark and heckle. Their potential to be a menace to kitties makes them incompatible, but that's not to say they couldn't have supervised and leashed visits to a friends home with kitties. Both them and their family will need to have some behavioral training under their belt before introductions with other dogs could be attempted. While they still have a ways to go, they've shown how much potential they have and are happy to laze and lounge in a quiet home in the meantime.

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


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.



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.