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Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County - ALMOST HOME

29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, VA  22949

Phone:  434 263-7722


Posted animals are physically located at the above address except when indicated with the following notations after the animal’s name:

  • Animal Name (FC=initials) -- indicates the animal is living in Foster Care. To meet the animal, please contact the foster directly when contact information is provided; otherwise call the shelter at 434 263-7722.
  • Animal Name (COURTESY) – this animal is posted as a public courtesy using information provided by the owner.  Our shelter does not own or guarantee the information provided by the owner to be complete and accurate.  Also, adoption does not involve our shelter but is strictly between the adopter and the owner.


About Diego

  • Location: 29 Stagebridge Road Lovingston VA 22949 (434) 263-7722
  • Declawed: No

UPDATE 5/12/21:  You don’t know what you are missing without Diego as part of your life. He would be there to listen with sympathetic ears when you’re feeling low, and he could celebrate best moments with you, too.  Guaranteed, if you invest in loving Diego, he will give love back a hundred times over.

This 5-year-old Shepherd mix might be a big boy (60 pounds), but he has hope of a lap dog.  Anyone who adopts Diego will find themselves quickly made number-one in his life.  He learns fast, too, and already knows SIT, WAIT, LEAVE-IT, GET IT, BRING IT, DROP IT, OFF, TAKE IT, GO-TO-YOUR-PLACE, and TOUCH.

One of his greatest joys is playing ball with human friends.  He can play catch for an hour straight and enjoys cooling off in any available water. Being outside where he can run within big fenced areas gives him a smiley face. Diego thinks going for car rides anytime, anywhere, is a
good time. At the end of the day, he enjoys just relaxing on a soft spot in a comfortable place.

He is clean in his room at the Adoption Center, and proved he had good house manners when he stayed at someone’s home for several weeks. He enjoyed their back yard and didn’t dig or climb their fence. Unfortunately, these folks were not able to adopt him.

His temperament is a perfect match for active adopters who can give him regular exercise, mental stimulation, and have the time to establish boundaries and reinforce his manners.  He will love to join his family on hikes or other outdoor activities. Diego has a great foundation of obedience and manners that should transition well into a household.

Diego has also spent off-site time with a trainer (Denise Merricks). She felt if he was to live with another dog, the best choice would be a laid-back dog of similar size.  Diego seems open-minded about canine companionship, but it has to be the RIGHT dog.  That said, his play
style can be too much for some dogs, so he wouldn’t be a good candidate for dog parks. Planned play dates with compatible dogs is preferable.

At an event where dogs and people were closely gathered, Diego demonstrated his best behavior.  He loved the attention from people, and though, he wanted to play with other dogs, he complied when handlers asked him to settle-down.  He sat nicely to greet people while wagging his tail, played ball, and also walked well on lead. He gained quite a fan club from the event attendees, but no one took him home that day.

He loves balls, toys, water, and people. Diego will keep you smiling, help you keep your body toned, make you feel safe, listen to you jabber, try to do anything you ask, lie at your feet, keep you company on car drives, and he will keep you warm—body, hear, and soul.

The best home for Diego:
Won’t have cats.
Won’t have small or pushy dogs.
Won’t have children under 13.
Will have a fenced area.
Will have experience with big dogs.
Will have adequate time for him.


More about Diego

Good with Dogs, Not Good with Cats

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29 Stagebridge Road •  Lovingston, VA 22949  •  (434) 263-7722 •  pets [ at ]