Diamonds in the Ruff
Finding loving homes for our overlooked dogs and cats
Olivia is one of the truest diamonds in the ruff; she has so much potential and so much to give for the right family. This young diamond had a modest start as a stray in Russia. There she lived out her puppyhood in a shelter with many other dogs to keep her company. Luckily, she loved people and pups alike! After arriving at Buddy Dog, she was very outgoing! Happily playing with her Russian travel mates, and (literally!) diving into the arms of anyone she met! She was quite the popular girl right away. It was clear from the start how active she was, and her mind moved just as fast as her body!
A little more than a week after her arrival, she seemed to have found the perfect family. She loved their current dog, and even seemed to be a mirror of who she used to be. The family was more than willing to do the training again for this lovable girl. Knowing she had never lived in a home before, they were prepared for a rocky start. Sadly, things were a little more than rocky. In this new kind of place, with new people and a new pup, Olivia became very scared. She lashed out at her new sister, feeling she needed to defend herself. She wouldn't allow her new parents near her food, something we never saw at the shelter. Even for them, this was more than they could handle. Deeply saddened, they brought her back to Buddy Dog the next day. Back in her comfort zone, she returned to being the sweet and quirky puppy she is. Through this brief adoption, we learned so much about her special needs.
She spent another three months with us; we knew we had to be careful with her next adoption. A young woman came in and fell in love with Olivia. Visited her often, brought her family in to meet, did an abundance of research ahead of time along with asking many questions so that she could make the most educated decision she could. After a lot of thought and discussion with the staff, she decided to bring Olivia into her family. Many of Olivia's expected issues showed; food guarding, very rough play biting, reactivity to other dogs. They worked hard with her training, and within a week many of her issues vastly improved. The only problem that wasn't improving was her high energy level.
Even with her behavioral issues lessened, Olivia needed an excessive amount of exercise each day. When they were able to provide it, she was a sleepy and affectionate angel afterwards. If there was a day where she needed to be alone for more than a few hours, she was near impossible to calm down when they returned. While it is likely her energy would decrease when she finally feels settled in, it is possible it could take months or even a year until that happens. After much consideration and consultation, they decided to return Olivia to us. There is a clear silver lining to this experience at least. While she will still need an experienced family, it was a relief to hear how fast her problems improved with the right guidance. We now know more about her energy needs as well.
With all we've discovered about Olivia, we're committed to making her next family her furever family. If someone wants this adventurous, beautiful, and affectionate girl they must also be able to provide her with ample stimulation, both mental and physical. In the beginning, she will need a very strict routine and guidance. It's not just Olivia who needs to learn though; her new family needs to learn how to handle her as well. She'd do best going straight into a behavioral training class, which she has done excellently in before with Lisa Rockland at All About my Dog in Natick, MA.
She previously had issues going into a home with another dog, but we might be able to make an exception for the right dog. With some dogs, she is a playful but pushy friend, with other she is timid and standoffish. She could not live with a dog she behaves either of these ways towards. A potential doggy roommate should be confident, friendly, and big enough to roughhouse. For dogs like this, she is often a sweet and loving puppy towards. Only if we see this behavior with the resident dog, could we approve her becoming a little dog sister. She cannot live with cats until she is fully settled into a home. Even with her sweet behavior here towards them, it would be too risky until his territorial and guarding behaviors have been worked through.
For the right family, Olivia will surely become the missing puzzle piece. She'd be an amazing hiking buddy, running partner, agility dog, and of course cuddle companion; her possibilities are endless! So long as her family can commit to working through and toughing out her transition period, she will truly be the diamond we know she is.
Olivia is a 1 year old mixed breed and weights 56lbs.
Why a Diamond?
Olivia is as smart, active, fun, and loving as she is beautiful,
but is very insecure in a home, resulting in multiple behavioral issues, which is why Olivia is a Diamond in the Ruff.
How to Adopt
We ask all prospective adopters to speak with a staff member and meet Olivia 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 Olivia to succeed and be happy in an adoptive home.
Olivia's new family must be experienced with dogs and willing to work with potential food aggression towards humans as well as other animals.
Olivia's will need a home where she is alone no longer than 3 hours a day until she full settles in, otherwise she becomes extremely overstimulated from feeling cooped up.
Olivia needs a lot of exercise, so her family must be prepared to provide her with plenty of it each day. She will likely settle down a bit once she is fully settled in.
Olivia cannot live with kids under 15 years old. Visiting children are okay with close supervision. With training and proper socialization, she may be able to live with younger children in the future.
Olivia will need to have a separate area to go in case she gets either overwhelmed by guests, or there is worry about her trying to take/guard any food are dropped (common when kids are around).
Olivia will need to either be an only pet, or have an exceptional dog introduction with the current dog.
Olivia cannot live with cats at first. She may be okay with them after she's had a few months to settle in and, with the direct help of her family, knows she doesn't need to defend her space from other animals.
Olivia's cannot live in an apartment style home. She would be too overstimulated from the noise, along with feeling cooped up.
Olivia can be very nippy (playful biting), so she may accidentally hurt others during play.
Olivia loves to play with other dogs, so would benefit from having playgroups outside her home to keep up with her socialization. She can be nervous and/or overwhelmed at times, so dog parks wouldn't work for her. A dog daycare that can accommodate for her needs or play dates with other local dogs would be best.
Olivia is very active and intelligent so she needs a lot of physical and mental stimulation.
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If you are interested in learning more about Olivia; 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.