Click To Donate


Adoptable Dogs

March 12, 2022


More articles by »
Written by: Bob Guere

Buford is the kind of dog Marley’s Mutts was created to help. His size, breed and incarceration made him virtually unadoptable. He would have been euthanized had we not stepped up for him.  MM started out as me bringing dogs like Buford home from the shelter and rehabilitating them one or two at a time. What was an “I” has become a powerful “WE” which in this case includes Tamara and her wonderful husband. This foster family brought Buford in to their home, straight from the shelter, and would not accept defeat although most would have surrendered.

Buford is a 2 year old, 107 pound American Bulldog, which means he is very powerful and potentially dangerous. Dogs like Buford who have been incarcerated for long periods of time are unpredictable, scared and require tremendous vigilance and tact. Things did not start well but Tamara rolled with the punches and, with the help of our trainer Lisa Porter, were able to kiss the dragon on the nose and help him face his fears. Buford is now 100% assimilated into her family, which includes children and several dogs, and is awaiting his destiny. However, that required setting strong boundaries that included a separation period from the kids while Buford adapted to the environment, and slowly introducing them over a few days and letting Buford know that excitement was NOT going to be tolerated around children or smaller dogs. He is only allowed to interact while relaxed. We are not comfortable at this time adopting him out to a family with children or smaller dogs at this time unless they are willing to do a few training sessions first to establish boundaries and prove that they can handle our big boy. He deserves that, he has been moved around enough and we want his next move to be his last.

Few dogs have a visage that commands respect like Buford does, he is just impressive. Being 100+ pounds, he is controllable on a leash if handled correctly but takes a strong, calm and assertive leader to show him that he can relax and let his handler take over. If you are interested in adopting Buford, please fill out an application below. We will consider immediate adoption without mandatory training sessions if you have no children or small dogs in your home.

Buford Adoption Application
  • Marley’s Mutts is a 501(c)3 Non Profit Organization. Marley’s Mutts rescues animals who have been abused as we as animals who are just in need of a caring permanent home. Under California Penal Code §597 (§597A, §597I, §597T, and §599A); Cruelty to animals is punishable as a misdemeanor, a felony, or by a fine of not more thank twenty thousand dollars ($20,000). The following Questions are very important because it helps us ensure that you and the dog remain safe and happy. Please answer all the questions honestly. This information will only be used to find the best match for you and your family.

    Please note:

    Filling out an adoption application does NOT mean you will be adopting the dog you are considering.

    Due to the high volume of applications we will only be able to respond to those who have been selected to adopt.

    We will review all applications and pick the right family for the right dog.

    Incomplete forms will be discarded and not reviewed.





Ziva is one of the puppies recently rescued from the high desert. Her mom was feral and being the best mom she could. All six puppies have been brought into foster homes and are learning how to be pets. She loves the company if...
by Aileen Barker



Ranger is an 8mo old male red Merle cattle dog. He is very sweet and fairly mellow. He does well with children and enjoys playing with other dogs. He behaves excellent on leash and loves to climb in your lap for cuddles. He was...
by Aileen Barker



Phoebe is one of the puppies recently rescued from the high desert. Her mom was feral and being the best mom she could. All six puppies have been brought into foster homes and are learning how to be pets. She loves the company ...
by Aileen Barker




Leo is one of the pups rescued from the desert that belonged to a feral mama dog. He is adjusting well to life with people and other pets and is learning to love attention. His breed is 100% mutt but most likely some Combinatio...
by Aileen Barker



Isn’t Alvin just the cutest scruffy guy you have ever seen!!?!? This pup is a 2yr old male terrier and is just waiting to bury his head in your lap. Within a few days of being bailed out of the shelter he has already show...
by Aileen Barker



Riley is a handsome 3yr old spaniel mix. He is the perfect size little dog that can handle being a running buddy and also cuddle up on your lap afterwards. He was pulled from the local county shelter and is nearly ready for ado...
by Aileen Barker



Be the first to comment!

You must be logged in to post a comment.