Diamonds in the Ruff
Finding loving homes for our overlooked dogs and cats
One of our brightest diamonds, Olivia has been very rewarding to work and bond with. This 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! She found a home quickly, a family who had an active, playful, and sometimes mischievous dog just like her, so we all thought they were prepared. Her brief stay at this home is where we learned of Olivia's more distinct needs.
Never having lived in a home before, she became very insecure in this new environment. She become protective of her space towards the female dog she loved the day before, and protective of her food from the humans she snuggled and played with earlier. Knowing we would need to be very careful with her next adoption, her next stay was longer. Eventually, a young and active woman fell in love with Olivia. She did extensive research, consulted with trainers, and asked us many important questions. When we all felt she was finally ready to take Olivia on, she went to her next home. In the home, Olivia was her expected mischievous self, but through exercise and training she became behaved. She is incredibly smart and driven. One day she was left alone for 5 hours and the family was not able to manage Olivia's pent up energy and excitement on return. Though many of her issues were addressed and corrected, her being unable to handle being alone for that long solidified that they were not the right fit for her. We were all so sad for Olivia, but the silver lining is that we have learned so much about her through these experiences, and we were very happy to see how she thrived in the previous home; a lot of exercise and consistent and loving guidance.
Back at Buddy Dog again, we worked hard at training Olivia. She is so motivated, whether by treats, toys, or love, that she was just a joy to work with. When given consisted cues and rules, she learns incredibly quickly. During the Covid-19 shutdown, she went to Boston Dogtor, an amazing board and train facility in Westboro, MA. There she received basic obedience and behavior modification during her stay with Gevorg Ohanyan and his team. She excelled in this predictable training environment, and quickly won over the staff with her fun loving personality. Much of her training has stuck, it will just be up to her new family to keep up with it.
An ideal family for Olivia would be an active, experienced family with no children under 15, and even teenagers will need to be confident with dogs and ready to participate on her training. She loves to play with dogs here at Buddy Dog, but can become defensive when insecure. For her to be a new sister to a resident dog, she would ideally be a sweet kiss-up to the other dogs, which she is to some and then pushy with others. They should be able to keep up with her rambunctious play-style, and be confident enough to let her know when they're done. Until she has fully settled into the home and her family has a handle on her training, she should not live with cats or other free-roaming animals. She is submissive towards the kitties at the shelter, but her past protective behaviors in a home worry us around small animals. She would love to go hiking, running, or do dog sports like agility. Once she really learns her manners, doggy daycare could be a great option as well. A single family home that has a fenced in yard with space to run would be best for her as well.
With enough mental and physical stimulation, Olivia will love to snuggle up and sleep like an angel. She is so easy to fall in love with. For a family committed to her training and ready for a project, she will surely be the missing puzzle piece that completes their home.
Olivia is a 1.5 year old mixed breed and weights 56lbs.
Why a Diamond?
Olivia is as smart, active, fun, and loving as she is beautiful, but needs consistent guidance and direction from an experienced family, which is why Olivia is a Diamond in the Ruff.
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 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 dog owners.
Olivia's will need a home where she is alone no longer than 3 hours a day until she full settles in; she gets pent up and the excitement of seeing her family again makes it hard to calm her down.
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 near future.
While almost always social, 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 dropped food (common when kids are around).
Olivia will need to either be an only pet, or have a clearly positive dog introduction with the current dog.
Olivia cannot live with cats or other free-roaming animals at first. She may be okay with cats 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.
After Olivia's board-and-train, she nearly never playfully nips people. Her new family will need to continue with her training to make sure she doesn't get back into this habit.
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. While very important, it is also an amazing bonding opportunity and can be very fun and rewarding.
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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.