Buster

Sex: Male

Breed: Poodle/Terrier x

Age: 3 years old


Let’s just say this adorable little guy is complicated. Buster comes by his name naturally. He’s going to have very specific needs and many adoptive homes won’t be the right fit for him. His looks, because let’s face it he’s super cute, will draw people in. But he needs the right home and family to have a successful adoption placement.


Getting back to the complicated...Buster will bite you if he’s pushed too hard and he doesn’t know you. He needs time to decompress with new people and needs to be allowed the time to trust. This is not what most people want or expect in a dog and many adopters are not equipped to manage this. Most people want instantly friendly and instantly happy go lucky. This is not Buster. But if he’s given the time to feel safe he’s is so much fun and very happy and playful.


What Buster needs is a home that allows him to decompress and adjust at his speed. He needs a home that doesn’t push social interaction before he’s ready. This process could take several weeks. Once he trusts you he’s great but will still exhibit trust issues and protectiveness around strangers. Buster can not live in a home with children. No exceptions. Children would have a difficult time reading his body language and would likely force interactions causing Buster to lash out. He would do best in a child free home. He has done well with some female dogs but would need proper introductions to ensure compatibility. Buster is not hypoallergenic and does shed.

We are taking our time with Buster’s placement as placing him isn’t the #1 priority unless the placement is the right match. He’s much too sensitive to be bounced around from home to home if a placement doesn’t work out as we don’t want him to regress from the progress he’s made with us so far.

I know how eager families are to adopt but with some dogs the process just takes longer. We really want Buster to have that perfect fit. If you feel you can be the strong, consistent pack leader Buster needs apply today


Here’s what you need to know about adopting a cat or dog from Marley's Mutts:

  • Each adoptable pet will be introduced on Facebook

  • Each pet will have its own profile here on the website

  • All pets will be spayed or neutered

  • All pets will be micro-chipped and shots will be up-to-date

  • Each pet has their own application to complete—make sure you use the right one (linked from their bio)

It’s important to us that each pet goes not just to a great home but to the “right” home. Our foster parents work with each pet to get to know them and their needs.


We try hard to list all of the pertinent info about each pet on the site so you can choose the pet that will fit with your family/lifestyle. If you don’t see a specific pet on the site, he/she is not ready for adoption. Please be patient and wait until the bio is listed. We don’t decide on a “first come, first served” basis but rather on a “who’s the very best fit.” So, don’t panic.


It’s not a quick process. We receive dozens of applications for each pet so please be patient. If you’re shortlisted you’ll be contacted as soon as possible.


If selected to meet one of our pets and you currently have pets, you’ll be asked to do an in-person pet intro; we don’t do the long-distance adoption thing. If you live out of town, plan a fun road trip to meet the pet in person.


Don’t be discouraged if your application is not selected. Remember, we get a lot of them! Trust us, the best fit for you is coming.


If you’re lucky and you do adopt a super amazing pet from Marley’s Mutts, don’t ever hesitate to reach out to us for training, medication, or behavior questions. We’re here for you, and your pet.


ADOPTION APPLICATION