Diamonds in the Ruff

Finding loving homes for our overlooked dogs and cats 


Meet Ruger

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Why a Diamond?

Despite his large size, Ruger is a very sensitive guy. His fear of other dogs may lead to him trying to scare them away, but he opens up to the right dogs. He loves humans and may bounce to say hello to new friends! He knows his house manners, although he could use some brushing up, and can't wait to be back in a cozy home with his furever family.

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  • Snuggles with his family.

  • Leisurely walks away from other animals.

  • Playtime in a private fenced-in yard.

  • Plenty of treats and snacks.

  • Lounging in comfy beds.

  • Busy environments and tight neighborhoods.

  • Loud or rude dogs.

  • Humans moving their arms too fast (he will cower).

Adoption Requirements

  • Experience with dogs required.

  • Needs sturdy kids 12 and up who are comfortable with his jumping up to say hi.

  • No apartment-style homes.

  • No busy cities.

  • Needs to be an only pet; could eventually live with other dogs with proper training.

  • No more than 8 hours alone a day; longer would require a potty and exercise break in the middle.


His Beginning

Ruger lived as a beloved family pet with his family in South Carolina along with basset hound friend. When his family had a baby and he and his dog friend ended up living outdoors as they were to big and bouncy for a newborn. Eventually, his family realized this was no way for their dogs to live and decided to give them to our rescue partner in South Carolina.

Get to Know the Diamond

His basset hound friend having since been adopted, Ruger patiently waits for his furever family to find him. While this handsome boy may be big and bouncy, he is a sensitive guy and responds quickly to simple, firm, verbal correction. He can be very insecure around other dogs, especially loud or reactive ones, and if he isn't able to run from his fears he may try to act tough to scare them away. With proper guidance, he has made more doggy friends with respectful and playful pups. He would still prefer to be an only dog in his new home, but, with some training to, could enjoy some doggy playdates and even eventually have a doggy sibling again! He never met a cat until coming to us, but was not a fan when introduced so he would prefer a kitty-free home as well.Luckily he is outgoing and lovable when he meets humans! Although sometimes he may get too excited and jump to kiss their faces, so he would do best with sturdy older children. He loves to snuggle with his family and go on long walks. He is also housebroken and crate trained.

Basic Information

Age: Approximately 4 years old

Sex: Male (neutered)

Breed: Most likely Stafforshire terrier mix

Weight: 62lbs


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 info@buddydoghs.org

We ask all prospective adopters to fill out an online application, which can be found hereIf the animal becomes available and your application has been approved to move onto the next step, a staff member will schedule a remote interview prior to scheduling a meet-and-greet with the eligible animals.

Please by patient as we receive many applications daily. If you have any questions, feel free to email info@buddydoghs.org or leave a voicemail at 978-443-6990.


The ideal home described above is based on the knowledge of Buddy Dog’s staff. This list reflects what Buddy Dog staff believe will be necessary for the animals to succeed and be happy in an adoptive home.

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Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about Ruger contact a staff member by emailing info@buddydoghs.org 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 be patient as we receive many applications daily. Online applications can be found here.