Diamonds in the Ruff

Finding loving homes for our overlooked dogs and cats 


Meet Kona


About Kona

Kona is a big lug with a heart of gold and a big squishy face perfect for smooches and scritches. He has a lot of love, a lot of energy, a playful nature and a love for fetch, chew toys, and car rides. Unfortunately, his owner fell on hard times and could no longer care for him. His extended family stepped in to try and care for Kona, but they didn’t have enough time to give this sweetheart his much-needed exercise.

He was brought to Buddy Dog the end of September 2019 and was quick to show everyone his sweet and goofy side! Due to his large and muscular build, some dogs were intimidated by the sight of him, but he made it clear that reaction was undeserved. He made fast friends with the other dogs! Whether going right into wrestling with another goofy pup, or a polite “doggy handshake” with the more formal canines, he fit right in. He was at his happiest when running and wrestling with other big dogs who loved to play hard too! He most likely would not do well living with small dogs, as he had a prey drive towards kitties.

He is an outgoing young man, but a little too rambunctious for a home with kids under 10. He’s still learning his manners and sometimes gets too excited during playtime and may forget nibbling on people is not okay. He would be okay with visiting children so long as they are closely supervised, and able to be separated if needed. With some extra obedience training so he can learn his manners, he will likely be fine to live with kids.

For the first week to a month, Kona will likely be settling into his new home. He’ll most likely be working through some stress by being a kooky and active boy, needing a lot of attention and exercise during this adjustment period. He’ll always want time to play and exercise with his family, but once he’s settled in he’ll go back to the sweet and loving boy he was before his life got turned around.

Kona is a 2 year old Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog and weighs 70lbs.

How to Adopt


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


Adopter Requirements


  • Kona cannot live with cats or children under 10 years old.

  • Kona must live somewhere that allows "bulldog" type of breeds. Landlords, condo associations, and home owners insurances may not allow these breed types.

  • Kona is active and his family will need to be able to exercise him daily. This could be done through fetch, agility, running, playgroups, etc.


  • Kona may be polite to small dogs, but likes to play hard and had a prey drive with cats so probably wouldn't do best living with one.

  • Kona will likely calm down after he's settled into his home, but will still want plenty of exercise and playtime.

Photos & Videos


photo credit: Jane Peters;







Kona "Loaf"



Kona & Highway


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Kona & Lord


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Kona, Lord, & Simona


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Kona & Simona


Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about Kona; 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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