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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(434) 263-7722


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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: 12/09/2016
Location: Lovingston, VA 22949
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Physical Attributes
Coat Length Short
Altered Yes
Behavioral Characteristics
OK with Kids No
OK with Dogs No
OK with Cats No
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Was the Dog Found No
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  • 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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    • Pointer-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA

      Vixie (aka M...

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      Breed: Pointer-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: Lovingston, VA
      Posted Breed: Hound / Pointer / Mixed (short coat). Please contact Flower & Ed (ek.gk@verizon.net), (434) 361-0190 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. FANTASTIC with OTHER DOGS, CATS, KIDS, and BASICALLY EVERYTHING!!! Video! UPDATE 12/1/16: Vixie seems to be a beautiful lemon and white Hound/Pointer mix, but your guess is as good as ours. She is about 3 years old and weighs 55 pounds. She has beautiful, long legs, and a long thin tail. She came to us as a stray in January 2016, afraid of gunshots, fireworks, and loud noises. She was adopted almost immediately, but returned in May 2016 because her family lived in a busy, city neighborhood close to several busy roads and many loud noises that scared her. Vixie created a sport where she dug under their fence and went exploring on her own too, and that was not a good idea in such a busy place. Since she has been back at our shelter she has become a very happy and seemingly social girl. She LOVES everyone and especially loves leashed walks and spending time with Flower out in our very big fenced yard. She has never tried to dig out but we never leave her out there alone. She LOVES hanging around and laying in the sun while Flower loves on her. Vixie’s previous mom helped us put this write-up together and she will be very happy to talk to folks interested in adopting Vixie. (That family had two very small children, another dog, and a cat.) Vixie has MANY GREAT TRAITS. She: - is FANTASTIC with OTHER DOGS, CATS, KIDS, and BASICALLY EVERYTHING. - was extremely good with the family cat. Vixie paid the cat absolutely no attention at all. - even tolerates massive amounts of attention from toddlers—she doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. - is house trained (had a couple of accidents the first 2 days but after that was clean in the home). She is VERY CLEAN in her room here at the shelter too. - did not chew on things inside the home and did not scratch at things either. - wasn’t crated in the house and didn’t need to be (she was very attached to her bed so might like a crate). - has VERY GOOD house manners in general. Vixie and their other dog Copper would stay in the living room (uncrated) when left at home alone. The family closed all doors to ensure they didn’t roam the house and find trouble, but they stayed together, with the cat, without any trouble at all. Vixie usually slept when left home alone. - is independent, enjoys sniffing, and running as she explores. Here at the shelter, she comes when called. - needs a very secure fence to keep her safe (they have a fence but Vixie often dug under it to go exploring). Running an electric ‘small animal wire’ along the bottom of a fence would stop her from digging under, and so would installing an Invisible Fence along the visible fence. - is not a fence climber. - took a while to settle into their home and was a bit reclusive at first, but that was probably because she didn’t know many people and was still unsure about the intentions of her family. Her at our shelter, she has gotten very comfortable in her own skin and is pretty self-confident. We feel she will settle into her next home very quickly. - loves her roommate Brent and he gets his confidence by being with her. They share things nicely. - did not bark in the house but she did bark outside a lot when she scented something, and their next door neighbors complained. She also barks for attention when she wants to be included in things at the shelter. - loves to lounge around outside with people (here at the shelter) and lay in the sun to receive affection. VIXIE NEEDS: - a home in a rural environment, away from the noise of traffic and emergency vehicles, BUT not so rural that she hears gunfire all the time. - a place where her barking when she sees a squirrel or rabbit will not bother close neighbors. - acreage far away from a main road; an Invisible Fence around a large area; OR a large, securely fenced yard with a small animal electric wire under it to prevent her from digging out. “House hounds” make great pets. Vixie will thrive when she finds a home with a nice family that lives in a rural area. If you are interested in her, we can arrange for you to talk to the wonderful family she lived with recently. Contact Flower at 434-361-0190 or ek.gk@verizon.net for more info about her. 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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    • American Foxhound-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA

      Skillet

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      Breed: American Foxhound-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Lovingston, VA
      Posted Breed: American 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. A REAL LOVE BUG! LOVES KIDS!!! UPDATE 11/29/16: Skillet is a tall, handsome American Fox Hound (mix), with great markings and those loveable hound ears. (Dogs like him are winning top prizes in dog shows these days and they make EXCELLENT house dogs.) He is about 3 years old and weighs about 60 pounds (he is working on gaining more weight). He is very friendly and loves affection, almost more than he loves cookies! He and his friend Spencer were stray dogs that no one claimed while they were at Animal Control, so Skillet is with us now—and we are very much enjoying him! (Spencer has already been adopted.) I played with Skillet while a child’s birthday party was happening at the shelter. He was such a happy boy and he really LOVE being around the children. He was standing tall on his hind legs and kissing them through the fence whenever they would come near him. With me, he very gently stood tall to hug and kiss me too. When I told him to get down, he did, as long as I went down to his level and showered him with love. Skillet is a real “love bug” who loves to give hugs and receive kisses. He is very debonair too, and he has the most beautiful and gentle eyes. Skillet loves to go out into the big yard with me and we walk together as we explore. He comes to me for treats and he comes when I call him. He looks beautiful as he runs like the wind, stopping just as he gets to me. (He is learning to “sit” for treats.) He accepts treats with a very gentle mouth and he loves to sit beside me as I brush him and love on him. He also loves to lie in the sun as I pet him. Skillet LOVES being with people more than he likes anything else. “To be included in a good life with his people” is what this sweet boy wants and needs. Take a very good look at him and KNOW that if you and he are a good fit for each other, he could be your very own HOUSE HOUND! (House Hounds are all the rage—just ask anyone who has one. And the American Fox Hound won Best in Show in several breed competitions in 2015 and 2016.) He would do well in a family that had children six years old or older. Even though he loves the little kids too, he could easily “bowl them over” with his love. Good with Dogs 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. HELP TO HEAL FUND DESIGNEE! ARRIVED SICK AND EMACIATED!!! UPDATE 11/29/16: Henry is starting to feel better already. He goes up to other dogs at the shelter, kisses them through the fence, prancing and play bowing to join in their play. To see him do this is wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time. He isn’t strong enough to really go out and play with them yet, but he truly wants to. From the looks of it, he LOVES other dogs. In a few weeks, after he is healthy, stronger, and neutered we will be able to pair him up with a roommate and he will really enjoy that. He is a very sweet boy! UPDATE 11/21/16: Go ahead. Take a look! These photos of a sick and emaciated Henry are hard to look at but the GOOD NEWS is that YOU can help us help him by donating to his “Help to Heal” fund! Henry, a very sweet Hound mix, just arrived our shelter and we are so THANKFUL that we have him. He seems to be about 2 ½ years old and he weighs only 44 pounds. (He needs to gain a lot of weight.) He is an ASPCA TV commercial—that is for sure—but we are going to change all of that because THAT is what we DO! Keep in mind as you look at Henry that these are his “BEFORE” photos and we will be showcasing him in his “AFTER” photos one day in the not too distant future. We are vetting Henry very well; treating him for Lyme, Ehrlichia, hookworms, and whip worms. His extremely thin coat is due to poor nutrition and it will be getting much better because we are feeding him (twice a day) very nutritious vet prescribed Royal Canin Gastrointestinal food that is sure to put a healthy weight on him soon. Henry literally has many bald spots all over his body where his hair has fallen out in clumps. Had we not gotten him, he probably would have frozen to death, or died of starvation, within the next week or two. We won’t have him neutered for about 3 weeks when he is healthier and stronger. HIS STORY: Henry was found by two women who were traveling though Nelson County, saw him, picked him up, and contributed $50.00 to help with his medical care. When his hold time at Animal Control was up, he became our very precious Almost Home family member. Yesterday Lish and I (Flower) spent time in Henry’s room with him, petting him and giving him many tiny bits of delicious treats. Even though he has been a starving dog, he accepted our treats with a mouth so gentle we hardly felt him take them from our hands. He let us touch him everywhere and he even let me clean his ears a little bit. We didn’t force ourselves on him—we just let him know that all of the people he comes in contact with now will be good people who have his best interests at heart. Henry has all the makings of being someone’s very beloved pet and we are getting him all ready to fit that bill. We will update his webpage as he progresses, so stay tuned to watch him turn into a real prince charming. Donations to his “Help to Heal Fund” would be much appreciated too. GOOD WITH DOGS. 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! UPDATE 11/29/16: 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 is very sweet but VERY SHY in his environment here. He has an adorable face but it is easy to see the worry behind his gentle brown eyes. When we visit him in his room, his tail is often between his legs and he keeps a very close eye on us. We can’t imagine why he is as tentative and afraid as he is BUT he doesn’t seem to have a mean bone in his body. Brent loves the shelter staff though. REALLY LOVES THEM. He especially perks up and has a great time when Scott goes in to clean Brent’s room first thing in the morning. We have no idea why “that event” seems to be a moment when Brent can relax, but it is. Brent also enjoys the company of his roommate Vixie/Magnolia very much. He revels in her excitement and trust of things and people. It is easy to see that he wants to have her level of self-confidence. In the past few weeks, his new human friend, Lish, has been visiting him and working with him on a regular basis. She brings him tiny bits of cheese, hot dogs, and other delicious things to entice him to come to her. She lets him make all the moves and it is working. When he sees Lish coming to visit him now, his tail wags in total happiness at the sight of her, as he smiles a big open smile. He is even starting to take treats directly from her hands. He also loves to go on leashed walks with her and on this past Sunday he asked her to walk him around Pine Trail three times and she did. When he is on leash, he lets her pet him a lot too and he even ENJOYS IT! Clearly, they are falling in love with each other as Lish is earning Brent’s trust. Both Brent and his roommate Vixie are very clean in their room. She is house trained and we think Brent would be easy to house train too. He is a really nice dog and we are all working with him to help bring him out of his shell. From what we can tell so far, 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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    • American Pit Bull Terrier-Labrador Retriever Mix Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA

      Arnold

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      Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier-Labrador Retriever Mix
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Lovingston, VA
      Posted Breed: Labrador Retriever / Pit 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. NEW! Better pictures to follow... DEC 3, 2016: This sweet boy we named Arnold was picked up as a stray and not claimed by his family. He is already neutered and knows SIT. He walks well on a leash and he loves to be fussed over and loved on. It is very obvious that he used to belong to SOMEBODY who didn’t come looking for him at Animal Control! Arnold is a happy dog that appears to be a Labrador/Pit (mix). He seems to be about 3 years old and weighs about 50 pounds. These photos were taken at Animal Control but we will have better photos of him soon. As you can see here though, he is handsome and very affectionate. Better photos will follow and we will write more about him as we get to know him. NOTE: All animals are spayed/neutered as soon as practical after arriving at our facility unless there is a medical issue that may cause a delay or they are too young to be spayed/neutered. VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • Bogle Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA

      Cindy Lou Wh...

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      Breed: Bogle
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: Lovingston, VA
      Posted Breed: Beagle / Boxer / 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. LEFT OUTSIDE NEGLECTED! GAINING WEIGHT FAST!!! DEC 3, 2016: My! My! My! This is sweet little Cindy Lou, who is no more than two. She used to belong to a Grinch that left her tied outside and neglected. (You can still see where the rope/chain was around her neck.) She grew from 17 pounds to 23 pounds in just one week and she still needs to gain about 2 or 3 pounds. She appears to be a cute mix of Beagle, Boxer (you can see the Boxer when you look at her mouth) and a little bit of Pit Bull maybe. She’s a short little dog. I (Flower) met her for the first time today and fell in love. Her previous person left her tied outside all the time but someone taught her to: SIT, STAY, COME, and CATCH (treats that I gently dropped above her nose). The treats I took with me today were GOLDEN TREATS too—tiny bits of hot dog and shredded chicken breasts. Still, when I asked her to she sat, stayed, and then came to me when I invited her to. She did NOT barge in on me and try to take the treats away like many dogs we haven’t yet trained do. I was VERY IMPRESSED by her EXCELLENT MANNERS! I rewarded her every time and every single time I made a request of her she did what I asked her to. We had fun playing a game where I said “catch” as I dropped a treat in her mouth too. She LOVED that game. It is so much fun, and refreshing, to get a dog so well behaved and trained from DAY ONE. Now and again we are pleasantly shocked that way. Cindy Lou is AMAZING! Seriously. She wants to please people so much…and she knows how. The floor of her room was very clean today too; I saw that she pottied outside on her patio instead. Such a GOOD GIRL! And so precious and very cuddly too! She and I shared a lot of love today! Cindy Lou LOVES all the attention and food she is receiving in our shelter. When alone in her room, if she can hear people near her, she tries so hard to be quiet.....but then she softly whines and tries to “talk". Seriously! It sounds like she is saying "I want you." It will break your heart. Cindy Lou won’t last long. Not after this write-up. So come meet this little dear and YOUR HEART will grow two sizes when you do. She would love to BE your very good girl! BETTER pictures will follow and we will write more as we get to know this very sweet little dog. For now, we will just boast of her EXCELLENT MANNERS and all the words she knows and responds to. VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • Mutt Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA

      Rosie (COURT...

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      Breed: Mutt
      Sex: Female Female
      Age: Adult
      Location: Lovingston, VA
      Posted Breed: Black Labrador Retriever / Mixed (short coat). Please contact Flower & Ed (ek.gk@verizon.net), (434) 361-0190 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. LOVES KIDS!!! NO CATS OR CHICKENS PLEASE! DECEMBER 5, 2016: Hello! My name is Rosie. I am a 21 month, Black Lab (mix) and I weigh 60 pounds. I'm a playful, smart, well-cared-for dog (just leaving the puppy stage) and I'm looking for a home. In the prime of my life, in perfect health, and HIGHLY TRAINABLE, I'm completely up to date on ALL my vaccinations (DHLPP, rabies, Lyme disease, Bordatella/kennel cough, lepto, etc.). My short, black coat is shiny and healthy, and I've never had fleas or mites. I LOVE people (even babies) and I LOVE OTHER DOGS and NEED THEM in my life. I've never growled at anyone or shown the least little sign of aggression toward other dogs or people. I am fully HOUSE TRAINED. If you give me a good belly rub, I'm very likely going to smother you with kisses. I might just smother you with kisses anyway. I do like to give cats (and squirrels) a good chase when I see them, and I must now confess, I cannot be trusted around free ranging chickens! MY HISTORY: When I was a puppy I was adopted by a family with several small children and I loved them all. (I love kids!) When they moved from a large farm to a small home in the city in October 2016, they found me another life on a farm because I needed more space than they could give me. Since October, I have loved living on this farm and free ranging with my 4 dog sibling friends here. BUT I ruined it for myself this week when I went on a hike by myself, over to a neighbor’s farm, and killed a free ranging chicken! It wasn’t a good idea, but I just couldn’t help myself. The chicken was RIGHT THERE! Anyway, I need to be re-homed again because I couldn’t resist that temptation and there is no fence to contain me on this big farm that I love. I am NOT a bad dog. My current mom boasts that I am “PERFECT…except for having killed that chicken!” I am GOOD ON A LEASH and I like to go for leisurely walks or even a good, long run (5-6 miles or more!), but I'm also content to spend a quiet day at home lounging in my yard. I sleep very well all night long, on my dog bed in the bedroom of my guardian with my 4 dog buddies all sleeping on their dog beds nearby. I'm affectionate, obedient, and eager to obey basic training commands like "sit," "stay," "down," and "come." With more patient training, I could do a whole lot more! MY NEEDS: People who will love me forever. Acreage well away from free range chickens, or a BIG fenced yard, and OTHER DOGS because I love playing with other dogs! I need a home WITHOUT CATS and a home that is not close to free range chickens. As always, we are looking for THE RIGHT HOME for Rosie so please read this e-mail carefully to determine that you sincerely think you’d be a good fit for her. And then, to learn more about her, PLEASE contact Flower and Ed at 434-361-0190. GOOD WITH KIDS. GOOD WITH DOGS. COURTESY POSTINGS…As a community service, Nelson County Humane Society/SPCA provides courtesy postings in an effort to help unite animals needing permanent homes with prospective adopters. Since we are a no-kill shelter and funded entirely by donations and fundraisers, to exist we are always in need of donations. We respectfully request that adopters of courtesy posting animals consider a tax deductible contribution to our shelter via the “Donation Info” page on our website: http://nelsonspca.org/ VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • Boxer-Unknown Mix Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA

      Oliver (aka ...

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      Breed: Boxer-Unknown Mix
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Lovingston, VA
      Posted Breed: Boxer / 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. GOOFY LAP DOG! PLAYS SOCCER ALL BY HIMSELF!!! VIDEO! UPDATE 11/29/16: Oliver excels at playing soccer—all by himself! Seriously. Watch his video and then read about this amazing ball player! He is a very cute white Boxer mix with expressive ears, irresistible large floppy lips and beneath them, a small jutting out chin. He is about 3 years old and weighs about 60 pounds. He is the kind of dog many people are looking for because he is very well behaved and sweet. He wears an easy, low maintenance coat and sports a muscular little body. (He has been neutered, of course, so when I talk about his balls here, I mean his TOY balls. Please take no offense.) Oliver: - loves hanging out with people and being involved in whatever is going on. - has excellent house manners, is not destructive inside a home, and is house trained. - is very good on a leash and he loves to give and receive affection (he’d like to be a lap dog). - rarely barks, is not a digger or climber, and thrives when outside in a fenced yard, with his balls, in good weather. - especially LOVES to go on car rides. - knows and responds to the words: leave-it, sit, come (he comes when called), and drop it (meaning drop the ball). - LOVES to play ball by HIMSELF and has invented several types of ball games with different types of balls. He LOVES all balls and is possessive of them; it is not uncommon for dogs to claim their cherished items. - loved playing with his dog sister in his previous home (his family ensured no balls were involved). - does not have separation anxiety and is okay with being left at home alone all day—as long as he can “dog-sit himself” by playing ball until he gets tired enough to take a nap. - loves to be outside in a place where he can be the only dog and play his ball games. Though he was an inside dog in his previous home (with 2 other dogs and several cats), his family created an outdoor 12’ by 12’ pen for him to play ball in on nice days and he loved it. When the weather was bad, they let him play ball by himself in one of the rooms in their basement, always making sure to keep their other dogs and the cats out of Oliver’s ball room. - enjoys the company of mellow female dogs but male dogs don’t seem to like Oliver. OLIVER’S STORY: He first came to us on 12/16/14 when he was about a year old. He played ball in his room until he was adopted in June 2015, by a family that had 2 other dogs (a female and a male) and several cats, all living inside their home. Ollie loved the female dog and they played together all the time. He and the male dog tolerated each other. (Knowing that Oliver was possessive with his balls, the family was careful to make sure there were never any balls in an area when the dogs were together.) Ollie chased the cats on a regular basis but he never harmed them. This family loved Ollie, and his excellent manners, very much but things changed in their lives and three weeks ago they moved out of state to a much smaller home and could not take Ollie with them. Instead, they gave him to another nice family that had a male dog and things were going okay until one of Ollie’s balls accidentally got between the dogs, in a tight doorway, and a squabble ensued. That said, this family returned Ollie to our shelter this week. He moved back in, along with his large toy box filled with his balls (probably 15 balls total) and he plays ball in his room all day now, seemingly happy to do so. He is a wonderful dog and we all love seeing him again BUT he truly does need to find a forever home. If you come to our shelter to meet him, you’ll know which room he is in because you will hear the constant bounce of whatever ball he chooses to play with on that particular day. The walls of our dog rooms are excellent for some of the ball games he creates. We think his best family would be one of adults, kids over the age of 10, and maybe a female dog (as long as she couldn’t get near his balls). He would love to have a fenced yard, so he could bounce balls off the fence and use it as part of his soccer field. Ollie would do well as an only pet too, and his family could have so much fun watching him entertained himself by playing ball. He should not be adopted by a family that has cats. NOT GOOD WITH 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

      Lucky

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      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 11/9/16: Lucky is 8 years old (born May 28, 2008) and weighs 50 pounds. He came to us in July 2015, after spending his ENTIRE LIFE NEGLECTED at the end of a CHAIN. His owners got him as a puppy! Extremely emaciated when seized by Animal Control, he is valued, loved, and appropriately cared for now. He is a very good boy too! Lucky’s NEEDS are SIMPLE: He needs a CALM, LOVING HOME, FENCED YARD in a quiet location, and SOMEONE to hang out with because he loves being with people. During times when his person has to do errands, he would not mind napping inside a crate. When he KNOWS he ISN’T missing anything, he is quiet and relaxed. He would prefer to be the only pet, because he hasn’t had much experience with other animals and some of them make him anxious. HIS STORY: Because he paced around the tree he was CHAINED to for 7 YEARS, his “muscle memory” takes over here and he sometimes paces inside his room so much that he makes himself limp. When he is WITH people he does NOT PACE. He ONLY barks and paces for HUMAN ATTENTION when he hears humans NEARBY and cannot be WITH them. His calling out “I hear you and want to be with you” is understandable when you remember that for 7 years he “watched life pass him by.” When totally alone (and cannot hear people doing things around him) he does not pace. When we are working around him at the shelter, but cannot actually be with him, we crate him so he cannot pace and hurt himself. Lucky is not destructive when left alone; he does NOT have what many people think of as separation anxiety. Being with people relaxes him and so does the background noise of a television. He is an ideal and cozy couch potato for someone who watches TV. Not a high energy dog, he excels at relaxing and hanging out with people. Lucky loves the people he knows, enjoys training exercises, accepts treats with a gentle mouth, and absolutely loves moseying around a big yard with people by his side. After 7 years of being ignored, freezing, and starving, he loves to feel special, and THAT is what we do. 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, enjoys outdoor yard time, 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 the house. - is house trained and 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. (In frustration, he does sometimes tear up soft things when he is in his room at the shelter and wants to be with nearby people instead.) - knows the commands “sit” “down” “leave-it” “let’s walk” “off” and is learning “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—he wants to be included in the activity. Because he paces in circles, we have had several professional evaluations done on him and will happily share those with anyone who would like to read them. Lucky is NOT a problem dog. Life has just “passed him by” for long enough and he wants and needs someone to love him and include him in their everyday lives. PLEASE allow empathy for Lucky to bless you with the knowledge that YOU could make his life here on Earth 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. If you cannot ADOPT him, can you FOSTER HIM? Flower at ek.gk@verizon.net or 434-361-0190 can tell you a lot more about him. VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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    • English Foxhound-Treeing Walker Coonhound Mix Dog For Adoption in Lovingston, VA

      Tucker

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      Breed: English Foxhound-Treeing Walker Coonhound Mix
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Adult
      Location: Lovingston, VA
      Posted Breed: Treeing Walker Coonhound / 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. DELIGHTFUL MID-SIZED DOG!!! AND SO HANDSOME! UPDATE 8/9/16: Tucker came into our shelter on 2/1/16. He is a handsome 2 ½ year old Walker Hound/Fox Hound (mix) that weighs 46 pounds. He was surrendered to Animal Control because his owner simply didn't want him anymore. Very sad but we are happy to have him. There is nothing wrong with Tucker! He is a delightful mid-sized dog who really WANTS and deserves to be WANTED and we are so happy to help him make his dreams come true! Tucker loved to play with his feisty and fun roommate Sylvia, but she recently got adopted. She would run like the wind and he loved to try to keep up with her. (He likes his girls leggy and FAST!) And the way they would flirt with each other was very funny. Tucker enjoys visitors so much that he is often all over the place with his excitement when he has company. He is a smart dog though, and is learning to “be still” when Sigrid, our dog handler, asks him to. Tucker was a real hit at the Memorial Day celebration up on Wintergreen Mountain. He was friendly with dogs and kids and didn't seem bothered by the loud music. He was well mannered on leash and didn't bark. He rode well in the van too. Clearly, he enjoyed his day out! Tucker does have some energy to burn off, so he would like an active family who would take him on interesting walks and he would probably love to have a dog friend too. He has been known to try to dig out of certain fenced areas…but not all fenced areas. We are trying to figure him out in regard to this. GOOD WITH DOGS. GOOD WITH KIDS. VOLUNTEERS and DONATIONS NEEDED. Visit our website for more info http://nelsonspca.org
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