Diamonds in the Ruff
Finding loving homes for our overlooked dogs and cats
Nacho is a macho little man from Alabama! He and his friend, Candy, lost their home when their elderly owner passed away. No one in the family was able to take these two in so they were given to a high-kill shelter in the area. Luckily, one of our rescue partners scooped these two up to get them into a safer situation while they wait for their furever homes!
While they do seek each other's company, Nacho and his friend don't always see eye-to-eye. Both of these little dogs have a lot of baggage and not many would be willing and able to take it all on. Around his friend, Nacho is protective; not allowing anyone to approach her. This poor little dog thinks he has to take on the world to protect what he has left of his home. We made the tough decision to find them separate homes but would allow a very experienced family to take them both if they were committed to working with them. Nacho needs a fresh start with a new family ready to earn his trust and prove to him he can truly let his guard down and relax.
While it is not easy to get into Nacho's inner circle, once you are he is an incredibly loyal and loving dog. He will need a family who has experience with dogs who are similarly reactive or aggressive towards people. Only adults for him, and he doesn't like to share so no other animals either, but he can make an exception for his long-time friend Candy. Ideally, it would just be him and his person, but a couple of adults equally committed to training and winning him over would be just as good. He would benefit greatly from behavioral training for reactive and aggressive dogs. It would give his new family a solid foundation to start on and set him up for success.
We suspect Nacho earned his name, possibly from eating too many nachos! He is a little dog with a big personality and a big body to match! He will need some guidance in losing weight; luckily he is always eager for walks! With plenty of walks paired with a planned diet, the pounds should start falling off!
Nacho has got a lot of layers to work through, both behaviorally and weight wise. With an experienced, determined, and patient family this little man will transform in so many ways. We're all eager to see his shell finally open for the right person.
Nacho is a 6-year-old chihuahua mix and weighs 36lbs, but is very overweight.
Why a Diamond?
Nacho is a loyal little man who carries a lot of baggage, and so much potential within.
He thinks he has to take on the world alone and needs an experienced family to prove him wrong.
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.
Nacho needs an adult only (18+) home. He will need to be kept securely separate from visitors, especially children (a spacious crate or a quiet room with a closed door are best for this).
Nacho needs to be an only pet, but may be adopted with his friend, Candy, to an experienced family eager to work with them both.
Nacho's new family will need to own their home.
Nacho cannot live in an apartment or multi-family style home due to his reactivity (barking, lunging, snapping, etc.) to other people and some animals.
Nacho cannot live in busy or loud areas like cities.
Nacho's new family will need to have experience with dogs who are reactive or aggressive towards humans.
Nacho is currently very overweight and will need his new family's help losing a the pounds. This can be done by regular exercise (playtime, walks, etc.) and a planned diet.
Nacho is typically his most well behaved on walks and for treats. These will both help bond with him.
It is highly recommended that Nacho's new family take him to behavioral training for reactive/aggressive dogs to learn how to best earn his trust and improve his behavior.
Photos & Videos
Nacho's close up!
Posing for a treat!
Hanging out in his kennel
Snuggled into the blankets with his friend, Candy.
If you are interested in learning more about Nacho; 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.