Diamonds in the Ruff
Finding loving homes for our overlooked dogs and cats
Hannah and her siblings were found as just little babies in an empty house in Puerto Rico, alone and scared, these babies were rescued and brought to a loving and experienced foster mama. Unable to come to Massachusetts during the early days of the pandemic, they stayed in their foster home for 5 months. Slowly but surely, they came out of their shells and fell in love with their foster mom, as she of course fell in love with them too. They loved to play and wrestle with each other, and snuggle and get love from their human. They settled in and got to be normal pups.
Now here at Buddy Dog, these pups whole lives have changed. Unaware they are waiting for their "furever" families to find them, they are scared and flighty away from the comfort of their foster home. A volunteer stepped up and offered to foster 2 of the pups, so Hannah's two most scared sisters went off with their new foster mama. With one brother and one sister left, we were able to get to know these three better.
While Hannah seemed shyer than her two siblings, Hope and Hummer, she started to gain confidence quicker than them! More and more she would happily come up to sniff outside (after hearty barks before entering her play area, of course). In the kennel in where she really began to shine! After getting to know the staff, she would happily play with toys, give kisses, and even climb on us for better sniffs. With all this new confidence, she was even starting to let her "bossy sister" side show. While happy to share meals, she would hoard all the toys from her siblings! And when it was cuddle time with staff, she always tried to be closer. We're so excited to see this fun, spunky, and loving personality shining through.
While the progress she is making is impressive, her new family will need to be prepared to start over again as she adjusts to a new life. She needs a family that has had experience with timid dogs. Hannah might be the only sibling that can manage without her own "emotional support dog." While she'd likely thrive with a dog to play with and model herself after, an experienced and eager home with doggy playdates will be enough. She cannot live an apartment style home, the city, or any other busy neighborhood; all the noise and activity would be too stressful for her. A quiet, adult-only home is ideal, but teens fifteen and up that are willing and eager to help with her training and socialization would be fine. Luckily kitties aren't a deal breaker, as she grew up with them in her Puerto Rican foster home!
While it's necessary that her new family is prepared for a timid project, it's also important to remember that Hannah is a puppy! She's got puppy love and puppy playfulness once she feels comfortable. She'll want plenty of playtime to get that puppy energy out! And not just mentally, but physically she still has some growing to do. Hannah is 8 months old and currently 41lbs. She will likely be around 50lbs fully grown, but it is hard to guess adult weights in mixed breed puppies.
Why a Diamond?
Hannah is a spunky and affectionate girl once she feels safe, but this young Diamond in the Ruff is so timid and scared of people at first that she needs an experienced family to help build her confidence in these important adolescent years.
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
We ask all prospective adopters to fill out an online application, which can be found here. If the animal becomes available and your application has been approved to move onto the next step, a staff member will schedule a zoom meeting prior to scheduling a meet-and-greet with the animal. Please by patient as we receive many applications daily. If you have any questions, feel free to email or leave a voicemail at 978-443-6990.
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 the pups to succeed and be happy in an adoptive home.
Hannah need a family who has had dogs scared of people before.
An adult only home is ideal, but quiet teenagers (15+) willing to help with the training would be okay.
Hannah cannot live in an apartment style home, as they as easily startled by noises and will bark to deter anything they deem scary, which is many things.
Hannah cannot live in the city or other loud or crowded areas, she is too easily startled.
Hannah cannot use an invisible/electric fence. She is too timid and this would only further her fearfulness.
While Hannah does not need to live with another dog, living with another dog or being adopted with one of her sisters, Heidi or Holly, would benefit her. She will at least need to keep up with her dog socialization through playdates, doggy daycare, or other similar activities.
We do not recommend dog parks until she has significantly gained confidence and trusts her new family.
Hannah did fine with cats in their foster home, but any new cat roommates should be comfortable with dogs.
A securely fenced in yard would be ideal, as they love to run and play.
Hannah would benefit greatly from behavioral training for timid dogs.
Adopters should have few to no visitors until they start with training to socialize Hannah.
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If you are interested in learning more about Hannah; contact a staff member by emailing 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 by patient as we receive many applications daily. Online applications can be found here.