Diamonds in the Ruff
Finding loving homes for our overlooked dogs and cats
Heidi 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. Heidi was especially timid, and while she was slowly but surely making progress here, it was decided she would do best in a new foster home. Luckily we had a volunteer offer her home to them! So off her and her sister, Holly, went. They had the most progress to make, and in their foster home they'd have a loving and friendly dog to show them the ropes.
Just as we hoped, Heidi and her sister have been making great progress in their foster home! They are likely happy to be back in the comfort of a house. Following the example of the resident dog, they are quickly learning the routine of the new home. Heidi is even starting to come in for love when her foster mama calls her! And of course always ready to join her on the couch for a snuggle session. She is still afraid of her new foster dad, and will be flighty when he tries to approach her. Housebreaking and leash training has been coming along well! She shares a crate and gated area with her sister and rarely has accidents, and has learned the joys of walks and has been quickly learning her leash manners!
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. Heidi tends to hide away when scared, tucking her head behind her sisters. In her new home she needs a doggy sibling to be her security blanket and show her the ropes. 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 Heidi 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. Heidi is 8 months old and currently 48lbs. She will likely be around 60lbs fully grown, but it is hard to guess adult weights in mixed breed puppies.
Why a Diamond?
Heidi is such a smart and playful 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.
Heidi 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.
Heidi 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.
Heidi cannot live in the city or other loud or crowded areas, she is too easily startled.
Heidi needs another dog at home or to go home with her sisters, Holly, as she looks to them for comfort and needs a good example to follow.
Heidi cannot use an invisible/electric fence. She is too timid and this would only further her fearfulness.
We do not recommend dog parks until she has significantly gained confidence and trusts her new family.
Heidi 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.
Heidi would benefit greatly from behavioral training for timid dogs.
Adopters should have few to no visitors until they start with training to socialize Heidi.
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If you are interested in learning more about Heidi; 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.