Spanky - Staffordshire Bull Terrier / Mixed (short coat) Dog For Adoption
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mix Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA

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Organization Name: Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County
Location: Lovingston, VA 22949


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Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mix
Gender: Male Male
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Spanky

Age: Adult
Color/Markings: Brindle
Size at Maturity: Medium
Availability Date: 01/27/2017
Location: Lovingston, VA 22949
Tags: Staffordshire Bull Terrier Mix Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA
Physical Attributes
Coat Length Short
Altered Yes
Behavioral Characteristics
OK with Kids No
OK with Dogs No
OK with Cats No
Other
Additional Information
Was the Dog Found No
Other
  • Up-to-date on Vaccinations

Posted Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier / Mixed (short coat). Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722 Email: pets@nelsonspca.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home. featured on “The Bark” Magazine’s website BECAUSE of his smile! UPDATE: Nov 29, 2016 Before you even read this, please WATCH SPANKY’S NEW VIDEO so you’ll be able to picture some of the things you’ll read about here. Spanky is one of the smartest dogs we have. He can twirl to the left, twirl to the right, and jump through hoops—literally! And he is now learning to weave through walking legs!!! He loves working with our dog trainer Sigrid, and when it is just he and she in a room, he responds to her every request. They are good friends. Spanky IS a “trickster” and an “athlete” and he needs a person who will love him to pieces and admire him as they teach him new things. He loves to please the people he loves. Just LOOK AT HIM! He is a VERY CUDDLY young man, very happy to fall asleep next to you as you pet his tight little belly. He’s even happier to install his heavy little body ON your lap. Spanky, a 3 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier that weighs 46 pounds, came to us just out his puppy stage after a VERY COLD winter. He and his dog brother and sister had been confined outdoors, neglected, and his brother actually FROZE to death! When Spanky and his sister arrived at our shelter they were SO HAPPY to get here. His sister, not as shy as Spanky, was adopted soon after we got her. Spanky, built like a stout little fire plug (he needs to lose a few pounds), wears a tight fitting, easy maintenance, soft BLUE BRINDLE coat over his well-muscled body and when he gets his 45 pounds in true strut mode, people stop to admire him and hearts flutter. No one has ever seen a dog that looks like him! He can run like the wind when he wants to, but he isn’t a high energy dog. Because he’s been here for two years now, he’s become the mascot of our shelter. With this smile, he makes a good “front man” too. He was even featured on “The Bark” Magazine’s website BECAUSE of his smile! - Spanky is SHORT, SQUAT, and he LOVES the people that he knows (though he is shy around new people). - Spanky prefers not to be around small children, strangers, or noisy, chaotic situations or things. - He rarely barks and is a nice, portable size. - He walks well on a leash, sits for treats, and accepts them with a very soft mouth. - He LOVES belly-rubs and pretty much any type of affection you want to give him. - He knows and responds to many commands: DOWN, WAIT, SIT, TWIRL TO THE RIGHT, TWIRL TO THE LEFT, CATCH, LEAVE-IT, and he’s learning new words all the time. - He loves working with Sigrid, our resident dog trainer, and responds very well to her consistent ways because he loves her and wants to please her! - He is “a favorite” of nearly all of our “dog walkers” and he easily wins the hearts of all who know him. - He is VERY CLEAN in his room…an indication that he’d be very easy to house train. - If you sit on his bed with him, he’ll invite you to play with him and if you don’t, he’ll lay down next to you and cuddle in close for affection. - Even though Spanky is shy around strangers, he moved right in for some good ole affection from Santa! He attempted to kiss Santa a few times, standing tall on his tippy-toes to get within kissing range. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are a wonderful, unique, smart and loving breed of dog. Spanky’s “forever home” hasn’t yet found him but THAT is only because he is waiting for a smart person like YOU (who knows and loves bully breed type doges) to discover him. Whoever is lucky enough to adopt this little, loyal, fun, smart guy is going to have a lot of fun with him. He will study you closely to see if he can figure out what you want him to do because he is going to want to please you to the moon and back. That is just the kind of dog he is. Spanky is not a fan of most other dogs either—he’s afraid of them. He wants and needs to be someone’s own personal “show man” and lap dog and he would probably do best as an only pet in a home where children don’t visit. You can arrange to meet Spanky and spend some quality time with him, by calling our shelter and MAKING AN APPOINTMENT to do so. If you do meet him, you’ll be VERY IMPRESSED by the little guy and the way he struts his stuff. He could NOT be any cuter! Please allow us to introduce you to this fabulous, though sometimes shy, cuddle dog! Our dog trainer Sigrid is a person you must talk with if you are interested in this wonderful dog. Fonda, at rockfishkayaker@aol.com can also answer some of your questions. NOT GOOD WITH DOGS. NOT GOOD WITH KIDS. VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org

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    • Mutt Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA

      Henry

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      Breed: Mutt
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Lovingston, VA
      Posted Breed: Hound / Mixed (short coat). Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722 Email: pets@nelsonspca.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home. ARRIVED SICK & EMACIATED! LOVES OTHER DOGS!!! UPDATE 1/2/17: Henry is off to a GREAT NEW START in 2017—thanks to all of us and YOU who have been contributing to his Help to Heal Fund! He has improved so much since we got him on 11/20/16. (He was found by the side of a road by two women passing by in their car.) He came to us emaciated and very sick with Lyme, Ehrlichia, hookworms, and whip worms. His boney ribs, under belly, and butt were completely naked of hair (see attached photo) and large clumps of hair were missing from other parts of his body too. He was an ASPCA TV commercial! We are so thankful to have Henry; had we not gotten him when we did, he would have frozen to death, or died of starvation and disease by now. For sure! Henry is a tri-color Hound who weighed 44 pounds when we got him and weighs 54 pounds now. He seems to be about 2 ½ years old and he was a very sweet dog from day one. One GREAT and very healthy thing Henry arrived WITH (in his bag of tricks) was his LOVE of other dogs and his comfort (and playfulness) around them. Even though he was very sick at the time, he would go up to other dogs at the shelter, kiss them through the fence, prancing and play bowing to join in their play. To see him do this was wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time. He was so sick and skinny, and yet there was “a playful little dog” inside him. After top notch medical care (paid for by some of YOU through our Help to Heal Fund!) cured his illnesses, he was neutered. And then we let the “games begin” by giving Henry the freedom to play with other dogs. He LOVED it, his doggie playmates loved it, and so did we. His antics continually make us laugh. He is such a happy dog now that he has moved in with Brent and, as you can see in one of these photos, they are best buddies—sometimes sharing the same bed even though there are two beds in their room. (Henry is the dog on the right. This photo was taken by Lish while she was petting them both at the same time as they relaxed and fell asleep!) Brent is a bit more shy than Henry, but when Henry lets someone pet him, Brent will let that person pet him too. Even though shy, Henry is “mentoring Brent” in the ways of accepting human affection. It still does take Henry a while to warm up to new people because he is a SMART dog, but he is never vicious. His shyness, a result of his past, is something he can’t tell us anything about. He is a sweet, gentle soul that has very well tolerated all of the medical prodding and poking he has received lately. And…he has even kissed a couple of us very gently on the nose. He also will put his paw on a couple of us asking for “more affection, please.” So very sweet. Our small “dog therapy group” (Lish, Jodie, and Flower) has been working with Henry for a few hours each week and will be happy to personally show you how he has grown to trust us. He has all the makings of being someone’s very beloved pet. Henry’s new home MUST HAVE: another dog or two, a securely fenced yard (in a quiet community), and loving, patient adults who want to make a difference in the life of an ASPCA commercial dog. We will keep his webpage current so you can admire him and witness, first hand, what appropriate medical care, nutritious food, and “hands on love” can do when it comes to helping the neediest dogs. HENRY IS GOOD WITH DOGS. VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • Labrador Retriever-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA

      Abigal

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      Breed: Labrador Retriever-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: Lovingston, VA
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever / Hound / Mixed (short coat). Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722 Email: pets@nelsonspca.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home. THIS LITTLE GIRL IS ADORABLE!!! READ HER STORY! UPDATE 2/17/17: Abigail, a petite little mutt, is a diamond in the rough—that is CERTAIN! She seems to be a Labrador/Hound (mix), but your guess is as good as ours. (The hair on her ears is a bit long and wispy—like a Lab’s ears.) We think she is about 5 years old and she weighs 40 pounds. She came to us on 1/11/17 as an unclaimed stray from Animal Control. HER STORY: Abigail arrived dirty and missing little chunks from both of her very soft ears. Her toe nails were very long, she had an ear infection, and looked like she’d birthed many litters of puppies. The tops of her forepaws were purple and hairless and some of her front teeth were broken! When she was spayed, her ears were deeply cleaned, and 14 of her front teeth were removed. (They indicated she may have broken them trying (for years?) to chew her way out of a crate or fenced enclosure. So sad! She has no trouble eating kibble though—that is for sure! Her cream colored, very soft coat is stained (for now) but we have faith that in time, it will turn the luxurious color it was grown to be. It is NOT her fault that it looks a little bit dingy right now—so please don’t hold that against her. She just NEEDS A CHANCE to live her best life and LOOK her BEST too! Her spirit is pure, sweet, bright and gentle. She wags her tail all the time because she knows we value her. She loves NOT being pregnant or tightly confined anymore. Finally, her trials and tribulations are over!!! ABIGAIL’S MANY WONDERFUL TRAITS: - is a low energy dog that is VERY EASY to be around and she is very good on a leash too. - is very clean in her room (an indication she’d be easy to house train) - isn’t a digger or a climber and she does not destroy her soft bedding or soft toys. - enjoys napping on soft dog beds and hosting human company in her room. - seems interested in getting to know and play with other dogs. - tested very respectful of our Lobby cats when tested this week. - never jumps up on us but she does get real close when she invites us to cuddle with her. - enjoys being loved on by shelter staff and everyone else. We all enjoy teaching Abigail that HER LIFE MATTERS and much better things than being a “confined breeding dog” await her. She is more than ready to thrive in her new life as someone’s VALUED family member and we are going to find that family for her. If you have a big heart and want to help a once needy little gal who is as sweet and easy to be around as Abigail is, don’t delay in coming to meet her. You may contact Flower at 434-361-0190 or ek.gk@verizon.net to learn more too. BETTER PHOTOS WILL FOLLOW SOON. GOOD WITH DOGS. GOOD WITH CATS. GOOD WITH KIDS. VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • Mutt Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA

      Ryan

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      Breed: Mutt
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Lovingston, VA
      Posted Breed: Retriever / Hound / Mixed (short coat). Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722 Email: pets@nelsonspca.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home. GENTLE DOG...JUST WANTS MORE LOVE! VIDEO!!! UPDATE 2/19/17: Ryan is one of the dogs from the Christmas Eve “neglect case.” We LOVE HIM to pieces. Just LOOK at his face! Ryan appears to be a Retriever/Hound (mix), about 7 years old and weighing 58 pounds. He wears the softest coat of anyone here. Words written by photographer Denise yesterday: “His head shots are dead ringers for Golden Retrievers; the square head, the ear set, the eyes. And his coat is VERY SOFT and SILKY—all Retriever too. I love this boy. He is a perfect example of the resiliency, and forgiveness in dogs. After all he has been through, he has nothing but love and happiness to give.” Ryan is a very kind soul and loves to give gentle hugs. He’s been through so much and is truly enjoying his time out of captivity. He wears his happiness from his nose to his tail. And he loves prancing around on our grassy yards and feeling the sun on his face. Can you imagine how happy he will be when he is adopted and living the good life as someone’s valued family member? Ryan is good on a leash but he HATES CATS, so if you have cats Ryan is not the dog for you. Ryan has been vetted, neutered, and 17 teeth were pulled. But he has NO TROUBLE eating—that is for sure. Please come and meet him and the rest of the neglect case dogs. You will not believe how sweet and wonderful they all are. Read their story below and know that YOU could help one of them achieve everything on their bucket list. So far their lives have consisted of being confined together in one room or under one porch; NO other experiences at all! Ryan’s story: In Dec 2016, 11 severely neglected dogs were seized from a home. Some were living confined outside without shelter, and some were living in rooms with feces inches deep on the floor. None had ever walked on grass or been to a vet. Some had toe nails several inches long, growing into their foot pads. And yet, all of the dogs are very friendly. We had vetted them well, removed some lumps from their bodies, and got them full dental exams. (Helping these dogs is an expensive undertaking, but it is what we do. Please consider donating to their HELP TO HEAL FUND by ear marking your donations for the “Christmas Eve Dogs.”) PLEASE consider adopting and/or fostering one of these dogs and giving them their best life ever. Their buckets lists are short: they each NEED a calm, loving, adult home, in a quiet neighborhood, with a securely fenced yard, and maybe another dog that can teach them “the routine” in your home and help them feel secure and safe. GOOD WITH DOGS. HATES CATS. VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • Mutt Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA

      Boomer

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      Breed: Mutt
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Lovingston, VA
      Posted Breed: Hound / Mixed (short coat). Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722 Email: pets@nelsonspca.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home. ONE OF THE SWEETEST, MOST MELLOW & POLITE DOGS WE HAVE!!! UPDATE 2/17/17: Boomer is a sweet, mellow, polite dog. A starving stray from Animal Control, he weighed only 37 pounds when we got him on 12/15/16. He is a tri-color Hound mix, about 2½ years old, who weighs 47 pounds now. He wears a very soft, easy maintenance coat that tends to stay clean and doesn’t shed obnoxiously. And he is a GREAT DOG to hang around with! Easy. Boomer recently moved into a home on a trial basis to see if the little Beagle that lived there would like him as her very own playmate. At first she was a bit overwhelmed by his exuberant invitations to play but after three days they were playing to the point of exhaustion. The family loved Boomer but is still considering whether or not they want a second dog. His foster mom summarized their 5 days with Boomer by noting his many EXCELLENT TRAITS below. He: - is a well behaved, sweet boy with good house manners. - doesn't jump up on people or furniture and doesn't bark while inside the house. - let them know when he needed to go out to potty; didn’t have a single accident inside their home. - was content in a crate during the 4 hours they crated him daily; he didn’t whine or try to get out. - is very playful and curious outside; could keep himself entertained for a long time with only a ball. - does not destroy soft toys, blankets, or dog beds. Is respectful of his (and your) things. - loves to eat! The made sure he couldn’t get to food on tables or counters because he would try. - is VERY GOOD on a leash and LOVES to play with other dogs. - tested GOOD WITH CATS too. He was very respectful of our Lobby cats that like dogs and he was interested in making friends with them. - is just as happy snoozing on the couch as he is running around inside a fenced in yard. - hasn’t had any formal training but he is a smart dog and eager to please. Boomer is a little gentleman, all set to be someone’s beloved “House Hound.” He loves receiving affection and has discovered “belly rubs” and “butt rubs” are especially nice. He’s gentle, soft, cuddly and VERY responsive to personal attention. We love to play with him out in the big yard, as he runs like a gazelle, his long, gangly legs propelling him onward. He walks, prances, and high steps, taking regular breaks to check in with us. He likes to sniff around but MORE than that he loves hanging around with people. He comes to us every time we call him. He is even GOOD on a leash. Hounds make GREAT and very appreciative house dogs and Boomer can’t wait until he is finally in a home with people who will care for him and love on him. Cozying up on something soft with his very own family nearby would warm his heart in so many ways. If you come to meet him, ask staff if you can go out in the BIG YARD with him and personally witness how much fun he is to hang around with. If you want to learn more about Boomer contact Flower and Ed at ek.gk@verizon.net or 434-361-0190. BETTER PHOTOS WILL FOLLOW. GOOD WITH DOGS. GOOD WITH CATS. GOOD WITH KIDS. VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • English Foxhound-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA

      Brent

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      Breed: English Foxhound-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Lovingston, VA
      Posted Breed: Foxhound / Mixed (short coat). Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722 Email: pets@nelsonspca.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home. VERY SWEET! A LITTLE SHY! LOVES OTHER DOGS!!! UPDATE 1/2/17: Brent came to us on 8/9/16. He is about 2 years old, weighs 50 pounds, and seems to be a Foxhound (mix). He LOVES DOGS but is very shy around new people. He has an adorable face but it is easy to see the worry behind his gentle brown eyes. We can’t imagine why he is as tentative and shy as he is but he doesn’t seem to have a mean bone in his body. Brent loves the shelter staff though. He especially perks up and has a great time when Scott goes in to clean Brent’s room first thing in the morning. Scott has loved on Brent from day one and Brent trusts and loves Scott 100%. Brent also loves all of the roommates he has had since he arrived. (Vixie just got adopted, his next roommate Cindy Lou left the shelter last week, and Brent’s new roommate is Henry. Brent and Henry love each other and these two boys are having so much fun together. Henry is even teaching Brent that accepting human love is an okay and safe thing to do! (Brent is the dog on the left hand side of the photo of the two dogs on the bed together.) In the past few weeks, our “dog therapy group” (Lish, Jodie, and Flower), have been working with him on a regular basis. We use tiny bits of cheese, hot dogs, chicken, and other delicious things to entice him to come to us. When he sees us coming now, his tail wags in total happiness at the sight of us and he smiles a big smile, but he is still shy about actually running up to us immediately. He has started to take treats directly from our hands though. He is even starting to enjoy leashed walks. When he is on leash, he has no choice but to let us pet him, and he seems to be enjoying it now. He also lets us pet him in his room. Both Brent and his new roommate Henry are very clean in their room, and we think they would be easy to house train if their person enabled them to get outside often enough to be. Brent’s NEEDS: From what we can tell, Brent would do best in a calm adult home, with a securely fenced yard and another dog or two to keep him company and help him with his self-confidence. He also needs people willing to give him the time he needs to learn how to relax in their environment. A home without children would be best, because if a child left a gate or door open and he escaped, it might be nearly impossible to get him to come back home at this stage of his trust level. GOOD WITH DOGS. VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA

      Merle

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      Breed: Unknown Mix
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Lovingston, VA
      Posted Breed: Coonhound (short coat). Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722 Email: pets@nelsonspca.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home. EVERYONE AT THE SHELTER LOVES THIS DOG!!! UPDATE 2/17/17: BE STILL, MY HEART! Merle is a very handsome, thin, Black and Tan Hound that seems to be around 3 years old and weighs 55 pounds. He needs to gain about 10 more pounds. He came to us about 2 weeks ago as an unclaimed, starving stray from Animal Control. His very long “leathers” (his ears) are as soft as velvet. He loves sleeping on his cozy bed and can curl his long legs up under him so tightly he appears to be a tiny little ball of fur. He is very food motivated and LOVES being fed on a regular basis. He accepts treats with a very gentle mouth and he loves people. He is clean in his room and doesn’t tear up his cozy blankets. He seems to like other dogs and even cats too. All of us who know Merle are totally in love with him. He is a big, long legged, very gentle boy who loves to hug and kiss us. When he stands tall to present his hugs, he doesn’t jump up wildly and ricochet off of us—he merely eases himself slowly up and goes in for the cuddle. His fur is so silky and soft and his kind brown eyes are so pleadingly tender, it is hard to say no to him. But we are teaching him that his paws on peoples shoulders is not acceptable behavior, so we gently back him off of us and cuddle him when all four of his feet are back on the ground. We would love to cuddle him all day (and he would LOVE THAT) but we have to get back to work. Our dog trainer Sigrid tested Merle with cats yesterday and reported: He was more interested in the cat food than he was the cats. A couple of cats walked up to him and he moved away from them. He was respectful of them and didn’t seem to care about them at all. She reminded that like many dogs, he might chase a running cat (in play) but added that he didn’t seem like a cat killer at all. Merle isn’t very good on a leash yet (he can pull hard) but we are working on that. He has probably never been leash walked before, so it isn’t his fault he pulls to go faster. When off leash out in the big yard with us, he runs and plays and comes when called because he thinks it is really cool to hang around with people. He needs an active family and possibly someone to take him jogging with them. Merle reminds us of two other great big hounds we recently had that everyone fell in love with: Houndsworth and Bobby. Houndsworth and Bobby have great homes now, but Merle is new to our shelter and still available to be your very own “house hound” and love bug. Don’t delay. Merle is ready, willing, and able to love on you NOW. BETTER PHOTOS WILL FOLLOW. GOOD WITH DOGS. GOOD WITH CATS. GOOD WITH KIDS. VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • Collie-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA

      Erin

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      Breed: Collie-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Senior
      Location: Lovingston, VA
      Posted Breed: Shepherd / Collie / Mixed (short coat). Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722 Email: pets@nelsonspca.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home. SEIZED IN A NEGLECT CASE! DONATIONS NEEDED FOR HELP TO HEAL FUND! UPDATE 2/17/17: Erin came to us the day before Christmas Eve. She is a sweet, middle aged dog and life hasn’t been fair to her. She WANTS to trust people but she is a bit shy at first. Seized in a neglect case, Erin is one of 11 dogs found severely neglected at a home not far from here. She appears to be a Shepherd/Collie (mix) who is about 8 years old and weighs about 60 pounds. Jodie of our dog therapy group has been working with Erin on a regular basis. Yesterday, Jodie wrote: “Erin is our little bandage Houdini but she is really coming around. (Erin had several lumps removed recently and she is very good at working the bandages off!). She was so afraid when she first arrived and would pace in her room, doing what she could to avoid people. Now she wags her tail and is happy when I come in her room, even though I have wrapped her in many a bandage. She is happy on her walks and engages with people now. This is a big transition for her! Erin is very good on a leash and happy to spend time being loved on. She does not jump up on people and she is gentle. Erin has gained confidence during her time here and she is much more trusting now.” Erin still has a little way to go in regard to trusting everyone, but she is on her way. A little gray in the muzzle, her eyes clouded over a little bit, she has a heart of gold; she just doesn’t know what to do with it! The floor of her room stays very clean because she asks to go outside to potty. She is very well behaved and accepts treats with a very gentle mouth. She has all the makings of being a very beloved family member. All she needs is the chance to show you that she could be. SHE DESERVES TO KNOW TRUE LOVE AND JOY BEFORE SHE LEAVES THIS PLANET SOMEDAY! Please consider blessing the rest of her days (even years probably) with your love. This neglect case story: In December, 11 dogs were seized from a home where they had been severely neglected for years (but had been given food and water). Some were living outside without shelter, and some inside rooms with deep feces on the floor. None had ever walked on grass or been to a vet. Their nails were several inches long and some were growing into their pads. All of the dogs are very friendly. We are now working to vet them well, do complete sets of blood work on them, remove some of the lumps on their bodies, and get them full dental exams. (Helping these dogs is an expensive undertaking, but it is what we do. Please consider donating to their HELP TO HEAL FUND by ear marking your donations for the “Christmas Eve Dogs.”) PLEASE consider adopting and/or fostering one of these dogs and giving them their best life ever. Their buckets lists are short: they each NEED a calm, loving, adult home, in a quiet neighborhood, with a securely fenced yard, and maybe another dog that can teach them “the routine” in your home and help them feel secure and safe. GOOD WITH DOGS VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • Mutt Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA

      LLoyd

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      Breed: Mutt
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Senior
      Location: Lovingston, VA
      Posted Breed: Shepherd / Mixed (short coat). Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722 Email: pets@nelsonspca.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home. VIDEO! PLEASE READ THIS WRITE-UP!!! UPDATE 2/14/17: Seized in a neglect case, Lloyd is one of 11 dogs found severely neglected at a home not far from here. He appears to be a Shepherd (mix) approximately 10+ years old, and weighs 40 pounds. This sweet little fella is blinded by cataracts and his once dry skin is looking better all the time. He loved and trusted his dog friend Larry (who acted as Lloyd’s seeing eyes) but Larry became very ill and died in January. His death was heartbreaking for many reasons. Lloyd missed him at first, and we worried that Lloyd might need another “seeing eye dog” right away, but Lloyd is resilient and adjusted to being on his own very well. We ALL pamper him and love on him all the time (he is VERY EASY to be around) and Lloyd clearly enjoys his time with us. Jodie of our dog therapy group visits him often and yesterday wrote: “Lloyd is a love! He loves attention, treats, and body rubs. He also enjoys supervised walks in the grass where he can safely take in the smells and sensations of fresh air. He is blind but amazingly capable.” We are SO HAPPY that once Lloyd sniffs us and knows we are someone he trusts, he will go out on short leashed excursions with us to places where he can sniff the grass and feel the sun on his body. Most dogs have been able to do these two things all their lives, but not sweet Lloyd. It is “his turn now” and we are so happy to be able to introduce him to soft grass and warm sunlight. Now that Lloyd is comfortable in his room, he easily finds his way to his food, beds and water bowl. He comes when called and enjoys being petted and having his butt scratched. If his new home didn’t have another dog, but used love and patience to guide Lloyd, we think he would be okay as an only dog. He is very sweet, polite, and accepts treats with a very gentle mouth. He loves sleeping on soft dog beds and never destroys his blankets. Better photos of Lloyd will follow soon too. (WATCH HIS VIDEO) This neglect case story: In December, 11 dogs were seized from a home where they had been severely neglected for years (but had been given food and water). Some were living outside without shelter, and some were living in rooms with inches of feces on the floor. None had ever walked on grass or been to a vet. Their nails were several inches long and some were growing into their pads. All of the dogs are very friendly. They have now all been vetted well and had full dental exams. (Helping these dogs is an expensive undertaking, but it is what we do. Please consider donating to their HELP TO HEAL FUND by ear marking your donations for the “Christmas Eve Dogs.”) PLEASE consider adopting and/or fostering one of these dogs and giving them their best life ever. Their buckets lists are short: they each NEED a calm, loving, adult home, in a quiet neighborhood, with a securely fenced yard, and maybe another dog that can teach them “the routine” in your home and help them feel secure and safe. GOOD WITH DOGS VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • Mutt Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA

      Lucky

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      rescue
      Breed: Mutt
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Lovingston, VA
      Posted Breed: Shepherd / Mixed (short coat). Please contact Astrid (astrid_brock@yahoo.com), (804) 761-1386 for more information about this pet. Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722 Email: pets@nelsonspca.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home. CHAINED TO A TREE FOR 7 YEARS!!! LOVES BEING WITH PEOPLE! VIDEO UPDATE: 1/1/17 Lucky is 8 years old (born May 28, 2008) and weighs 50 pounds. He looks like an elegant cross between a black panther and a cape hunting dog, with the soft eyes of a sweet hound. He came to us in July 2015, after spending his ENTIRE LIFE since puppyhood at the end of a chain. His body was like a skeleton when seized by Animal Control. He is valued by us and appropriately cared for now, but still waits for his own person. Lucky’s needs are simple: a calm, loving, home in a quiet location and someone to just be with. When his person has to run errands, he will be satisfied to wait in his crate with a good bone. He prefers to be the only pet (he does not like other dogs), because he doesn't understand other animals and they make him anxious. HIS STORY: Because he had extremely limited space while chained to a tree for 7 years, sometimes his muscle-memory takes over during stressful moments causing him to pace. He ONLY barks and paces for human attention when he hears humans nearby and cannot be with them. Lucky is not destructive when left alone. Being with people relaxes him and so does the background noise of a television. He is an ideal and cozy couch potato. Lucky delights in the people he knows, enjoys training, accepts treats with a gentle mouth, and has fun moseying around a big yard with people by his side. After 7 years of being ignored, freezing, and starving, he loves to feel special. Our volunteer Astrid has taken Lucky under her wings, and they are best friends. He spends weekends having sleepovers at her home, and she takes him on lots of car trips that he loves. Astrid is at the shelter most Sunday afternoons and can personally introduce you to him and tell you all about his good behavior and excellent house manners. I (Flower) am one of his good friends too, and he and I spend a lot of time hanging out together in the big yard, loving on each other. Not touched for 7 years, Lucky is now a leaner and really enjoys being petted and having his butt scratched. He has so many GREAT qualities. He: - is good on a leash, is not a climber or a digger, and he loves riding in the car! - has very good house manners and has never shown any interest in marking inside. - is crate trained (but shouldn’t have to spend much time inside a crate). - isn’t destructive with blanket in his crate and doesn't shred blankets or soft things in Astrid’s home. - knows the commands “sit” “down” “leave-it” “let’s walk” “off” “wait.” - can entertain himself for hours if you give him a Kong stuffed with delicious, meaty treats and then frozen. - only barks when he is confined away from nearby human action and voices. We have had several professional evaluations done on him and will happily share those with anyone who would like to read them. Please don't let life continue to pass him by, he needs someone to love him and include him in their everyday lives. PLEASE allow Lucky to bless you with the knowledge that YOU can make his life worth living! YOU have the power to turn him into one of the luckiest dogs in the world, and if you adopt him, he’s sure to be your most loyal dog ever. Lucky continues to make strides, has expanded his circle of friends, and is pacing less. His wise eyes seem to acknowledge that this new year will be the one—he’ll find that unique person to take him home. Won't you PLEASE be the one that makes that happen. NOT GOOD WITH DOGS. NOT GOOD WITH CATS. NOT GOOD WITH KIDS. VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • Mutt Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA

      Crosby

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      rescue
      Breed: Mutt
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Lovingston, VA
      Posted Breed: Hound (short coat). Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County ALMOST HOME 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949 434 263-7722 Email: pets@nelsonspca.org IMPORTANT!!! PLEASE READ All animals are located at Almost Home at the above address with the following exceptions... (PSP) indicates they are located at Pets Supplies Plus, Charlottesville, VA; (FC=initials) indicates animal is living in Foster Care not at our shelter; Courtesy Postings - see bio for contact information as animals do not belong to Almost Home. CUTEST "SUGAR FACE"! MILD MANNERED!!! UPDATE 1/4/17: Crosby is a Hound (mix), about 9 years old and weighs 54 pounds. He has the CUTEST “sugar face”—like a giant Beagle. He came to us on 12/6/16 as an unclaimed stray from Animal Control and we are happy to have him and be able to keep him warm and cozy this winter. Because of his age, we did full blood work on him. He tested positive for Lyme and ehrlichia, which has probably caused him to be a little anemic, but other than that his blood work looks great! Crosby is a little gray love bug; a debonair southern gentleman, for sure. So respectful, mellow, and easy to be around. Everyone who meets him falls in love with him! He has become a favorite dog of our small “dog therapy group” that meets a few times each week to love on the dogs. His best friend, Jodie, will be happy to tell you more about him if you like. She is TOTALLY SMITTEN with him. Crosby: - is VERY CLEAN in his room and goes potty immediately when he goes outside (meaning he should be easy to house train) - is mild mannered and gentle—very easy to be around. - does not jump up on his visitors and accepts treats with a very gentle mouth. - is very good on a leash—so easy to walk with. - loves sleeping curled up on his soft blanket on his bed. - does not destroy his bedding or soft toys. - barks only when he sees his favorite people and wants them to NOTICE HIM and visit him. Even though Crosby may be a bit older than most of our other dogs, he is a very jolly soul and he still has a little spring in his step. He deserves to be coddled and cherished for the rest of his life. He would love for you to fall in love with him so he could love you back. We don’t know his history but we DO KNOW his life got a lot better when he moved in with us and it will get EVEN BETTER when his “forever family” finds him. GOOD WITH DOGS. (BETTER PHOTOS WILL FOLLOW) VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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