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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 Claude (FC=tw)

  • Status: Adopted!
  • Species: Dog
  • Rescue ID: 19925
  • General Color: Black with White
  • Color: Bicolor
  • Location: 29 Stagebridge Road Lovingston VA 22949 (434) 263-7722
  • Declawed: No
  • Housetrained: Yes

UPDATE 11/21/19:

Claude is a large dog, just over 60 lbs.  An all-American Mutt, he probably has some Collie, Great Dane, and Hound mixed in his heritage.  His markings are similar to traditional black and white Border Collies.  Claude has grey in his face, but it’s not from old age.  He’s around 5 ½ years old with plenty of spunk and energy, but enough maturity to settle down and enjoy the comforts of indoor living.   Good looking Claude was found in early August 2018 as a stray. We don’t know a lot about his background, but after spending several weeks in foster care his behaviors lend themselves to his having spent a substantial amount of time on a chain.

Claude enjoys affection when he wants it, but not when he doesn’t want it, and he can change his mind quickly.  Difficult to read, he sends mixed signals to folks interacting with him. 

Claude hates living at our shelter because he hates being inside so much.  Even though he gets yard time, it is never enough for him and it has gotten to the place where he has to be forced to go inside.  We never like to force a dog to do anything, and Claude is a dog that does not like to be forced. 

For the past 9 months he has been living in a foster home, with no incidents, with several dogs and cats.  He loves the other dogs there, but he is “too interested” in the cats (though his foster mom has managed to keep the cats safe).   She recently wrote: “Claude wants to be essentially unconstrained, though he makes no attempt to get out of fencing. He became much calmer after he had been at my house for a couple weeks, no more jumping on me or tearing stuff up. He was great at the routine of going into his smaller yard during the day and waiting patiently to be let out into the big yard at night. During the day he often stayed in the very small room (with a dog door) attached to his yard, though he could have been outside.  He seemed happier and friendlier after he'd been away from the shelter for a while.  Now he really dislikes the confinement of the shelter.  Claude would probably do best in a situation similar to his fosters (big fenced yard with other dogs, indoor/outdoor privileges, and no children), freedom mixed with restrictions, but without cats.  I think he's a good dog whose had a bad start in life.”  He just doesn't want to be bossed around.  

In a previous foster home last year (2018), his foster family learned:

Claude wants very much to be social and be around people, but he has a hard time trusting them and can be defensive if he feels threatened.   He is particularly sensitive about his collar and does not like to be grabbed or guided by it.  When he came into the shelter, his old collar had a bolt in it that had rubbed into his neck. It was removed and replaced with a new collar, but Claude is still protective of his neck.

He jumps up wanting people to pay attention to him.   Even though he can be told over and over to stop, he will continue to do so.  This is a common behavior in dogs that have spent a lot of time on chains – their entire lives spent on their back legs looking for attention. 

He pulls hard on a leash. Again, a common behavior for chained dogs who’ve strained against the restrictions of their small existence.

He is surprisingly good with other dogs, big and small.  In his foster home there was a pushy, noisy, female German shepherd who is always yelling at him. Claude ignored her and removed himself from her vicinity, or appropriately corrected her if she pushed too far.  The smaller dogs barked at him, but he paid them no mind. 

He loves toys and will entertain himself with big balls like “Jolly Balls”.

He was very interested in the cats in his foster home and barked at them.  He met them in very controlled circumstances.  He was not allowed to roam freely with the cats.  He has seen chickens through fencing and tried to chase them.  It is not uncommon for previously chained dogs to have strong prey drives, so a home without small animals such as cats or poultry is best.  

He has good house manners and seems to be house trained.  All dogs need refreshers in new environments, so his new family will need to provide him that guidance.    

He rides well in the car, but will grumble if you try to pick him up into a high vehicle.   

He has met children and is very excited to see them.  Because Claude has trust issues he should not be adopted to a family with children and/or someone who has children visit.  His new family should not be lulled into thinking his excitement is happiness and it is appropriate for him to be around children.

- He needs work on his recall skills.  Claude follows his nose (that hound heritage) and will wander away if given the chance.  He will need a fenced yard to keep him safely at home.

Claude is not a dog for beginner dog owners. He will require someone who is familiar with formerly chained dogs, and knows how to interpret his body language and stress signals. 


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Good with Dogs, Not Good with Cats

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