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! She was too much for the average family to handle.
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.
Due to her rowdiness, some volunteers have a difficult time handling her. This had led to her becoming a favorite of many of the staff! We've gotten to see so many sides to her. With a confident handler, she is a cuddly and sweet puppy. She learns so quickly; you can practically see her think! She's made many four-legged friends and is a complete kiss-up to most! Even the kitties! Knowing this, along with knowing about her time in a home, it's possible she'd be okay living with a confident adult dog experienced with other dogs in their space. Someone who can guide her and show her the ropes, but also not be pushed around by her.
Once she settles in, she would be an amazing adventuring companion. She a tough and athletic girl who loves being outdoors. She's so smart, her new family will need to be sure to keep her entertained, or else she'll find something to entertain herself with! She's incredibly motivated, whether by food, toys, or just love and attention. She's already learned "sit" and has a great start to learning to come when called! She may not fit into just any home, but we know she's the missing piece in a family out there.
Olivia is a 10 month old mixed breed and weights 50lbs, but still has some growing to do.
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 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).
It is recommended she be an only pet until she settles in (likely at least a few months, possibly a year).
If she does start with dog roommates they would need to have had a dog roommate previously, and be both confident enough to stand up for themselves, but non-confrontational enough to not escalate any issues.
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.
Olivia is still a puppy and has some more maturing to do, both physically and mentally.
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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.